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The Flaming Lips bleed for you

It was Bob Dylan who released an album called Blood On The Tracks, but The Flaming Lips apparently want to take the idea a touch more literally, by using the artists’ blood in the packaging of a record.

Singer Wayne Coyne seems to be taking the idea of Record Store Day, in which artists are encouraged to come up with something special for fans and collectors, to extremes.

The Flaming Lips have recorded an EP of collaborations with artists including Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, Neon Indian and Erykah Badu for an EP entitled The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends. Which is where the blood comes in, as Coyne explained to NME.

"What I'm going to try to do, and I’m collecting stuff for it as we speak, is I'm going to try to make a record that has every person's blood in the record. I don't have everybody's blood just yet, but I collected quite a few vials of blood and it's actually sitting in my refrigerator as we speak."

Right next to the cheese and yoghurt no doubt? "I'm going to try to take that same concept and put little bits of everybody's blood in the middle of this record. Like a glass specimen thing."

Coyne has taken blood from Neon Indian, Prefuse 73 and Ke$ha. Presumably he is still summoning up the courage to approach Nick Cave. The artists can be relieved that only 5 or 6 blood discs will be made. Coyne thinks they will be bought by "interested rich Flaming Lips people".

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