Michael Ivins

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Michael Ivins
Background information
Birth name Michael Lee Ivins
Born (1963-03-17) March 17, 1963 (age 54)
Origin Omaha, Nebraska, US
Genres Neo-psychedelia, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Flaming Lips

Michael Lee Ivins (born March 17, 1963 in Omaha, Nebraska) is the bassist, keyboardist, backing vocalist and one of the founding members of The Flaming Lips.[1]

Along with Mark Coyne and Wayne Coyne, he formed The Flaming Lips in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. According to frontman Coyne, Ivins was found as the bassist for the band because of his punk-rock look, and not because of his musical ability.[2] In fact, Ivins initially couldn't play bass, but he learned how and has been the bassist for the band ever since. Ivins developed an interest in the recording process and has helped engineer the Flaming Lips' studio recordings since 1994.

Ivins often wears a full-body skeleton suit commonly recognized as a Halloween costume in tribute to John Entwistle (he wore this costume when The Flaming Lips performed at the 2008 VH1 Rock Honors, which paid tribute to The Who). In recent years, he is more commonly seen wearing СССР T-shirts.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "The Flaming Lips". Allmusic. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Band History - The Flaming Lips". www.angelfire.com. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 

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