The Flaming Lips make me happy. Their earnestness and ambition, well-grounded sensibility and sheer nonsensibility, irreverence and humility, all combine to create music that resonates with a hopeful but confused human species. This has been the unifying theme of the band's work, from "She Don't Use Jelly" to "The W.A.N.D." Thus, it only makes sense that the Lips would be obsessed with the idea of Christmas, which incorporates the emotion of hope unfiltered by confusion.
I can't wait to see their film, Christmas on Mars, when it is released on DVD in October, packaged with a soundtrack.
But to get the saliva going, here are a couple of Christmas-y Lips tracks:
The Flaming Lips - White Christmas (.wav file)