Wayne Coyne & The Flaming Lips Get Their Own Radio Drama

Posted November 20

Apparently, Wayne Coyne has one of those time-turny-backy thingies from Harry Potter (nerd alert) — that’s the only way he could possibly have enough time for all the crazy projects he and the Flaming Lips have been launching of late. Next up? A one-hour radio show commissioned by quirky publishing house, McSweeney’s.

The radio show — titled Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor — was apparently penned over the course of a few months by writer Richard Parks, and stars Coyne and the Lips. The show also features music from Bill Callahan, Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, members of Oneida and more. Coyne’s wife, Michelle Martin Coyne, also stars. The whole thing will be broadcast like — War of the Worlds-style — on November 24 and 25 on KCRW (and streaming on KCRW.com), at 5 p.m. PST.

So what is the radio drama about? Here’s the weird part — according to McSweeney’s, “It’s an hour-long radio play news report about Wayne Coyne’s head-shaped tumor.” And where is said tumor located? Why, on Coyne’s leg. Why is this weird (aside from the obvious)? Perhaps because Coyne landed in the hospital on Halloween this year because of a festering wounding on his — you guessed it — leg.

Coincidence? Perhaps. We’re not saying the singer actually has a head blooming out of his leg, but the location of the injury is a little weird. We’d say that Parks wrote around the incident if McSweeney’s hadn’t said that the writer disappeared for “months” and came back with the piece.

We’ve reached out to the Lips’ camp to see if these two things are at all related. In the meantime, check out the full cast below:

The players: Wayne Coyne, Michelle Martin Coyne, Steven Drozd, and Scott Booker (Flaming Lips), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), Jack Hitt (This American Life, Harper’s), Paul F. Tompkins (The Pod F. Tompkast, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Mr. Show), Bill Callahan (aka Smog), Nico Muhly (Björk, Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons), Fat Bobby and Kid Millions (Oneida), and Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear).