Flaming Lips record 6-hour song for animals, music

By the Associated Press | October 4, 2011 | 1:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City-based alternative rock band Flaming Lips has recorded a six-hour song to raise money for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the University of Central Oklahoma's Academy of Contemporary Music.

The band says in a Monday news release that the project has raised about $20,000 with fans donating $100 each to hear their names spoken by Sean Lennon in the song. Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon.

Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne said the project will help address a record number of homeless animals in Oklahoma City. He said the music academy's share will help to purchase the latest in music technology.

Publicist Rick Gershon said Tuesday that Coyne is both a longtime animal rights advocate and wants to support young musicians.