Paste magazine brings us the news we’ve been waiting for since 2001 — The Flaming Lips’ demented auteur Wayne Coyne is finally finished making Christmas on Mars.
For those of you not quite as obsessed with The Flaming Lips as I am, a little background:
The Flaming Lips are basically the art-noveau freaks of the music scene — a pulsating mix of wildly inventive music (courtesy of Steven Drozd) and bizarre artistic whims (courtesy of Coyne). Back in 2001, Coyne got fixated on writing and filming his own movie using his friends as actors and building props out of discarded objects he found near his home in Oklahoma. There is a wonderful scene in the terrific documentary of the band, The Fearless Freaks, in which Coyne drives by a giant agricultural drum and bargains with a farmer to buy it so he can spray paint it white and use it as the main set piece for the film.
According to Paste, the story revolves around a group of space explorers who lose their oxygen supply:
Coyne’s character, which he described as “an alien super-being,” manages to repair the generator. “I’m not the only hero,” Coyne said. “But I’m one of the great heroes of the movie. But you know, it’s my movie.” Bandmate Michael Ivins plays “sort of the quiet super-genius who’s trying to fix the gravity control machine.” Apparently life on Mars requires a lot of duct-tape.
Here’s the trailer, which was actually made in 2003:
And I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a little Astronaut Jones: