Wayne Coyne on Kliph Scurlock's Flaming Lips Exit: "He Knows We Struggled with Him for Years"

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Words, words, words.

A famous guy said that once, in some tragic play about death and revenge. But the quote is apt for another drama, this one in the music world, starring Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips.

Controversy sprung last week when Kliph Scurlock, former Lips drummer, sent Pitchfork a letter detailing his exit from the band and accusing Coyne of verbal, and threats of physical, abuse. In the letter, Scurlock says he was fired for criticizing a friend of Coyne’s, Christina Fallin, daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who caught heat for posting a photo of herself wearing a Native American headdress on Instagram. While most ridiculed Fallin for the act, Coyne came to her defense, which found the Lips frontman in a sea of trouble all his own.

Coyne didn’t take long to speak out against Scurlock, taking to Twitter the day of the Pitchfork story. Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Coyne has much more to say about Scurlock, and he doesn’t hold back.

“The only thing that we would have to say about Kliph leaving is that he just was not very significant to us,” the singer told the magazine. “And all the things he’s saying about the reason he was fired, it’s all just made-up lies. He knows we struggled with him for years and it didn’t occur to us that it seemed that significant. I don’t even use the word “fired.” He just doesn’t play drums with us anymore – that’s the way I’d put it.”

Scurlock’s letter suggested that he was let go from the band for his opinions, not his musical ability. Coyne offers a much different reading.

?“As time went on, he got to be a lazier and more close-minded musician. We didn’t ever really do that much with him. I mean, we would play shows, but he’s not creative,” he said. “We never wrote songs together. He was a guy that we thought was, I guess, good enough technically that could do stuff in performance. But we know a lot of musicians, so it was not that big of a deal.”

In the interview, Coyne also apologized for possibly offending anyone with his support of Fallin, and for posting his own Instagram picture that included a dog wearing a Native American headdress.

“?I would say that I’m very sorry, to anybody that is following my Instagram or my Twitter, if I offended anybody of any religion, any race, any belief system,” Coyne said. “I would say you shouldn’t follow my tweets; you shouldn’t even probably want to be a Flaming Lips fan because we don’t really have any agenda. We go about doing things through our imagination. And I would say that if we wrongly stepped on anybody’s sacredness, then we’re sorry about that. That was never our intention.”

You can read the interview in its entirety at Rolling Stone, and given the history of Coyne and volatility of this exchange, rest assured more words are to come.

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