Trivia / Flaming Lips

  • Creator Breakdown: "Try to Explain" was written in response to Wayne Coyne separating with his partner of 25 years.
    • The Terror as a whole was the result of this, further complicated by Steven Drozd's lifelong battle with substance abuse.
  • Doing It for the Art: The Christmas on Mars film; eight years in production with a very low budget, and sets created in Wayne Coyne's backyard. The film itself is black and white, with short shots of vivid colour, and is overall very incomprehensible and certainly not meant for casual viewers.
  • No Export for You: The original American and UK/Australian CD releases for The Soft Bulletin each featured one song the other territory didn't get: "The Spiderbite Song" was exclusively on American copies, while "Slow Motion" was exclusively on copies sold in the UK and Australia. The 2006 American reissue included both songs, as did the US vinyl version. This still leaves fans from the UK or Australia having to get an imported version to own "The Spiderbite Song" on CD or vinyl.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Before "Do You Realize??" they were tagged as one of these for their goofy novelty single, "She Don't Use Jelly".
  • The Pete Best: Wayne Coyne's brother Mark sang lead for their first EP (and some demos), left the band after getting married, and was never involved in music again. There have been a few others that would also fit this, namely the drummers the band went through prior to their first permanent drummer Richard English.
  • Reclusive Artist: Ronald Jones, who has since refused to say anything about his involvement with his former bandmates.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Certain songs originally meant for Zaireeka were included on The Soft Bulletin instead, because it was felt they'd work better on that album. This is significant because Zaireeka's format of four discs meant to be played simultaneously probably would have left those songs sounding very different. "Race for the Prize" is one example, and as an artifact of its origins as a Zaireeka song, the David Fridmann mix includes two overdubbed drum tracks.
    • It's been noted by the band and other sources that Zaireeka was originally intended to be a 10 CD box set as opposed to the four that they eventually ended up releasing. Some of the mystery of how the 10 CD version would have sounded has been answered, however, due to the band passing out special CDs containing a mixdown of what discs 5-10 would have included during special listening parties to commemorate Zaireeka's 10th anniversary.
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