Listen: The Flaming Lips Radio Drama
"Wayne Coyne’s Human Head Shaped Tumor"
After providing an unintended bomb scare bringing a disarmed hand grenade to the Oklahoma City Airport, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne returned to his more planned bit of craziness this past weekend by airing a own one-hour radio special called "Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor."
Inspired by Orson Welles' sci-fi classic "War of the Worlds" the mock drama was co-written by Richard Parks and Andrew Leland Foley and aired on KCRW.
Featuring music by The Flaming Lips, Bill Callahan, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Oneida, Nico Muhly, and Eleanor Friedberger, the program features voice acting from Coyne, his wife Michelle, Steven Drozd, Lips' manager Scott Booker, and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste playing the titled tumor.
A podcast recording of the show has been posted online. Click below to listen.
Cast Credits (in order of appearance):
Richard Parks AS THE REPORTER
Wayne Coyne, Michelle Martin Coyne, and Scott Booker (The Flaming Lips) AS THEMSELVES
Will Sheff (Okkervil River) AS THE MEDIVAC PILOT
Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) AS HERSELF
Matt Frassica and Rachael Myrow AS THE HOSTS OF US RADIO NEWS
Jack Hitt (This American Life) AS HIMSELF
Mallika Menon AS DR. SAMANTHA MENDELL
Brigid Kaelin AS UDA SMALLSON
Gabe Bullard AS HAROLD GREENMAN
Paul F. Tompkins (The Pod F. Tompkast, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Mr. Show) AS KEVIN THE TRAMP
Andrew Leland AS THE HOSPITAL ORDERLY
Bill Callahan (aka Smog) AS THE DOCTOR
Steve Drozd (The Flaming Lips) AS HIMSELF
Nico Muhly (Björk, Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons), Fat Bobby and Kid Millions (Oneida) AS THE SOUND SURGEONS
Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear) AS WAYNE COYNE’S HUMAN HEAD-SHAPED TUMOR
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