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Wayne Coyne on Living with Death | Blank on Blank

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Published on Nov 11, 2014

"I'm pouring my guts out so they can feel like your guts at the same time."
- Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips in 2002

When Jennifer Van Evra picked up the phone to interview Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, the last thing she expected was a conversation about death. The Oklahoma natives had just released their gleeful album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and had become known for their rapturously happy live shows. But as their conversation went on that Saturday morning, Coyne showed a side of a rock star you don't normally get to see. We're bringing you these outtakes as part of Blank on Blank: a series with PBS Digital Studios that transforms lost interviews with cultural icons into animated short films.

In this episode the animated conversation is about the eternal questions of life and death--and how you can use the inevitable fate we all face to enjoy every moment we have. Coyne talks both about how music helped comfort him while his father was dying and the near-death experience he had as a teenager during an armed robbery while working at Long John Silver's. The power of music weaves through it all.

Oh, and we used illustrations from Wayne Coyne's comic book throughout the film. That was cool.

Some more choice quotes from Wayne Coyne:
"Music has the power to transcend your physical being and take you up just a little bit"
"People have all been looking at me in my bare feet, talking existential bullshit "
"Life is worth celebrating... even though we're all headed to the same hole at the end of the day"
"I hate this notion I would ever forget how temporary this whole thing is"

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Background Illustrations: Wayne Coyne
Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska

Watch the previous episodes:

Maya Angelou on Con Men
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VybIJ...

Bette Davis on The Sexes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNnTU...

Michael Jackson on Godliness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoCa3...

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2lf...

Meryl Streep on Beauty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG_T5...

Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osn8r...

David Bowie on Stardust
http://youtu.be/lFIDXXDsxAo

Gene Wilder on The Truth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PUW2...

John Lennon on Love
http://youtu.be/DmvmnYEy9NY

Johnny Cash on The Gospel
http://youtu.be/ALGi0tcFCcw

Heath Ledger on Role Playing
http://youtu.be/qDRUzbAa6lI

Tupac on Life and Death
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x2FqX...

Kurt Cobain on Identity
http://youtu.be/C1Z2BkZaOQc

Janis Joplin on Rejection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF4b1...

Barry White on Making Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmJIlq...

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJ...

Carol Burnett on Finding Home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aixlc1...

Grace Kelly on JFK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5EOup...

Farrah Fawcett on Stiletto Power
http://youtu.be/8Eskff0RUQ8

Beastie Boys on Being Stupid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mx2P...

David Foster Wallace on Ambition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5R8gd...

Wilt Chamberlain on Tall Tales
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxLiVn...

Larry King on Getting Seduced
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yD8Pz...

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhszZ5...

Music
The Flaming Lips
"She Don't Use Jelly"
"A Spoonful Weighs a Ton"
"Do You Realize"

Photo:
George Salisbury

Background Illustrations:
Wayne Coyne

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