Wayne Coyne loves to get creative. If The Flaming Lips frontman isn’t making posters with his own blood or hand delivering limited, unique record printings, hes spreading Flaming Lips songs across 12 iPhones. The guys head is just full of ideas. In fact, thats where youll be able to get the Flaming Lips next offering: inside a head.
Next week, Coyne and Co. will be releasing three songs loaded onto portable USB drives. Those drives will be encased in a life-sized brain made of edible gummy bear stuff, which will in turn be inside a life-sized Gummi-skull. The whole thing weighs about seven pounds, and it isnt the end of the palatable possibilities. Weve had grandiose ideas of putting out a life-size, Gummi version of myself, Coyne explained in an interview Billboard.com, and in the heart would be this giant hard drive with all the music on it. . .
The music he referred to could potentially be a collection of the multitude of tracks the FLips plan on releasing in unique fashions throughout the year, foregoing traditional CDs or LPs. Coyne told Billboard that other ideas include a stompbox effects pedal with four songs on it, a salt box, a little spinning stroboscope thing, and old-school flexi-discs stuck to cereal box backs and as an insert in MAD magazine (flexi-disc : vinyl :: original floppy disc : zip disk). He did note, however, that all the band’s forthcoming releases will also be available digitally.
All these wacky distribution methods are a byproduct of the new deal the trio recently cut with Warner Bros. Records, which allows for more creative freedom. Along with the aforementioned, the band also hopes to follow up its recently released Neon Indian collaborative EP with similar projects featuring Deerhoof and Ariel Pink by years end. If Coyne has his way, well also be hearing efforts with James Murphy of the now properly laid to rest LCD Soundsystem, Sonic Youths Lee Ranaldo, and the one and only Jimmy Page. It doesnt always mean we get to sit in the same room as someone, Coyne explained to Billboard, and a lot of times youre just sending tracks back and forth, but Im hoping [Page] is open to it. I know he likes our music. We always have a lot of stuff that someone like Jimmy Page could play over and we have a whole year to try and work this out.
The news doesnt end there; the band is in the early stages of production for a theatrical adaptation of their 02 record Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots with director Des McAnuff (The Whos Tommy, Jersey Boys). Including songs from 1999s The Soft Bulletin and 06s At War with the Mystics, Coyne stated that itll be a big chunk of Flaming Lips music, probably about 30 songs. Its a big deal. Its hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful. Its really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision and [McAnuffs] little, internal, humanistic version of what that music is.
Oh yeah, and according to Pitchfork, Coyne is open to producing more of those screen-printed blood posters. To me, its what Im doing anyway – our blood is really in our work. At this rate, the guys must be running low on blood. . .