We already know they're certifiably nutty, so why not add another certification, this one from the Guinness Book of Records, to the list: most live shows performed in a single day. That's what oddball Oklahomans the Flaming Lips hope to achieve, breaking Jay-Z's record from 2006 of performing seven shows in seven cities in a day.
Flaming Lips will attempt to break the record on June 27 with eight concerts, which will stream live for the O Music Awards.
In a press release quoted by Britain's NME, Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne said: "I don't remember if I was asked or if I volunteered… But, I've accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus."
He added: "I've accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing eight shows in 24 hours. And I've explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host… But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon… To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at eight in the morning… Well, I'm open to new experiences…"
Ooookay. The band aren’t the only ones bidding to break world records this week, with Jack White claiming he would attempt to "break the world record for most metaphors in a single concert.'' White recently slammed the record keepers as elitist for failing to recognize a 2007 show he performed in Canada as part of the White Stripes at the shortest gig ever.