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Wayne Coyne discusses new film, drug use, and Ke$ha album during Reddit AMA

on April 03, 2013, 5:39pm

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The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne was the latest subject of a Reddit inquest, as inquiring minds hurled questions at the singer during a candid Ask Me Anything earlier today. Here’s what we learned:

He’s working on an album with Ke$ha

She is a blast on all levels. She’s funny, she’s humble. She’s badass. She’s everything. She’s awesome. We’re actually already working on an album with her. It’s called Lip$ha.

He’s working on the follow-up to the band’s feature film Christmas on Mars:

Yes, the video that came out yesterday “The Ashes in the Air” video is the beginning of our next feature.

He’s *not* “drug free”:

I’ve never been drug free but I’ve never been on the level of addicts and I don’t use hard drugs. There are some like mushrooms that I think are fun. but I think I’m more empathetic with the nature of anxiety. physical health is a dilemma.

The weirdest gift he’s ever received:

Some woman (she’s actually an insane person) sent me sent me a $3,000 lips shaped couch once. That was really weird

On the cost of the band’s live show:

It is expensive, yeah. I don’t know what the number would be really. We use about 3-4 boxes of confetti a night and they run about $600-700 a box and then about $500-600 worth of balloons. It seems like a lot, but it’s not a lot compared to like Beyonce or something like that.

On the possibility of another “March of 1,000 Skeletons”:

It’s always an option but the fire marshals were very cautious- the bigger the march the more cautious they got. They didn’t want any accidents to happen. For example, for every person carrying a torch, I had to have two fire extinguishers. It felt really restrictive.

Why the band chose to release their dark and despairing new album The Terror in the Spring:

I think it’s also a record about acceptance. When the world expects you to be all sunshine, you want to express feelings that are the opposite so that others can share what you’re feeling. You want what you’re going through to be expressed and shared. It’s even more useful when you’re not just happy that the suns coming out. You can be happy in the beginning of the day, sad in the middle, and happy in the end of the day.

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