Kliph Scurlock at a concert
|Birth name||Clifton Thomas Scurlock|
|Born||June 16, 1973|
|Origin||Topeka, Kansas, U.S.|
|Associated acts||The Flaming Lips|
He was born Clifton Thomas Scurlock  in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Roger W. Scurlock (born ca. 1946) and Linda Louise Rokey (September 6, 1944-July 17, 1981). His love of music was inspired by his mother. Linda Scurlock was in the first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Estrella. She also gave him his first Beatles album, which was on 8-track tape.
When he was eight years old, his mother died in the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in Kansas City, where she was performing with Mariachi Estrella. After her death, Scurlock went to live with his father. He began playing in the school band and marching band in 6th grade. When he was in 11th grade, he began spelling his name K-l-i-p-h to distinguish himself from another student named Cliff. The spelling variant stuck and family and friends began spelling it that way.
At age 16, Scurlock bought a Ringo Starr series 1964 Ludwig Silver Sparkle Drum Set. Within two weeks, he was in his first band—a cover band whose first show was at a Topeka strip club named the Golden Horseshoe. The following year, he joined his first "real" band, Slackjaw, based out of Lawrence. When he was 18, he moved there. He quit Slackjaw in 1993 and played in a lot of other bands, including Kill Creek, Sleeztax, Panel Donor, the Rohypnol Rangers, and Contortion Horse.
In March 1999, Scurlock was hired as a roadie for the Flaming Lips while the band was on tour to promote their album The Soft Bulletin. He remained with them on their next tour while they served as Beck's backing band in 2002. Scurlock was chosen to play the drums on that tour, to enable another band member, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, to play lead guitar. Scurlock then became the Flaming Lips' touring drummer so Drozd could continue playing guitar and keyboards live. Subsequently there was a distinction between the Flaming Lips (Coyne, Ivins, Drozd) and the Flaming Lips Live (which included Scurlock). However, upon the release of the Flaming Lips album Embryonic in October 2009, Scurlock was formally recognized in the liner notes as a full-fledged member of the band.
Scurlock is an endorser for Alchemy Cymbals. In addition to the Embryonic album, he is credited on the 2003 "Fight Test" EP. He also plays with a band named The Paris Gun, which includes Steven Drozd.
Kliph Scurlock lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
- "The Flaming Lips - People - The Supporting Cast". FlamingLips.com. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- Topeka Capital-Journal, Sunday, July 19, 1981, "Deaths and funerals, Mrs. Linda Louise Rokey Scurlock"
- Kliph Scurlock's Page at MySpace
- Kliph Scurlock Credits at Allmusic
- Kliph Scurlock discography at MusicBrainz
- 2006 Kliph Scurlock interview with Jon Niccum