Tuesday, April 04, 2006

From Your Lips to God's Ears

In the Toronto Star, Wayne Coyne -- the brilliant madman behind The Flaming Lips -- unveils his unique approach to marketing the Lips new album, At War With the Mystics:
"I'm not a politician," says Coyne. "But you can only sit in your imaginative dream world, where atmospheres and stories all happen to you, for so long before real life is inserted into that.

"We simply sang about things that were in our mind at the time. And a lot of this stuff that has happened over the last couple of years with Bush and Cheney and suicide bombers, you can't help but wake up some mornings and just want to kick the TV.

"It's time that we said that Jesus, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Allah and Islam are all mystical, magical things. And there's no room for that in a society that is as intelligent, complex and powerful as it is today. We have enough problems. We can't throw in some cosmic entity and say, 'He's telling me to do this thing or that thing.' If that's how you justify your actions, there are just no limits to what people can do."
And somewhere a Warner Music marketing director is crying.

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