This animated excerpt of an interview with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips struck me hard this morning, being that I’m the exact kind of satanist atheist that is constantly inspired by the beauty of mortality and simultaneously completely terrified by its absoluteness. At the crux of the existential examination is an anecdote about Coyne working at a Long John Silver’s at 17, the first of several times it was held up at gunpoint. I won’t spoil that ending, but after that the conversation moves on to the transcendental power of music, and art’s ability to pool our collective spilled guts into a meaningful shared existence. It’s not often that we plug other sites’ interviews, but this is a rare gem that deserves to be shared.
This comes from the PBS web series Blank On Blank. There is more context and backstory to be found there in the interview notes section.