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Wayne Coyne claims Americans "can't really relate" to Oasis

Head Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne is a magnanimous fellow. He seems like the kind of guy most people would like to share a beer or two with, at least judging from his in-between-song patter during Flaming Lips shows. But if there’s one thing Coyne doesn’t like, it’s a certain strain of British music that’s emerged in recent times.

Coyne has made disparaging comments about Oasis, Razorlight and the Arctic Monkeys to British tabloid the Daily Star, commenting that the latter band “seem too much like a British thing to me.” The Daily Star is about as low as it goes in the British tabloid hierarchy, and it’s likely that Coyne wasn’t aware of the newspaper’s unfortunate reputation.

He also claimed that Americans “can’t really relate” to Oasis, but did have some kinder words to say about Amy Winehouse and Radiohead. “I prefer Radiohead,” he said. “They deserve to win a Grammy.” Regarding Winehouse, he said that he hopes she “doesn’t become too much of a drug addict,” and that he’s still a fan of her music. The Flaming Lips recently released their Christmas on Mars feature, and are set to curate one day at next year’s ATP Festival in upstate New York. [NME]


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Coyne has a point. Ever since the earliest days of the British Invasion, there have been bands and albums that were just "too British" for American audiences to relate to. Think The Kinks' middle period or The Jam.

So it's not necessarily a slight to say that Oasis and Arctic Monkeys don't register as heavily on this side of the Pond. I think it's just a fact.

Radiohead > Oasis ain't exactly breaking news either, although I'm sure the Gallaghers will dispute it to the death.

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There's a certain type of British music that really, really, really gets fanatically anglophile Americans excited, and those people sort of scare me.

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Oasis are MILES better than Radiohead.


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