But a current member insists the band and Scurlock "parted ways because of the usual band musical differences. The rest has been blown way out"
New information on the March firing of Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock is exposing an alleged dark side of frontman Wayne Coyne. A Gawker report (since corroborated by Scurlock) explains that the drummer was dismissed after criticizing one of Coyne's close friends via Facebook for wearing a Native American headdress in a controversial photo shoot. The wearer was Christina Fallin, daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Scurlock shared a lengthy explanation of the ordeal with Pitchfork today, as the issue continued to pick up steam. He details Coyne's "endless verbal (with threats of physical) abuse" during his 12 years with the band. During the headdress controversy, Coyne allegedly texted him, "… Ha ha… You so full of shit … You're a fucking coward !! Go stick up for your Indian friends if its so important to you !!"