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Wayne Coyne rips Arcade Fire a new one!

“I get really tired of their pompousness ……. they really treat people like shit”

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne‘s never been known for keeping his feelings locked up!

Here he let’s fly on over-rated Muzak-Media darlings, Arcade Fire.

Maybe he’s upset that AF use a Flame element in their name!

In retort, Win Butler from the Fire says he met Coyne only once … 3 years ago! He writes about his being offended by this storm in a teacup here:

We’ve got the ideal solution for both parties to save face!

Yap, stick them both in an MMA ring and only allow one of em to walk out alive!

Our money’s on Wayne!

The victor can record the anguished battle screams and release it later as a concept album with a title like “Fire Can’t Win Against Lips

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Wow! We love Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. He’s always been cool to us, and we appreciate the fact that he always speaks his mind. So, it wasn’t a total shock to hear him tear the Arcade Fire a new asshole.

So, last week, our buddy and colleague Andy Greene is on the phone with the Coyne, when they started talking about some of the movers and shakers in the music world. They talked about Brian Eno, and Radiohead, and then got on the subject of Arcade Fire, which set Coyne off. (Just to clarify, Coyne is not comparing Eno to the Arcade Fire — Eno was just a talking point.)

“I’m a fan of them on one level, but on another level I get really tired of their pompousness,” says Coyne. “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.’

He continues, “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.”

UPDATE: Through their publicist, the Arcade Fire has declined to comment.

UPDATE #2: Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has responded via his band’s website. (Follow the link to Win’s scrapbook.)

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March 6, 2009 - Posted by | Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne, _COMEDY, _MUSIC

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