King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s EU Tour Kicks Off This Week: 10 Rarities We Hope To Hear

Most bands who embark on a continental tour tend to stick to one coherent set list for the duration of their time on the road. However, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard aren’t most bands. The Australian six-piece have released a whopping 23 studio albums in eleven years, making them one of the most prolific bands of all time. This week, the Melbourne outfit kick off their first European headline tour since the pandemic with a massive show in Paris. This run marks some of their biggest headline shows to date, a feat few would have imagined when the Stu Mackenzie-fronted sextet emerged less than a decade ago. With so many albums and such an abundance of music to choose from, we’ve handpicked ten rare King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard songs we hope the band will either debut, brush off or bring out of retirement during the coming tour.


This debut album fan favourite features occasionally, but deserves more love.


2021’s Butterfly 3000 has only seen second track Shanghai receive any kind of attention during live shows. Catching Smoke is KG at their psych pop best, and it deserves to be heard live (once the band figure out how to plays songs from this synth-heavy album live).


Instrasport is perhaps the most difficult song King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have attempted to play live. So much so that this LSD-infused banger has never been performed. It’s four minutes of pure, unapologetic Turkish dicso – and we’re all here for it.


2019’s Fishing For Fishies saw Gizz enter blues rock territory. One of that album’s outliers was This Thing, a song which bathed itself in glorious disco grooves, pulsating rhythms and sweet, sweet harmonica riffs.


It’s dark, it’s gloomy and it’s thunderous. It’s Ataraxia.

CANDLES (2022)

Listen to this song and tell me it doesn’t make you dance, smile or simply shimmy your shoulders. Candles’ groove is unmistakable and unavoidable.

TEZETA (2017)

Who doesn’t love a little bit of ballroom waltz mixed in with their absurd psych pop? That’s right, Tezeta is as obscure as they come, yet it still works. One two three, one two three, one two three…

GONDII (2022)

Gondii will be forever be remembered as the moment King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard embraced synth-laden 80s pop. It’s punchy, it’s energetic, and it’s larger than life.

IT’S GOT OLD (2014)

It’s Got Old is an old fan favourite, but it’s only been played live three times since 2016. Time for a change, no?

THE RAID (2013)

The chances of The Raid ever making an appearance are close to zero. We can always hope, though, right? Yeehaw!

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s EU/UK tour with Los Bitchos kicks off this week. Click here for more info.