Today’s rockstar guest is a member of one of the most iconic, influential, unpredictable and vital forces in American rock music, The Flaming Lips. During their tenure, their ever-evolving, GRAMMY Award-winning sound has become a genre unto itself and contains lush, multi-layered arrangements. Lyrically, their compositions reflect the light and dark in all of us combined with bold experimental production that breathes life into their space-age-prog, punk pop and appeals to a broad spectrum of music lovers around the globe. Known for their elaborate live stage shows, THE LIPS have become the ultimate live rock experience with the likes of Q Magazine and Rolling Stone naming The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die." Their reputation as canny songwriters and great performers have made The LIPS an actively sought out collaborative entity who have participated in numerous, oddly diverse recorded and live performances that include Yoko Ono, David Lynch, Philip Glass, Bon Iver, Lightning Bolt, Coldplay, Beck, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation, Grace Potter, The Chemical Brothers, Jim James, Miley Cyrus and many more. The band recently achieved yet another set of “Firsts” by being the first band to perform prophylactically for late night TV (Colbert/Fallon), and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. In January 2021, The Lips played The World’s First-Ever Space Bubble Concerts with band and audience safely encased and physically distanced within their own individual clear Space Bubbles in their hometown of Oklahoma City. And The Writer Is… Wayne Coyne!Artwork: Michael Richey WhiteSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello fantasize about a post-pandemic life; writer Daisy Hernández unpacks her latest book The Kissing Bug, a reportage-meets-memoir which follows how Chagas disease affects Latinx communities; Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips, discusses playing a Covid-safe concert where both the band and the audience members are inside their own space bubbles; and we hear a performance of their hit song "Do You Realize" from inside the bubble.
Colin talks to the unique and brilliant Wayne Coyne about The Flaming Lips from its punk rock beginnings to the eclectic live shows. Wayne describes the making of Soft Bulletin and why he has always heeded advice from Pete Townshend to make records over touring. Plus how influence came from The Wizard of Oz and The Beatles. Midnight Meets is part of Colin Murray’s BBC Radio 5 Live show which is on Monday to Thursday, 10.30pm to 1am - or available whenever you want via the free BBC Sounds app.
Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne on the profound influence of punk rock in his life: “Previous to that, you didn’t know that art was fucked up. To be a musician meant, ‘You’ve gotta know music. If you don’t know music, you don’t belong here.’ When really, some of the greatest musicians would say just the opposite — ‘Don’t worry about that, fuckin’ do your thing.’ But in this world, when you’re young and surrounded by a bunch of know-it-alls, everybody wants to tell you, ‘This is how it works and you don’t know nothin’.’ And you’re innocent, you believe them and say, ‘Well, I wanna try to do it my way.’ I was lucky punk rock came along. And I really did relate to John Lydon, I really did relate to the guys in Duran Duran and even Anthony Kiedis and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They just said, ‘Fuck it, we’re gonna do it our way and we don’t care.’ Beastie Boys. Having that inspiration, you can’t know how valuable that is. Suddenly what you thought might be true, they’re living it saying, ‘Yeah, it’s true.’ We started to do more and more shows and Black Flag came through here and played and the Minutemen came though here and played and the Replacements. And all these people, Sonic Youth came here and they would sleep on our couch and we’d talk to them and it’d be like, ‘We’re not alone.’ And I think that’s such a powerful bond, and it’s even more of a bond than just doing music. To know that there’s this thing, that you can do it, you can be a part of it. They’re inspiring you and you’re inspiring them, and it’s amazing. It’s knowing, ‘I’m not stupid for thinking this. I’m not purposely being an outsider.’”--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jennylsq/support
The Flaming Lips are one of the most beloved psych-pop bands. They've managed to achieve commercial success and win multiple Grammy awards without having to sacrifice their instinct for the wierd and wonderful. Led by Wayne Coyne, an unconventional but committed frontman, this once band of 'wierdo outsiders' have gone on to inspire a generation of psychedelic rock bands and collaborate with a diverse range of artists—from Henry Rollins and Peaches to Miley Cyrus and Kasey Musgraves. Their latest masterpiece American Head has Coyne and longtime band member Steven Drozd reflecting on their youth and how the culture of drugs impacted their lives and tainted their idea of an American Dream. Many thanks for making this possible—Wayne Coyne for your gracious time and infectious, wide-eyed optimism. Micheal Ivins for helping with the recording. To Rick Gershon from Warner Records Publicity for arranging interviews and permission to use songs. To Chris Greenspon for additional help with sound editing. Songs Featured: "Dinosaurs On The Mountain," "She Don't Use Jelly," "Waiting For Superman," "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt 1," Flowers of Neptune 6," "Will You Return When You Come Down," "You n Me Selling Weed," "Mothers Please Don't Be Sad," and "My Religion Is You." Send your thoughts on this episode to email@example.com We would love to hear from you and might feature your feedback in our mini episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Wayne Coyne joins Dwyer in a expansive chat. They discuss self-discovery during quarantine, growing up in large Irish Catholic families, Wayne's defining moment of life or death, the pain of existence and origin of the bubble shows. Live Bubble Shows March 11 - 14, 2021The Flaming Lips Site HERE Live Bubble Show Tickets HEREMatt Dwyer's website HERE Other and All Things Matt Dwyer HERE Note From Matt Dwyer: I was a bit frazzled in the intro. It had taken a lot to prepare for this and my brain was toast. It took me about 20 takes to get the intro to some acceptable and to be honest I'm still not happy but, spilt milk, right? Enjoy a great episode. Conversations With Dwyer is Produced, hosted, and edited by Matt DwyerConsulting Producer Dusting Marshal See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
"A lot of these songs that have been deemed protest songs, they're fucking great songs anyway. You're just waiting for an excuse to go out and sort of sing them. So 'Ohio' would be one of those. They're really made to help you express it cause you don't know what to say," Wayne Coyne says of what makes a good protest song on this week's People Have The Power.
Wayne Coyne, Flaming Lips Lead Singer Talks "American Head," The Beatles, and More
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Ryan talks with Flaming Lips lead singer, Wayne Coyne, about their fantastic new record American Head. Listen to American Head:Apple MusicSpotifyiTuneshttps://www.flaminglips.comVisit my website at https://www.thesongsofnote.com/Music provided by Tyler Ramsey. Find Tyler on Spotify, Apple Music, and his website.