Record Stories: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips



Wayne Coyne shares his love for one particularly scratched Tom Jones LP.

On a recent trip to Rough Trade NYC, we bumped into effervescent Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne leafing through the New Wave section and cornered him for a short chat about vinyl. Sharing his astonishment at the number of record collectors who also happen to be Justin Bieber fans in our earlier film, Coyne went to to tell us about his favourite record, a nameless Tom Jones LP that was played to the brink of utter distortion in the Coyne family household and took pride of place at his mother’s funeral.

Wayne Coyne’s love for Tom Jones represents the second instalment of our new Record Stories series in which musicians, artists and collectors reveal the stories behind the records that hold particular significance to them, following Metronomy’s Joe Mount, who last month professed his admiration for The Beach Boys and Diana Ross, which you can watch here.

This film was made for The Vinyl Factory by Dust & Grooves, whose book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting is set for publication on 19th April – or, more importantly – Record Store Day 2014.