You gotta love and respect The Flaming Lips. Whether or not you consider yourself a fan or not, they are arguably one of the hardest working and most original acts around. You may remember that in January 2011, they shared publicly their goal of releasing a new song every month of the year. They not only kept their word, but gave the world collaborations with like minded artists like Neon Indian, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sean Lennon and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band. This was in addition to also releasing several, unique vinyl and digital usb collectibles, usually surrounded by gummy bear/worm material in the shape of a skull.
They started off this year with more creative collabs, and breaking away from their former label Warner. Then came the Glittergate fiasco with Erykah Badu.You may have also heard how they made it rain by putting $10,000 cash into balloons, which were then dispersed to the live crowd watching them at the Hangout Fest. Now, the guys are making headlines again. This time they are competing against Jay-z, trying to topple his previous world record for performing the most live shows (in multiple cities) in a 24 hour period. Most of these will take place in Mississippi, over June 27 and 28, during the O Music Awards. They are trying to play 8 times in 24 hours. It will be streamed live on www.omusicawards.com and be accessible on all platforms, including mobile and tablet, Viacom Music Group announced. Viacom includes MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. Let’s all wish the Oklahoman boys good luck!
Update: They did it successfully! They are now the official Guinness record holders! They played 8 shows in 24 hours.