A few weeks ago, we announced a collaboration between the Flaming Lips and Denton's own Neon Indian, that would result in a limited supply of 12-inch records -- 2,000 to be exact. This week, that record saw its release, and Lips frontman Wayne Coyne decided to hand-deliver the record to Good Records last night.
Coyne was scheduled to arrive at Good Records at 7 p.m. with about 100 copies of the record, but he was running a bit late. According to one of Good's owners, Chris Penn, Coyne was delayed in his hometown of Oklahoma city, where a few residents of a nearby apartment were found dead. He took it upon himself to interview other residents of the apartment to get to the bottom of things.
The guy clearly lives on his own plane.
But when he finally arrived at Good, only 30 minutes late, he was surprised to be greeted with about 250 fans.
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"He only thought there would be 10 or 15 people," says Penn. "He sold all 90 copies, lickety-split." But when the records were sold, Coyne didn't just turn around and head home. He stayed for several hours. "He was here till midnight, and he gave everyone five minutes of his time," Penn says.
He seemed to have enjoyed himself. His Twitter feed has a few photos and videos from the event, and so does the Good Records social network page. We'll have our own slideshow of the event posted shortly.
Penn was certainly grateful for the indie superstar's appearance at the record store. "He didn't have to do that," Penn says. "They could've sold it on their website or shipped a UPS package down here." But it seems Coyne is using the release of this record as a way to support local record stores. According to Penn, Coyne will soon be making similar appearances at Grimey's in Nashville, and End of an Ear in Austin.