The Flaming Lips on Letterman

The Terror, the dark and anxious new album from the Flaming Lips, is already out overseas, and it arrives here in a couple of weeks. Last night, the band brought “Look… The Sun Is Rising” and their insane-looking new stage rig to the stage at the Late Show With David Letterman, bringing the nightmarish vision of Wayne Coyne’s tentacled synth-baby to poor unfortunate insomniacs all across America. Letterman, who was interviewing Captain Beefheart on network TV decades ago, was not cowed.

In other Flaming Lips news, Wayne Coyne recently revealed in a Reddit chat that the band is working on a collaborative album with a new buddy of theirs, the trash-pop queen Ke$ha. Coyne had nice things to say about her: “She’s funny, she’s humble. She’s badass. She’s everything. She’s awesome.” They’re calling the album Lip$ha, which doesn’t make any sense. Best case scenario: This gets the Flaming Lips back to writing actual chorus melodies. A guy can dream! In any case, watch the Letterman performance below.

The Terror is out 4/15 on Warner Bros. Letterman’s dripping-with-contempt “Goodnight, Jay” was probably the most transgressive thing about that entire video.

Comments (7)
  1. Nope, that’s “Look….The Sun Is Rising”

  2. That’s not the title track, It’s “Look… The Sun is Rising”. And it was a really great performance.

  3. I’m not so sure about this one… I thought something was going to happen with that stage set-up.

  4. I dug the song and the performance but it really got squashed by the mix. Wish bands were allowed to bring their own sound guys to TV performances.

  5. Yikes, listening to this album for the first time. What an insanely dark dirge of an album. The song above is no indication of the 8 tracks that follow. Definitely not the same goofy vibe they were giving off on the Hyundai commercial.

  6. What are you talking about? Based on these two acts, Lip$ha would be the perfect name for an album by the 2 of em.

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