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Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne talks new album with Ke$ha, new movie, "The Terror" and more

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 5, 2013

Wayne Coyne, frontman for Oklahoma City-based space rockers The Flaming Lips, took questions via Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session earlier this week.

If you think the prospect of an Ask Me Anything option with Coyne sounds like it would have a high prospect for weirdness, you wouldn’t be wrong. I’m not even going to think about his strangest fan encounter, much less post it.

But here is a summary of some of the revelations from the Q&A, courtesy

- The Lips are working on a full-length album with past collaborator Ke$ha, and it’s apparently called “Lip$ha.” “She is a blast on all levels. She’s funny, she’s humble. She’s badass. She’s everything. She’s awesome,” Coyne declares.

- Remember the bloody, nudity-filled and profanity-laced music video for the Lips’ Bon Iver duet “Ashes in the Air” I told you about earlier this week? Apparently it’s the beginning of the Lips’ next feature film, the followup to 2008′s “Christmas on Mars.”

- You know all the confetti and balloons that the Lips go through in their concert extravaganzas? Well, it does get expensive launching that much fun stuff into the air. “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 Beyoncé or something like that,” Coyne says.

- Coyne has no musical regrets, “but if I did it would be that I was too young in the ’60s to have made music with Miles Davis.”

- He also shared some insights into the band’s bleak new album “The Terror,” due out April 16: “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,” he says.

To read more of what the Oklahoma City denizen had to say in the Q&A, click here.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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