Spoon’s Britt Daniel Talks Bullies + Being ‘Heavy Hearted’ in ‘WTF’ Interview
On the latest episode of Marc Maron's popular podcast, WTF, Spoon crooner Britt Daniel opened up about, well, everything. He explained the host that being a "new wave" kid drew some negative attention from the jocks and cowboys at his Texas high school. He also talked about fellow singer-songwriter Conor Oberst and being a sensitive, melancholy guy.
Daniel said he was impressed with Oberst's songwriting ability.
"When I first met him, he was, I think, 15," the Spoon frontman said. "And by the time he was 17, he was writing songs with lyrics that ... just blew my mind."
Daniel also said Oberst's fans may have some misconceptions about the former Bright Eyes songwriter.
"He is a dude," Daniel said. "And people have this impression of him that he's a depressed guy, but he's kind of the life of the party."
Daniel also discussed how he and his friends were harassed in high school. And while he said there was some fighting, he mostly avoided brawling with bullies.
"I didn't get beat up too much," he said. "I got out of ... I got pushed a lot. And I'd be like, okay, see ya later. I don't need to hang out at this party."
While discussing one of Daniel's favorite bands, the Cure, Maron pointed out that Daniel was a "heavy-hearted guy." When Daniel responded with "maybe," Maron pressed him a little. Daniel finally admitted, "Okay. Yes, I am."
You can listen to the entire interview at Marc Maron's website.