Ke$ha Dropped Acid for Flaming Lips Collaboration
The fact is that the Flaming Lips are weird. Maybe even more to the point would be to say that the band’s frontman, Wayne Coyne, is weird and can at times be one of the most engaging and off-putting figures in rock’n’roll simultaneously. At one moment Coyne is at Coachella inside of a giant Bubble Boy-style enclosure bouncing atop the hands of adoring fans, and the next he is accusing Arcade Fire of being some of the worst people in music (to which Arcade Fire said they have never met him). To be sure, Coyne’s persona seems to be at times meticulously calculated and wildly unhinged.
Despite how you may feel about Coyne, the Flaming Lips have carved out their own niche in music that is not approached by any other band. Yes, there are bands that try to be as psychedelic or freaky as the Oklahoma band, but truth is that they’re so deep in their own world that it’s impossible to even begin penetrating the rhyme or reason this band does so many of the things it does.
Over the last few months there has been a ton of news coming out of the Flaming Lips camp about a slew of potential collaborations. A week or two ago the Bon Iver collaboration surfaced on the web and by most standards that is a fairly neat pairing. While Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is a songwriter of the sincerest of pedigrees, he fits into the sound of Coyne’s band because they have a mutual love of falsetto, funk, and folk. Even the Erykah Badu collaboration didn’t seem too screwy because, let’s face it, Coyne and Badu are oddballs made in heaven.
However, today a new interview was published in which Coyne describes the craziest collaboration we’re likely to hear about in the next year.
Said Coyne: “(Ke$ha’s) singing about the end of the world, but she’s also on ten hits of acid.”
That’s right, folks! The Flaming Lips/Ke$ha collaboration isn’t a bunch of hot air and will be making its way to your speakers very soon. On top of that, you’ll be able to hear what Ke$ha sounds like on ten hits of acid, according to Coyne. I’m at once shocked and then completely not regarding how Coyne treated the creation of the song. The track will find its way onto their new album, Heady Fwends, which will be the last time the Lips will collaborate with such an extensive list of guests (Chris Martin, My Morning Jacket, etc.), but their doing something extra special for the release of this album; they’re giving away blood from the artists on the record. I’m not kidding. Check out the full interview with snippets from the record here.