Like many Lips fans; i became familiar with them via 'The Soft Bulletin' and it's 5/5, 10 out of 10, album of the year etc accolades back in 1999. However I only started to listen to the pre 'Soft Bulletin' and post 'At War With The Mystics' albums 3 years ago. I now have all their regular albums and the recent 'Scratching The Door 'compilation, some older CD singles and the 'Due to high expectations...' Ep. I would like to class myself as a big fan, however... What I don't own: The Dark Side Of The Moon/Sgt Pepper/Stone Roses albums covered in their entirety whilst collaborating with other artists. Zaireeka. (Don't have four stereos systems or the lightning fast reflexes needed to get four systems to start at precisely the same time) The numerous vinyl Eps, many of which are further collaboration releases. The very limited vinyl single releases that have fruit flavoured beer mixed in with the vinyl. The EXTREMELY limited edition : A: USB sticks hidden in edible candy brains in edible candy skulls. B: USB sticks in edible candy foetus'. C: USB sticks in strobe light boxes. D: USB sticks featuring one 24 hour song placed in real human skills limited to 10 copies. E: A whole new album limited to only ONE commercially released copy. Released only on 8 track cartridge hidden in a banana hidden in a watermelon hidden in a cannoe which has been hand painted by those mysterious 2 new lips members who wear green wigs which is then dropped at random in the Pacific by a helicopter piloted by Michael Ivins. (I may have made this one up!) So my question is: Are The Flaming Lips the most reassuringly imaginative band ever? Or The most frustratingly elitist band ever who dilute their 'core' catalogue with TOO much 'other stuff ' including material exclusive to releases so limited that it's almost impossible to become a Flaming Lips completist?