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James Murphy Isn’t Really Mad at Michael Musto

In a fantastic new interview with the AV Club, James Murphy explains the origins of his barb on "Pow Wow" — "Oh eat it, Michael Musto/You’re no Bruce Vilanch" — and happily outs himself as the jerk in the situation: "I went with a bunch of friends [to Paper Magazine's Nightlife Awards], and my friend Justine D. was up for “Best DJ Of The Year” or whatever. And the drunker I got, the more I was like, 'If she doesn’t win, I’m going to pull a Kanye.' She didn’t win, so I just jumped up and grabbed the microphone — and apologized to Andrew Andrew, who did win — and said, 'You’re not the best!' It was funny. Or not even funny — it was stupid, and I was drunk. And [host] Michael Musto called me a douchebag. So I thought it would be funny to put it in the song, like, 'Hey, fuck you, dude.'" Also: "Like, not really fuck you." Okay, good to know! [AV Club via Sound of the City/VV]

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