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Old 03-05-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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Wayne Coyne tears Arcade Fire a new asshole

It's true. That headline is not in the least bit hyperbolic. During a phone interview with Rolling Stone's Andy Greene, Wayne Coyne went to pretty great lengths to diss Win and his troops. According to Rolling Stone, the Flaming Lips frontman and Green were talking about "the movers and shakers in the music world" when the subject shifted from Brian Eno to Radiohead to Arcade Fire (of course). RS also notes that "Coyne is not comparing Eno to the Arcade Fire -- Eno was just a talking point." He actually has many talking points.

Via Rolling Stone:

"I'm a fan of them on one level, but on another level I get really tired of their pompousness ... We've played some shows with them and they really treat people like shit. Whenever I've been around them, I've found that they not only treated their crew like shit, they treated the audience like shit. They treated everybody in their vicinity like shit. I thought, 'Who do they think they are?' I don't know why people put up with it. I wouldn't put up with it. I don't care if it's Arcade Fire or Brian Eno. If either of them walked into a room and treated people like shit I'd be like, 'Fuck you, get outta here.'
... People treat Arcade Fire like they're the greatest thing ever and they get away with it. Those sort of opinions change my view of their music. They have good tunes, but they're pricks, so fuck 'em. Who does Arcade Fire think they are? I've been around groups. I've been around the Edge from U2 and he's the fucking sweetest guy ever. I was around Justin Timberlake when he was young and he was just a normal, nice, kind person. Anyone can be polite and kind and people who have the privilege and money and attention should understand that. If they don't, then fuck 'em."


Wayne Coyne Tears Arcade Fire A New Asshole - Where's The Beef? - Stereogum
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Interesting. Bummer to learn they're apparently assholes, but I still love their music.
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I don't like people who aren't nice to other people. It's not hard to be a nice person. I don't like Arcade Fire anymore.
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GFY, GAF.



I guess it's harder than you think.
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We should have seen this coming. Win did steal that guy's basketball, after all.
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Win whined about it on his blog
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poor Win :cry:

If I remember he talked shit about U2 as well...

2 strikes Mr Butler... 2 STRIKES!!!
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poor Win :cry:

If I remember he talked shit about U2 as well...
Was Bono ok?
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haha i love Wayne Coyne. Not even a fan of Flaming Lips, just never got round to it, but from all the interviews I've read he seems like a really cool guy and got to say I found this very funny. Gotta agree it's a bummer to learn Arcade Fire are apparantley pricks...would love to know WHAT they did to earn such a title. Love their music though.

That said I remember being told by a band to come meet them at a gig and give them a CD when I asked for a remix job. I'd exchanged loads of emails in the run up to the gig and they said they were looking forward to meeting me, after I gave them the CD all contact just ceased, not even a "sorry this isn't really what we're looking for" which is what made it so crushing. I found I've listened to them a lot less now.
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Win whined about it on his blog
hold on... is that really karl???
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The Arcade Fire are overrated.
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I have no connections, I'm not cool, and I have no history of any cool experiences.

After watching them perform in Chicago two summers ago, Arcade Fire (the whole band) spent a good half hour talking to fans right outside the theater. I got autographs, we laughed about life, music, their sucky skills at Guitar Hero, and then went into a long discussion about food (Win Butler offered me a piece of pizza but I was too afraid to say yes!) They didn't play "Wake Up" that night 'cause they were sick of it, and when they asked us what they should play for the third Chicago show, they listened to our requests and played some rarer tracks.

Arcade Fire were not jerks. They were nothing but polite to all of us. Wayne Coyne can suck it.
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