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Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips Explains Origin of Chocolate Skull Accompanying EP

Image courtesy of Michelle Martin Coyne (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Michelle Martin Coyne (via ABC News Radio)

Wayne Coyne wrapped up a mini record store tour this week. The Flaming Lips frontman spent a few days visiting independent East Coast record stores where he met fans and signed copies of the Lips' latest release -- an elaborate, limited edition of The Flaming Lips 1st EP on colored vinyl. 

The EP comes packaged with an anatomically correct, life-sized white chocolate skull containing a golden coin that fans can use to attend any of the group’s upcoming headlining gigs anywhere in the world. 

This crazy-sounding project is pretty much par for the course for Coyne, who routinely incorporates skulls -- and lots of them -- into the Flaming Lips' live shows and album artwork. In fact, Coyne tells ABC News Radio that he's so well-known for skulls, that people approach him with novel skull ideas.  That's how the chocolate skull came to be. 

Coyne said he was getting off a plane in Texas when another passenger waiting to disembark approached him.  "She said, 'I heard that you did, like, a Gummi skull for a release a couple years ago,'" Coyne recalls.  "I said, 'Yes.'  She says, 'I'm a crazy woman that does chocolate.  We should do something crazy in chocolate.'"   And so the chocolate skull was born.

The Flaming Lips place a high level of emphasis on creativity and not quite as much on commercial success; Wayne Coyne says that even though his band isn't making "a billion dollars [like U2 ]...for normal dudes who make weird music...we do fine."

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