Wayne Coyne Loves Miley, Dismisses Dylan in Year-End Q&A
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips performs in London. Photo by Matt Kent/WireImage
The Flaming Lips had a major year, releasing their dark, twisted LP The Terror, their sci-fi-inspired Peace Sword EP and touring the country with Tame Impala. But frontman Wayne Coyne did a lot of listening, too — and even attended the Electric Daisy Carnival. He mouthed off about Miley, Gaga, EDM and Bob Dylan in a big Q&A about 2013's best and worst music.
Did you have any favorite music that came out this year?
I’m still in the love with this Beach House record. I think it came out last year. [Ed's note: it did.] Jim James sent me his solo record and I just love it, love it, love it. They came to Tulsa, we hung out with them, and now here we are playing a show with My Morning Jacket at the beginning of the year. Another person where it’s like, “Wow, I love their music, and then here they are right in front of me.” I had never met James before then.
That’s interesting because you guys seem very similar in some ways.
I know. But I’d never met him in the flesh and I think that’s the nature of the way computer and e-mails and all those things work now. You can really be very close to people and not really have ever been actually physically close. And then this Tame Impala tour that just ended, same sort of thing. Even their previous record we really loved, but then this new one, and I don’t think it came out this year, but maybe it did. Did it?
No, it was at the end of last year but a lot of people paid attention to it this year.
We got to do these shows with them — as a musical entity and a show, it was just about as great as you could hope for. I’ve been talking to Jim James about his Bob Dylan/Wilco tour where I think the public has an idea of “that must be like a party every night!” I don’t think being with Bob Dylan nowadays is a party. I think he probably doesn’t talk to anybody and I think it’s kind of just the opposite.
I think Jim said they didn’t meet offstage the whole tour.
I think someone should say that for once. It doesn’t mean his music isn’t very powerful, but I think Bob Dylan’s been kind of a curmudgeon and I think there’s a contingency of people out there who don’t want to say that. And I say, why not? We pick on Miley Cyrus, who's 17 years old. We pick on her, but someone like Bob Dylan, we just protect him even though he’s sitting there, in all actuality, not really trying very hard. I would say, it’s his loss to be there with Jim James and his crew, and to be there with Wilco, and not get in on that. I’m like, "It’s your loss, buddy." I’d say they could have got rid of Bob Dylan and just done a tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket and it would’ve been great.
Have you met Dylan?
We did a festival quite a few years ago now in Kilkenny, Ireland, where Bob Dylan was playing after us. At the time, we already knew that it was much like that then, even. But we held out hope that, who knows, we may be using the same portable toilet at some point. And as we were leaving the airport, we saw the newspaper and it said, "Michael Jackson is coming to watch Bob Dylan play in Kilkenny." It’s a really small town. It’s like the biggest thing that could have ever happened in the world. And then to have Michael Jackson come there to see Bob Dylan is already absurd. I mean, what the fuck? Talk about two weirdos that would probably actually despise each other. We just thought, "My God, this is going to be amazing, because we’re into shit like that." I say the more absurd the better.