The Flaming Lips - Michael Ivins – Bassist
Michael Ivins is a bass player and a founding member of American rock band The Flaming Lips. Ivins has also served as engineer and producer for many of the group's releases. The Flaming Lips formed in Okalhoma City, OK in 1983 with brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne, Michael Ivins, and a rotating cast of drummers. Drummer...More
Michael Ivins is a bass player and a founding member of American rock band The Flaming Lips. Ivins has also served as engineer and producer for many of the group's releases.
The Flaming Lips formed in Okalhoma City, OK in 1983 with brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne, Michael Ivins, and a rotating cast of drummers. Drummer Richard English joined the band and the recorded their self-titled debut EP, originally released on their own Lovely Sorts Of Death label, but later re-issued on the Restless label. The small independent label Enigma (later Restless) signed the Flaming Lips, which was by then a three-piece as Mark Coyne had left the band and Wayne Coyne had taken over vocals, releasing their debut full-length, Hear It Is (Restless, 1986).
Several albums later, when it became clear that their record label was collapsing, the Lips signed with Warner Bros in 1990. Shortly after releasing their major label debut, Hit To Death In The Future Head, the band underwent more lineup changes and the album languished. Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins solidified the lineup by adding drummer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd and guitarist Ronald Jones. The new four-piece recorded the next Lips album, Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (Warner Bros, 1993), which included the song, "She Don't Use Jelly." It became the band's first US hit and the increased exposure led to appearances on the Lollapalooza tour, Late Night With David Letterman, and Beverly Hills 90210, as well as opening slots on tours with Candlebox and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. While on tour supporting their next album, Clouds Taste Metallic (Warner Bros, 1995), Jones left the band.
In 1999, after a number of life-changing events for its three members, Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins and Steven Drozd, the Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin to commercial and critical success, including being named "Album of the Year" by NME Magazine. Their next album, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Warner Bros, 2002), was another commercial success and garnered them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Instrumental Performance. Also in 2002, they were named one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die" by Q Magazine. They followed up Yoshimi with two EPs and a 2005 documentary film, Fearless Freaks (Warner Bros). While on tour for their next full-length, At War With The Mystics (Warner Bros, 2006), they band filmed their homecoming performance at the Oklahoma City Zoo which featured a UFO stage and Coyne walking across the audience encased in a giant plastic bubble. The concert was released on DVD in 2007 as UFO's At The Zoo: The Legendary Concert In Oklahoma City (Warner Bros). The band was nominated for Best International Act by the 2007 BRIT Awards and nominated for Best Alternative Album by the 2007 GRAMMY Awards. They also won a GRAMMY Award that same year for Best Engineered Album.
In October 2009, the Lips released their twelfth studio album, the double LP Embryonic (Warner Bros). Just two months later they released a track-for-track cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon called The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon (Warner Bros). Originally released digitally on iTunes, the album was given a physical LP release in April 2010 for Record Store Day. In 2012 they released another album for Record Store Day, a collaboration called And Heady Fwends (Warner Bros), which featured Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave and many others. In April 2013, The Flaming Lips released The Terror (Warner Bros), their thirteenth studio album overall.Less