Wayne Coyne & Ke$ha

Lately, the Flaming Lips have entered a strange career phase: They announce some outlandish, ridiculous plan, like releasing songs via gummy skull, and then they actually see that idea through to completion. But one of those projects, it seems, is just a bit out of reach for them. The band, who collaborated with trash-pop queen Ke$ha on 2012′s The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends, announced this April via a Reddit AMA plans for a full collaborative album called Lip$ha. Lips frontman Wayne Coyne later confirmed it in a Stereogum interview and just last month told Rolling Stone it was still a go:

The singer also is still pursuing a collaborative project with pop-star friend and Heady Fwends partner Ke$ha. “We’re going to do it,” Coyne declares of a Lips-Ke$ha album tentatively titled Lip$ha. “I don’t know how exactly and when exactly,” he says,” but yah, I know for sure that we are continuing to make music and I know for sure from her end and our side of it, we are going to put it out.” The singer admits he’s not sure yet whether the album will be a joint-release or come out as a Lips-fronted project, “’It’s really just a matter of what we can call it contractually,” he says. “I just make music with her because I think she’s cool. The rest we’ll have to let [the record label] sort out.”

But now that album won’t be happening, and nobody is willing to say why.

Coyne broke the news on Twitter today, writing, “As of now… sadly there will be no Lip$ha… I can’t say why… It is sad…” And while you might be tempted to offer some simple explanations for the cancellation (like, say, someone got bored, or people came to their senses), it might have more to do with Ke$ha’s record label and collaborators refusing to give her any opportunity to do the things she wants to do.

In another recent Rolling Stone interview, writer Kory Grow asked Ke$ha whether she had any creative control, and here’s what she said:

Not really. What’s been put out as singles have just perpetuated a particular image that may or may not be entirely accurate. I’d like to show the world other sides of my personality. I don’t want to just continue putting out the same song and becoming a parody myself. I have so much more to offer than that and I can’t wait till the world really gets to hear that on the radio.

So yeah, free Ke$ha.

Comments (25)
  1. Am I the only one who is really fucking tired of Wayne Coyne?

  2. Breaking Lip$ha: The Unsmiling Toe. Starring Mark Ruffalo as Wayne Coyne and Kirsten Dunst as Ke$ha

    I tired.

  3. But the porn video is still forthcoming, right? RIGHT?

  4. Let’s not forget that the only announced plans for Lip$ha was on a reddit AMA. It seemed like a tossed off comment then and I’m not surprised it’s not happening. It never seemed to exist in the first place, like they came up with the name Lip$ha and that was it.

    “…or people came to their senses.”

    That’s what I’m thinking. People need to quit taking what Wayne says as gospel. The man is known to run his mouth.

  5. If they’d been smart about it and called it Fla$ha and made the concept all about nudity and bling, this would probably already have happened and been released. Lip$ha is a terrible name and was destined to fail based on that alone.

  6. Maybe if they recorded an album with a pop singer it might have a couple hooks on it – PRIEST DRIVEN AMBULANCE was a long time ago.

  7. “What’s been put out as singles have just perpetuated a particular image that may or may not be entirely accurate. I’d like to show the world other sides of my personality. I don’t want to just continue putting out the same song and becoming a parody myself.”

    You signed the contract, pop star. Can’t say I feel sorry for you on that one.

    “We’re dancing like we’re dumb
    Our bodies go numb
    We’ll be forever young
    You know we’re superstars
    We are who we are!

    DJ turn it up
    DJ turn it up
    DJ turn it up
    DJ turn it up”

  8. How disappointing.


  10. I was sort of disappointed in their last album. Only worth one listen.

  11. I feel like if there’s any traditional pop star (“traditional” in the sense that the label calls ever single shot) who can buck the trend and wind up making good, interesting music later in his or her career, it’s Ke$ha. I have absolutely nothing to base that on, but I never get the sense that she’s putting on an act when I come across an interview of hers. Or maybe that IS the act? I don’t know. I haven’t watched a second of her reality show so maybe I’m completely off base. Certainly surrounding yourself with the likes of Wayne Coyne couldn’t hurt, depending on which Wayne you find yourself around.

    • Her last album was my guilty pleasure last year. I think she’s a lot smarter than she let’s on and in a sense she is an industry puppet by all the Krazy (crazy with a K) things she tries to pull. But her music definitely indicates she has a lot more say in what she wants to put out there.

    • Are you kidding? Are we talking about the same Ke$ha? As in THE Ke$ha-A disposable trashy pop queen with autotuned garbage that needs a weight of semi-talent to even keep her name out there who can’t even write her own songs , let alone songs with complete sentences? I get the hipster irony in liking disposable pop, but to have people drink the irony cool aid and actually see anything valuable in her pop trash…..wow. In 10 years time, her ”music” will be no more. The Flaming Lips are substantial talent. Wayne is deserving of somebody who can write their own songs and has a certain charm and uniqueness. Grimes is exceptionally talented and original, ditto Imogen Heap. He should collaborate with real artists, not a pop clown.

  12. How can Ke$ha added to anything be worth someone’s time? She is a smart girl, but is simply a industry puppet. A Grimes collaboration would be cool and more deserving for someone of Wayne’s talent.

  13. I’ll say upfront that I’m no fan of either artist. Flaming Lips just aren’t my style at all, and Kesha just blends right into all the rest of the disposable pop that I unwittingly encounter. That said, I was suprisingly impressed by Kesha’s cover of Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’ that was on that huge Dylan covers collection a while back. Enough to consider that there MAY be more to her than meets the eye. Still, if this album ever did come about, it would get a cursory listen from me, at best.

  14. I’m glad.

  15. One day Ke$ha is gonna release her own Yeezus. It will be called Ke$hus.

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