Announced back in February of this year, the Wayne Coyne-fronted band have curated their own version of the Manchester group’s 1989 self-titled debut and are set to release it on November 29. The record also features contributions from a host of musicians including Poliça, Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, Peaking Lights and more.
The band will also release their new Ender’s Game-inspired ‘Peace Sword’ EP, split record with Tame Impala and a life-sized chocolate skull with “brain fluid-flavoured hard candy”. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the latter, Coyne explained: “There’s a little magic coin inside that brain that you’re supposed to dig out. I think it’s supposed to get you into any Flaming Lips show in the world. I think that’s our intention.”
Also planned for release on Black Friday is a toy frog, apparently called “Fuck You Frog”, which contains a recording of The Flaming Lips’ previously unreleased first demo.
Last month, the band shocked fans by announcing their split via Twitter. A now-deleted tweet read: “We have sad news. We’ve broken up…”. However, 18 minutes later another tweet appeared saying “lol just joking guys.” A spokesperson for the band stated the first tweet was “not true” whilst Wayne Coyne used his personal Twitter account to tell fans: “The Flaming Lips twitter has been hijacked!!!!”