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- Posted on Jul 1st 2009 4:00PM by Mark Yarm
"My dad likes the Killers," Argos tells Spinner. "He sent me an email telling me, 'It's a good album. You should listen to it.'" But the singer remains unswayed. "Those bands' songs to me sound like they were written by robots," he says. "They don't sound like they were made by people. They're so produced, and sort of aimed at a demographic. They're not about anything."
During a Glastonbury performance of 'Slap Dash for No Cash,' Argos sang the lines "This sex is on fire" and "Are we human? Or are we dancer?" then questioned, "What does it mean? What does any of it f---ing mean?"
"A lot of people have been emailing me: 'You don't read enough. You're an idiot. ['Are we human? Or are we dancer?'] is a quote from Hunter S. Thompson,'" Argos says. "But you put that quote in the context of the rest of the song and it doesn't mean anything. Personally, I like songs to be about something.
"With 'Sex on Fire,' an angry Kings of Leon fan sent me an email saying, 'It's not meant to be taken literally,'" Argos continues. "Yeah, I know the sex isn't actually on fire. I'm not an idiot. But I can't imagine anybody having any sort of emotional response to 'Your sex is on fire,' unless of course they have set their genitals on fire, accidentally, at some point -- then I'd understand."
Although he was "slagging those bands off a little bit" during his performance of 'Slap Dash,' Argos stresses that the Art Brut track is more "a celebration of bands like Jeffrey Lewis and the Mountain Goats -- the bands that write genuinely affecting songs you hear and go, 'That means something to me.' It's about how much I love songs by people, recorded inexpensively at home, where you can hear the strain of their voice and them trying out new things."
Since the Glastonbury show, Argos hasn't heard from the Killers or Kings of Leon, saying, "I don't really expect to. Why would they care about me? They sell millions of records." He hopes not to hear from any more angry fans of those acts, either. "People who read this, please don't start hating me and emailing me and shouting at me," Argos says. "It's just my personal preference. I'm sorry."