The First Time Everyone Kissed (the Flaming) Lips

Wayne Coyne, Elvis, Roberta Flack. Photos: Getty Images

Every Wednesday, Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together.

The Flaming Lips’ album The Terror is out this week, marking almost exactly 30 years since the Oklahoman psychedelic juggernauts first played together. Their video for its song “Try to Explain” evokes the dreamy, glittery strangeness of their live performances, although its participants are unusually fully clothed for a Flaming Lips video.

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