The Flaming Lips

The Quietus spoke with Wayne Coyne about some of his favorite albums, from well-produced recent LPs to childhood favorites that still influence The Flaming Lips. There are some surprises here, but the biggest surprise is how familiar most of the albums are. Check out the list:

  • The Beatles The Beatles (White Album)
  • The Who Live At Leeds
  • Miles Davis Bitches Brew
  • Yo La Tengo Popular Songs
  • Marnie Stern This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
  • Boris Smile
  • LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
  • Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon
  • The Wizard Of Oz Original Soundtrack
  • Tobacco Manic Meat
  • Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
  • Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow
  • Stravinsky Firebird Suite


So, maybe you won’t discover anything new from his list, but Coyne’s memories and descriptions of his choices may give you a fresh perspective, especially when it comes to the Wizard Of Oz soundtrack. And if you still don’t appreciate the music from The Wizard Of Oz, just put on Dark Side Of The Moon instead. Check out the list at The Quietus.

Comments (20)
  1. I wonder why Arcade Fire isn’t on the list???

  2. where’s JT?

  3. Its not so much as a surprise why these albums are so familiar due to the nature of most of them being so monumental in music history.

  4. regular feature please

  5. I’m surprised but also liking the inclusion of Marnie Stern.

  6. zeppelin 4 vs physical graffitti n zero radiohead, c’mon wayner, quit trying to pose n keep it real:)

  7. Holy cow… this just confirms that Wayne is awesome. Especially loving the YLT and Stravinsky shout-outs.

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  9. maniac meat? shit yeah wayne.

    • I saw Wayne mingling at the Tobacco concert here in Norman a month or so ago. He was also at the Lightning Bolt show where the dudes gave him a private 20 minute show/soundcheck.

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  11. I saw “them” at Sasquatch. Unfortunately.

    • honest question here – why the disdain? i can’t say that i saw them, ’cause i missed my first sasquatch in 5 years this time around, but every time i’ve seen them in the past they’ve been, well, the flaming lips… tons of fun, tons of confetti, always the “classic” FL songs. haven’t seen them since embryonic came out though – perhaps that’s changed the shows some?

  12. I love how, unlike most artists the Quietus gets on to do this, he doesn’t feel the need to include pretentious balls. So many people write you off if you include Led Zep or someone as a favourite, but there’s no getting Big Wayne down. Potentially the coolest middle aged man on the planet. Needs to fight it out with James Murphy for the top spot.

  13. Boris, but no Melvins? Pfft.

  14. Stravinsky!!! Oh Wayne, you are awesome…

  15. Pretty weird choice of Boris album. I love the people asking where certain albums are. He’s not a journalist or a website dudes.

  16. “the biggest surprise is how familiar most of the albums are”

    Why are you suprised? If this was some newcomer to the indie scene, say a Kurt Vile or someone, and they dropped as many mainstream, “familiar” names as this, most of the people here would be jumping out of their chairs to start insulting so that they can feel like they listen to headier music.

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