'I Love Communities!'

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 10, 2008

    Just played your lovely city for the Fun Fun Fun Fest, and while loitering in the backstage area before we played, I happened to flip open to a little interview with myself and one of your writers, Darcie Stevens [“Fun Fun Fun Fest Interviews: Sunday,” Music, Nov. 7]. I'm quoted as saying "There are no great ideas in a community,” and unless I was off my meds during the interview, major corrections are in order. Despite the somewhat facetious tone ("You need a despotic leader"), what I said was, "There are no great ideas in a committee," referencing the old saying about a horse and Egypt. Or something. My point is, I looked like a ponce and felt the need to stress: I love communities.
Much love,
Nick Thorburn
From Islands
   [Darcie Stevens replies: Thorburn's right. Here's the exact quote: "I want to be a kind of shamanic, sort of crazed visionary with a mild dictator streak [laughs]. I definitely like steering the ship, because I have a lot of ideas, and I can be the face of it or whatever, but it's more just about being in control and having the awareness, the understanding of the whole, knowing where I want to take something and how I want it to be presented visually and electronically and all that sort of stuff. It's a role that – it's a tough role, but it's a role that I enjoy. I'm lucky that I have a really solid band at the moment. … No committee, there's no great ideas in a committee, I think. You need a despotic sort of leader. Tyranny."]
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