While images of Wayne Coyne and Win Butler duking it out in inflatable balls were merely a pipe dream yesterday when news broke that Coyne said "fuck ’em" towards the Arcade Fire, those dreams are edging closer to reality–Butler has taken to the Arcade Fire website to lash out against Coyne, claiming he and his band were jet lagged, and that’s why they were less than friendly. Here’s what Win had to say:
Wow, I can’t believe I am actually writing to defend my bands "real" personality. I wish I could not respond to something like this, but the reality is is that people will be asking me questions about it for the next 5 years. I also fear that people will base their opinion of our band on the media quotes of a guy who doesn’t even know us.
The only time we have ever shared a stage with the Flaming Lips was our last show on the Funeral tour at a festival in Las Vegas (over 3 years ago)…we arrived the morning of the show from Brazil, slept all day and awoke into some kind of surreal Vegas jet-lag dream in which we were playing after the Flaming Lips…how strange…I was really excited to meet Wayne. Clouds Taste Metallic was a huge record for me, and growing up in the weirdness of Houston, I always imagined Oklahoma City to be in the same universe. I was really nervous to meet him and I felt a little weird that we were playing after them. We traded a little hello, but he was a hard guy to get a read on. Steven Drodz was super nice, and I felt good after talking to him…
So…I am not sure Wayne is the best judge (based on seeing us play at a couple of festivals) if we are righteous, kind and goodhearted people like The Edge and Justin Timberlake (who I am sure he knows intimately as well). 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 then I remember, I hope I was less of a "prick" then telling Rollingstone that a bunch of people I don’t know at all are really assholes.
As a closing note, the main point that I am offended by in this whole thing is for Wayne to say we treat our audience like shit…
At times like these I am comforted by knowing that even though Wayne slammed Beck all those years ago, he seems like a really nice guy to me. I guess everyone has a different idea of what being pompous means.
The old jet-lag trick, huh? I’m pretty sure Naomi Campbell used that to justify beating an assistant at some point. Win’s response comes off as pretty whiny, complaing that Coyne doesn’t really "know" them, which is probably true. But to say Coyne can’t judge you based on the limited interaction, and then say Coyne was hard to get a read on. He essentially did the equivalent of "No we’re not, you are!"
The fact that Butler would feel obligated to respond kind of proves Coyne’s point that the band is kind of pompous–he feels the need to address everything said about him, even if it is during a stupid interview on Rolling Stone.com.
If Butler really wanted to hit back at Coyne, he should have called out his pompousness, since he put out that trainwreck of a movie, Christmas on Mars, that made no sense whatsoever. But this is Butler’s first rock feud, so I guess you have to cut him slack. Still, I’d like to see some full on fighting a la Oasis vs. every other band, ever. [Pitchfork]