The W.A.N.D.

(The Will Always Negates Defeat)


Wayne's Notes from the Album:

"I was playing electric guitar, Michael was on fuzzwah bass and Steven was on the drumkit and we stumbled upon this druggy prog-rock riff and stuttery, funky beat. It was like Black Sabbath getting mashed up with Sly and the Family Stone or Stevie Wonder, and it sent us off in a wonderful new direction. The idea of a magic wand and magic powers occurred to me while watching a homeless guy in Oklahoma City. He was, I believe, Vietnamese, and had a cool looking wizardly beard and mustache and he carried a long stick, which he used as a kind of cane-weapon. And one day I saw him fighting an 'imagined' enemy and the long stick became (as best I could tell) a kind of magic wand that made his invisible foe retreat. I mean... it seemed to give him a confidence that allowed him to defeat his hallucinations... and at first I thought 'how sad... he believes this old stick is saving him' ... but the more I thought about it, the more I envied him in a way... for the evil manifestations of his mind he invented a sparkling sorcerer's baton to lead his psychic revolution... yes!!...

And so we delved into a kind of radical protest rock mentality... We sing, 'We got the power now, motherfuckers, that's where it belongs,' but I believe it's cosmically empowering - not actually empowering. In the song, we rail against the greedy, corrupt evil beings who are in control and trying to enslave us... But our rebellion is simply to fight back - we have no solutions."


You've got the power in there
Waving your wand in the air

Time after time those fanatical minds try to rule all the world
Telling us all it's them who's in charge of it all
I got a trick, a magic stick, that will make them all fall
We got the power now motherfuckers
That's where it belongs

You've got that right (you've got the power in there)
You know that it is (waving your wand in the air)

They got their weapons to solve all their questions
They don't know what they're for
(they don't know what they're for)
Why can't they see that's not power, that's greed
To just want more and more (to just want more and more)
I got a plan and it's here in my hand
A baton made of light
We're the enforcers, the sorcerer's orphans
And we know why we fight (and we know why we fight)

You got that right
(You've got the power in there
Waving your wand in the air)

(You've got the power in there
(You've got the power in there
(You've got the power in there
Waving your wand in the air)

You've got that right
You know that it is

Live

"The W.A.N.D." has been a staple of live sets since 2006, presented as an audio-visual assault on the senses with large amounts of smoke and strobe lights. Wayne himself wears one of the strobes and sings through an oftentimes smoking megaphone. In 2008, as well as some dates in 2007 and 2009, "Taps" was played, segueing into "The W.A.N.D." Since the 2007 Echo Project appearance, it has occasionally featured a synthesizer coda including a display of green lasers to conclude the song.

 

Live Performances

03/11/2006 Sunrise FL USA Markham Park Langerado Festival
The Brain has documented 211 Performances
The Brain has documented 40 Live Downloads available
05/25/2013 Düdingen Switzerland Bad Bonn Bad Bonn Kilbi  
05/23/2013 London England BBC Radio 6 Maida Vale Studio Steve Lamacq Show Download Available
05/21/2013 London England Roundhouse  
05/20/2013 London England Roundhouse  
05/16/2013 Montclair NJ USA Wellmont Theatre  
05/10/2013 Napa CA USA Napa Valley Expo Bottle Rock Festival  
05/05/2013 Memphis TN USA Tom Lee Park Beale Street Music Festival  
05/04/2013 Chattanooga TN USA Track 29  
05/03/2013 Nashville TN USA Bridgestone Arena  
05/02/2013 Atlanta GA USA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood  

 

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Marymoor Park
Redmond WA - USA
Edgefield Amphitheater
Troutdale OR - USA
Greek Theater
Los Angeles CA - USA
Del Mar Race Track
Del Mar CA - USA
Steven Drozd - New Years Eve 2007
New Year's Eve
Cox Center
Oklahoma City OK - USA
Wayne Coyne - Madison WI 2007
Southern Comfort Music Experience
Willow Island
Madison WI - USA
Wayne Coyne - Madison WI 2007
Southern Comfort Music Experience
Willow Island
Madison WI - USA
Wayne Coyne - San Diego CA 2007
Southern Comfort Music Experience
Petco Park Parking Lot
San Diego CA - USA
Wayne Coyne - New Years Eve 2006
New Year's Eve
Galen Center
Los Angeles CA - USA
The Flaming Lips - NYE 2006
New Year's Eve
Galen Center
Los Angeles CA - USA
Minnesota State Fair
Grandstand
St. Paul MN - USA
Wayne Coyne - Berkeley CA
Greek Theater
Berkeley CA - USA

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