Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips answers your questions in An Audience With… in this month's new issue of Uncut, out now. In this week's archive feature we head back to our June 2008 issue (Take 133), to find the band's frontman looking back over their back catalogue, taking in Vaseline, drug addiction, union picket lines, the religious right and nothing short of the collapse of civilisation. “My agenda is to go somewhere where we’ve never been before…" Interview: Jaan Uhelszki



The new issue of Uncut, which hits shelves today (July 27), features Joe Strummer, Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan and Animal Collective.

Strummer is on the cover, and inside is the story of the late Clash legend’s secret history – the wilderness years between the end of his group and his final creative rebirth.

Captain Beefheart’s whole story is told by The Magic Band, while Bob Dylan’s live show at Hop Farm is reviewed and Animal Collective talk us through their back catalogue.


The August 2012 issue of Uncut features the MC5’s guitarist, Wayne Kramer, telling the full, wild story of the Detroit revolutionaries. Here, then, is a complementary archive feature, from Uncut’s May 2007 issue, which chronicles the creation of the group’s best-known song. “Right now… right now it’s time to…”



The Flaming Lips answer your questions in the new issue of Uncut, out tomorrow.

Wayne Coyne takes your queries, as well as those from famous fans, on subjects including David Bowie, Oklahoma City and his favourite bugs.

Asked how he came to meet William Burroughs, Coyne explained that the band spent time hanging out with the Beat icon in Lawrence, Kansas, not far from Oklahoma.

“We ended up spending this extraordinary day with William and his friends, shooting pistols. For me it’s a big deal just to shoot guns at all, but to shoot guns with Burroughs?”


Animal Collective look back over their entire career in the brand new issue of Uncut.


Old Shakey graces the cover of the new issue of Uncut (dated August 2012), out now, shedding light on Americana, Crazy Horse, his forthcoming book and his brand new, as yet unreleased, album. So it seemed a good time to present this epic archive feature, from December 2004’s Uncut, which sees Neil Young himself explaining the making of every single song on his Greatest Hits album. Words: Nigel Williamson.



The organisers of Hard Rock Calling have explained their decision to pull the plug on Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney last night.

Yesterday (July 14), The Boss brought the second night of the Hyde Park festival to a close with a 29-song set which lasted over three hours. His performance featured guest appearances from John Fogerty and Tom Morello and culminated in two duets with Paul McCartney.


The new issue of Uncut (Take 183, dated August 2012) features a ‘first listen’ to Animal Collective’s new album, Centipede Hz – so in this week’s archive feature, we revisit the band in São Paulo in 2009, just after the release of their acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion. Stephen Troussé heads to Brazil to talk Christina Aguilera, musique concrète and the Grateful Dead…



Radiohead have teamed up with Jude Law to produce a campaign film for Greenpeace.

The film tells the story of a polar bear forced out of her Arctic habitat due to climate change and features the Radiohead track "Everything In Its Right Place" from the band's 2000 album Kid A.

Speaking of the film, Thom Yorke said: "We have to stop the oil giants pushing into the Arctic. An oil spill in the Arctic would devastate this region of breathtaking beauty, while burning that oil will only add to the biggest problem we all face, climate change."


Metronomy, Savages and Coda have been added to the bill for this year's Green Man Festival.

The festival, which will be headlined by Mogwai, Feist and Van Morrison, takes place in Wales' Brecon Beacons from August 17-19.

Also newly added to the line-up are Loney Dear, Tom Williams & The Boat, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Polaroid 85, Laid Blak and Heymoonshaker.

They join a bill that already includes Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Walkmen, Jonathan Richman, The Felice Brothers, Tune-Yards, Of Montreal, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Michael Kiwanuka and over 30 other acts.



Editor's Letter

Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!

Welcome to the new issue of Uncut! John’s on holiday this week – he was last seen disappearing into darkest Gloucestershire – so it falls to me to show you around this month's edition instead.

Our exclusive cover story finds us catching up with Robert Plant...