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Flaming Lips: Ke$ha’s Blood Will Be Used in Record Store Day Release


It wasn’t enough to play on The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, a star-studded limited-edition two-LP set the Flaming Lips will release this year as part of Record Store Day. To truly satisfy Wayne Coyne, the enduring indie band’s kooky frontman, the album’s numerous guest musicians will have to bleed for their art.

As the NME repots, Coyne is hoping to incorporate the actual blood of his collaborators — a motley bunch that includes Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Neon Indian, Nick Cave and Erykah Badu — in the Heady Fwends packaging.

“I don’t have everybody’s blood just yet, but I collected quite a few vials of blood and it’s actually sitting in my refrigerator as we speak,” Coyne said. “I’m going to try to take that same concept and put little bits of everybody’s blood in the middle of this record. Like a glass specimen thing.”

Thus far, Coyne has procured hemoglobin from Neon Indian, Prefuse 73 and Ke$ha. According to the NME, only “five or six” of these extra-special records will be produced, meaning the discs will be even more collectible than the posters Coyne printed up in 2010 using his own blood.