The Flaming Lips vs. Arcade Fire: Indie-rock Bitchslap

Coynebutler_lWayne 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”)

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  • BrandonK


  • MisterHate

    This is journalism at its worst. The title of this article alone makes my head hurt. Throw in the use of the word “dillweed” in the article and I am about to puke. Who does your ghostwriting, Beavis and Butthead? Blah.

  • Officer Farva

    Regarding Butler’s response, I think Coyne meant that they act pompous and treat “regular” people like sheet. This feud is a veritable Thrilla in Vanilla.

  • KimG

    I love Arcade Fire, but I can see where Wayne Coyne is coming from. I was at Glastonbury Festival a couple of years back and the crowd like myself were loving their show, but the only feedback we got from the band was Win ragging on someone in the crowd for flying a flag of a famous beer producer and the band collectively moaning afterwards about having to cope with the weather conditions and the mud and what a horrible time they were having. For those of us who battled the conditions to see them and had what felt like a special evening, it was a bit of let-down.

  • Stephanie T.

    Wayne, how old are you again? I have seen the Lips in concert, and while I must say that they are unique and entertaining. If you don’t have anything nice to say (even if you might be right), keep it to yourself.

  • EP Sato

    No indy-rock rivalry can top the Dandy Warhols feud with the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Actually, the infighting between the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s own members could be the best indy-rock rivalry of all time…
    Wayne Coyne’s a wierdo, but he gets props for treating his fans well. If you go to his show and show up early, he’ll give you a costume and let you hang out on stage. The frog guy at the DC show was one of my favorite onstage props of all time, and he was just a regular fan! Very cool indeed.
    The only band that’s more fan friendly has got to be Phantom Planet. They do “request only” acoustic shows after their sets in the parking lot for their fans.

  • Alex

    Jeez, first it was Kanye vs Radiohead, then Miley vs Radiohead – now its two of my favorite bands who on the whole appear to be pretty cool, laidback types.
    What IS the world coming to?

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