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Wayne Coyne Hardly Talks About The Kesha-Dr. Luke Situation


I am not sure I should believe or even pay attention to anything that comes from The Flaming Lips’ frontman’s mouth, but Wayne Coyne has weighed in on the Kesha-Dr. Luke controversy in an interview he gave to to promote the Lips’ album ‘With a Little Help From My Fwends’. Remember, Kesha has accused her producer of emotional and sexual abuse, and Dr. Luke has reacted with a defamation lawsuit. The Lips-Kesha collaboration was shelved when they were working on a full-length album, which may have been entitled Lip$ha, in 2012, and Wayne compared his collaboration with Kesha to the Lips’ experience with Cyrus:

‘[Miley Cyrus] doesn’t have a dilemma like Kesha did, or does. But the stuff that we did together [with Kesha] was just spectacular, and it made us want to do more. And I think we did like four or five songs, and then Kesha would remind me, ‘Wayne, I can’t put this music out, Dr. Luke will kill me.’ I was like, ‘Oh! I didn’t know!’’

According to Wayne, Kesha was very normal ‘she didn’t behave as a typical pop star; for one, she had no handlers or entourage’. ‘We just went to her house, and it was just her and us’ he added. ‘There wasn’t anybody else there, there wasn’t anybody telling us what to do. It was our songs, and we recorded until about 4 in the morning, and then we went home.’

I remember Coyne tweeting about his enthusiasm at the time, writing that she was funny, badass,… so where was the control? The abuse? And according to what he says, Kesha seemed to be doing whatever she wanted, so? Coyne wants the music to be released (I bet!) and thinks that it will eventually be the case:

‘If the music is great, all these other things that get in the way – like the Dr. Luke thing – it’s like, ‘We can get through that, it’ll be OK. I don’t really know the situation, only they do, I hope it works out. I hope that everybody can hear this music [that we made], it’s great. It will be great [even] if it takes five years to come out. The music that we did together, it’s just stellar and I know that’s why she wants it to come out.’

Of course, she can go through the abuse, not a big deal, because the Lips have some financial interest to see this music to be released, and he continues being quite vague:

‘I don’t know Dr. Luke at all,’ added Coyne ‘but when we [Kesha and I] speak, I know there’s some anxiety about their relationship. I think she would like to have the freedom to do more things in that spirit. Where it’s not — again, I don’t know their situation — but where it’s not producers producing her. She could produce herself, that’s probably what she is wanting to happen with her own career. I love Kesha, she’s great. Miley is a lot more of her own entity, I think the success of Hannah Montana has allowed her to be the king of her own destiny. And I think Kesha will get to that eventually. She doesn’t have that sort of power now, but I think she will eventually.’

So does he think she was in an abusive situation or not? The ‘Dr. Luke will kill me’ should have made him jump to the ceiling! What’s the hell was going on?? I can’t tell according to what he says… When I read the headlines, I thought Coyne’s declarations would be more revealing and inflammatory, nothing there here, just a lot of ‘I don’t know’s not even some real concerns about Kesha’s situation, only a wish the situation turns okay, to the Lips’ advantage… I was used to more passionate, provocative and scandalous statements from the Lips’ frontman, now all is mellow unengaged and sad at the end. At the end, I couldn’t care less about a Lips-Kesha collaboration, but Coyne should shut up when he has nothing to say about a situation.

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