UPDATE – On April 3rd, Wayne did another Q&A session, this time a “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) with reddit.com.
JdoubleU 57 points
The mood of the Terror suggests despair and hopelessness. Why release such a dark album in the spring when the northern hemisphere is emerging from the dark?
i think it’s also a record about acceptance. when the world expects you to be all sunshine, you want to express feelings that are the opposite so that others can share what you’re feeling. You want what you’re going through to be expressed and shared. It’s even more useful when you’re not just happy that the suns coming out. You can be happy in the beginning of the day, sad in the middle, and happy in the end of the day.
MrX16 83 points
paul004 231 points
Do you still have Ke$ha’s blood?
If so, how glittery is it?
You’re the best, thanks for the music Wayne.
Yes and it’s VERY glittery. It came out of vagina that way. That’s the truth.
toppoyay 81 points
satellitebob 59 points
Any young, up and coming bands we should look into?
There’s a lot of bands that are still up and coming that I really like right now. Polica is kind of big now but they’re not super big yet. Then there’s a cool group of out Dallas called New Fumes. Also I really dig Hour of the Time Majesty 12, which are from my studio.
DirtyWolf 30 points
andrahaha 58 points
Hi wayne, first of all, THANK YOU for all the wonderful music you made with your band!
A couple questions..
- I feel like the Lips have always been a very “visual” band.. I feel like even the music itself has a “visual” quality to it… it’s hard to explain.. the question is… who are your most favorite visual artist/artists?
- what is actually your all-time favorite drug?
Everybody loves all the classics but damien hirst, maya who painted our gallery, and many others.
RosieeB 51 points
May I ask your opinion on the lack of art and music in schools? I know I probably would have stopped bothering to go to high school were it not for band and orchestra.
To me (and I know this sounds very Republican) I’ve never thought art and music should be what schools should be responsible for anyway. It should be the parents. Even though it looks like you spend the majority of your time in school, you’re really spending the majority of your time with the people you love (or at least you’re supposed to anyway). For example I grew up in a household where my parents were very supportive of my painting and drawing. That’s how it should be.
jackbowen 69 points
wayne, whats your biggest musical regret?
i don’t really have a regret but if i did it would be that i was too young in the 60s to have made music with miles davis.
itsiilegal 72 points
What is your favorite album you have helped make?
What is your favorite album someone else has made?
- i haven’t helped that many people make albums- “The Good Times Are Killing Me”.
- that’s just a weird question try and rephrase that.
OhMyBrothers 77 points
What is your favorite book and favorite film?
Favorite book: AMOK. It’s a collection of all the weirdo books ever made. You get like the best 2 paragraphs of every weirdo book ever made. My kind of things. Favorite film: The Life Of Pi. I just saw it on the plane. I really loved that movie.
theroob85 137 points
Bad Days was one of my favorite songs growing up, it helped me stay positive when I really needed it. Can you tell me more about coming up with that song? What inspired you to write it?
there is a title in the Amok about seeking revenge on the corporate institutions. Fantasy gets you through conundrums that you have- it’s useful.
FlippySquirrel 29 points
wuhoo25 110 points
What has been your favorite form of packaging for your music so far? Mine was definitely the 24 hour song in the human skull.
walkinglucid 74 points
Strangest display of affection from a fan? (not that it could be any stranger than the displays of affection you show us!)
velvetcrayon 860 point
hi wayne! i’m erik, i’m a musician/freak/cripple and a totally huge big fan. my question is related to the show you’re playing in montclair nj on may 16th. i use a wheelchair so i have to get accessible tickets whenever i goto a show. the way the wellmont theatre does its accessible seats is that the floor is accessible but they don’t set aside any “accessible seats” within the floor seats.. the floor is full, obviously, so no more accessible seats (but the show isn’t sold out, there’s still balcony seats, but those aren’t accessible). but when i asked the wellmont about this they said that more accessible seats may become available if the band (you guys) don’t use all of your comp seats (meaning your comp seats are wheelchair accessible). so, my question is, is there anyway i could buy two comp tickets from you guys since they’re the only wheelchair accessible one’s left? i am not asking for anything free, or anything special, just asking to buy two of the accessible seats from you! it would make my year. my first healthy year in a long long time. i’m a huge fan, a huge freak, will come in costume and be a total weirdo. maybe you could point me in the right direction for this or something? i can give you my email address or phone number or anything that’d help :)
i hope you can help me out. i promise i won’t scream out “play she don’t use jelly!” or anything, i promise! it’s just, it’s not right that there’s so little accessible seats. i know you have a lot of fans that use wheelchairs or have disabilities and it just sucks that we can’t come join the freaks.. because, i mean, i don’t know how many people with disabilities that you know, but i know a bunch and they’re a freaks. lovable freaks, sure, but freaks. okay, end of ramble. heart you!!!!!!!!!
can you message your email? we’ll see what we can do!
shecabuge 169 points
Hi Wayne!! I’ve been following your shows in the southeast area for 3 years now, but will you draw a doodle for me to tattoo on my leg? THANKS. LOVE.
A lot of you want me to deliver on this. I’ll post it in /r/flaminglips when i get it then PM everyone in this thread with a link.
AmieBPhilly 126 points
Hi Wayne! As a fan whose life goal is to dance on stage with you, what’s the beat way to be picked from the crowd?
Also, will you ever play the Spiderbite Song at a show?
just to be a freak- get there early and get dressed up!
Sanit 67 points
How much confetti and balloons do you guys use at an average gig? Isn’t that shit expensive?
Also, what do I have to do to be on stage with you, dressed up as something, next time you come to Dublin?
It is expensive, yeah. I don’t know what the number would be really. We use about 3-4 boxes of confetti a night and they run about $600-700 a box and then about $500-600 worth of balloons. It seems like a lot, but it’s not a lot compared to like Beyonce or something like that.
norton51 420 points
Does it get hot in the giant inflatable ball?
it does yes! but im not in it very long.
cigarettesmoke 195 points
Why do you say “C’mon motherfuckers!” in concert so much?
it’s just a way of saying there are no rules here and everything is an expression to heighten the experience. I love cuss words the most because it cuts to the most sacred of things.
lily_badwolf 33 points
Hiya, Wayne! I’ve been a huge fan for many many MANY years- I was so stoked to dance onstage with you guys in the Yo Gabba Gabba getup a couple years ago in Denton, TX- my husband and I also went to all of the March of the 1,000 Flaming Skeletons each year it was held- I was wondering if there were any plans to revive that this year, or any time in the future?? It had become an October tradition for us and we miss it!! So stoked to see you on the Virgin mobile commercials- hope all is going really well for you and the rest of the Lips- we love you dearly! You are hands down the chillest and sweetest “celebrity” I’ve ever had the fortune to talk with- thanks for loving us back, Wayne! hugs
it’s always an option but the fire marshals were very cautious- the bigger the march the more cautious they got. They didn’t want any accidents to happen. For example, for every person carrying a torch, i had to have two fire extinguishers. It felt really restrictive.
houseofsharks 69 points
If you could come back as any animal or creature, what would you be and why??
i think it would be cool to come back as a dinosaur! a t-rex or something.. it would be fun to walk over volcanos.
Longfeller 175 points
You recently posted an instagram photo of yourself taking your first poo in your blue leather pants… and I’m curious… Who did you get to take that photo?
i just had sachem come in and do it.
downtothecellar 28 points
bizarrodude 147 points
Are you still drug free as you claimed in “The Fearless Freaks”? Or has your outlook on drug use evolved since then?
ive never been drug free but ive never been on the level of addicts and i don’t use hard drugs. there are some like mushrooms that i think are fun. but i think im more empathetic with the nature of anxiety. physical health is a dilemma.
Captain_Lovely 257 points
mp6521 41 points