Clean and Sober Psychedelia

Coyne also stresses that though the Flaming Lips play music often associated with drugs, his band is not about that anymore. For their self-released 1985 EP, the band members titled their record label Lovely Sorts of Death (get it?), but that attitude is far gone.

"I think being sane and sober and critical of yourself is more important than taking drugs and thinking the world is great," Coyne notes. "As I get older I've realized that very little music of any quality has ever been made while people were on drugs. Great music is made in a studio with a bunch of expensive equipment, run by people who know what they're doing. It's done by musicians who have some skills. I can't imagine why anyone doing anything of merit that takes any amount of serious time would want to do it on drugs.

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