The Flaming Lips are an American psychedelic rock band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are known for their amazing live shows that incorporate giant confetti cannons, laser pointers, and even a life-size UFO spaceship. Frontman Wayne Coyne begins each show by walking across the audience in a giant plastic bubble.
The Flaming Lips started out as a loud garage rock band in Norman, Oklahoma. The original lineup consisted of Wayne Coyne, Mark Coyne, Michael Ivins and Richard English. The band went through several lineup changes before finally hiring Ronald Jones on guitar and Stephen Drozd on drums.
The Flaming lips got there first taste of success in 1993 when they released the album 'Transmissions from the Satellite Heart.' It contained the single ''She Don't Use Jelly,'' which went on to be a major alternative radio hit. The exposure landed the band opening act slots on major tours with bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 1996, Ronald Jones left the band which caused a major hole in the lineup. He was the primary guitar player, so instead of hiring a new guitarist, the band took a turn for the weird. In 1997, the remaining members, Coyne, Drozd and Ivins released 'Zaireeka,' a crazy experimental album that comes on four separate CDs that all must be played at the exact same time.
The next three albums: 'The Soft Bulletin,' 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' and 'At War with the Mystics' all continued to expand the Flaming Lip's sound into a multi-layered concoction of space rock, weird sound effects and beautiful melodies.
Today, The Flaming Lips are known for their amazing live shows. Sometimes, they give every member of the audience a laser pointer that can be directed at mirrors on stage. They like to pummel the crowd with giant balloons and confetti, and they even have a giant UFO that lands on stage.