The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983.
The band is best known for its associations with 1960s and 1970s psychedelic subculture.
They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Alternative rock, experimental rock, space rock, indie rock, neo-psychedelia, noise pop, post-punk (early)
Wayne Coyne explained:
"Back in 1983 when we were approaching our first gig, we really didn't know what we were gonna be called.
...I'd read somewhere about a group called the Flaming Hands, which was a name I'd liked and that led
to the Flaming Lips.
...I even remember making a flyer for the show where I cut out a picture of
a woman with her legs spread and put a mouth over her, uh, parts - so there was this idea of a throbbing
orifice. It just proves that if a man is completely left to his own devices, he'll always go straight
Wayne Coyne lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Michael Ivins bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Steven Drozd lead vocals, drums, guitar, keyboards, bass, backing vocals
Derek Brown guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (
Mark Coyne lead vocals (19831985)
Dave Kostka drums (19831984)
Richard English drums, keyboards, backing vocals (19841988)
Nathan Roberts drums (19891991)
Jonathan Donahue guitar, backing vocals (19891991)
Jon Mooneyham guitar (1991)
Ronald Jones guitar, backing vocals (19911996)
Ray Suen percussion, violin, harp, keyboards (20092012)
Kliph Scurlock drums, percussion (20022014)
The Flaming Lips Quotes
"It goes further than writing songs and music, after a while that can only take you so far."
"In the UK music actually influences people on an everyday level, whereas here life goes on pretty much in the same dismal boring them regardless of what records are made. "
Let's hope it never does because there is still a thrill in doing new things just because you can. That is part and partial of what The Flaming Lips are all about. I don't think it is better than before, they are just new possibilities.
Within the realm of rock and roll, I'm, surprised more people don't do freaky shit like that all the time. I wanted to do it. I've been making records for 20 years now and just thought if anyway was going to do it, I had to do it. Not because the world needs these things. I just think they are kind of interesting. 5:1 has the same possibilities. Who knows what you can do with it. It is all still music in the end.
We started to get the calls. Me and my wife were driving out to San Francisco and friends called to say they saw on CNN were had been nominated for a Grammy.
The Flaming Lips Awards
Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance: "The Wizard Turns On..."
Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: At War with the Mystics.
PLUG: Independant Music Award for Best Music DVD of The Year "The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks"
PLUG: Independant Music Award for PLUG Artist Impact Award
Grammy Award for Rock Instrumental: Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia),