Flaming Lips to Release New Songs via Gummy Skull, Seek Out Jimmy Page, James Murphy, Lee Ranaldo for Collaborations
Published Mar 04, 2011If you hadn't already noticed, this year is going to be jam-packed with Flaming Lips releases. Already this year, the band let loose their wild iPhone jam, "Two Blobs Fucking," with box sets and collaborations with Neon Indian and Ariel Pink on the way. Things have just got 100 percent weirder though, with the band's latest announcement: they're releasing new music via a life-size human skull made out of gummy candy.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Lips leader Wayne Coyne revealed that the band are gearing up for the confectionery collection, which will be released sometime in April.
"It's a life-sized human skull completely made out of edible gummy bear stuff," Coyne said. "It also has a gummy brain inside of it and, inside of that, there's a USB flash drive that has three new songs on it. It's pretty outrageous."
Coyne went on to explain how they even came up with the oddball idea.
"We found this guy in Raleigh, North Carolina, who makes all these gummy bear things -- even adult toys. I don't know if he's making giant dicks and pussies out of gummy bears, but we called him and said, 'Hey, would you want to make a life-size human skull with a brain in it?' And he's like, 'Who is this?' We said, 'the Flaming Lips.' He's like, 'I love you guys!' So sometimes you're lucky and you'll run into someone with enthusiasm."
If that weren't enough, Coyne also added that future releases may include "a salt box" and "a little spinning stroboscope thing."
As for upcoming collaborations, on top of the already reported Neon Indian, Ariel Pink and Deerhoof jams, the band have apparently been in talks with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. They have also tried to court legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. That doesn't mean they will be working in the studio together though. Ah, the wonders of technology.
"I know he likes our music," Coyne said of Page. "It doesn't always mean we get to sit in the same room as someone, and lot of times you're just sending tracks back and forth, but I'm hoping he's open to it. We always have a lot of stuff that someone like Jimmy Page could play over and we have a whole year to try and work this out."
Considering the group's track record this year, expect more weird concepts to come our way soon.