Flaming Lips mix it up with Terror? New release announced!

Flaming Lips mix it up with Terror? New release announced!

January 25, 2013 Off By Billy Thieme

Wayne_The_TerrorIt’s been a good three years since their last release – the seminal (in so many ways) “Embryonic” – so it’s a damn good thing that Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips have announced their next release. On April 1 (in Europe, April 2 in the US), Wayne and the globe’s purveyors of positive are scheduled to release their 13th studio effort, entitled… “The Terror.”

Wait. What?

“Terror”? When did the Lips step off the boat and  into the world of Col. Kurtz (“The horror! The horror!”), and start mixing it up with Sabbath-esque paranoia?

Here’s Coyne’s take:

“Why would we make this music that is The Terror— this bleak, disturbing record…? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless… or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another?? Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”


“We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.”

Response to Newtown? Another level of Wayne? What do you think?

In any case – there’s a song ready for you now. And you’ll also be hearing/seeing it during the Super Bowl. Check it out below.

And remember: Love may not be all you need…. But it’s sure a big part of that order.

Look – here’s a (rumored) track list:

Look…The Sun Is Rising
Be Free, A Way
Try To Explain
You Lust
The Terror
You Are Alone
Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
Turning Violent
Always There…In Our Hearts



  • Billy Thieme

    Aging punk rocker with a deep of all things musical and artistic, enough to remain constantly young and perpetually mystified. Billy has journalistic dreams, but of a decidedly pastoral, Scottish nature.