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Cult of personality

Gazette staff February 1st, 2012

It’s easy to mistake Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne for a sort of cult leader, not just for all the aural shenanigans he and his band pull — recording 24-hour-long songs, selling music encased in skulls, both human and edible, et al. — but for the bizarre behavior affected by his dedicated fans. (note: not a website for comparing “Kama Sutra” techniques, as CFN was hoping) reported that Nick Logie and his cohorts in the Los Angeles band Telegram recently drove some 22 hours to deliver Coyne a birthday present direct to his Oklahoma City home.

We’ll let Bangstyle (tee-hee) take over from here:

“Instead of rejecting the strangers, Coyne welcomed them into his home.

According to Logie, he said to them: ‘You guys look like weirdos! Come inside, just please don’t kill me.’ Little did Coyne know that the three fans would spend the next four nights partying with him at his Oklahoma City home — passing out on couches and floors. The fun bunch ended up recording a song together (and a video along with it).”

It’s impressive enough that some crazies were nuts enough to pull a reverse “Grapes of Wrath” just to take Coyne a birthday gift, but four nights of couch-crashing?

Photo by Matt Carney

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