Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips want your blood money. The oddball frontman of the psychedelic rockers, who released collaborative album Heady Fwends as part of last month’s Record Store Day, tweeted last week that 10 very collectible vinyl copies of the record will soon be available for $2,500 apiece.
What makes these LPs so special? Each includes blood samples from its featured artists, including Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, pressed into the vinyl. No word on whether the contributors sweat and tears are included as well.
“We used to give blood a lot. If we didn’t have any money, we’d go to the blood bank,” Coyne told Pitchfork when the music website interviewed him last month, adding that he has a history of incorporating blood into his art. “I’ve made posters with my own blood. They come to my house and poke me, it takes about 20 minutes, and I get about six big vials. I don’t like it, but I’ve gotten used to it.”
The Flaming Lips’ latest blood work also includes appearances by indie acts Neon Indian and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as well as pop star Ke$ha, who Coyne said was very willing to donate her cells. “She did it 20 minutes after I texted her. I said, ‘Hey I need your blood,’ and she said, ‘I’m there.’ She sent me a little video and everything. It was awesome.”
Coyne has also shared several pictures and videos showing the artists’ blood being inserted into the vinyl and then stored in a refrigerator. Although the singer/guitarist reported the blood records would be available by the end of last week, they don’t appear to be available for purchase quite yet.