The Flaming Lips - The Fearless Freaks - Double DVD
18 years ago, director Bradley Beesley (Lips’ video regular and director of U.S. Indie cult classics Hill Stomp Hollar, Okie Noodling) began filming the exploits and performances of neighbour Wayne Coyne and his experimental, post-punk rock band The Flaming Lips in their hometown of Oklahoma City. More than a decade later, after sorting through 400 hours of tape representing fame and failure, breakups and breakdowns, love and loss, 11 albums, one Grammy® award, one drug addiction, a lot of very loud music and good clean fun, Beesley’s long-awaited film is finished.
The Fearless Freaks captures The Flaming Lips’ deep-set Oklahoma roots with never-before-seen home movie footage and Coyne family photographs in this startlingly intimate feature-length documentary. Performance footage begins with the band’s early punk/noise phase, and continues throughout the years as the band’s shows become increasingly avant garde with the appearance of puppets, light shows, animal suits, theatrical blood, balloons & confetti, and even a huge Coyne-inhabited plastic ball. Included are insightful interviews with band members past and present, giving the viewer an inside look at The Flaming Lips 20-year transformation from Oklahoma outsiders to the elder statesmen of the weird and wonderful. Features cameos from Beck, Jack White, Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue, Juliette Lewis and Liz Phair as well as outtakes from the long-awaited Lips movie Christmas on Mars.