Monday, May 7th 2012
News: The Flaming Lips
It is perhaps fair to say that WTF with Marc Maron has now rightfully found its place in the world of comedy as a haven for aspiring comedians and fans alike. Over the past few years, with his open and devout fanboyism and a neuroticism that seemed only proper in Woody Allen movies, Marc Maron has made a name for himself as an indispensable figure in the world of podcasting. His show has also transmogrified into something more than just a comedy podcast, as Maron has most recently reached beyond his comfort-zone, inviting fascinating personalities from non-comedic backgrounds to some absolutely tremendous results and conversations. These guests have included Ira Glass, Henry Rollins (whose brilliant, humorous, and rousing spoken word work has often been misidentified as stand-up comedy), the great Nick Lowe, and most recently, James Mercer of the Shins.
The most recent episode of WTF may have perhaps featured the show’s zaniest and most peculiar guest to date: Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.
The interview, however, proves to be anything but peculiar, as the man behind the progressively bizarre music of the Flaming Lips sat down for a very clearheaded and highly engrossing interview with Maron, discussing death, childhood, drugs, and of course, music. Most interestingly, Coyne discusses the public misconception of his life imitating his art, saying that “There’s something associated with the sort of music we do, where people say that we do a lot of drugs, but to me, it’s just pure imagination.”
The conversation provides listeners and fans with a very personal and sobered portrait of Coyne, whose public persona of a Timothy Leary-esque LSD guru living in a world of hallucogenic joviality seems to conflict with his actual, more private personality of a man driven solely by his passion and imagination.
You can listen and delve into the engaging discussion at Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast site.
[Just don't piss the guy off. He's one angry motherfucker. - JF]