In 1983, he and his younger brother, Mark, began the Flaming Lips. Before long, Mark left and Wayne began singing. In 2003 and 2007, they won Grammy Awards for the best rock instrumental performance. The Flaming Lips released their 13th album, The Dread, in 2012.
Wayne’s dad, Thomas, was a cabinet maker. His mom, Dolly, was a homemaker, until her husband was accused of embezzlement from the FBI. Though Thomas was finally acquitted, he lost his job and Dolly was compelled to attend work. Wayne was only 9 years old at that time.
At Central Junior High School, Coyne demonstrated a gift for drawing. As a teenager, he attended Classen High School, starting in 1975. At that time, the school had among the lowest reputations in Oklahoma City. Exactly what the school lacked in academic art, its staff members strove to compensate for with sports. But sports were of little interest to Coyne, who was more focused on his art—especially once he found that he could, on occasion, bring in modest amounts for commissioned drawings. After high school, Coyne continued to benefit Long John Silver’s intermittently until 1991.
In 1983, Wayne Coyne and his smaller brother, Mark, performed in a punk show by using their buddy, bassist Michael Ivins. The group called themselves “the Flaming Lips.” Before long, Mark left the Lips and Wayne began singing. Serendipitously, Wayne’s gruff voice would bring to the group’s unique, gritty sound and spur its cult following. The Flaming Lips signed with Restless in the 1980s and released four records in quick sequence, including 1986’s Hear It’s.
3 years after, the group’s lineup changed again. Richard English, who were added on drums, left the group, and was replaced by Nathan Roberts. Guitarist Jonathan Donahue also joined the group that year. In 1991, the Flaming Lips signed with Warner Brothers, and Coyne eventually leave his job at Long John Silver’s. With Warner, the group released several more records. Jones would leave the group in 1996. Coyne and Ivins have become the only constants because the Flaming Lips’ origin.
In 2002, the group released an album each with Rkodisc and Restless, subsequently returned to their Warner productions together with the launch of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The next year, the Flaming Lips was given a Grammy Award for the best rock instrumental performance for “Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia).” On April 16, 2012, the Flaming Lips released their 13th album, The Terror, that has been met with mixed reviews.