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Art Brut Slams Kings of Leon and the Killers

Art Brut may have taken its name from the esoteric arena of French art criticism, but singer Eddie Argos has no patience for the abstract, or just nonsensical, lyrics of Kings of Leon and the Killers. At this weekend's Glastonbury music festival the Art Brut frontman sarcastically sang "This sex is on fire" and "Are we human? Or are we dancer?" before asking the crowd, "What does it mean? What does it fucking mean?" The crowd cheered its approval, obviously preferring the more straightforward lyricism of Art Brut's "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake."


This diss isn't exactly cutting-edge, as The Killers backlash is well formed and the Kings of Leon are another easy target, but it does continue Art Brut's attention to contemporary music. The band had at garage-rock revivalists in the 2005 song "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" with the lyrics "I can't stand the sound of the Velvet Underground / I can't stand the sound the second time around," and the self-conscious referencing carried through to this year's Art Brut vs. Satan. Keep fighting the good fight, Art Brut.



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haha what a joke.. Art Brut??

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I couldn't agree more with Eddie Argos. Can we add the Fiery Furnaces to that list? Those arrogant d-bags are at the top of my list.


f*ck art brut. 20 years from now, kings of leon will be regarded as one of this generation's greatest bands while nobody will know who these whiny bitches are.


Hahahahaha. Good one.

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I prefer Art Brut.

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who the f*ck is Art Brut?! Attention starved much? The Kings are THE BEST. Guess Misery loves company. joke joke joke joke JOKE.


kings of leon will never be regarded as any generations greatest band.


Man seriously...Art Brut is the worst ever... Everytime one of there songs come on its such a let down and a waste of valuable time.


You're a fanboy. You probably have top-five lists of your favorite Sonic Youth and Radiohead albums that go great with Belgium Trappist ales. To say "greatest band" about any group shows you're devoid of any original criticism. I even bet you like Foo Fighters. Go open another light beer and save the bottle cap, wannabe.


That's your picture? You're as hip as bag of dicks.


he ran the same quote at some of their mercury lounge shows. it was cool then. not sure how i feel about it as a standard part of the show.


I am a fan of both Kings of Leon and the Killers. I will admit that some of the lyrics of Kings of Leon can be difficult to understand but come on"Your Sex is On Fire" are you that thick? Both bands are artists. Art isn't always straight forward. I have listened to Art Brut and it seems like Eddie Argos is doing a spoken word bit not singing. I prefer my musicians to be artists.


Art who?


A retread insult by Art Brut? Not quite as edgy, but the band certainly knew how to hit a nerve, I guess. As for me, most of my favorite singers don't really sing very well. Not sure why I like that so much.

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Yo.... all three of these bands suck. The end.

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Haha Art Brut what a load of crap.
I do not think lyrics always have to make sense or have a story to it, thats not what a great song is.
Oh yeah i forgot that Art Brut has sold 3 million album copies and sold out arenas, Errr No. (unlike Kings of leon)
He's sad and pathetic to mention them.


Love both bands! But love the passion they both provoke. Hey - I have tix to see them in September in CT - does anyone know if that band The Features is going to open for them?

Cindy Hubbard

um..."sex is on fire" is an unbelievably obvious metaphor. is he pretending not to get it to make a point or is he just that dense? seriously, like, I can't think of a more straightforward to talk about hotness or passion in sex. Which is why it resonates with people, no?


Complete & utter garbage. Why don't they spend more time on making good music instead of being a bunch of jealous haters and worrying about other bands lyrics. KOL & The Killers will continue to rock on and gain thousands of new fans in the years to come while these assbags disappear and amount to nothing but a mistake in the music world. GOOD LUCK ART BRUT FANS CONVINCING THE WORLD THIS IS THE RIGHT APPROACH TO MAKING PEOPLE JOIN YOU ON YOUR UNFORTUNATE CHOICE OF STICKING WITH THIS BAND!!!


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