Photo Credit: George Salisbury
The Flaming Lips and Fred Armisen took over the Stern Show studio for a special celebration of the Beatles, which will be airing Friday night exclusively on Howard 101. Here's a refresher course before you tune in:
1. The Flaming Lips have won three Grammys and have been nominated for three more across categories ranging from Best Rock Instrumental Album to Best Engineered Album.
2003: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)" || Won
2004: Best Alternative Album for Fight Test EP || Nominated
2007: Best Alternative Album for At War With the Mystics || Nominated
2007: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "The Wizard Turns On..." || Won
2007: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for At War with the Mystics || Won
2008: Best Surround Sound Album for At War With the Mystics 5.1 || Nominated
2. You don't go to a Flaming Lips concert to be an audience member; you go to be a participant.
"When you go home tonight, I want you to tell your friends that I descended from the sky above the crowd in this space bubble," Wayne Coyne exclaimed to one audience. To another, pairs of headphones were handed out as a pre-recorded accompaniment to the live show.
How about the time 40 participants were enlisted to sit in their cars and blast unique cassettes for a recording? Ever chewed through a marijuana-flavored gummy skull to reach a USB drive with new songs on it? If you've been a Flaming Lips fan, the answer could certainly be a resounding "Yes."
3. Frontman Wayne Coyne has been known to dress up on Halloween to scare the living crap out of kids in his neighborhood.
A photo posted by Wayne Coyne (@waynecoyne5) onApr 3, 2015 at 9:26pm PDT
We'll just leave that quick fact right there …
4. Howard fell for the band's 2014 April Fools' joke
Just over a year ago Howard opened the April 1, 2014 show by giving praise to a band he had read about -- The Flaming Lips – for a new concept recording that would be released as a companion to Pink Floyd's legendary Dark Side Of The Moon.
"Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, Dark Side of the Moon listeners are encouraged to listen to the new Lips album while listening to Dark Side at the same time," the press release read. "Flaming Side of the Moon was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz."
The only problem, of course, was that this turned out to be part of an elaborate April Fools' joke backed by Funny or Die. Though the King Of All Media got fooled, it really wasn't such a major stretch of the imagination considering …
5. The Flaming Lips like to screw with your favorite songs
For example, as if the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band needed to be any trippier, in walk The Flaming Lips with a little help from their "fwends":
Howard Stern Presents: A Celebrations of The Beatles With The Flaming Lips Hosted By Fred Armisen premieres on Friday at 11pm ET/8pm PT, exclusively on Howard 101.