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The Flaming Lips

American rock band

The Flaming Lips

American rock band
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Biography

The Flaming Lips specialize in a unique brand of psychedelic and experimental rock. Their music has been described as neo-psychedelia, a genre that they are credited with pioneering in the late 80s, as well as throughout the 90s. The group formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, and since then, they’ve been making record after record. They signed a contract with Warner Brothers in the early 1990s, which helped to build up their following and made them a household name.

instruments played
drums
Guitar
keyboard
Vocals
Genres

Neo-psychedelia alternative rock psychedelic rock experimental rock post-punk

Origin

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Website
Years Active

1983 present

Name

The Flaming Lips

The members of the band are Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins (bass), Steven Drozd (keyboards, guitar), Derek Brown (keyboards, guitar), Jake Ingalls (keyboards, guitar), Matt Duckworth (drums), and Nicholas Ley (percussion). Past members include Mark Coyne (lead vocals), Dave Kostka, Richard English, Jonathan Donahue, and numerous others.  The group has been listed by Q Magazine as one of their “50 Bands to See Before You Die.” In addition, they’ve won three Grammy Awards—two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance—and have been nominated for countless others. They were also nominated for a Brit Award for the Best International Act. Their most recent album, American Head, was released on September 11, 2020, via Warner Music and Bella Union.

Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne: Life Before the Band

The band’s mysterious and enigmatic frontman, Wayne Coyne, was born on January 13, 1961, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents, Thomas Coyne and Dolly Jackson, had six children, and Wayne is the fifth. Raised Irish Catholic, Wayne relocated with his family to Oklahoma City the year he was born.  While his siblings engaged in their own extracurricular activities and focused on school, Wayne was more of a fan of music and football as a kid. He’s told interviewers that he and his siblings would have brutal games of pickup football in their backyard, which earned them a neighborhood reputation and inspired them to dub themselves “The Fearless Freaks.” Coyne worked at Long John Silver’s before becoming a musician. At one point, when Wayne had been working at an Oklahoma City franchise for just over a year, he was on a shift when the restaurant was robbed. He was held at gunpoint, but the robbers fled before they could grab cash from the safe. Regarding the incident and its impact on his life, Wayne is quoted as saying, “This is really how you die… one minute you're just cooking up someone's order of french fries and the next minute you're laying on the floor and they blow your brains out. There's no music, there's no significance, it's just random. In 1983, Wayne and his brother Mark, along with current member Michael Ivins and former member Richard English, formed The Flaming Lips. Mark didn’t stay with the band long, and Wayne ended up taking over his role as lead singer. Now a highly successful and celebrated musician, Coyne has a net worth of approximately $5 million. Since 2019, Coyne has been married to Katy Weaver. The two have a son named Bloom. Coyne is 5 feet 11.5 inches tall.

The Early Days of The Flaming Lips

After the departure of Mark Coyne, Wayne’s brother and the co-founder of the band, Wayne and his bandmates released Hear It Is, their full-length debut album. The record was produced by the band and Randy Burns and released via Restless Records. The band has claimed that the back cover of the album features a picture of then-drummer Richard English’s eye while the drummer was on acid.  Their first record features tracks like “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” “With You,” and “Trains, Brains, and Rain.” The only members of the band at the time of its release were Mike Ivins, Wayne Coyne, and Richard English. A year after the release of Hear It Is, the band put out their second full-length album via Restless. Oh My Gawd was produced by the band during a period when the members were trying to see how sleep deprivation affected their creative process. Critics compared the band’s sound on their sophomore effort to early Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.

Signing to Warner Bros. and Mainstream Success

In 1992, after the band got their deal with major label Warner Records, they released Hit to Death in the Future Head, their fifth studio album. Prior to signing, they had put out several more records via Restless, but it wasn’t until the release of Hit to Death that they began to gain traction. The record received critical acclaim and launched the group into cult star status.  Since the release of their breakthrough album, The Flaming Lips have released numerous highly successful records, including Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Embryonic, The Soft Bulletin, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart,  and more. They also put out With A Little Help From My Fwends, a tribute to the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Top songs include “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)." They’ve also collaborated with pop star Miley Cyrus, helping to produce her album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz in 2015. As of 2021, the band is still actively touring, and they recently performed live on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.   Sources: Wayne Coyne Interview: Drugs, Divorce, Flaming Lips | Rolling Stone Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Marries Katy Weaver | Billboard The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Album Review | Pitchfork

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