Fans of the veteran psych-rockers The Flaming Lips have come to expect the totally unexpected when it comes to the weirdly fun Oklahoma band and their music. Who would have guessed however that Wayne Coyne and company would also be launching their own semi-biographical podcast series, which arrives just days before the upcoming release of their Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 this Friday, June 1.
The podcast is titled “Sorcerer’s Orphan: A Song By Song History of the Flaming Lips,” and the first episode was shared to the band’s YouTube page this past Friday. The debut episode is hosted by Steven Drozd, who spends 30 minutes breaking down the band’s 2011 track, “Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2.”
“Welcome to ‘The Sorcerer’s Orphan,’ a podcast created to dissect and explore the inner-workings, and inspired accidents that have helped The Flaming Lips write, create and record some of our most iconic music and songs,” Drozd can be heard saying to open up the podcast while “Race for the Prize” plays in the background.
The talking/listening points of “Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2” could not have picked a better time to arrive, as the song is one of the featured tracks which will appear on the Greatest Hits compilation album when it arrives later this week. The 52-track deluxe edition bundle will come over three CDs, along with a poster and digital download of the album. Fans can also purchase the standard 11-track LP version, which includes hits like “Do You Realize??” and “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1.”
The band will be touring across North America all summer long, continuing with their next scheduled performance in Jackson, Wyoming on Thursday. Tickets to select shows on the band’s 2018 summer tour, including a scheduled gig at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre on Aug. 17 are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.
The Lips’ Steven Drozd launches podcast SORCERER’S ORPHAN: A Song By Song History of The Flaming Lips.— The Flaming Lips (@theflaminglips) May 25, 2018
Listen to “Episode One: Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear, Part 2” here: https://t.co/KmdjKH7133 pic.twitter.com/Euwg1Vq4sJ