Video interview: Wayne Coyne

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The Flaming Lips are coming to town to perform at the Puyallup Fair Wednesday night and since Wayne Coyne and his merry band of fearless freaks will be doing the Puyallup in a few days I thought now would be a great time to break out the video interview I did with Wayne earlier this year at Sasquatch!

During our interview Wayne talked about Oklahoma’s storm season, which is when weathermen are revered as gods, the band’s decision to distribute its music via a USB drive inside of a gummy fetus and he showed me some of what he keeps on his iPhone.

Unfortunately, you can’t make out the iPhone images at all on the video, which is why they were mostly edited out of the clip. So what’s Wayne Coyne keep on his iPhone? Photos of melted vinyl pressings, video clips of his dog chasing a rooster in his backyard, images of his custom socks and top secret pictures of the latest way the Flaming Lips plan to deliver their music in a gummy format.

I would love to share with you the latest gummy plans from the Lips, but Wayne swore me to secrecy and when Wayne Coyne swears you to secrecy you have to keep your mouth shut. But I will say it’s a very Flaming Lips way to deliver music and I’ll offer you a slight tease (hey, Wayne didn’t say I couldn’t tease). Let’s just say it’s a nice combination of the already released gummy skull, gummy fetus and another gummy that is modeled after a sexual part of the body. It’s expected to be released at the end of the year, so you won’t have to wait too long to see what the final product will look like. And trust me, if you are a fan of the weird and a fan of the Lips then you will want to see this.

The Flaming Lips perform at the Puyallup Fair with openers Les Butcherettes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased here.

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.