Posted in music on July 2, 2012

Christopher Owens w/ Girls at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens of Girls revealed today in a series of tweets that he will be leaving Girls, the band for which he is pretty much the brains behind, and a band that has experienced enormous success over the past year. The band's publicist confirms the news is true. The tweets read:

1) Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make

2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress

3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher

If it's a case of Christopher not wanting to work with the other bandmembers (aka Chet "JR" White, the only other constant member), at least he's going the Jack White and the White Stripes route and not keeping the band name and replacing everyone like Billy Corgan did with Smashing Pumpkins and James Mercer with The Shins. What do you think?

The video for "Laura" is below...

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Comments (52)

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Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:30 PM

this is a bummer. i didn't love their second album, though it was awesome live, but these guys were making good music. total bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:34 PM

Good move buddy! These guys are already off the hipster radar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:36 PM

maybe tired of the girls tv show banter.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:36 PM

Change is good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:38 PM

damn

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:39 PM

coachella 2016

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:39 PM

he's leaving Girls to join Boys?

Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:45 PM

Who is leaving who?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:49 PM

Death by drug overdose by the end of the year?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:52 PM

"...the band for which he is pretty much the brains behind"

I have to wonder whose brains were behind this horrendous sentence construction...

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:53 PM

even if this guy did fire everyone and replace them no one would notice

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:55 PM

why not just replace the other guys? it's his band right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 2:02 PM

Yeah. Don't compare this shit to The Shins or Smashing Pumpkins.

Not sure he's earned to me mentioned in that breath.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 2:31 PM

This is strange...they were just breaking through.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 2:34 PM

Shitty band, shitty heroin addict singer. Who gives a fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 2:53 PM

Shitty blog. Shitty commenters. I give a fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 2:56 PM

me too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 3:13 PM

yeah fuck you ... and fuck me too

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 3:16 PM

In other news, Trent Reznor is leaving Nine Inch Nails and Jens Lekman is leaving Jens Lekman.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 3:24 PM

hmmm ... I dunno.
This guy's had a pretty wild life.
You should read this-
http://www.faqmagazine.org/ChristopherGirls.htm

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 3:34 PM

"he's leaving Girls to join Boys?"

Makes sense, since he's just following the "trend" of the trendy hipsters who've got nothing better to do than to project their latent flamingness onto others here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 3:43 PM

Tim McGraw is leaving Tim McGraw.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:05 PM

Tug McGraw is leaving the McGraws.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:12 PM

I think 'latent flamingness' may be a paradoxical impossibility. No/Yes?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:29 PM

BV, moderate the comment section! You guys are all complete fucking assholes.

Chris just found out that he's H.I.V. positive. He just needs a bit of time to figure some things out.

All my prays, Chris. Get well soon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:30 PM

Yeah, maybe BV should moderate some more, so as to avoid unsourced claims about singers being HIV positive

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:48 PM

^ Where did you find that out?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:52 PM

@4:52 Chris is a friend. It's not a secret or anything, Chris just wants to figure out how he wants to approach it right now. Girls is a pretty bid commitment for him and he doesn't want to do it any injustice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:57 PM

Tug McGraw is leaving the Phillies

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:59 PM

Christopher's been an intravenous drug user for years. Not a surprise at all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:08 PM

No black people listen to this band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:09 PM

"Owens ... had previously admitted to an ongoing addiction to what he called "serious, very heavy opiates" that informed his songwriting but also made touring difficult."

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:36 PM

He's leaving his "band" comprised of him and one other guy?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:37 PM

HIV is not as serious as it used to be

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:03 PM

^ No, the world just now realizes that the vast majority of cases are contracted by engaging in risky behaviors. Like intravenous drug use. So, there's that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:08 PM

Dis nigga need to stop that smack shit and have a little grape drink. Shit make you all nice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 9:50 PM

Maybe Christopher Owens is that douchenozzle 'sausage' commenter that has a big hard-on for that other guy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 10:38 PM

"HIV is not as serious as it used to be"

Is that your pick up line?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 3:40 AM

3:40 has a hard-on for 8:03

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 6:35 AM

He is not HIV positive. Please stop spreading such terrible rumors. He left the band for personal reasons. personal "Creative" reasons. Saying he has HIV is ridiculous rumor mill bullshit. I'm a very close source. don't believe any of that nonsense. YOu should be ashamed of yourself BV.w

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 8:36 AM

He is also NOT an intravenous drug user. He dosen't even use heroin. He struggles with opiates like OC and OP they are everywhere in SF, and most of the city is on them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 8:37 AM

Oxycontin is for children. Here I had some respect for this guy being a heroin user. Just another poor little rich kid, strung out on Advil. Poser.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 8:44 AM

to the person saying chris is HIV + YOU CAN ROT IN HELL FOR SPREADING SUCH BULLSHIT . Hiding behind an anonymous name on a message board what a fucking joke youre pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 9:34 AM

Dear all, This may come as a surprise cake to many & has been an issue of much hunger for me. My decision was not easy to make, like a pecan pie.

I am leaving LCD Soundsystem. My reasons at this time are personal, and epicurean. I need to do this in order to progress my waist-size

I will continue to eat & attend eating events. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-James Murphy

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 9:43 AM

8:37: He has admitted openly to using heroin. At least if this article is to believed: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/sep/11/girls-christopher-owens-interview

Regardless, vicious rumor if it proves untrue.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:16 PM

damn, sad news. I wish the dude the best of health in this trying time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:34 PM

No, nothing's gonna be alright
And we're all gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die
All gonna die

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 7:05 PM

even if this guy did fire everyone and replace them no one would notice

Posted by Mubawab | July 6, 2012 5:38 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by jocuri | September 3, 2012 11:33 AM

OK, jocuri.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 10:38 PM

sucks he is leaving.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 4:09 PM

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