But, for the Lips, Coyne explains, it's always been this way. Because of its non-standard approach, the band had trouble scoring gigs in both Norman and Oklahoma City in its early years. It wasn't until venues in Deep Ellum—which he speaks of with great reverence, chief among them the Theatre Gallery, the first Dallas venue The Flaming Lips played—gave his band a chance that venues in his own area gave in. He speaks of Deep Ellum in particular with praise—but not nostalgically, he's quick to point out.

"You see, these things, they don't last forever," he says. "I mean, it seems like they're going to last forever, but they don't. These areas of town that were at one time the mecca of where all the cool people went? It changes, and things don't work—and sometimes it just takes one person leaving this little spot and suddenly it's not organized at all. So I know that, if something good is happening, it's hard to do."

As such, he's quick to praise Denton for the status it's currently achieved—regardless of how long its current shine lasts.

Party on, Wayne.
Party on, Wayne.


The Flaming Lips perform a free show with Midlake and Stardeath and White Dwarfs as part of the 2010 NX35 Conferette on Saturday, March 13,at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton.

"Let's hope this thing in Denton is at least good until next week when we play," he says with a chuckle. "And if it keeps going, and it can be looked at as if we've helped it, that'd be a great compliment. But even if not, I'm glad to be a part of it, just doing this thing the way it is."

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