When you listen to The Flaming Lips songs like “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)” or “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat),” it might be hard to picture a band that had its songs featured on “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Beavis and Butt-Head” or commercials for Dell computers or Kraft salad dressing.

When you listen to The Flaming Lips songs like “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)” or “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat),” it might be hard to picture a band that had its songs featured on “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Beavis and Butt-Head” or commercials for Dell computers or Kraft salad dressing.

But the group has remained relevant since its inception in 1983 in Norman, Okla., with Mark Coyne singing lead vocals.

Mark’s brother, Wayne, is now the frontman, but he said the band isn’t necessarily the reason the group has been around for more than 25 years.

“I don’t know if we do it. It happens,” he said.

The journey

Wayne Coyne said that after five years, bands can find themselves fighting for relevance. After 10 years, a band proves its longevity and relevance.

“With 20 years, suddenly you’re part of why music is important, why rock and roll is important,” he said.

Coyne used country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, who recorded his first single in 1956 and continues to record today, as an example of a musical act that does its own thing.

“Willie Nelson — this guy, he is living his life and this is his life,” Coyne said. “He’s not living to be a rock star. You’re not a contrived version of it, it’s just being you.”

The band is beloved by fans of all ages. Their song “SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy” was featured in the 2004 “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” and an edited version of “Mr. Ambulance Driver” was on the soundtrack of the 2005 film “Wedding Crashers.”

Despite commercial success, many of The Flaming Lips’ songs feature unorthodox lyrics and interesting instrumental arrangements.

Variety

The band has continued to release songs that get interpreted in a variety of ways. But the band’s longtime fans appreciate the challenge, Coyne said.

A more readily accepted recording was the 2009 remake of Pink Floyd’s 1973 “Dark Side of the Moon.”

“‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is a great (expletive) record,” Coyne said. Coyne said he “whimsically” suggested the idea to redo the album online only. The group “injected more rollicking and sinister” elements, Coyne said, and the online album has since been released as a CD.

On stage, off the wall

The group performs their music but also has large video screens, a truckload of confetti, 35 strobe lights and, of course, Coyne’s signature human-size plastic bubble in which he makes his way through the audience.

“We command the audience to sing along. We need them to sing along to make it a bigger experience ... this elevates to make a more powerful, potent moment,” he said.

When people compare The Flaming Lips to “something unbelievable like the Beatles; that we are occupying that space in their mind — it’s hard to believe,” Coyne said.

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