Freaky, Sexy Lips: 5 Questions With the Flaming Lips

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Since the inception of the Flaming Lips in 1983, frontman Wayne Coyne has been considered somewhat of an enigmatic character, even within the world of psychedelic rock. An oddball musician with a knack for novelty, Coyne has remained faithful to his early rock following while also exploring advancements in the world of music production. This methodology of blending psychedelic rock with experimental electro is one that helped the Lips snag three Grammys in the past 10 years.

In summer 2012 Coyne gave his freak fandom more of the stuff they craved with the release of “Heady Fwends,” a collaborative album that featured tracks with Ke$ha, Bon Iver and Yoko Ono. With their 13th studio album, “The Terror,” released this past April, Coyne is insistent that the band opts out of any kind of formulaic attitude when it comes to producing new records and instead focuses on experimenting with new sounds and methods.

Freaky, Sexy Lips: 5 Questions With the Flaming Lips

2More Albums Played in Full?

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TOP5: You guys have previously played “The Soft Bulletin” in full, and this year at SXSW you played “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” in full for what we believe was the first time ever. Will you do that again? If so, any chance of doing this with “At War With The Mystics,” “Embryonic” or “The Terror?”

Wayne: We were doing the show at SXSW. For us, sometimes it just seems kind of boring to do the same show. So, we thought, if we are going to do a couple of shows, let’s do this at that show, that at this show. . . . [With] “The Soft Bulletin,” I think there has been such a demand that we explore that record more and more. When it first came out no one cared about it. It’s only after it’s been out for ten years, sometimes, that people really embrace not just the concept but the order of the songs. People just love that sort of stuff, and I love that sort of stuff. As a dynamic performance, sometimes it’s just not very exciting to stand in front of a group when they’re doing that. Concerts kind of move along and have moments, and it’s not really just about a series of songs.

That being said, we like doing it so I’m sure we will [again]. I don’t know if we would do it for “At War With The Mystics.” It would be with one of the albums, the recent ones anyway. It feels like it’s not necessarily a theme. But I don’t know. We still play a lot of the songs. We play “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)” and we play “Pompeii am Götterdämmerung” and some of those from that record that people really like. But yeah I think that’s part of what we’re all about. Look, when we do, it doesn’t feel as powerful, not like a typical concert where you can pick and choose the dynamics. But yeah, I imagine that we’d eventually end up doing that. Maybe not with all of our records, but with most of them as time goes on. I don’t know if we’d do anything in the next six months.


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