THE Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has hit out at British rocker Richard Ashcroft, branding the singer a "pompous d**k". Coyne is furious with the former THE VERVE star for dropping out of a recording session for soon-to-be-axed UK television programme Top Of The Pops at the last minute. He suspects, rather than having a good excuse for his absence, Ashcroft shirked the show because he was afraid of his own unpopularity backstage. Coyne rants, "Richard is a pompous d*ck from my experience. "We were supposed to record Top Of The Pops with him, but he cancelled at the last minute. Perhaps he sensed a punch-up backstage."