The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne: ‘I’ll die while taking a shit’

Frontman believes he'll have a heart attack on the toilet like Elvis Presley

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne believes he’ll die by having a heart attack while on the toilet, just like Elvis Presley.

The ‘Do You Realize?’ singer has said he’d like to pop his clogs on stage – preferably while inside his infamous inflatable hamster ball – but envisages that he’ll most likely die while taking a shit.

Speaking to The Observer, Coyne revealed: “I think [dying in the ball] would be the greatest death ever. ‘Something’s happened in there!’ and then they open the bubble. ‘He’s dead’.”


He added:

I don’t think that will happen though. I’ll probably have a heart attack while taking a shit, like Elvis Presley.

In the interview, Coyne shirks off his good guy image by talking about his feud with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin – who was originally on board to develop The Flaming Lips’ ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot’ musical – and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, who he once accused of “treating people like shit on tour”.

He said: “[Win and I] laughed about it and we agreed we’d keep the feud going because it’s the only feud they’ve got. I really didn’t think he’d want to fight me. He’s pretty big and I’d have to be pretty scrappy.”

The Flaming Lips recently released a collaborative album, titled ‘The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends’, which brought together an eclectic group of artists including Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Nick Cave, My Morning Jacket and Yoko Ono. A limited number of vinyl releases, which came out for Record Store Day in April, contained the blood of some of the artists who had contributed to the record.


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