Last night at the General on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Warner Sound and Billboard teamed up to present a listening party for the Flaming Lips’ characteristically mind-bending new LP, The Terror, out April 16 on Warner Bros. Records. A packed house of partygoers imbibed some very strong rum-based drinks (one of which was called the Flaming something -- it’ll come back to us, honest), the effects of which you’ll see in the photo gallery below.
In the house were a large number of Billboard staffers, Warner Bros.’ Lori Feldman, Rick Gershon, Michelle Edgar, Kerri Borsuk and Chanelle August; VH1 EVP Rick Krim and his son Justin of Red Light Management; Vice’s Jamie Farkas; CBS Radio’s Courtney Smith and many lucky fans who’d won tickets to the event. The band -- Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, Cliff Spurlock and Derek Brown, along with tour manager Chris Chandler -- was fresh from taping their appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman,” so it was a little strange to go home from the party and see the band on television wearing the same clothes.
Unfortunately we can’t share the drinks and good vibes from the party, but you can check out their Letterman performance -- which features Wayne singing the song while holding a large baby doll -- below.