May 5th UPDATE: The Soft Bulletin Live – inside a strawberry/marijuana-flavored gummy skull – is on sale now here with Flaming Lips’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery two day passes (June 14-15). Single and two day ticket options without the special gummy skull go on sale May 6th morning for $40 and $80 here. Follow twitter.com/FutureHeartDay for more updates!
How many nibbles does it take to get to the brain of a Flaming Lips’ Gummy Skull? It all depends if you’ve got the munchies…
As reported by Psych Explorations of the Future Heart last week, The Flaming Lips have recorded a live version of The Soft Bulletin to be released in a future batch of life-size, edible gummy skulls – the same way they released four new songs on April 20th. As also reported here, while selling skulls in Texas last week, Wayne told fans that said Soft Gummy Skull Live Bulletin would have a marijuana brain – so, while digging in to retrieve the USB center that holds the music, you could get both a sugar high, and just plain high…
On April 28th, Wayne followed-up his alleged plans to offer some sweet leaf to fans with a sweet tooth, via the above embedded tweet. In case anybody thought he was joking, two gummy videos were uploaded today (April 29th) at changeyrlife.com and youtube/changeyrlifeokc. In the second, Wayne and a surgeon perform a lobotomy on a gummy skull (watch here). But it was the first video that got the most attention: Wayne tests the pot-gummy through an interview with weed connaisseur and Lips’ helper Jake. Watch below:
“Jake tests the flavors of a Gummy Song Skull prototype.”
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ANOTHER UPDATE: On May 2nd Wayne tweeted the presumed title of the album, The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011 – though it’s possible that’s not the name of the album, but rather the video content recorded at SUNY Fredonia – previously detailed here (including exclusive interviews and pictures not included in the posts by Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, etc partly copied from this original profile).
So what do think? Is this pot skull idea awesome, or awful?
Neither? Both? Is it something you would spend over $150 on (being that without flavored brain they cost that much, surely with it, the price must rise, right?)…
Do you think this was just a publicity stunt to draw attention to the gummy skull selling on the band’s website? Is it a coincidence this video (and then another) appeared on the web precisely as the gummy skull for sale appeared on the band’s blog and facebook wall and Wayne tweeted about it? Are you sad that this might perpetuate the stereotype of Flaming Lips fans as a bunch of burn-outs? Or, are you proud to be a Flaming fan because they celebrate 4/20 by releasing new tunes titled “Drug Chart” and “”In Our Bodies Out of Our Heads” at precisely 4:20 PM and release their music in a (literal) pot head?
Sound off below…
Also, FYI – there’s been discussion of a Flaming Lips bong – a fan idea that Wayne has supposedly taken a liking to…
Read more about The Soft Bulletin live gummy album and two live Bulletin music videos here.
Read more about the 4/20 Gummy Skull sale here.