KEXP Documentaries: Psychedelics – The Flaming Lips


Hello, Michele Myers here. I produce a KEXP Documentary every week. Each one is a short story (5-8 minutes long) on a musical subject. We do these series in batches of 10. Some of my favorite series so far have been: Punk Evolution, The Heart of Soul, Masters of Turntablism and Portraits of Post-Punk. You can hear them all in the on-demand section of

Our current series is called Psychedelics and it traces the origins of psychedelic music from 1966 until today. This past week we covered Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips.

This is especially exciting because I went to their concert at Marymoor Park (near Seattle) this summer, and it was the best show I’ve ever seen. There are shows I’ve enjoyed more musically, but as far as the total experience The Flaming Lips ruled the school. They created this alternative reality… and we were standing in it.



Listen to this documentary to get the effect of what it was like to stand in blasts of light, while confetti cannons blazed and balloons filled the air.

Listen to the documentary now:

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Next week we’ll feature UK ambient house band The Orb! Tune in to hear KEXP Documentaries every Thursday at 3pm on Kevin Cole’s show and every Saturday at 2pm on Stevie Zoom’s show. You can also hear all of our produced KEXP Docs in the On Demand section of

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  1. williampeoples
    Posted September 23, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Dear Michele,

    You’ve done it again! The Flaming Lips documentary is fabulous! You’ve captured the essence of their Musical Philosophy and made us feel as though we were at the concert! They are definitely the offspring of the Classic Psychedelic Bands that this Boomer loves from the 60’s! Thanks!

  2. Jay Gorham
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Great documentary about a great band, Michelle! For the full on Flaming Lips experience, 24/7 fans must follow @waynecoyne on Twitter!

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