“Music is amazing. There’s some metaphysical comfort where it allows you to be isolated and alone while telling you that you are not alone…truly, the only cure for sadness is to share it with someone else.” – Wayne Coyne
The Flaming Lips are a band of strange musical brothers based in the small town of Norman, Oklahoma. They’ve been playing music that ranges from pop to rock to experimental since 1983.
If you’ve never seen them live you’re really missing out. The Flaming Lips’ philosophy seems to be that you can create your own reality, and they do.
Theirs is a pink-and-orange-lighted world with animal costumes, confetti cannons, balloons and animated light screens. The effect is overwhelming. Wondrous.
Frontman Wayne Coyne walks over the top of the crowd in a clear plastic man-sized bubble.
To hear my live account of one of their concerts listen to this KEXP Documentary.
The Flaming Lips’ one U.S. hit single was the wry “She Don’t Use Jelly” in 1993. They’re much more famous in the U.K. Even better tracks are “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots”, “The Wand”, “Suddenly Everything Has Changed” and “Do You Realize.”
In 2009 the band bested all the charts by winning a vote that made “Do You Realize” the Oklahoma state song!
The Flaming Lips new record “The Terror” drops April 16. Fans can enter a contest to make a video for the single “The Sun is Rising” or pre-order the album at FlamingLips.com.
Tune in to DJ Michele Myers Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP 90.3FM Seattle, kexp.org. Music historian and producer, Michele’s made over 200 radio stories for KEXP Documentaries. She’s also written scripts, lesson plans and features forThe Smithsonian, Experience Music Project, the University of Washington and NPR.