Mark Metcalfe, Getty When the Flaming Lips played Spinner's free NXNE show in…
- Posted on Apr 15th 2011 12:30PM by Linda Laban
If all goes according to plan, this year will see the fearless freaks transfer their 'Zaireeka' sonic experiment to cell phone, embed a music-laden flash drive in a skull made of Gummy Bear candy, put flexi-discs on cereal boxes and release a slew of records in colored vinyl, including an edition of their 'Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992 - 2002' box set, due Saturday, April 16 in honor of Record Store Day.
Perhaps the colored vinyl isn't the most personal or wacky format the band has come up with, but not only is the color hand-picked by the band, frontman Wayne Coyne actually went to the record plant to mix the vinyl himself.
"There's an old record manufacturing company in Dallas, which has been going since the 1940s," Coyne tells Spinner. "It's easy for me to drive down there from my home in Oklahoma. I was involved in choosing the color of the vinyl and mixing it so it was just right. It's a very unique thing that we're able to do."
One of many, of course. It certainly isn't everyday that a band trots off to the record plant to find the exact color their looking for, surely.
"No, and I can see why," agrees Coyne. "It takes a lot of effort. To some people, it might be boring. To me, it's not boring. To me, it's an opportunity to see what you can do with it.
"I would say if you don't understand how these things work, then maybe there's something you are missing out on, and there's maybe something you aren't doing with it. So, I want to see how that all works. That's where the art comes in, 'Oh, can we do that? And what if we do this?'"