March 9, 2009

Tribute: Wayne Coyne thinks the Arcade Fire are A-holes

Apparently Wayne Coyne, frontman for the Flaming Lips and generally considered the nicest guy in rock, thinks that indie rock prophet Win Butler and the rest of his Arcade Fire are a bunch of narcissistic jerks. Here's the quote via Stereogum 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.
There's no reason to doubt Coyne. He may be a bit weird, but he's very sincere and always has the best of intentions when it comes to his fans and music. I mean, this is the guy that gets in a giant bubble for concerts. I love giant bubbles. Anyways, here are two early songs from two awesome bands.

Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly"
Arcade Fire - "Headlights Look Like Diamonds"

Buy Lips: Amazon
Buy Fire: Amazon

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