Published Mar 04, 2009When we see a headline like "Wayne Coyne Tears Arcade Fire A New Asshole," it catches our attention. After all, this is Wayne Coyne we're talking about here, the head Flaming Lip, who's perhaps the nicest guy in rock'n'roll, ever. But, believe it or not, that headline is pretty spot on.
While recently talking to Rolling Stone, Coyne laid some serious hurt on the Arcade Fire crew, saying he's "really tired of their pompousness" and labelling them "pricks."
Seriously, just check out what Coyne had to say (to clarify, he is not comparing Eno to Arcade Fire - Eno is just a "talking point"):
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 do 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.