For over 30 years, The Flaming Lips has been exciting rock fans around the world with high-energy live concerts. Originally from Oklahoma City, Okla., they began releasing EPs and albums on the indie label Restless. In 2007, the band was nominated for the BRIT Awards Best International Act, and it has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, winning one in 2003 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and another in 2007 for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Surround Album. In 2018, The Flaming Lips won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score for the song "Tomorrow Is" from SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. The Flaming Lips has also been featured on 24 television and movie soundtracks.
The Flaming Lips: Burning Down the House
The Flaming Lips began with brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne. Wayne played guitar and Mark sang. They added Michael Ivins on bass and Dave Kotska on drums to round out the band. After the band recorded its first song, "The Flaming Lips," Mark Coyne left the band. Wayne took over vocals. From 1984 to 1989, the band went through some lineup changes as well as changes to its sound. In 1990, The Flaming Lips caught the attention of a Warner Records representative when he witnessed a show in the American Legion Hall in Normal, Okla., where the use of pyrotechnics almost burned down the venue. Subsequently, the group signed with Warner Brothers, releasing the band's first major album, Hit to Death in the Future Head, in 1992. In 1999, the album called The Soft Bulletin was named NME magazine's Album of the Year, helping fan the flames of the band's long career.
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How long is a normal The Flaming Lips concert?
The Flaming Lips usually performs for between 60 and 90 minutes. The band typically sings about 15 songs.
You can expect to hear The Flaming Lips play "Race for the Prize," "A Spoonful Weighs a Ton," "The Spark That Bled," "The Spiderbite Song," "Buggin,'" "The Observer," "Waitin' for a Superman," "Suddenly Everything Has Changed," "What is the Light?" and more. Encore songs usually include "Do You Realize??" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1."
Who are the members of The Flaming Lips?
The Flaming Lips members are Wayne Coyne on lead vocals, Michael Ivins on bass, Steven Drozd and Derek Brown on guitars, Jake Ingalis on keyboards, Matt Duckworth on drums and Nick Ley on percussion. Former members include Mark Coyne, Dave Kostka, Richard English, Nathan Roberts, Jonathan Donahue, Jon Mooneyham, Ronald Jones, Kliph Scurlock and Ray Suen.
Where did the name The Flaming Lips come from?
There has never been a definitive answer as to where the name The Flaming Lips came from. Some of the origin stories include a porn film, a dream where a fiery Virgin Mary planted a kiss on Wayne in the backseat of his car, a drug reference and possibly from a song that Stan Freberg sang in the 1953 film, Geraldine.