As previously reported, The Flaming Lips have teamed up with McSweeny’s to create their very own one-hour radio special. Produced by Richard Parks, “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor” is exactly what you think it is: a “continuous-play radio drama in the style of Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds” about an imaginary tumor shaped like a human head growing on Coyne’s leg that speaks to him.
Along with The Lips’ own Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, the program features the voices of Coyne’s wife Michelle Martin-Coyne, the Lips’ manager Scott Booker, actor Paul F. Tompkins, This American Life’s Jack Hitt, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Nico Muhly, and members of Oneida. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste also makes an appearance, voicing the tumor!
There’s also original music contributed by Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan, and the Lips themselves, who’ve reworked “Do You Realize??” to be about the tumor.
The program airs 5pm PST tonight and tomorrow on 89.9 KCRW in Los Angeles and on KCRW.com worldwide. You can also listen to the podcast below.
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Richard Parks AS THE REPORTER
Wayne Coyne, Michelle Martin Coyne, and Scott Booker (The Flaming Lips) AS THEMSELVES
Will Sheff (Okkervil River) AS THE MEDIVAC PILOT
Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) AS HERSELF
Matt Frassica and Rachael Myrow AS THE HOSTS OF US RADIO NEWS
Jack Hitt (This American Life) AS HIMSELF
Mallika Menon AS DR. SAMANTHA MENDELL
Brigid Kaelin AS UDA SMALLSON
Gabe Bullard AS HAROLD GREENMAN
Paul F. Tompkins (The Pod F. Tompkast, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Mr. Show) AS KEVIN THE TRAMP
Andrew Leland AS THE HOSPITAL ORDERLY
Bill Callahan (aka Smog) AS THE DOCTOR
Steve Drozd (The Flaming Lips) AS HIMSELF
Nico Muhly (Björk, Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons), Fat Bobby and Kid Millions (Oneida) AS THE SOUND SURGEONS
Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear) AS WAYNE COYNE’S HUMAN HEAD-SHAPED TUMOR