The Flaming Lips Reignite Simmering Oklahoman/Canadian Hostilities

Dan Gibson | March 4, 2009 3:30 am

So, Wayne Coyne doesn’t really care for the Arcade Fire, dropping some really spectacular quotes— including the bon mot “They have good tunes, but they’re pricks, so fuck ’em”—into an interview with Andy Greene of Rolling Stone.

More of Wayne gone wild:

“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.’

In a war between Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and the French-Canadian basketball stealers of the Arcade Fire, choosing is easy. In the three limited contexts in which I’ve met Wayne, he was certainly one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and I don’t really care for the Arcade Fire’s music. Wayne helped create The Soft Bulletin and signed a poster for my then-two-year-old son with the note “See you out in the the world.” The Arcade Fire, with the exception of a few songs, bore me to tears. Sign me up for Team Wayne!

Somehow, while a cover, this song seems appropriate.

“War Pigs”:

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