Friday, May 17, 2013
The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne gives a nearly naked performance on Jimmy Fallon
To quote QuestLove, "#FrigginAmazing."
Oklahoma City-based band The Flaming Lips have built a reputation on eccentricity that keeps its fans begging for more. Dallas in particular shares a special connection with the band because of proximity. The Flaming Lips has played numerous local festivals, conspired recently with the local Dude, Sweet Chocolate shop for a morbid album release, and frontman Wayne Coyne can often be found hanging at Granada Theater.
No matter how many times you witness Coyne's avant-garde performances -- maybe it's with an inflatable hamster ball, dancing characters on stage, confetti showers, or, more recently, giant hands with laser beams -- the magic of The Flaming Lips continuously feels new.
But that's not to say Coyne's bag of tricks is running dry. His latest ploy: A nearly naked performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday, during which the band covered David Bowie's "Heroes" and played a new song "Try to Explain" from The Terror, released in April. Coyne sported a ball gown's worth of LED tubing that flowed from his hips throughout the entire studio's stage. A visual cross between the creepy tentacle pods of The Matrix and beauty of a star-lit sky, Coyne's outfit was hypnotic to say the least. (Perhaps, his "retrain your brian" Virgin Mobile commercial is taking a literal form.)
Tweeted The Roots' drummer QuestLove: "Man, @waynecoyne & @theflaminglips are NOT of this world. Watch @LateNightJimmy tonight to see why. #FrigginAmazing"
See for yourself below.