Flaming Lips is releasing a new song, which is fantastic news for fans as well as the two Oklahoma City groups that will benefit from the proceeds. However, it is a little strange because the single's runtime is an incredible six hours.
That's right. The Flaming Lips song Found a Star on the Ground is a six-hour song. That is most of a workday. Do you think your boss will let you spend that amount of time listening to the latest offering from the Oklahoma City based band that is best known for Do You Realize and She Don't Use Jelly?
The new song from the Flaming Lips will benefit the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, which is a nice move on the part of the band. The way they raised money for the song is with a promise to mention each fan's name who donated $100 or more to the song. Apparently the response was rather overwhelming, which is what led to the six-hour song.
In Found a Star on the Ground, Sean Lennon reads the names of donors. It took four weeks to record, and originally it was going to run 25 minutes, which is long, but it grew and grew.
The great news is that $20,000 has been raised so far for the two Oklahoma organizations that the Flaming Lips is donating the money to. Of course, you can't get this song on a CD because it would take about five CDs to hold it. Because of that, it is available on a Strobo Trip, which includes two other songs -- Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die and Evil Minds, which are shorter than the six-hour song.
Guess what is coming next from the Flaming Lips? A 24-hour song. They are looking to radically change music in a digital format. Will fans buy it? Will fans buy a Strobo Trip? It depends on how great the music is and the cost, which is not available yet. Are you interested in listening to such long songs?
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