Wayne Coyne has always been daring when it comes to getting weird — from the very NSFW video he made with Amanda Palmer to the 24-hour song he embedded in human skulls. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the Flaming Lips frontman told MTV News that he regrets posting the racy photos that got him kicked off Instagram.
“I do regret that I was a little too free with my Instagram, because I see now that I had so many cool things on there that people could see what we were doing and see what we’re about — cool things that I think people would really like,” Coyne told MTV News. “A little bit of regret, yeah.”
The other week, Lips fans were shocked and horrified when they found that Coyne’s popular Instagram account had been kiboshed, with fan site The Future Heart even petitioning for its reinstatement. Coyne speculates that it was a recent set of photos that did him in, specifically snaps from his Oklahoma gallery The Womb depicting the bar area, which was modeled on the Milk Bar scene in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.” In that film, milk was dispensed via, well, where milk comes from. In Coyne’s iteration, juice was dispensed from another orifice. “It’s funny when you’re there, but I can see when I posted it it just looked sort of disturbing and pornographic,” he said.
When asked for comment, an Instagram rep responded: “Instagram has a clear set of community guidelines which make it clear what is and isn’t allowed. This includes photos or videos of actual nude people. We encourage people who come across content that makes them uncomfortable to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo or video on Instagram.”
“I totally understand that Instagram has their rules and they don’t want everything to be just a wide-open thing,” Coyne said. “I forget that a statue of a naked woman looks a lot like an actual naked woman to someone on Instagram.”
Fans’ main concern is that all of Coyne’s photos are now lost — one that he can quell quickly, as he still has them all on his phone. Still, some amazing photos lost to the masses include images like a sneak peek at the band’s post-Thanksgiving Record Store Day offering. “We going to try to reissue our record that came out in 1984,” Coyne said, referring to The Flaming Lips. That limited-run release, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Lips, will come in a Plexiglass container complete with a life-sized human skull and brain made of chocolate. Coyne also mentioned something about fireworks.
In due time, however, the musician created a new Instagram account, where he shared info about another upcoming project, Peace Sword, a collection of songs that will appear in the movie Enders Game — or were inspired by the film. That EP is slated to drop on November 29, after the film comes out on the first.
Despite his regretting the photos he posted before losing his account, Coyne is still posting some pretty out-there images on the photo-sharing tool. When asked if he was upset that people had chosen to report his photos on Instagram, Coyne said, “I think we all would agree that in lieu of what is considered real, horrible problems in the world, just showing pictures of people without any clothes on seems pretty silly. What’s the big deal here? But that’s the world I live in and a lot of people don’t live in that world. It’s a much more conservative world.”