The Flaming Lips Biography

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles--such as "What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the "Big Bang" That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die."

The band is best known for its associations with 1960s and 1970s psychedelic subculture, with elements of this culture permeating the group's instrumentation, effects, and composition. Coyne's lyrics, in particular, both reference and embody the fascination with the science fiction and space opera genres of fiction that were popular during the golden age of psychedelic subculture. His lyrical style tends to use the imagery and plot conventions of space opera to frame more abstract themes about the unfolding cycles of romantic love, highlighting its vulnerability while delving into its metaphysical implications.

The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with "She Don't Use Jelly". Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999's The Soft Bulletin (which was NME magazine's Album of the Year) and 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. They have had more hit singles in the UK and Europe than in the U.S. In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the "Best International Act" category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

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Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus get matching tattoos

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus get matching dog tattoos

Coyne and his girlfriend Katy Weaver have honoured the pop star’s recently departed dog Floyd

  • Jul 7, 2014

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne announces Electric Würms side project

The band also features Steven Drozd and members of Linear Downfall

  • Jun 10, 2014

The Flaming Lips reveal release date for 'Sgt. Pepper's...' tribute album

'With a Little Help From My Fwends' will come out on October 28

  • May 18, 2014

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne explains idea behind 'Dark Side Of The Moon' April Fool's Day prank

The band claimed to have made an album to play alongside the Pink Floyd classic

  • Apr 5, 2014

The Flaming Lips' 'Dark Side of The Moon' album revealed to be an April Fool's prank

The band teamed up with Funny Or Die for the joke announcement

  • Apr 1, 2014

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The Flaming Lips Reviews

The Flaming Lips - 'Peace Sword EP'

The Flaming Lips - 'Peace Sword EP'

Tales of intergalactic warfare help revive Wayne Coyne’s melodic juju

  • Nov 22, 2013

The Flaming Lips - 'The Terror'

It’s not a good trip, exactly, but the Lips’ experiments in loveless desolation are as uplifting as they are terrifying

  • Apr 2, 2013

The Flaming Lips ft. Ke$ha - '2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)'

Full of pouty, krunky bits

  • Apr 30, 2012

The Flaming Lips + Bon Iver - 'Ashes In The Air'

A pretty gruesome affair

  • Apr 5, 2012

Album review: The Flaming Lips - 'Embryonic'

Back in touch with their dark side for a brilliantly unhinged masterpiece

  • Oct 12, 2009

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