Prince didn’t want The Flaming Lips’ CDs either

Wayne Coyne revealed in a new interview that he once slipped the band’s music to Prince’s people, only to have it returned shortly after.

July 18, 2019
Prince didn’t want The Flaming Lips’ CDs either The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (L) and Prince.   Matt Cardy/Kevin Winter/Getty

The Flaming Lips, much like strong cheese, are an acquired taste. Naturally, not everyone is down for a psych-rock band fronted by a shaman-adjacent frontman who travels primarily by zorb. One such person, it turns out, was Prince.

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According to a new interview with Coyne in the Independent on Thursday, Prince and The Flaming Lips both attended the same Brit Awards ceremony together many years ago. Being a huge fan, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne plucked up the courage to approach Prince's security and pass his band's music on to him.

"We were so thrilled at the possibility of him hearing our music," Coyne said. "But at the end of the night, the bodyguard came and found us and handed all the CDs back. He said: ‘Prince doesn’t want these.’ We loved him so much for being too cool for us.”


The Flaming Lips released their latest studio album, Kings Mouth, on Record Store Day 2019. The album was initially only available on vinyl but will be released digitally from Friday, July 19 via Warner Bros. Records.

Last month Prince's estate shared Originals, an album of demos and songs he wrote for other artists. The collection follows 1983: Piano & a Microphone, released last September. Prince's memoir The Beautiful Ones is out this October.

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Prince didn’t want The Flaming Lips’ CDs either