Wayne Coyne, the usually affable frontman of Oklahoma’s new official state songsters the Flaming Lips, got oddly cranky in Rolling Stone recently, calling out Canada-based indie rockers Arcade Fire for basically being big fat dillweeds — unlike his pals Justin Timberlake and the Edge. “I’m a fan of them on one level, but on another level I get really tired of their pompousness,” Coyne said of AF. “We’ve played some shows with them and they really treat people like s—. Whenever I’ve been around them, I’ve found that they not only treated their crew like s—, they treated the audience like s—. They treated everybody in their vicinity like s—.’
He continues, “Who does Arcade Fire think they are? I’ve been around groups. I’ve been around the Edge from U2 and he’s the f—ing 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 f— ’em.”
AF Frontman Winn Butler promptly responded (and remained admirably measured) on his band’s website, professing his surprise at the attack, and reiterating his fan-dom of Coyne and Co., whom he claims to have shared a stage with only once, at a festival in Las Vegas several years ago: “I can’t imagine a reason why we would have been pompous towards the Flaming Lips, a band we have always loved, on that particular night, all those years ago. Unless I was way more jet-lagged than I remember, I hope I was less of a ‘prick’ than telling Rolling Stone that a bunch of people I don’t know at all are really a–holes.”
Geez, guys. When did you become the next HIlary Duff and Faye Dunaway? Can we not fight like bad actresses?
addCredit(“Flaming Lip: J. Michelle Martin-Coyne; Arcade Fire: Kevin Westenberg”)