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Win Butler Calls Out Wayne Coyne for Arcade Fire Diss

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 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


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

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damn, i think your synopsis of this is way off.

win saying that wayne is hard to read is the OPPOSITE of what wayne did, not the same. he's saying, "i don't know the guy, i met him once, i didn't get him all figured out." where as wayne said "they are a--holes."

i didn't see the response as being whiny at all. i think he explained himself really well and it makes coyne look like the a--hole. why would he need to bash a band he met for a few minutes over three years ago? in a rolling stone interview? what a low thing to do. at least when coyne gave beck a bunch of crap, it was after they toured together. this just seems petty.


If anything, I have less respect for Coyne. I thought Win's response was respectful as possible considering the circumstances. He had to defend his band's appreciation for the audience. I guess you wanted him to pull the same petty crap as Wayne? Sorry, Win actually showed some class.


ok so i kid you not

i met arcade fire at my school!

i go to school in fort mill south carolina at the old ptl area(heritage usa), and i guess they were site seeing or something because their whole tour bus was about 100 feet outside of where i go to school(they were taking pictures outside in front of this fake castle type thing thats been shut down for years)...

anyways long story short,during our lunch hour, someone told us that a band was outside taking pictures so me and a couple of friends went outside to check it out and there they were.

we all got to talk to them.. and they were freaking sweet!..
none of them were a holes one bit they were so nice. so i don't see where coyne is coming from..

that was the coolest day ever by the way


A few things in this article make the writer's bias (against Arcade Fire) apparent. A "stupid" interview on It's ROLLINGSTONE.COM- hello? big audience. An interview posted on that site is nothing to sneeze at. When you get dissed that badly on that platform, you have no choice but to respond- for the sake of your reputation.

And as someone already mentioned, "hard to get a read on" is closer to being the opposite of outright declaring others "pompous as$holes" after one encounter.
On the other hand, the writer suggests"If Butler really wanted to hit back at Coyne, he should have called out his pompousness"... now THAT is a lot closer to "No we're not, You are!" -as opposed to Win's statement.

What a **** article.


Arcade Fire are a bunch of pansies. F-- them. If I saw them, I'd punch Win in his pompous face and I'm not even really a Flaming Lips fan. I just agree. I used to play in a band where our cellist knew one of the string the same thing...and this was right when they were blowing up...pretentious, pompous c--ts. Well, I think Wayne's right on this one. Listen to their sh*t, whiny music. It's not rocknroll.


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