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OriginThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_0_2_0 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United StatesThe Flaming Lips_cell_0_2_1
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Years activeThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_0_4_0 1983–presentThe Flaming Lips_cell_0_4_1
LabelsThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_0_5_0 Restless, Warner Bros., Bella UnionThe Flaming Lips_cell_0_5_1
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The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Flaming Lips_sentence_0

The band consists of Wayne Coyne (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Michael Ivins (bass), Steven Drozd (guitars, keyboards), Derek Brown (guitars, keyboards), Jake Ingalls (keyboards, guitars), Matt Duckworth Kirksey (drums) and Nick Ley (percussion). The Flaming Lips_sentence_1

The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Flaming Lips_sentence_2

After signing to Warner Brothers, they released their first record with Warner, Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992). The Flaming Lips_sentence_3

They later released The Soft Bulletin (1999), which was NME magazine's Album of the Year, and then Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002). The Flaming Lips_sentence_4

In February 2007, they were nominated for a BRIT Award for "Best International Act". The Flaming Lips_sentence_5

The group has won three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The Flaming Lips_sentence_6

They were placed on Q magazine's list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die" in 2002. The Flaming Lips_sentence_7

History The Flaming Lips_section_0

Early history and releases (1983–1990) The Flaming Lips_section_1

The Flaming Lips formed in Oklahoma City in 1983 with Wayne Coyne on guitar, his brother Mark singing lead vocals, Michael Ivins on bass and Dave Kotska on drums. The Flaming Lips_sentence_8

The band debuted at Oklahoma City's Blue Note Lounge. The Flaming Lips_sentence_9

After they hired Dave Kotska as the drummer, Richard English joined the band in 1984. The Flaming Lips_sentence_10

That same year they recorded The Flaming Lips EP, their only release with Mark Coyne singing lead vocals. The Flaming Lips_sentence_11

After his brother's departure, Wayne assumed the vocal duties and the band released their first full-length album, Hear It Is, on Pink Dust Records (the psychedelic-rock imprint of Enigma Records) in 1986. The Flaming Lips_sentence_12

This line-up recorded two more albums: 1987's [[Oh_My_Gawd!! The Flaming Lips_sentence_13

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and 1989's Telepathic Surgery, the latter originally planned to be a 30-minute sound collage. The Flaming Lips_sentence_15

Drummer Nathan Roberts replaced English and guitarist Jonathan Donahue (also a member of the alternative rock band Mercury Rev) joined in 1989. The Flaming Lips_sentence_16

In a Priest Driven Ambulance, their first album with producer Dave Fridmann, was recorded at the State University of New York in Fredonia for $5 an hour on a $10,000 budget. The Flaming Lips_sentence_17

The album was host to a marked expansion in the band's sound and their previous experiments in tape loops and effects were given a more prominent role. The Flaming Lips_sentence_18

During this period, Coyne made his transition to a higher, more strained vocal style akin to Neil Young, which he first used on Telepathic Surgery's "Chrome Plated Suicide" and has employed ever since. The Flaming Lips_sentence_19

In 1990 the band caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records and was signed promptly after a label representative witnessed a show at which the band almost burned down the venue (American Legion Hall in Norman, Oklahoma) with the use of pyrotechnics. The Flaming Lips_sentence_20

There are several ideas as to how the band chose their name. The Flaming Lips_sentence_21

One possibility is that it was inspired by the 1953 feature film, Geraldine, in which comedian Stan Freberg sings several songs including one called "Flaming Lips". The Flaming Lips_sentence_22

Signed to Warner Bros. (Hit to Death in the Future Head to Clouds Taste Metallic) (1991–1996) The Flaming Lips_section_2

In 1991, the band started recording their major label debut Hit to Death in the Future Head. The Flaming Lips_sentence_23

The album's release was halted for nearly a year because of the use of a sample from Michael Kamen's score for the film Brazil in the track "You Have to Be Joking (Autopsy of the Devil's Brain)", which required a lengthy clearance process. The Flaming Lips_sentence_24

After the recording of this album Donahue left the band to concentrate on Mercury Rev and Roberts left the band as well, citing creative differences. The Flaming Lips_sentence_25

They were replaced by Ronald Jones and Steven Drozd respectively. The Flaming Lips_sentence_26

In 1993, they released Transmissions from the Satellite Heart. The Flaming Lips_sentence_27

This was the only studio album since In a Priest Driven Ambulance to date in which Dave Fridmann has not been involved. The Flaming Lips_sentence_28

Because of the success of the album and the single "She Don't Use Jelly", the band was featured on four popular television series: Beverly Hills, 90210, Late Show with David Letterman, Charmed and Beavis and Butt-head. The Flaming Lips_sentence_29

The success of this record led to long stints of touring, opening for bands including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Candlebox. The Flaming Lips_sentence_30

Clouds Taste Metallic was released to much critical fanfare in late 1995, though it did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor. The Flaming Lips_sentence_31

The strain of the year-long Clouds tour, added to the stress from the three years touring in support of Transmissions, was a major factor in the departure of Ronald Jones in late 1996. The Flaming Lips_sentence_32

He was said to be suffering from a severe case of agoraphobia, although the documentary Fearless Freaks states that he left because of his growing concerns over Drozd's drug use. The Flaming Lips_sentence_33

In September 2014, the Lips paid tribute to former bandmate Ronald Jones and the impact his music had on their developing sound by performing Transmissions from the Satellite Heart live at First Avenue. The Flaming Lips_sentence_34

In February 2015, they performed Clouds Taste Metallic live at the same venue and in December 2015, a 20th Anniversary box set called Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994–1997 surrounding the album's release, and the cult status it has achieved over the years was also released. The Flaming Lips_sentence_35

Zaireeka (1997–1998) The Flaming Lips_section_3

The departure of Jones and a general dissatisfaction with standard "rock" music led to the three remaining members of the group redefining the direction of the band with the experimental Zaireeka (1997), a four-CD album which is intended to be heard by playing all four CDs in four separate CD players simultaneously. The Flaming Lips_sentence_36

The music incorporated both traditional musical elements and "found" sounds (as in musique concrète), often heavily manipulated with recording studio electronics. The Flaming Lips_sentence_37

As part of the development of this project, the band conducted a series of "parking lot experiments" and then later, "boombox experiments". The Flaming Lips_sentence_38

In the parking lot experiments up to 40 volunteers were given cassettes created by the band to be played at a parking lot in their cars' stereo systems simultaneously. The Flaming Lips_sentence_39

In the "boom box experiments" an orchestra composed of up to 40 volunteers with modified "boombox"-type tape players was "conducted" – directed to vary the volume, speed or tone of the tape they were playing (again composed by the band) – by Wayne Coyne. The Flaming Lips_sentence_40

Meanwhile, a series of unfortunate events (recounted in the 1999 song "The Spiderbite Song") beset the band. The Flaming Lips_sentence_41

Drozd's arm was almost amputated needlessly because of what he claimed was a spider bite (it turned out to be abscessed as a result of Drozd's heroin use), Ivins was trapped in his car for several hours after a wheel spun off of another vehicle into his windshield, and Coyne's father died after a long battle with cancer. The Flaming Lips_sentence_42

Mainstream breakthrough (The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots) (1999–2002) The Flaming Lips_section_4

Though their experimental endeavors received some press coverage, their real breakthrough came with the 1999 release, The Soft Bulletin. The Flaming Lips_sentence_43

Marrying more traditional catchy melodies with synthetic strings, hypnotic, carefully manipulated beats, booming cymbals and oddball but philosophical lyrics (sung much more strongly than on earlier releases), the album quickly became one of the underground hits of the year, even widely considered to be one of the best albums of the entire decade. The Flaming Lips_sentence_44

Compared by many music critics to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds because of its inclusion of harmonies and orchestrated sounds, The Soft Bulletin also featured greater use of synthesizers, drum machines, sound effects and more studio manipulation. The Flaming Lips_sentence_45

After this album was released, Coyne stated that, "if someone was to ask me what instrument do I play, I would say the recording studio." The Flaming Lips_sentence_46

As the band considered an attempt to recreate this complex album live solely with additional musicians to be complex and expensive, they decided to tour as a three-piece and make extensive use of pre-recorded music to fill out those parts that were not performed live by the members of the band. The Flaming Lips_sentence_47

This led to the decision to have the drummer Drozd play primarily keyboards and guitar live instead of the drums. The Flaming Lips_sentence_48

This, in turn, led to a decision to utilize video recordings and projections of Steven playing the drums for some of the band's older songs, so the band added Kliph Scurlock on drums and percussion, Drozd focused on guitars, keyboards, bass (when he plays bass, Ivins plays keyboards), drums and occasional vocals, when he sings, Coyne plays guitars, keyboards and theremin. The Flaming Lips_sentence_49

To enhance the live experience for their audience and to accurately reproduce the sound of The Soft Bulletin live, the Lips devised the concept of the "Headphone Concert". The Flaming Lips_sentence_50

A low-powered FM transmitter was set up at shows, and the concert was simultaneously broadcast to small Walkman-style receivers and headphones made available for free to audience members. The Flaming Lips_sentence_51

This would, in theory, allow the audiences greater sonic clarity while still feeling the power of a full live P.A.. The Flaming Lips_sentence_52

This concept was debuted in Dallas, Texas, and at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, in March 1999, and was subsequently used on the International Music Against Brain Degeneration Revue tour. The Flaming Lips_sentence_53

This tour featured Japanese band Cornelius, Sebadoh, Robyn Hitchcock, Sonic Boom's E.A.R. The Flaming Lips_sentence_54

and IQU. The Flaming Lips_sentence_55

Three years later, in the summer of 2002, the Flaming Lips joined bands Cake and Modest Mouse on the Unlimited Sunshine Tour. The Flaming Lips_sentence_56

They also released the full-length Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots to much critical acclaim. The Flaming Lips_sentence_57

Featuring guest musician Yoshimi P-We and demonstrating more use of electronic instruments and computer manipulation than The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi is widely considered to be the Flaming Lips' first critical and commercial success after nearly twenty years as a band. The Flaming Lips_sentence_58

The final track on the album, "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)" earned a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, and the album was certified gold on April 10, 2006. The Flaming Lips_sentence_59

In March 2007, the band revealed that they had recently teamed up with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to produce a Broadway musical based on the album. The Flaming Lips_sentence_60

In January 2012, Pitchfork TV released a forty-five-minute documentary on The Soft Bulletin. The Flaming Lips_sentence_61

The documentary featured several rare archival photos and videos along with interviews from the members, producer Dave Fridmann, and manager Scott Booker. The Flaming Lips_sentence_62

The same year, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was adapted into a musical after being in development for years after the album's release. The Flaming Lips_sentence_63

Both The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots have been released on DVD-Audio. The Flaming Lips_sentence_64

Following the success of "Yoshimi", Steven Drozd completed rehab for heroin addiction. The Flaming Lips_sentence_65

This decision was spurred by a physical altercation between Drozd and Wayne Coyne. The Flaming Lips_sentence_66

Continued success (At War with the Mystics) (2002–2006) The Flaming Lips_section_5

Shortly after Yoshimi and The Soft Bulletin, the Flaming Lips released two EPs in the same vein of their previous album's robotic theme which contain remixed songs from Yoshimi, Fight Test and Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell. The Flaming Lips_sentence_67

They also appeared on the track "Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun)" on the Thievery Corporation album The Cosmic Game. The Flaming Lips_sentence_68

In 2002 they were invited to work with The Chemical Brothers. The Flaming Lips_sentence_69

Steven Drozd performed lead vocals, while Wayne Coyne performed harmony vocals, on the single "The Golden Path", which was included on The Chemical Brothers compilation album, Singles 93-03. The Flaming Lips_sentence_70

In 2002, they performed as the opening act, as well as the backup band, for singer Beck on his Sea Change tour. The Flaming Lips_sentence_71

In the summer of 2004, it was announced that the Flaming Lips would appear among the headliners on the 2004 Lollapalooza tour, alongside such artists as Sonic Youth and Morrissey; however, the tour was canceled because of lack of revenue. The Flaming Lips_sentence_72

Also in 2004, the band recorded the song "SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy" for the soundtrack of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The Flaming Lips_sentence_73

Following the concerts' cancellation, the band entered Tarbox Road Studio with producer Dave Fridmann and began work on their eleventh album, the more organic-sounding At War with the Mystics. The Flaming Lips_sentence_74

The record, aimed to be a more guitar-based and heavier effort than recent albums, featured more politically conscious lyrics than any of their previous releases, and was released in April 2006 to a mixed yet mostly positive reception. The Flaming Lips_sentence_75

In 2005 the band was the subject of a documentary called Fearless Freaks, featuring appearances by other artists and celebrities such as Gibby Haynes, The White Stripes, Beck, Christina Ricci, Liz Phair, Juliette Lewis, Steve Burns, Starlight Mints, and Adam Goldberg. The Flaming Lips_sentence_76

In that same year, the Flaming Lips contributed a version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" to the album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen. The Flaming Lips_sentence_77

Also in this year, the Flaming Lips released the DVD VOID (Video Overview in Deceleration), which chronicles all of their ventures into music video that have been produced since they signed with Warner Bros in 1991. The Flaming Lips_sentence_78

In October 2005, the Flaming Lips recorded a cover of "If I Only Had a Brain" for the soundtrack of the video game Stubbs the Zombie, which features modern rock bands covering songs from the 1950s and 1960s. The Flaming Lips_sentence_79

Additionally, the band released one new song, "Mr. The Flaming Lips_sentence_80 Ambulance Driver", for the soundtrack of the 2005 film Wedding Crashers (a slightly edited version of the song found its way onto the new record). The Flaming Lips_sentence_81

The band released two singles from At War With the Mystics: "The W.A.N.D. The Flaming Lips_sentence_82

", which was featured in a Dell commercial and which was originally put out as a download-only single in early 2006, and "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song", which became their highest-charting single on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. The Flaming Lips_sentence_83

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A 4-track EP, entitled It Overtakes Me, was released later in the UK that year. The Flaming Lips_sentence_85

The only instrumental on the album, "The Wizard Turns On... The Flaming Lips_sentence_86

The Giant Silver Flashlight and Puts on His Werewolf Moccasins", earned a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, making it twice in a row the Lips have been nominated in that category and won. The Flaming Lips_sentence_87

Following the April 4, 2006 release of At War with the Mystics, the band began a tour to support the album in the United Kingdom, including a finale at the Royal Albert Hall and performances at the O2 Wireless Festival. The Flaming Lips_sentence_88

At the Leeds England date of the festival, the band opened for The Who, of whom they are long standing fans. The Flaming Lips_sentence_89

The band continued to tour throughout the fall of 2006 stopping in Montreal, the Virgin Festival on the Toronto Islands, Atlantic City's House of Blues, The University of Vermont in Burlington, their hometown Oklahoma City, the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and New York City, NY as well as several other cities. The Flaming Lips_sentence_90

The homecoming show in Oklahoma City was performed at the Zoo Amphitheater and included the unveiling of a new UFO stage prop, and would provide footage for the U.F.O.s at the Zoo concert DVD. The Flaming Lips_sentence_91

On December 5, 2006, Oklahoma City honored the band with a downtown alley named after the band. The Flaming Lips_sentence_92

Vince Gill and Charlie Christian were also given street names by the city. The Flaming Lips_sentence_93

Flaming Lips Alley is at the center of Oklahoma City's entertainment district, Bricktown. The Flaming Lips_sentence_94

At the official dedication in 2007, Coyne said of Oklahoma City, "...We're on the way to becoming, I think, the fucking coolest city in America." The Flaming Lips_sentence_95

Christmas on Mars (2008) The Flaming Lips_section_6

In 2001, the Flaming Lips began filming a low-budget indie film entitled Christmas on Mars. The Flaming Lips_sentence_96

Filming for the movie ended in late September 2005 and premiered on May 25, 2008 at the Sasquatch! The Flaming Lips_sentence_97

Music Festival. The Flaming Lips_sentence_98

The film tells the story of the first Christmas of a colony set-up on the surface of Mars and was written by Wayne Coyne, and co-directed by Wayne Coyne, Bradley Beesley and George Salisbury, with the band and their friends acting in the movie. The Flaming Lips_sentence_99

The band brought the film to rock festivals across America during the summer of 2008 and screened it in a large circus tent they had bought for that purpose. The Flaming Lips_sentence_100

The film was released on DVD on November 11, 2008, along with a soundtrack written and performed by the Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips_sentence_101

The band released their first live concert DVD, UFO's at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City, on August 7, 2007. The Flaming Lips_sentence_102

The band also contributed original songs to the soundtracks of several 2007 films, including "The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to be in Love" for Spider-Man 3, "I Was Zapped by the Super Lucky Rainbow" for Good Luck Chuck, "Love the World You Find" for Mr. The Flaming Lips_sentence_103 Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and "Maybe I'm Not the One" and "Tale of the Horny Frog" for The Heartbreak Kid. The Flaming Lips_sentence_104

Official rock song of Oklahoma (2009) The Flaming Lips_section_7

In March 2009 "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips_sentence_105

was announced as the official rock song of Oklahoma. The Flaming Lips_sentence_106

Ten choices were put to a public vote, and out of 21,000 votes cast nearly 51% were for "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips_sentence_107

The Oklahoma Senate approved this choice unanimously. The Flaming Lips_sentence_108

The Oklahoma House of Representatives failed to confirm the choice after Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City attacked the band for its use of offensive language, and Rep. Corey Holland, R-Marlow said he had been "really offended" when Michael Ivins came to the announcement ceremony in March wearing a red T-shirt with a yellow hammer and sickle. The Flaming Lips_sentence_109

However, that evening, Oklahoma governor Brad Henry announced he would sign an executive order naming the song the official rock song. The Flaming Lips_sentence_110

Henry said that for more than 20 years the Flaming Lips have produced "creative, fun and provocative rock music." The Flaming Lips_sentence_111

"The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim and fans all over the world", the governor said. The Flaming Lips_sentence_112

"A truly iconic rock n' roll band, they are proud ambassadors of their home state... The Flaming Lips_sentence_113

They were clearly the people's choice, and I intend to honor that vote." The Flaming Lips_sentence_114

However, it was revealed in 2013 that Republican Governor Mary Fallin removed this designation by not renewing Brad Henry's executive order upon taking office in 2011. The Flaming Lips_sentence_115

An alley in Oklahoma City had been named for the band in 2006. The Flaming Lips_sentence_116

Embryonic and Dark Side of the Moon (2009) The Flaming Lips_section_8

In 2009, the band released their twelfth studio album and first double album, Embryonic. The Flaming Lips_sentence_117

The album, which was the band's first to open in the Billboard top 10, was widely critically acclaimed for its new direction; late in the recording the band added Derek Brown on keyboards, percussion and guitar. The Flaming Lips_sentence_118

In December of the same year, the band released their second album of the year and thirteenth overall, The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon, a track-for-track cover of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, which was recorded with Stardeath and White Dwarfs and features guest appearances from Henry Rollins and Peaches. The Flaming Lips_sentence_119

The album was released physically on vinyl and CD in 2010. The Flaming Lips_sentence_120

In 2010, the band performed "I Can Be a Frog" on the Nick Jr. television series Yo Gabba Gabba. The Flaming Lips_sentence_121

2011 releases The Flaming Lips_section_9

In January 2011, the Lips announced their intention of releasing a new song every month of the year. The Flaming Lips_sentence_122

In February, they released the first track titled "Two Blobs Fucking". The Flaming Lips_sentence_123

The song exists as 12 separate pieces on YouTube and must be played simultaneously to be heard as intended. The Flaming Lips_sentence_124

In March 2011, the Lips released the EP The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian. The Flaming Lips_sentence_125

In April, the band released the Gummy Song Skull EP, a seven-pound skull made of gummy bear material with a gummy brain, which contained a flashdrive with 4 songs on them. The Flaming Lips_sentence_126

This release was extremely limited, but was soon leaked on the internet shortly after its release. The Flaming Lips_sentence_127

In May, the band released its second collaboration EP titled The Flaming Lips with Prefuse 73. The Flaming Lips_sentence_128

It contains four songs and was released in a similar way to the earlier Neon Indian EP, in that the run was extremely limited and consisted of randomly colored, one of a kind discs. The Flaming Lips_sentence_129

This EP was briefly available on the band's official website but sold out shortly after it was put up for sale. The Flaming Lips_sentence_130

June saw several releases by the band, the first being The Soft Bulletin: Live la Fantastique de Institution 2011, a live-in-studio recording of the band's 1999 album The Soft Bulletin which was on a flash drive embedded in a marijuana-flavored brain inside a strawberry flavored gummy skull. The Flaming Lips_sentence_131

This was only released at the band's two night show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 14 and 15. The Flaming Lips_sentence_132

This show was a special two-night, one morning event in which they played the entirety of The Soft Bulletin one night and a new revamped version of The Dark Side of the Moon and collaborated with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for a performance of "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips_sentence_133

at dawn of the second day. The Flaming Lips_sentence_134

Also included on this flash drive was a best-of compilation titled Everyone You Know Someday Will Die. The Flaming Lips_sentence_135

It included songs from every portion of the band's career as well as a newly recorded intro. The Flaming Lips_sentence_136

The final June release was the Gummy Song Fetus EP which consisted of three songs on a flash drive embedded in a bubblegum-flavored fetus made of gummy bear material. The Flaming Lips_sentence_137

In July, the band released The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt, a collaborative EP with experimental rock group Lightning Bolt, featuring the songs "I Wanna Get High But I Don't Want Brain Damage" and "Working at NASA on Acid". The Flaming Lips_sentence_138

This EP was released on randomly colored vinyl as with the previous two collaborative EPs. The Flaming Lips_sentence_139

In late August, the band announced that it would be recording a six-hour-long song titled "I Found a Star on the Ground". The Flaming Lips_sentence_140

This, along with two other songs, was released in September packaged with a set of spinning discs with animations on them. The Flaming Lips_sentence_141

This release is officially called Strobo Trip. The Flaming Lips_sentence_142

Featured in "I Found a Star on the Ground" is Sean Lennon who, with his band, opened for the Lips in early 2011. The Flaming Lips_sentence_143

In the song Lennon reads off several lists of names of people who donated $100 to the Oklahoma City SPCA and Academy of Contemporary Music at University of Central Oklahoma. The Flaming Lips_sentence_144

212 names are featured in the song. The Flaming Lips_sentence_145

At midnight October 31, 2011, a 24-hour song was released titled "7 Skies H3". The Flaming Lips_sentence_146

The song played live on a never-ending audio stream on a special website set up by the band and was made available for purchase as a hard drive encased in an actual human skull, limited to 13 copies. The Flaming Lips_sentence_147

The band's last release of 2011 was a 12" EP collaboration with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band to be sold only at the band's annual New Years shows in Oklahoma City. The Flaming Lips_sentence_148

Heady Fwends, Guinness World Record and other collaborations (2012) The Flaming Lips_section_10

With their previous contract with Warner Bros. Records having expired in 2011, the band re-signed to Warner Bros. for the United States and to Bella Union in Europe in early 2012. The Flaming Lips_sentence_149

The first release under these new deals was The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, initially released as a limited edition vinyl-only package for Record Store Day on April 21. The Flaming Lips_sentence_150

The album features collaborations with artists such as Kesha, Nick Cave, and Erykah Badu. The Flaming Lips_sentence_151

In an interview with American Songwriter, Coyne stated that "Since we were releasing music every month, we thought it would be a little bit boring for us each month to say 'Well here's four more Flaming Lips songs.' The Flaming Lips_sentence_152

We just thought 'Well we'll get some of our friends, and we'll do collaborations and see what happens.'" The Flaming Lips_sentence_153

The album later received a wider release on CD and digitally on June 26 in the US and July 30 in Europe. The Flaming Lips_sentence_154

The Flaming Lips broke Jay-Z's Guinness World Record for the most live concerts (8) in 24 hours, on June 27 and 28, 2012. The Flaming Lips_sentence_155

The attempt was part of the O Music Awards, and was Livestreamed online for the entire 24 hours. The Flaming Lips_sentence_156

The attempt started in Memphis on the afternoon of June 27 and ended in New Orleans on the afternoon of June 28, with 20 minutes to spare. The Flaming Lips_sentence_157

The band played with guests including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Neon Indian, Linear Downfall and Phantogram and HOTT MT, among others. The Flaming Lips_sentence_158

The concerts, which were required to be at least 15 minutes long, as per Guinness rules, featured a mix of special covers, songs rarely or never performed live by the band before, and new songs from Heady Fwends. The Flaming Lips_sentence_159

In November 2012 the band's Lovely Sorts of Death Records released a collaborative track-by-track reinterpretation of King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Linear Downfall, New Fumes, and Space Face entitled Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn on vinyl and on their own 'Satellite Heart Radio' website. The Flaming Lips_sentence_160

They also worked on Kesha's Warrior album (on "Past Lives") and Lipsha. The Flaming Lips_sentence_161

She also featured on their collaborative albums. The Flaming Lips_sentence_162

The Terror (2013–2014) The Flaming Lips_section_11

The band's next studio album, titled The Terror, was originally due for release on April 2, 2013 in the US and on April 1 in Europe, the tour began with a new member: keyboardist and guitarist Jake Ingalls, Derek Brown focused on percussion and additional guitars and keyboards. The Flaming Lips_sentence_163

Because of a corruption while mastering the record on vinyl, the US release was delayed for two weeks, until April 16. The Flaming Lips_sentence_164

In anticipation of the album's release, their song, "Sun Blows Up Today", was featured in a Hyundai Super Bowl XLVII commercial. The Flaming Lips_sentence_165

The band also released a lyric video on on YouTube for "Sun Blows Up Today" with animations created by long-time Lips collaborator George Salisbury. The Flaming Lips_sentence_166

The band premiered the new album live at a free outdoor concert at SXSW on March 15, 2013. The Flaming Lips_sentence_167

Critical reception of the album has tended to focus on its thematic bleakness and the turgid noisiness of its instrumentation. The Flaming Lips_sentence_168

Like the three albums often referred to as "a trilogy" accounting for the majority of the band's mainstream production over the past 15 years (consisting of The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and At War With the Mystics), The Terror adheres to the love story/space opera narrative structure while taking a much darker approach. The Flaming Lips_sentence_169

As noted in a review by Pitchfork, "The Terror deals in more personal turmoil– loneliness, depression, anxiety... Perhaps not coincidentally, the album was preceded by news of Coyne's separation from his partner of 25 years, Michelle, and of multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd relapsing temporarily." The Flaming Lips_sentence_170

Jon Pareles of The New York Times summarized the thematic content of the album fairly succinctly when he wrote, "The lyrics [of 'The Terror'] find cosmic repercussions in a lovers' breakup; loneliness turns to contemplation of grim human compulsions and the end of the universe." The Flaming Lips_sentence_171

Another critic goes so far as to say that the album underlines the Lacanian psychodynamics structurally inherent in the conventions of the space opera. The Flaming Lips_sentence_172

Wayne Coyne's own description of his process or the theme of the album jibes well with this critical diagnosis: The Flaming Lips_sentence_173

"We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Flaming Lips_sentence_174

The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on... we just go on... there is no mercy killing." The Flaming Lips_sentence_175

In November 2013 they produced and curated "The Time Has Come To Shoot You Down…What A Sound," a reworking of the Stone Roses' debut album featuring New Fumes, Space Face, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Foxygen, Peaking Lights, Poliça and others. The Flaming Lips_sentence_176

In March 2014, longtime drummer and percussionist Kliph Scurlock left the band, he was replaced by drummer, percussionist and keyboardist Matt Duckworth, and the band added percussionist and drummer Nicholas Ley, Derek Brown began focusing on guitars, and occasional keyboards and percussion. The Flaming Lips_sentence_177

In May, Scurlock claimed he had been fired for negative comments about Wayne Coyne's friend Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma's governor and leader of a band called Pink Pony. The Flaming Lips_sentence_178

Fallin had recently been criticized for cultural appropriation after she wore a Native American headdress in a publicity photo. The Flaming Lips_sentence_179

According to Scurlock, his criticism of Fallin's actions led to conflict with Coyne and his dismissal. The Flaming Lips_sentence_180

In response, Drozd said, "[t]his Lips/Kliph bullshit has gone too far. The Flaming Lips_sentence_181

We parted ways because of the usual band musical differences. The Flaming Lips_sentence_182

The rest has been blown way out." The Flaming Lips_sentence_183

Coyne went even further, calling Scurlock a "pathological liar" and stated that he never meant his defense of Fallin, which included posting a photo of his dog in a feathered headdress, to be offensive but that he was "very sorry, to anybody that is following my Instagram or my Twitter, if I offended anybody of any religion, any race, any belief system. The Flaming Lips_sentence_184

I would say you shouldn't follow my tweets; you shouldn't even probably want to be a Flaming Lips fan because we don't really have any agenda." The Flaming Lips_sentence_185

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015) The Flaming Lips_section_12

On August 30, 2015, after hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus announced that Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, the free, 23-track experimental album that Cyrus and the Flaming Lips wrote and recorded together, was available via online streaming. The Flaming Lips_sentence_186

The album is described by Coyne as a combination of Pink Floyd and Portishead and "a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version" of Cyrus' pop music output. The Flaming Lips_sentence_187

Oczy Mlody, King's Mouth, and American Head (2016–present) The Flaming Lips_section_13

According to the Tarbox Roads Studio's website, the Flaming Lips began recording a new album with Dave Fridmann on January 27, 2016. The Flaming Lips_sentence_188

In a June interview with Danish music blog Regnsky, Wayne Coyne said that a new album would come out in January 2017, even though they had originally planned for it to be released in October 2016. The Flaming Lips_sentence_189

Wayne Coyne later confirmed in a September interview with Consequence of Sound, that they would release a new album at the beginning of 2017. The Flaming Lips_sentence_190

On October 20, the band confirmed the January 2017 release date for the album. The Flaming Lips_sentence_191

The band embarked on a tour in support that was described as "rock's greatest acid punch party" with "balloons, confetti cannons and rainbow visuals". The Flaming Lips_sentence_192

On January 13, 2017 the fourteenth Flaming Lips album Oczy Mlody was released, and featured a guest appearance by Miley Cyrus. The Flaming Lips_sentence_193

The album charted in both the UK and US. The Flaming Lips_sentence_194

On Record Store Day, April 22, 2017, the Flaming Lips released Onboard the International Space Station Concert for Peace, a re-recording of seven tracks from Oczy Mlody in a faux live setting. The Flaming Lips_sentence_195

The band's next studio album, King's Mouth, was released on April 13, 2019 for Record Store Day. The Flaming Lips_sentence_196

Mick Jones of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite narrates the album; Wayne Coyne said of Jones that "he’s on almost every song... it really is quite unbelievable." The Flaming Lips_sentence_197

In late 2019, Coyne and Drozd collaborated with garage rock duo Deap Vally to form a new band, Deap Lips. The Flaming Lips_sentence_198

The project's self-titled debut album was released on March 13, 2020. The Flaming Lips_sentence_199

On March 23, 2020, Drozd announced that the band's sixteenth studio album, American Head, is due for release in the summer. The Flaming Lips_sentence_200

The band officially announced the album's release date as September 11, 2020, along with the single "My Religion Is You" on June 6, 2020. The Flaming Lips_sentence_201

COVID-19 The Flaming Lips_section_14

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the band performed a concert in their hometown of Oklahoma City on October 12, 2020, while entirely encased within inflatable human-sized bubbles. The Flaming Lips_sentence_202

Audience members were also protected by plastic bubbles. The Flaming Lips_sentence_203

Members The Flaming Lips_section_15

Timeline The Flaming Lips_section_16

Discography The Flaming Lips_section_17

Main article: The Flaming Lips discography The Flaming Lips_sentence_204

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Awards and nominations The Flaming Lips_section_18

The Flaming Lips won their first Grammy Award in 2003, for their track "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)". The Flaming Lips_sentence_205

To date, the band has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, and won three times. The Flaming Lips_sentence_206

The Flaming Lips_table_general_1

YearThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominated workThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_1_0_2 CategoryThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_1_0_3 ResultThe Flaming Lips_header_cell_1_0_4 Ref.The Flaming Lips_header_cell_1_0_5
2000The Flaming Lips_cell_1_1_0 The Soft BulletinThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_1_1 NME AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_1_2 Best AlbumThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_1_3 WonThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_1_4 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_1_5
Album of the YearThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_2_0 WonThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_2_1 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_2_2
2003The Flaming Lips_cell_1_3_0 "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)"The Flaming Lips_cell_1_3_1 Grammy AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_3_2 Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_3_3 WonThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_3_4 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_3_5
2004The Flaming Lips_cell_1_4_0 Fight Test EPThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_4_1 Grammy AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_4_2 Best Alternative Music AlbumThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_4_3 NominatedThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_4_4 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_4_5
2007The Flaming Lips_cell_1_5_0 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_5_1 Brit AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_5_2 Best International GroupThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_5_3 NominatedThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_5_4 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_5_5
At War with the MysticsThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_6_0 Grammy AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_6_1 Best Alternative Music AlbumThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_6_2 NominatedThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_6_3 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_6_4
Grammy AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_7_0 Best Engineered Album, Non-ClassicalThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_7_1 WonThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_7_2 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_7_3
"The Wizard Turns On..."The Flaming Lips_cell_1_8_0 Grammy AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_8_1 Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_8_2 WonThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_8_3 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_8_4
2008The Flaming Lips_cell_1_9_0 At War With the Mystics 5.1The Flaming Lips_cell_1_9_1 Grammy AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_9_2 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound AlbumThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_9_3 NominatedThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_9_4 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_9_5
2018The Flaming Lips_cell_1_10_0 "Tomorrow Is" for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway MusicalThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_10_1 Outer Critics Circle AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_10_2 Outstanding New ScoreThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_10_3 WonThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_10_4 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_10_5
Tony AwardThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_11_0 Best Original ScoreThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_11_1 NominatedThe Flaming Lips_cell_1_11_2 The Flaming Lips_cell_1_11_3


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