Posted in music on April 20, 2009

photo by C. Taylor Crothers
Flaming Lips

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips surfing the crowd on the Mall in his giant bubble.

The Earth Day On The National Mall event was emceed by Chevy Chase. Other prominent speakers included actor Matthew Modine and actress Joy Bryant, Kathleen Rogers, President of the Earth Day Network, Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor and others. Performers included The Flaming Lips, Los Lobos, moe., and DJ Spooky.

A larger version of the photo can be seen HERE. Videos from Sunday's event (4/19), below...

---

      

Comments (33)

nick zinner was there!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 10:28 AM

Did they play Turn it on?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 10:31 AM

i think wayne coyne lives inside that stupid bubble.

did he say that chevy chase treated everyone around him like assholes ?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 10:35 AM

Wanyne Coyne needs to go away.

Stupid bubble gimmick is tired.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 11:05 AM

"Stupid bubble gimmick is tired."

your mom's tired.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 11:13 AM

Seriously, I love the Lips, but the same gimmicks have been used since 2003. The bubble, the nun puppets, confetti cannons, animal suits, etc. It really is time to move on.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 11:21 AM

The gimmicks never stop being fun.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 11:45 AM

People don't love them because of the gimmicks. They have the excellent music to make up for it.

Posted by Eric | April 20, 2009 12:11 PM

you gimmick haters are no fun!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 12:16 PM

fuck this, where are the polyphonic spree?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 12:18 PM

He looks like such a douche in that bubble. Like he could ever write a rousing youth anthem. Ha!

Posted by win b. | April 20, 2009 12:30 PM

setlist

Race For the Prize
Lightning Strikes the Postman
Borderline
Fight Test
Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
The WAND
She Don't Use Jelly
Do You Realize??

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 1:36 PM

i went to Antarctica to create hip-hop iceburg beats

Posted by DJ spooky | April 20, 2009 1:47 PM

Thanks 1:36

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 1:48 PM

Of course the bubble trick has been overplayed. That's the point though. FL are making a grand artistic statement about the predictability and cliched nature of rock shows, thereby creating an uncomfortable viewing experience for the crowd and in turn giving them something unexpected. The Throbbing Gristle show last week at the Masonic Temple was awesome for the same reason.

Posted by dumb old guy | April 20, 2009 2:21 PM

Yeah... the bubble is old and tiresome. But so is posting hateful comments on BV about bands we loved four years ago. Or four days ago.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 2:27 PM

I would love for the Lips to just play a straight up rock show with no stage show. Just them an their instruments! They can pull it off!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 2:39 PM

too bad nick zinner was at coachella

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 3:18 PM

No naked chicks this time?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 3:27 PM

Lips shows are always funny, even if they are a bit gimmicky.

but i do wish that they would change things up a bit play a lot more stuff from their earlier albums. In a Priest Driven Ambulance, motherfuckers!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 3:38 PM

er... fun, not funny

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 3:39 PM

who cares about the bubble with a setlist like that??? how many of you, crushing bores, have seen them live in the bubble more than twice? so let more people enjoy this great fun and go make yourselves something up.

can´t think of anything lower than nobodies who doesn´t do s++t that throw stones at those who, for instance, enchant great crowds.

Posted by dgdgd | April 20, 2009 3:51 PM

3:51, that's been the standard setlist for, oh, about 6 years. You obviously haven't seen them that often.
I'll bet Wayne is still using the nun puppets to sing along during Yoshimi and using the same Jon Stewart and 90210 clips to intro Jelly and Realize.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 4:16 PM

the setlist is incredibly boring and played-out. I stopped going to their shows because of this. It's great the first couple times, but it really has been six years since they made any sort of major change to their live show.

Posted by FRX | April 20, 2009 4:25 PM

This was an Earth Day festival crowd, not a Lips show crowd--of course they're going to do the standard songs and show stunts. What do folks expect, an extended jazz odyssey?

Posted by robotdave | April 20, 2009 5:04 PM

i have seen the lips 4-5 times and everytime that was the setlist. jelly, yoshima, do you realize,etc. they really need to switch it up.

Posted by matt | April 20, 2009 5:17 PM

Their live shows were so mind-blowing in the mid-to-late 90's/early 00's. The boom-box experiment at Wetlands, the gigs where they had the soundboard tuned into a specific FM frequency so you can hear a live stereo output of the show while watching the show... the mini-festival shows they did at Tramps with Robyn Hitchcock, Cornelius, Lou Barlow, etc. Everytime you went to see the Lips, you knew you were in for something mind-bending and revolutionary. And now they're just looking to have fun. And that's fine and there's a place in the world for that, but it's such a waste of talent. These guys should be revolutionizing music, not catering to the masses with balloons.

Or do both. I don't care. Play Madison Square Garden with the crowd-pleasers but then go back and CREATE something experimental and fascinating. I've stopped going to their shows, not just because I'm sick of Wayne wasting time in the bubble when he could be playing 2 more songs, but because I know EXACTLY what songs he's going to play at every show, and if we're lucky he'll pull out one older song as a surprise. They have too rich of a catalog to play the same thing every night. It's just a waste.

It isn't just their live albums where they've gotten lazy. Their last album was so familiar and predicatable. As a fan, I found it heartbreaking and unlistenable.

Whenever I see Wayne doing this schtick, or I hear a Lips song in a commerical targeting moms in minivans, I can't help but think "Wayne, you don't need to have EVERYONE like you. Stop trying so hard."

To be clear, this has nothing to do with "selling out". Sells songs to commericals. I don't care. Just do it while stretching your artistic wings. Wayne can say all he wants to try to rationalize the past 5-6 years. But if you looked him in the eye and asked him, "Do you feel that, as an artist, you've been as creatively successful in the past few years as you were in the last decade?", I don't see how he can say yes.

Posted by Neil | April 20, 2009 5:18 PM

Hey Neil, are you in Arcade Fire?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 7:58 PM

You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. We're gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little bitches. Once we get to Hollywood and find those Miramax fucks who are making that movie, we're gonna make 'em eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat their shit which is made up of our shit that we made 'em eat. Then you're all you motherfucks are next. Love, Jay and Silent Bob.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 8:55 PM

2:21, that's a fancy way of saying that they keep doing the same old shit, year after year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 5:03 AM

5:03 - I think 2:21 was being a touch sarcastic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:23 AM

"the same gimmicks have been used since 2003."

Actually most of the gimmicks started around 1999 during the Soft Bulletin tour. The same videos, the same props. It's been a decade, forget the karaoke show and play a show again!

"the mini-festival shows they did at Tramps with Robyn Hitchcock, Cornelius, Lou Barlow, etc"

The Brain Degeneration tour. Awesome lineup with Sebadoh, ICQ and Cornelius.

"This was an Earth Day festival crowd, not a Lips show crowd--of course they're going to do the standard songs and show stunts. "

Trust me, it was the same old show. They are not into improvising.

Bring back Ronald Jones and rock again!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 10:43 AM

+1 what Neil said

Posted by pwal | April 21, 2009 2:08 PM

Leave a Comment