The follow-up to the classic 'The Soft Bulletin' is set for release in the first half of 2002...

Flaming Lips hope to release the long-awaited follow-up to their 1999 NME Album Of The Year ‘THE SOFT BULLETIN’ in May 2002.

The record, which currently has no final title, will be released in May in the UK, with International releases likely to follow in June and July, according to a posting on the group’s official website,

Twelve songs have been recorded so far at the Tarbox Road studios near New York, with “a third” currently instrumental. However, that may change.

Working titles for new songs currently include ‘All We Have Is Now’, ‘Do You Realise?’, ‘If I Go Mad’, ‘Ego Trippin”, ‘Mourning Of The Magicians’ and ‘The Daily Hum’.

In other [a][/a] related news, the group’s film project about the first Christmas On Mars is likely to be released via Warners in the run-up to Christmas 2002.

Vocalist Wayne Coyne previously revealed that the film is set in the future, and Mars, which has recently been colonised, has gone into decline, leaving its residents trapped on the planet.

Althougth there are currently no confirmed details of a cinema release, the DVD package is likely to feature the score to the film and contain the group’s videos to date. Filming should conclude in April 2002.