Remember that time Wayne Coyne and his Flaming Lips made vinyl out of blood? Nope, not kidding. A few weeks back The Flaming Lips put out their Heady Fwends record store day 12” which turned out to be a veritable wet dream for hipsters of all generations. The track listing boasted collaborations with Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, Ke$ha, Nick Cave, Jim James and not a few other sizeable names. You’ll even find Siri, Apple’s voice command software, makes an appearance of the record. And I won’t go on about it but I will point you to this video that’ll give you some insight into what could become of the most collectible pieces of music memorabilia of all time. That’s right, the very, very limited edition of Heady Fwends was pressed with the blood of its collaborators. Heavy indeed.
It seems that Coyne et al aren’t content to ride the wake of each publicity stunt for more than a few moments as they appear to have already moved on to the next fantastically ridiculous absurdity. This time they’re endeavoring to break the Guinness World Record for most live concerts in 24 hours in multiple cities, currently held by Jay-Z. This will see the Lips performing eight shows in eight cities over 24 hours. They’ll be supported on different legs modern pedigree in Gary Clark Jr., Givers, Grimes, Neon Indian and more. You can’t argue that wouldn’t be a cracking tour to follow and one that wouldn’t require you to take any annual leave to track from one end to the other.
It’s all happening in collaboration with the O Music Awards (because we need more music awards) which will be presenting an award every hour for the full 24 hours. Supposedly it’s the world’s first 24 hour music awards show but having sat through the ARIAs last year I’m pretty sure I aged a full 24 hours in the three that I wasted there so I argue that this is no new thing. Media rumblings suggest that The Flaming Lips will be selling limited editions shirts woven entirely from Wayne Coyne’s pubes throughout the 24 hours. I don’t doubt it.