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By Gene Triplett Published: December 25, 2009

Coyne and company ventured into the Norman recording studios of ex-Chainsaw Kitten Trent Bell, bringing Coyne’s nephew Dennis Coyne — and his band, Stardeath and White Dwarfs — along for the ride.

To supply the eerie voices that are famously heard throughout the Pink Floyd record, Coyne enlisted the help of Canadian electro-pop temptress Peaches and one of his longtime idols since the heyday of Black Flag, Henry Rollins.

"He’s just an intense, unique guy. He really is one of my heroes,” Coyne said of Rollins. "And we called another great friend of ours, Peaches. She lives in Berlin. Through the marvel of technology these days, you can send stuff over the computer, and three hours later, they do a track and send it back.

"So there’s a lot of serendipity that just allowed this thing to happen. We were already familiar with it, and Dennis’ group, they’re really great and creative and take a lot of chances, so we did some songs, and they did some songs. Trent has two studios, so we could be working on ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ in one room, and Dennis and them could be working on ‘Eclipse’ in the other.”

For those who can’t wait until New Year’s Eve, "The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’” is available on iTunes exclusively until Tuesday, when it will be released through other participating digital outlets.

Meanwhile, the Lips’ third annual New Year’s Eve Freak-Out will feature Stardeath and White Dwarfs as the show opener, then the Lips with their usual circus of music and madness, complete with confetti blasters, dangerous-looking laser beams, a gigantic mirror ball and "the world’s biggest balloon drop.”

The bonus "Dark Side” set is the Lips way of thanking the world for a year that included the adoption of "Do You Realize??” as Oklahoma’s official state rock song; the signing of Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Warner Bros. Records and the release of that band’s major label debut, "The Birth”; the Bricktown opening of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, of which Booker is chief executive officer; Coyne’s appearance on the cover of the November issue of Spin magazine, and the release of the Lips’ 14th studio album, the highly experimental and groove-heavy "Embryonic.”

"We’re very grateful to be able to do this show at the Cox Center,” Coyne said. "It used to be the Myriad. I mean, I saw Led Zeppelin play this very room. We have some strange rock and roll memories attached to this place.”

The Flaming Lips New Year’s Eve Freak-Out
→With: Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

→When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

→Where: Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

→Tickets: $10, $20, $25 at neighboring Ford Center box office, Suncoast, FYE and Homeland stores, online at, by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Watch a video of Gene Triplett’s interview with Wayne Coyne.

The Flaming Lips sing "Silent Night” and "White Christmas” and read from "’Twas the Night Before Christmas”: entertainment/ static


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