Flaming Lips frontman plays radio DJ

Wayne Coyne bigs ups MGMT, Obama

The Flaming Lips‘ frontman Wayne Coyne hosted Los Angeles radio programme ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ on KCRW this morning (November 12) and played some of his favourite songs by MGMT, Pink Floyd, Nina Simone and Feist.

Coyne, who attended a screening of The Flaming Lips‘ new film ‘Christmas On Mars’ in Hollywood last night and promoted it on the air, said he is often asked what new music he’s listening to. He argued that music by Radiohead and Beck can be considered “new” because they’re pushing boundaries and trying new things.

“If the music is new to you, it’s a new experience,” he added.

When asked how he feels about people downloading music from the internet without paying for it, Coyne said, “Let kids experience the freedom and power that comes from music and we’ll find a way to earn money.”

Coyne also praised newly elected president Barack Obama.

“Maybe some change really has happened, and I think it’s happening in the best way possible…by people voting and being civilised,” he said. He later added, “Now that the change is here, let’s rock,” and played The Beatles‘Revolution’.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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