“I don't know if we're in (the Guinness Book) yet,” Coyne said.
“It'll be amazing when we see it and hold it and all that, and you can talk to 10-year-old kids who've seen you in there. But that's part of the fantastical appeal of those sorts of things. It's just absurd. You know, you're in there with the world's fattest man and the world's longest watermelon spitting contest. There are all these absurd things, and then the Flaming Lips play eight shows in 24 hours. It's meant to be just another absurd thing that we've done.”
But the Lips find time to do beautiful things, too, when it comes to making music, and in between all those wildly experimental duets with “fwends,” the band has been creating a new collection of songs that may well stand alongside “The Soft Bulletin” (1999) and “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (2002) as another masterpiece of alternative popcraft.
“It's a strange, powerful, emotional, devastating record,” Coyne said of the album, due out next year. “In that way, I mean those are impossible records to make 'cause you don't know how to make them. They either happen or they don't, you know?
“And then a good bit of the record, I really have a hard time listening to, because it's so, it's so internal, it's so emotional. So yeah, I think people will hear it, and I think it'll be one of those records that, you know, as years go by, I think people will be so attached to it in an eerie way. I think it's a new, it's yet another version of the Flaming Lips, which we weren't intending, really, to do.
“And I think this music that we made was simply made from our subconscious more than anything else. It was just some desire and some longing to be in this other atmosphere. ... And now when I hear it I can't listen to it without it having a lot of psychic effect on me.”
Whether the Flaming Lips will share any of this mind-bending newness on Friday night remains to be heard, but Coyne promises a good time for all at the event that's being billed as “the largest costume party in the Midwest.”
“We wanna do a big crazy party up there,” he said. “We're gonna have Stardeath and White Dwarfs and our friends New Fumes play. Everybody'll dress up. Someone'll pass out some drugs — it won't be me — but there'll be some drug fun goin' on, and it'll be another crazy evening with the Flaming Lips and their friends, you know?”
Will it be as good as 2006's legendary “U.F.O.s at the Zoo”?
“I think that show might still stand as our greatest show that we've ever done. There's some magic that happens that you can't even know why it happened or how to ever do it again.”
But the Lips will try.