The Flaming Lips is an American rock band renowned for their psychedelically entrancing rock music. They originated in Oklahama City in 1983 and consist of Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, Kliph Scurlock, Derek Brown, and Jake Inglass. Their reputation in the music scene is dripping with praise; the Flaming Lips are most well known for their involvement in the 1960’s-70’s psychedelic sub culture. They’ve been on the music scene for years and continue to leave a humongous influence on musical history. Fans have respect for their unique image and message surrounding what could be described as “alternative space rock”. They’re renowned for their elaborate live shows; a performance by The Flaming Lips is truly a production. They’re always boogying down with live dancers wearing intricate costumes, balloons, confetti and complex stage lighting, not to mention the amazing video projections.
The lead singer, Wayne Coyne, who adds a huge dimension to the group with his personality and dedication to the music, typically gets inside of a humongous inflatable human hamster ball at some point in the show and rolls throughout the audience. This but only one example of the type of performers Wayne, Michael, Steven, Kliph, Derek, and Jake are. They’re hugest hit, “Do You Realize” is easily a classic. This song is the perfect embodiment of their ultimate musical message and sound. It’s so catchy and addicting, and leaves a long-standing message and feeling in the listener. The Flaming Lips certainly deserves their ongoing critical respect and continues to leave an ongoing influence in the music scene.
Written By: Amanda Wolf
The Flaming Lips
Genre: Neo-psychedelia experimental rock
Label: Warner Bros, Restless
Upcoming Tour: http://flaminglips.com/tour
Upcoming Festivals: BUKU, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Hang Out Festival, Bunbury Music Festival