The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 April 2006

Coyne of the realm

It's a Flaming Lips week around here. Last week I bought Jim DeRogatis' Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips, and finished it up Tuesday; Wednesday Preston Jones had a review in the Oklahoma Gazette.

Jones talked to DeRogatis, and this interesting quote emerged:

There was a year and a half or so, after I panned the boom box tour, where Wayne [Coyne] was actively not speaking to me — if I'd seen him the night he first read that review, he (probably) would have punched me in the face. I think that's only made the relationship stronger, because they know I've been critical, so when I say I like something they've done, I mean it.

And it's not like Jim lives in fear: the last book of his I snagged was Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics, in which he and his cohort of snarkmeisters dismember all the records I own, which was great fun. Staring at Sound isn't quite as gleeful, but there's plenty of stuff I didn't know about the Lips, and while DeRogatis suffers from occasional fits of Not From Around Here — no one in this part of the world refers to the Interstate west of town as "Route 40" — he's obviously gone to a lot of trouble to take a look at this band in the context of where they came from, and if you have any interest whatever in the Lips, you really need to take a look at this book.

Wayne Coyne, incidentally, shows up in Stuff (May '06), and offers the following wisdom about Gwen Stefani:

I never intended ["It Overtakes Me"] to be written for her. It's a silly exercise where you think, "If Gwen Stefani was thinking this, what would she do?" Not like the Flaming Lips would ever do what she would do, but it frees you up.

He also endorses the Deep Fork Grill:

A dear friend of mine runs [DFG]. He is cool, young and gracious. An intense and imaginative master chef creates the food. I get treated like a rock star even though I don't expect it.

Well, he is a rock star, even if a reluctant one.

Posted at 6:02 AM to Tongue and Groove


Geez. Wayne Coyne is everywhere. From a half-pager in the May Playboy: "We were just in Brazil with Sonic Youth. I swear Lee Ranaldo was wearing the same shoes he had on when he stayed at my house 18 years ago. I didn't say anything, but I knew."

Posted by: CGHill at 8:04 PM on 10 April 2006