Hear It Is
is the first full-length album by the Oklahoma-based rock band The Flaming Lips. Frontman Wayne Coyne told Red Bull Music Academy
the story behind the track "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" in 2017. He said: "I think we wanted to appear to be menacing and deep and represent some dark, unspeakable version of life in the Bible Belt or something like that, even though us as the Flaming Lips, we never considered the Bible or the Bible Belt or being in a religious state like Oklahoma. We never really cared, we never really thought about it. But in 'Jesus Shootin' Heroin,' we thought it would make people think that we were crazy and menacing and drug addicts or whatever, even though we really weren't. It's a long song. I remember it being sort of dirge-y, and I think it's in E minor or something like that. When I hear it now, it doesn't sound anything like the Flaming Lips that I remember, and I really like it. It's just such a strange, strange song and I could understand why people would think that something is going wrong and we're weird and we're pretentious all at the same time."