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Wayne Coyne : biography

January 13, 1961 –

Wayne Michael Coyne (born January 13, 1961) is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band The Flaming Lips.

Personal life

Coyne lives on a compound of four houses in the same neighborhood he grew up in. Each Halloween, Wayne dresses up to scare trick-or-treaters who come to his home. He feels that it is good to scare children, because when they grow older, there are things "that are horribly scary…you can’t just run away from them or turn on a light and it runs away." Though an atheist, Coyne says "I wish I did believe in God. It would be a great relief to think, ‘God’ll take care of it. God’ll put gas in the car tomorrow.’"

With the Flaming Lips

Coyne formed the Flaming Lips in 1983 with brother Mark singing lead and Michael Ivins on bass guitar. Mark later left the band and Coyne assumed vocal duties. Wayne and Michael have been the only two constant members of the band since its founding.

During large-crowd festival performances, Coyne makes his entrance by descending from an alien mother ship (a nod to Parliament-FunkadelicJoan Anderman, Globe Staff. . "The Flaming Lips: as honest as they are quirky: [THIRD Edition]. " Boston Globe [Boston, Mass.] 8 Sep. 2006,C.16.) in a bubble and floats across the audience. Coyne has also been known to pour fake blood down his face via a hidden tube during live shows. Coyne does this to pay homage to a famous picture of Miles Davis who, after a performance, had blood on his suit because a police officer had beaten him during the show.

Flaming Lips concerts also feature confetti cannons, lasers, laser pointers, images projected on to a screen, dozens of large balloons, a stage filled with dancers dressed as aliens, yetis, the gloves etc.Jon Niccum. . "Space Case: Wayne Coyne transports the Flaming Lips’ extraterrestrial sounds back to Wakarusa. " McClatchy – Tribune Business News 6 June 2008 Before performing, Coyne can be seen helping the stage crew. Their performances have been likened to psychedelic experiences rather than something so benign as music shows, a tradition that goes back to the band’s formation.

Early life

Coyne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1961, the son of Thomas Coyne and Dolores "Dolly" Jackson. The fifth of six children, Coyne moved with his family from Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood to Oklahoma in early 1961. Coyne grew up in Oklahoma City, OK. Coyne preferred listening to music and playing pickup football. He, his sister, and his brothers dubbed themselves "The Fearless Freaks" for their brutal backyard football games. Tommy Coyne, Coyne’s older brother, described the games as a "semi-civilized gang fight." Dir. Beesely, Bradley. Perfs. Wayne Coyne. Shout Factory, 2005.

In 1977, while in high school, Coyne began working as a fry cook for a Long John Silver’s restaurant in Oklahoma City. During his second year of employment, there was a rash of robberies in Oklahoma City. The restaurant was robbed and Coyne and other employees were held at gunpoint and forced to lie on the ground. Coyne was certain he was going to die. The assistant manager couldn’t open the restaurant’s safe, however, and the robbers eventually fled. Coyne believes "this is really how you die…one minute you’re just cooking up someone’s order of french fries and the next minute you’re laying on the floor and they blow your brains out. There’s no music, there’s no significance, it’s just random." Coyne continued working at Long John Silver’s until 1990.

Other projects/appearances

  • Bradley Beesley directed a 2005 film about Coyne and the Flaming Lips, The Fearless Freaks, which features much footage of Coyne’s early life, as well as his narration about his experiences in the band.
  • In 2003, Coyne provided vocals on "The Golden Path" by The Chemical Brothers. This track was released on the Singles 93-03 album (CD1, Track 13).
  • In 2005, Coyne recorded "Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun)" with the electronic-duo Thievery Corporation on their album The Cosmic Game.
  • On May 24, 2006, a video of Coyne was shown at the graduation ceremony at his old high school, the Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In the video he spoke of not being a high school graduate, working at Long John Silver’s, selling marijuana out of his apartment, and the value of life experience.
  • In 2006, Coyne appeared in a Swedish music program called ‘Musikministeriet’ (‘The Ministry Of Music’). He was featured in every episode, beginning and ending each one with a few eloquent words about that particular episode’s theme, and his opinions about it.
  • On January 1, 2007, Coyne appeared in Pasadena, California’s annual Rose Parade on the "Oklahoma Rising" float with members of the Flaming Lips, and other celebrities who claim Oklahoma as their native state, including astronaut John Herrington, 2006 Miss America Jennifer Berry, creator of "Desperate Housewives", Marc Cherry. It was the state’s centennial birthday.
  • Coyne and The Flaming Lips guest starred in an episode of the television show Charmed.
  • Coyne and The Flaming Lips appeared on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, playing at the Peach Pit. They sometimes show the clip at live concerts.
  • Coyne sings on the opening track, "Revenge", of Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s album with David Lynch, "Dark Night of the Soul".
  • Coyne sings on the track Colossal Gray Sunshine of Faultline’s album Your Love Means Everything.
  • Coyne contributed several tracks to Kesha’s sophomore album, "Warrior", including tracks titled "You Control My Heart" and "Past Life."
  • On August 16, 2012, Coyne appeared on The Colbert Report for an interview by Stephen Colbert and a performance with the Flaming Lips on the deck of the USS Intrepid as part of "Stephest Colbchella ‘012: Rocktaugustfest".
  • On March 12, 2013, Coyne appeared on a Virgin Mobile advertisement. In the commercial Coyne attempts to brainwash the viewer into switching mobile phone plans.
  • Coyne appears on the track The Perfect Life on Moby’s forthcoming album Innocents due to be released in October 2013.http://www.moby.com/innocents