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Been on a Flaming Lips flashback lately.  
I remember seeing them live for the first time in about 1987 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at a small bar called Tom’s Foolery. (If anyone ever went to that club in the 1980s we need to talk) There were maybe 100 people there and no one had any idea who these guys were.  
I sat on the floor about 5 feet from Wayne Coyne.  The room was totally dark and a fog machine began to fill the room with a sweet smelling smoke.  Then a strobe light came on.  The first song was “With You”, still among my favorite Lips songs, and this haunting guitar began.  Mike Ivins sat in a chair not facing the crown as he did for the entire show. Then the hook began and the lights and the smoke and the crown woke up.  Something in me woke up that day too, but I did not realize it for many years later.  After the last song of the last set Wayne set down his guitar and the most beautiful feedback continued for what seemed like hours.
After the show I went to an after hours party with the band.  Someone made some impossibly hot chili and passed it around.  I talked to Wayne for a long time, and knew these guys were something special. Almost 30 years later I still hold them near to my heart and mind. 70 notes Reblog

Been on a Flaming Lips flashback lately.  

I remember seeing them live for the first time in about 1987 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at a small bar called Tom’s Foolery. (If anyone ever went to that club in the 1980s we need to talk) There were maybe 100 people there and no one had any idea who these guys were.  

I sat on the floor about 5 feet from Wayne Coyne.  The room was totally dark and a fog machine began to fill the room with a sweet smelling smoke.  Then a strobe light came on.  The first song was “With You”, still among my favorite Lips songs, and this haunting guitar began.  Mike Ivins sat in a chair not facing the crown as he did for the entire show. Then the hook began and the lights and the smoke and the crown woke up.  Something in me woke up that day too, but I did not realize it for many years later.  After the last song of the last set Wayne set down his guitar and the most beautiful feedback continued for what seemed like hours.

After the show I went to an after hours party with the band.  Someone made some impossibly hot chili and passed it around.  I talked to Wayne for a long time, and knew these guys were something special. Almost 30 years later I still hold them near to my heart and mind.

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