The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on pets, Miley Cyrus, and the secret to covering The Beatles

The eclectic frontman is trying to pull off his weirdest trick yet: a full-length cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Wayne Coyne
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In his 30-plus-year career, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has gone from a glassy-eyed twenty-something grinning through his first Letterman appearance to a technicolor-dreamcoated master of ceremonies in a near perpetual state of performance. Whether it's releasing an album meant to be played on four stereos simultaneously, or crowdsurfing in an inflatable bubble, or collaborating with the likes of Moby, Kesha, Henry Rollins, and plenty more, Coyne's career choices have been anything but conventional. He has also been incredibly prolific: With more than a dozen studio albums, a handful of cover albums, and a slew of collaborative EPs under his belt, Coyne is arguably one of the busiest frontmen in rock today.

This week sees the release of With A Little Help From My Fwends, The Lips' full-length cover of The Beatles' iconic 1967 record Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album — which features a revolving cast of collaborators that includes Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, and My Morning Jacket — is hardly the first time The Flaming Lips have dabbled in a full-length tribute. They've tackled Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Stone Roses' self-titled album, and King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King before. But this is perhaps the first time a band has dared to take on and — gasp! — re-imagine the legendary work of the Fab Four.

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