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Friday, October 12, 2007

sigur ros vs. NPR

NPR's Luke Burbank recently "conducted" this hilariously awkward, cringe-inducing "interview" with Sigur Ros. NPR's Bryant Park Project blog suggests that this is "possibly the worst interview in the history of electronic media," and we tend to agree. We did learn one thing from all this: "Hopelandic" is "fucking bullshit" (or something to that effect). If you can make it through all 5 and a half minutes, you win. We barely could.




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37 comments:

Blogger Logster said...

I love it.. It's so rare for bands to sound good on Conan and the Lips sound GREAT

11:18 AM  
Blogger pete said...

I bowing was dumb the first time...and AWESOME every single time after that!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Billmatic said...

i made it 58 seconds.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Jackson Glass said...

That Sigur Ros interview is a journalist's worst nightmare. Jesus.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

my god those guys in sigur ros gave the interviewer hell. i'd rather have teeth pulled than hang out with that band.

12:57 PM  
Blogger christian said...

wow i thought that black lips performance was awful. the sound is really bad (as usual on tv...even worse on youtube) and the bass tone sounds like a high school punk band. i was waiting for the operation ivy cover.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I was waiting for the interviewer to ask Sigur Ros is they like music.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

That was brutal, but hilarious.

"The little prick is stonewalling me."
- Walter Sobchak

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Skip said...

I hate seeing interviews like this, because I hate feeling disappointed in the bands I love. Sigur Ros, and Jonsi in particular come off as completely pompous.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interviewer's questions were pretty bad, but not bad enough to warrant that kind of (lack of) response from the band.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jackson Glass said...

I wouldn't say that the interviewer's questions were bad.. you generally have to start out with those stock questions before getting to the more intriguing questions.

Journalists use those questions to give people who might not know about the band an opportunity to find out who they are and depending how the questions are answered, they can offer a lead into another, possibly unplanned, question.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I win. I found the whole thing massively entertaining.

@skip: I don't know if they were as much pompous as they were socially inept. It might be cultural too. They remind me in general of some Scandinavian people I've met. Culturally they tend to be colder personally.

@Jackson: the questions weren't the worst, but they were pretty generic. He also kept going with his line of questioning even when it was obvious it wasn't going to pay off. His questions were just plain lazy.

It's cool to see bands who refuse to talk about themselves endlessly or believe their own hype. I haven't been a fan of their music for many years now, but this interview makes me like them at least a bit more. Refreshing they weren't talking about their own line of energy drinks.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Garrett said...

I don't know... while I do agree that the interviewer's questions could be a little more relevant to the current situation of the band (hello, they just screened their documentary), I don't think it warranted that kind of reaction from the band. I kind of lost respect for Sigur Ros after watching that five minute tooth-pull.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not an asshole.
let me start with that.
so let this sound as it is coming from a friend.

black lips are not any good.
at the very least, they may be good at what they do.
but that is IT!

it's a throwback thing...fits in well with all the disco coming back into the scene.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Skip said...

@anonymous

Buddy, buddette, whatever...the gentlemen in Sigur Ros have spent extensive time in Britain, which is where Jonsi has said he learned his English. Calling hopelandic "fucking bullshit" and claiming you have nothing to do with the term is fucking bullshit. It's on their self created/approved website faq's. Don't get me wrong though friend, () is still in my all time top ten, I absolutely adore their music.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:22, who the fuck are you? the black lips are the real deal. What the fuck do they have to do with disco? Moron.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:30,

hi.
it's me.
you are a child.
get a wire record and save yourself.

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sigur ros are sweet people.
they hate hype.
they have no need to pose for all of you...
they are unlike many of the other bands you think are cool.
___________________________
and black lips are a fraud.
this has been done before.

11:57 PM  
Blogger jon jon said...

The interviewer was the worst I've ever heard, asking totally retatrded questions like " How do you make music"? ah duh..it was more painful listening to this dork ask non-interesting questions, no wonder than band would 've rather went to sleep.

cheers/ Big Up "Hopelandic"

9:31 AM  
Blogger swot said...

fuck sigur ros. don't agree to be interviewed if you don't want to talk about your music. perhaps they wanted to be talk about what type of downers they're inhaling.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black Lips:

The quality of the video wasnt that great but I enjoyed it. I think a large part of the reason they are getting all these insults is because they are breaking further into the scene. I have listened to them for about 2 years now and granted they do not bring anything really new to music but that doesn't make them bad. I dont much understand how they fit in with the disco scene. Did you mean they are just another band wanting to sound like they are from the past? And is there really anything wrong with that? The 60s are possibly one of the best times in music history.

Sigur Ros:

So this interview was a dissappointment. But I cant help but feel that it was more of a lack of the ability to communicate. The interviewer's questions were not a problem. Taken out of context I guess they would be like "how do you make music?" Ask a band like Black Lips that and that is a pointless question. But asking Sigur Ros (whose music is pretty much like nothing else) is good question. As for the interviewer's refusal to try a different approach to asking the band questions in a different way imagine if you had to interview a band that could hardly speak your language and were on top of that shy or pompous (take your pick)? For what this interview was it was ok. Perhaps Sigur Ros is about listening to the music not the individual men behind it. If you want that watch their documentry.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Jonny Q said...

I found the Sigur Ros interview to be hilarious on so many counts. I didn't think the interviewer's questions were that bad, and I was actually wanting to hear Sigur Ros' answer.

But any time someone can put down those ever pompous media pricks, especially on radio, I think it is a good day.

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the interviewer clearly didn't have a clue, and anyone who thinks the questions were good has never heard a good interview, sigur ros were probably tired and having lovers quarrels. Sometimes these things happen.

Interviewing musicians is a dangerous business- so many of them have chosen their primary for of communication- and it's not talking. thank god it was a pre-record.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

Fags.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Joe Wagner said...

buy those guys the 7 habits of highly effective people or something. It's like asking a 6 year old how's school 20 times over! Done with them...

11:01 AM  
Anonymous nek said...

I think the interviewer died because he had a list of questions he wanted to ask and couldn't deviate from them. I get the same thing when I try to do interviews by email - it is fucking hard, you need to be able to react.

But thanks for the cringe, it's good to have one at somebody else's expense.

4:15 AM  
Blogger Garrett said...

I have to agree those were some pretty weak questions. It wasn't so much the material - that was typical and mediocre. It was that after everyone realized Sigur Ros was giving one-word answers, the interviewer didn't bother to rephrase his questions in a more open-ended fashion. By doing this he basically continued to invite the band to answer every question "yeah", "no", and "sort of". Guy's gotta learn to write his questions better, or at least be flexible enough to change the wording on the spot so that he forces Sigur Ros to say something worthwhile.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Jesse Thorn said...

I've been in this position before -- my feeling is that Luke did a great job given the circumstances. I understand the criticism that the questions were sometimes poorly phrased, but the time you phrase your questions is usually when the subject is responding. Things break down if the subject is offering two word answers.

3:05 PM  
Blogger mp3hugger said...

Sigur Ros have gone up in my estimation. They look so shy, nothing has changed.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well im sure sigur ros had a reason

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, this interviewer was horrible. The questions were dumb "how do you guys create a song" lol, how do you expect them to answer.

"We just create it" is about all they can say because that's exactly how they make their music, there is no plan they just start.

Here's a REAL interview with them in their homeland, with some good questions and answers from the band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOu7AHxRnTk&feature=related

He calls hopelandic "fucking bullshit" ALL THE TIME, its not like he's upset or being mean. It IS fucking bullshit, made up, fake, random, get it? He's not being an ass he's just telling him it's made up and they didn't come up with the term.

Then the interviewer took it the wrong way and goes on to make a joke about it like "well thats not hopelandic thats english" yeah I think he knows that, moron.

Watch the youtube interview I pasted above, he calls it fucking bullshit there too, but he means it in a nice way, you'll see what I mean. ;)

P.S. The interviewer didn't even ask about their documentary it was like he only heard of the band that morning and just made up generic question. Fail.

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