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The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (2002)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, Fall 2002

The Flaming Lips frontperson on the new reissues; looking back on the old albums, liking what he hears; amateurism, and "will over skill"; keep changing and not being precious; Jonathan Donahue and producer Dave Fridman bringing musicality to the band; using his imagination, and writing about UFOs; sampling the Beatles; the meaning of the Jesus Egg, and being about to back Beck.

File format: mp3; file size: 24.9mb, interview length: 25' 55" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages audio, 2006

On the release of At War With The Mystics, Mr. Coyne waxes philosophical about rock'n'roll, life, drink, drugs, death and the entire meaning of it all.

File format: mp3; file size: 47.3mb, interview length: 49' 18" sound quality: *****

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The Flaming Lips: Transmissions From the Satellite Heart

Review and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1994

WHEN THE FLAMING Lips look out at the world from Oklahoma, it must seem hurried and strange. They don't let it affect them. Transmissions ...

It's The 'Looza Baby, Why Don't You Kill It?

Report by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 30 July 1994

LOLLAPALOOZA once had the chance to be the greatest rock'n'roll circus the planet had ever seen. But, in spite of the live spectacle of VERVE, ...

Cypress Hill, Lemonheads, Verve, Hole et al: Reading Festival

Live Review by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, 3 September 1994

READING.It's like acid; once you've tried it you swear you'll never be back for more, and yet you always are. Perhaps it's because this festival ...

The Flaming Lips: Astoria 2, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 17 September 1994

YOU MIGHT regard the hirsute scruffball demeanour as proof of their berth on the now ritually condemned HMS Slacker, but in fact The Flaming Lips ...

The Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic (WEA 9362-45911-2 13 tks/48 mins/FP)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, 16 September 1995

THE FLAMING LIPS are to rock what René Higuita is to goalkeeping. EVERETT TRUE salutes the band who arrive at obvious pop songs via the ...

The Flaming Lips: Vote Labia!

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 17 February 1996

Twelve years and seven albums down the line and only now are Oklahomans THE FLAMING LIPS making their presence felt. At last we can let ...

Flaming Lips: Zaireeka (Warner Bros.)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 3 January 1998

IN THE REALM OF musicological discourse, the term 'genius' has been overused virtually to the point of obsoletion. So it bears stating at the outset ...

Flaming Lips: Zaireeka

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, April 1998

Four-CD set from Oklahoma experimentalists, requiring four stereos for playback ...

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (WEA)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 15 May 1999


Wayne Coyne on The Soft Bulletin

Press Release by Wayne Coyne, Warner Bros., 8 June 1999

I AM NOT On Drugs...yet. I sometimes think about how quiet the world must have been, maybe a hundred years ago. I say that, having ...

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin

Review by Eric Weisbard, The Village Voice, 23 June 1999

YES, THE FLAMING LIPS. When they appeared in the mid '80s, 'Jesus Shootin' Heroin' got college radio time from fans of Butthole Surfers psychedelic stomps, ...

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, July 1999

"PSYCHEDELIA" has undergone some curious convolutions since its Haight-Ashbury heyday. For the most part, though, the hallucinogens have gone, leaving a purely musical residue - ...

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Parade

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1999

THE FLAMING LIPS have just made a contender for Last Great Album Of The 20th Century. But are they really a bunch of nutters on ...

Flaming Lips/Built To Spill/Wheat: City Slang night at the Royal Festival Hall

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns,, 12 May 2000

NAMED AFTER a legendary 1976 EP by Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, the German label City Slang has been home to some of the best and most ...

The Band That Fell to Earth: The Flaming Lips' Christmas on Mars

Report and Interview by Jason Cohen, CMJ New Music Monthly, July 2002

WAYNE COYNE'S creative mission for the evening is to get the pants off his manager's young intern. ...

The Flaming Lips: We Mean You No Harm

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 2002

Inhabitants of planet Oklahoma, for 15 years The Flaming Lips happily explored the outer limits of symphonic psych. Then, with 1999's The Soft Bulletin, they ...

The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (WEA)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2002

BACK IN February 1999, Wayne Coyne wrote of the soon-to-be-released The Soft Bulletin that, "in a strange reversal of musical universes, the more indulgent and ...

The Flaming Lips: Waitin' for a superman

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 2002

The Flaming Lips, the world's most inventive band, have followed up Uncut's album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin, with a record about death, overcoming sadness, ...

The Flaming Lips: Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-88

Review by Pat Blashill, Rolling Stone, 14 November 2002

FOLLOWING THESE fearless alterna-rockers on their path from '80s weird to pop bliss, few would have thought in the late '80s that the Flaming Lips, ...

The Flaming Lips: Manchester Academy

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2003

PANDAS, ALIENS, GORILLAS, GIANT RABBITS and Jetsonesque robots. Enormous spinning glitterballs spewing kaleidoscopic prisms. Silver confetti, fluorescent strobes, glove puppets and vistas of Teletubbies. At ...

King Coyne Meets The Chemicals Uptown: A Summit Meeting with the Lips and the Chems

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2003

SOMEHOW IT WAS inevitable that the Chemical Brothers – those High Priests of the rock/dance interface – would one day work with Oklahoma City's Finest. ...

The Flaming Lips: Carling Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2004

OLD FAN OR NEW, it's a live show that blows your mind. Gaily-coloured balloons the size of space-hoppers assault and caress you from every direction. ...

The Flaming Lips: What's Next

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

THE FLAMING Lips have begun recording the follow-up to 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, provisionally titled At War With the Mystics, with Dave Fridmann ...

The Flaming Lips: Bearers of the Psych Torch

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

"WHAT'S THE greatest misconception about me?" the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne ponders aloud, pushing up the sleeves of his putty-colored suit. ...

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (2006) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 2006

This is a transcript of Gavin's audio interview with Wayne. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

The Flaming Lips: At War with the Mystics

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, April 2006

THERE WAS SOMETHING so ultimate about the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, emphasized by its release in the last year of the 20th Century, you ...

The Flaming Lips: Loose Lips

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2006

WAYNE COYNE is the Flaming Lips' major domo, lead vocalist and ringmaster for the Oklahoma-based art provocateurs. ...

Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips

Interview by Steven Rosen,, 14 June 2006

STEVEN DROZD, guitarist for The Flaming Lips, plays guitar, keyboards, drums, sings, writes, entertains and philosophizes. He does a lot of different things. And that's ...

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2007

"WITH THIS ALBUM," Wayne Coyne revealed to Uncut last year, "I wanted to tell people that I know life is beautiful because I've seen how ...

Flaming Lips: Album By Album

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Uncut, June 2008

THINGS HAVE CHANGED monumentally for the Flaming Lips over the course of their 23-year career. "We were just dorks who liked music," says sonic ringmaster ...

Dave Fridmann: Producing Embryonic

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, Sound on Sound, March 2010

Following their unlikely breakthrough into the mainstream, Flaming Lips made a conscious return to the outer limits with their recent album Embryonic. Dave Fridmann manned the controls. ...

A Trip To Oya In Oslo Via Pavement, Munch & MIA 

Report by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 20 August 2010

IF YOU GO for a cigarette on the fourth floor balcony of the hotel, you see cruise-ships and boats flanking a floating stage, upon which ...

Flaming good time: Lips lock on psychedelia rock

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Herald, 24 July 2011

FEW THINGS ARE certain in life, but this is: At some point Wednesday during the Flaming Lips concert at Bank of America Pavilion, singer Wayne ...

The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

Review by Paul Lester,, April 2012

First album of original material since 2009's Embryonic for Oklahoma's finest. ...

The MOJO Interview: Wayne Coyne

Interview by Tom Doyle, MOJO, April 2013

He sang of giraffes and jelly while wreaking freaky panto mayhem. But at 52 has reality bitten the Flaming Lips' ringmaster? "This is the first ...


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