feb 25

Pitchfork Managing Editor on Early Flaming Lips

If you like the Flaming Lips, you may feel like an amateur fan when you read this conversation between Matthew Perpetua of Fluxblog and Mark Richardson of Pitchfork about their 90s-era music--but you'll enjoy it anyway. Richardson, who wrote the newish 33 1/3 book on The Flaming Lips' 1997 Zaireeka, discusses the importance of Wayne Coyne's age difference with Kurt Cobain, the band's early theatricals and their consequent influence on bands like Of Montreal, the contrast they set against 90s grunge grimness and much more. --FD

[Note: I originally wrote that Richardson discussed Coyne's "mild schizophrenia" but that was actually in reference to former guitarist Ronald Jones.]

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My first flaming lips show was in 1991, for the "In a Priest Driven Ambulance" tour. I was 19. It had a massive impact on my musical tastes for the rest of my life. I still like the lips, and I love the new album, but the music they made back then was some of the scariest shit I'd ever seen or heard.

posted by Rick Webb at 8:20 PM on February 28, 2010

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