The Flaming Lips are planning their next project in their year-long experimental album extravaganza, and this one is certainly a bit different.
According to front man Wayne Coyne, the band intend to release a 24-hour-long song at midnight on Halloween 2011 ”¦ encased in a human skull!!

The as yet untitled and unwritten song, will introduce the realities of “death,” “fucking,” and “life” for the first few minutes, and will then explore those themes in greater detail for the rest of the day ”” literally. In total, the song will be 24 hours in length, so don’t plan to do much else that day.

The song will be available in very limited physical quantities (just five!) and arrives on an external hard drive slipped inside an actual human skull, provided by the Oklahoma City store Skulls Unlimited. The Lips like skulls, does anyone recall their ‘gummy skull’ which contained a 4trk USB priced at $150, sadly you will need a few money pennies to get this proposed release – $5000 is the asking price ”“ don’t get to excited, apparently all five have already been sold.

“I would say nothing that we’re doing is bizarre or illegal,” says Coyne. “In parts of the world and even on eBay you can actually buy real human skulls. There’s a place in town that’s called Skulls Unlimited that’s been here for almost as long as The Flaming Lips have been here, and it sells human skulls.” The locale Coyne is referring to is Oklahoma, where he resides.

“People heads come into this place and they have these flesh-eating beetles ”” I would have tweeted a picture of it, but they don’t allow it ”” literally eat every molecule of flesh off of these things and you’ll end up with a human skull,” the singer explains.

Coyne plans to insert a hard drive into five of these human heads ”” which will come covered in chrome and packaged in elegant boxes ”” and on that drive will be recorded a 24-hour-long song.
Despite the advance sales Coyne isn’t even sure if the project will go through ”” 24 hours is a long time, after all.

He cautions us that this project is still in the works.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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