Wayne Coyne On Celebrating His World Record and Collaborating with Ke$ha

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In our print feature this week, we caught up with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne who outlined his 2012 and give us insight to what 2013 holds for the band. Here are some other things that we discussed that you may not have known.

On playing Hattiesburg, Mississippi:

We were in Hattiesburg, Miss. and I think it was about 7 o'clock in the morning and you think what is going to be happening there. The show itself was very difficult to get the sound right and it's still early morning, but there were about 1,000 people in the street who couldn't get into this really small club we were playing. When we left the club, people literally cried and were overwhelmed that we would come to this little town where no one has ever come. They were literally crying, thanking us, holding us and hugging us. That changes the way you think about something. When that happens, you see that it's not just about music, it's about being really there. There's a lot of dimensions that change that you don't know always what's going to be happening. I liked that part of it, it was very cool. It was at the worst time and we're so tired, so exhausted and struggling so much, and we got this great boost from these people. It was wonderful.

On collaborating with the likes of Ke$ha, Chris Martin and Erykah Badu:

A lot of it is fun, but it gets stressful because you start to think what if it doesn't happen and doesn't work. But I thrive on it being a little bit like 'fuck man let's do shit!' I don't want to take the easy way out and I don't want to do things I've done a million times. But when the music is good, it's easy to say that it's fun and makes it a lot easier.

How he celebrated breaking the Guinness Book of World Record's most shows in a 24-hour period:

There were a lot of people to meet and hullabalu about getting the record and that sort of stuff, and meeting MTV and VH1. There were also a couple of big parties going on, and it was only 8:30 at night, so I was thinking I'd hang out for a while and I'll be done at 11 or midnight or so. I went to the hotel at about 11:30 and figured I'd sleep for about a half hour and jump out to some of these parties. I laid down and realized 'Oh my God, I can't move!' We had to be on a plane at 7:00 the next morning, so I was either going to stay up or die, so I didn't really have a choice. Once I laid down, I realized I was going to die and glad to just pass out. I don't think I did much.

On why the band hasn't played in Orange County in nearly a decade:

I don't know why we didn't come there, there's never a reason or anything like that. I'm sure it's just a strange coincidence. But we're excited.

His feelings on the band's longevity:

Even when we thought about 10 years, we never thought it would make it to 30. After you make it through 15 or 20, you kind of think what the fuck, it can go on forever. Luckily it has, and the group has a life of its own at this point.

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