Pop & Hiss

The L.A. Times music blog

« Previous Post | Pop & Hiss Home | Next Post »

Flame on: Arcade Fire's Win Butler responds to Wayne Coyne

March 5, 2009 |  1:29 pm

Thanks to a tip by commenter spm08588, Pop&Hiss has learned that Win Butler has answered Wayne Coyne's charges of pomposity and overall rude behavior in Rolling Stone, as reported Wednesday. Speaking in a journal entry titled "I still like clouds taste metallic" on the Arcade Fire's Terry Gilliam-meets-"Carnivale" website, Butler responds to Coyne's criticism with what seems to be an air of befuddlement served with a whiff of occasional sarcasm, prefacing his decision on the basis that "people will base their opinion of our band on the media quotes of a guy who doesn't even know us."

He goes on to write, "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 toward the Flaming Lips, a band we have always loved, on that particular night, all those years ago. Unless I was way more jet-lagged than I remember, I hope i was less of a ... then telling Rollingstone that a bunch of people I don't know at all are really [jerks]...

"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."

(Read the full post here.)

Your move, Mr. Coyne. Or maybe not. Maybe this will diffuse the whole situation and we can all go back to throwing confetti, leading marches through arenas and, you know, writing songs.

-- Chris Barton

Photo of Win Butler by Ryan Remiorz / Associated Press