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The Flaming Lips want to release songs on a USB enclosed in a gummy skull/brain… and other crazy stuff

The Flaming Lips are definitively really creative with the way they release music. And creative may be a weak appellation, completely insane would be more appropriate to characterize their latest and upcoming concoctions.

This week they will release 4 songs on a USB drive, OK, not that original, except that the USB will be buried inside a brain encased in a life-size skull made of 7 pounds of Gummi candy gelatin… yeah why not? Is it edible? And does it mean you will have to eat your way to the songs? This is really crazy.

It is just another of these insane things that the psychedelic rockers have done non stop since their beginning, but they may have surpassed themselves lately with the poster made of human blood, or the recent release of ‘Two Blobs Fucking’, a song split in 12 separate parts on YouTube that are supposed to be heard together (someone has synchronized the 12 videos on a website in case you would be interested

So what’s next? Frontman Wayne Coyne is never at the end of his imagination since he plans to release a working stomp box effects pedal that plays 4 songs, and old fashioned flexi-discs that will be found on the back of old cereal boxes and in an issue of MAD magazine.

He explained to ‘We’ve done 14 or so records, and you’re always scrambling around trying to do something different, … Everybody’s in the same quagmire now; How do you release music? What would be interesting? I’d just like to release music all the time and just put it out in all kinds of weird formats and not just collect it until we’re ready to put out every two years or so. It’s just by luck that we run into people that are willing to help us and… want to do something radical with us’.

Of course all the new songs will also be available as regular downloads on the internet.

And what else?  Pitchfork is also reporting that Wayne Coyne wants to collaborate with LCD’s James Murphy! So I suppose Murphy already knows what is next for him if he accepts. A collaboration with Murphy but also two possible ones with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, and Jimmy Page!

And all this stuff does not even prevent them to also work on a theatrical adaptation, a sort of psychedelic Broadway musical of ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’, with director Des McAnuff (‘The Who's Tommy’, ‘Jersey Boys’) …. When are they sleeping?


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