While they've been around for more than 20 years, the Flaming Lips didn't start coming into their own as entertainers until right around the millennium.
While they've been around for more than 20 years, the Flaming Lips didn't start coming into their own as entertainers until right around the millennium. That's when they started showering their audiences with confetti and enormous balloons, and singer Wayne Coyne began tumbling over the audience in a giant bubble.
So how well does the new live DVD "U.F.O.'s at the Zoo" (Warner Bros.) capture all that chaos and euphoria? Fairly well, but no DVD could really channel the energy of what it's like to actually be in a Lips audience. It's that bananas. However, you certainly see what you're missing, and then some (including a tour of the zoo with Coyne)
Amid the usual frenzy of confetti, smoke machines and fans on stage in superhero costumes, the hometown Oklahoma City gig gig found the Lips unearthing rarities like "Love Your Brain" and "The Spark That Bled" for the hometown faithful.
"I'm telling you, it's like a local legend around here," Coyne enthuses of the show. "Everybody ended up bringing like five friends to this thing. It was the last awesome night of the summer. A lot of times here in September, it has turned cold and rainy. But for some reason, it all held off. It was just a perfect night."