24 hours of fire power

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - SAM KEL­TON HEADY FWENDS Out now ( Warner) THE FLAMING LIPS Falls Fes­ti­val, Mar­ion Bay, De­cem­ber 29 – Jan­uary 1, 2013

THE Flaming Lips are known for many things.

There is their fan­tas­tic live show, the fact they wrote a song that went for 24 hours, and even their four- disc al­bum in which each disc must be played si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

But last week the band truly out­did them­selves by en­ter­ing the Guin­ness Book of Records for most live shows in a 24- hour pe­riod – eight in all – steal­ing the record Jay- Z held pre­vi­ously with seven shows in 24 hours.

So when E Guide tracked down front­man Wayne Coyne to dis­cuss the band’s lat­est al­bum Heady Fwends, it’s no won­der the af­fa­ble ex­per­i­men­tal­ist is a lit­tle tired but mostly ex­cited.

‘‘ It’s to­tally dif­fi­cult and now I un­der­stand what these world records are about,’’ Coyne says of the band’s lat­est con­quest.

‘‘ When you’re eight or nine and you read the Guin­ness Book of Records and see who can swal­low the most worms it’s re­ally cool. But when you’re in there, I mean it still blows my mind hav­ing a world record – it’s great.’’

Still reel­ing from the band’s tri­umphant 24- hour tour, Coyne ( pic­tured) is also cel­e­brat­ing an­other feat, com­pil­ing one of the most eclec­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion al­bums of the year fea­tur­ing the likes of Nick Cave to Ke$ ha.

‘‘ I to­tally agree,’’ Coyne says of the bizarre mix of col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Coyne says he didn’t re­ally call any­one to be in­volved on the new al­bum if he didn’t think they would call straight back, but there was one elu­sive artist who was on the band’s wish list who couldn’t com­mit to the project.

‘‘ We’ll al­ways keep try­ing for Jimmy Page,’’ he ex­plains.

‘‘ It was a ‘ no thank you’ and I didn’t take it as if ‘ oh he doesn’t like us’. I’ve heard from his daugh­ter that he does like some of our songs quite a bit but he didn’t want to do some­thing over the in­ter­net. For him it was a faceto- face thing and he sim­ply didn’t have the sched­ule to do that.’’

One col­lab­o­ra­tion that sounds just as in­ter­est­ing as it looks on pa­per is the band’s work with Ke$ ha.

‘‘ It’s prob­a­bly my favourite,’’ quips Coyne.

But how on earth did these seem­ingly polar op­po­site mu­si­cians come to work to­gether on the al­bum opener 2012 ( You Must Be Up­graded)?

‘‘ I heard she wanted to work with us but be­ing a big star sur­rounded by lawyers and ‘ the busi­ness’ I thought it would be tough,’’ Coyne says.

‘‘ But it was the ex­act op­po­site. She called me on my cell [ phone] so I drove right to her house and we spent the whole day and night record­ing and then got drunk and slept in. The next day we did the same thing, she is awe­some.’’

With the al­bum and world record be­hind them Coyne is look­ing for­ward to shar­ing the cos­mic col­lab­o­ra­tions in Aus­tralia at Falls Fes­ti­val and ring­ing in the New Year in Tas­ma­nia.

‘‘ It’s very ex­cit­ing to come back be­cause we know there’s an au­di­ence down there now.’’

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