April 5, 2012


6 Revelations from Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne's Pitchfork Q&A

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Lead Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne has been in the music game so long, and done so many interviews, that it's slightly amazing that he has anything interesting left to say at all. But he does. Lots, actually. And in a recent interview with Pitchfork he revealed quite a few juicy tidbits about the Lips' star-studded Record Store Day release, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, featuring the likes of Bon Iver, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, My Morning Jacket, Chris Martin and Ke$ha. He also dished on the Lips' upcoming proper release, out this fall. 

Here are the six most interesting revelations from Coyne's Pitchfork Q&A, in no particular order... 

--Buy Your Favorite Rocker's Blood! For a special (and especially expensive) edition of the Heady Fwends release, Coyne is implanting the actual blood of the musicians onto the vinyl. "I think I'll be getting Bon Iver's blood today," he said. "Edward Sharpe has 13 people in his band, so I'm not sure I'll get blood from every one of them... Everybody says yes to this sort of thing, but when it comes down to getting poked with a needle, some people just cannot bear it."

--Update On Next Flaming Lips Album. Coyne says the Lips' yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2009's Embryonic (expected this fall) sounds like "lovely suicidal music," and will feature a collabo with New York electro outfit Phantogram: "[It's a] real f**kin' somber, strange song about lusting for success and the things that you want in your life," Coyne explains. 

--Why Ke$ha Is Rad. "I like her so much because she's just willing to be a freak," Coyne says. "I'm around a lot of rock star people, and there's just so much fucking pandering and drama. She's not like that. It's such a great relief to be around people that are so energetic, creative, funny, and into life." 

--Ke$ha Wants Drugs! When Coyne traveled to Ke$ha's home in Nashville in late January to record, the pop starlet insisted on taking LSD. "When I got to her house, she said, 'I've never taken acid, so I can't sing about that stuff.' She's done lots of other drugs, but not acid. So she was like, 'Why don't we do some acid, and then I can sing about it.' She told her assistant, 'Go get us some acid.' Her assistant would've just ran out and got everybody a bunch of acid -- how great is that? But we didn't, because I was like, 'Listen lady, I'm not going to do a bunch of acid with you tonight, because we have to record.' Plus, I didn't really want her to. The way she is, it's as though she's on acid already. I thought, 'F**k, how crazy is that going to be [if she takes acid]?'" 

--On The Lips' Heady Collabo with Coldplay's Chris Martin. "When we were finishing up this compilation, I just texted him and said, 'Hey man, we should try to do something.' I sent him a song that sounded like it could be a Chris Martin-type of song -- you know, it had piano chords on it, and it was sweet and sad or whatever. Five hours later, he'd recorded this thing on his phone and sent it to me. You'd think someone like Chris Martin would be like, 'We have to set up studio time,' but he just did it right on his f**kin' phone and sent it to me." 

--Coyne Might Appear On Ke$ha's New LP. "I think we're getting together right before Easter," Coyne said of working on Ke$ha's upcoming follow-up to her breakout debut, 2010's Animal. "We've already done three songs -- they're hers, I'm helping with some lyrics here and there. She's really a great songwriter. She has an easy way with things. I've worked with a lot of people that are very uptight about how they do their music, but she's very fun, so I don't really have any reservations about whether I don't like her music. I like her, and she likes us, so fuck it. I'm not too worried about it."