Do you ever hear of musicians feuding and scratch your head, saying, "huh?" Like, why are these people even talking about each other? I'm not talking about Oasis vs. Blur or Azealia Banks vs. Kreayshawn-- those make sense. They're working in the same sphere, and it's only natural that they don't like each other.
Not like this.
With the advent of Twitter, it seems the say-anything age has progressed even further-- everything's out in the open, and there's even more ability to trash talk someone or something you know nothing about. The news that Odd Future were fighting with The Eagles, of all people, made me reflect on the strangest music feuds of recent memory.
Fray singer Isaac Slade wants to "punch [Brandon Flowers] in the mouth" after Flowers made derogatory comments about the piano-rockers' fans during a Killers show.
8. Slipknot vs. Coldplay
One terrible band trash talking another? I'm okay with that. (For the record, Slipknot's Corey Taylor said of Viva La Vida: "That is one of the most self-celebratory pieces of shit I've ever fucking heard in my entire fucking life... It's music to wipe your ass to." I couldn't agree more, but then what is every Slipknot album?)
Odd Future have more beefs going than a meat locker, but this one was particularly, well... odd. After Wolf Gang member Frank Ocean used "Hotel California" in a (free) mixtape, Warner Music Group told him to cease and desist. Ocean's Tumblr response was relatively civil, but leave it to Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator to take to Twitter to proclaim in his trademark caps-lock "DON HENLEY IS A BITCH ASS OLD DUSTY DICK AS NIGGA. ILL FIRE ON HIS BITCH."
6. M.I.A. vs. New York Times reporter
M.I.A. has proven herself something of a diva, and is a prime candidate for a "think before you tweet" strategy. After an unflattering profile in The New York Times (I seem to remember something about "truffle fries"), the Sri Lankan-born rapper tweeted the writer's phone number as if it were her own, encouraging fans to call. Reporter Lynn Hirschberg called the incident "infuriating," but concluded "She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative."
5. Lady Gaga vs. Weird Al Yankovic
It's a time-honored tradition to have Weird Al parody your hit song (and yes, Yankovic's "Polka Face" gets played in the office on the reg). But after Yankovic contacted the Gaga camp about a satirical version of "Born This Way" called "Perform This Way," Gaga nixed the cover. This created a problem for Yankovic, who planned to donate the proceeds from the single to Human Rights Campaign. But the story has a happy ending-- Gaga eventually approved the song.
4. Dave Grohl vs. Skrillex fans
After the Foo Fighters frontman said that "Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... it's not about what goes on in a computer," at the Grammys, fans of dubstep producer Skrillex were thoroughly pissed off. Electronic music is music, too, and all that. Though Skrillex himself didn't seem too bothered, the controversy was enough to get Grohl's PR rep to "clarify" his statement.
3. Titus Andronicus vs. Kurt Vile
Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles called out lo-fi rocker Kurt Vile on Twitter after Vile's music appeared in a Bank of America commercial. Vile responded (incidentally in his only use of his account before or since) and took the high road, tweeting
"sorry titus. i did it to be like the carpenters.and to buy my daughter high end diapers. and to pay back my publishing advance. and because i never cared about that sorta thing. whoops,i even have a bank of america account. B-P (and that's a dude with sunglasses sticking out his tongue,i'm so sorry.)"Stickles later took back his initial dis.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy told the band "Fuck you" and called them "self-centered assholes" after they refused to let the the show use their songs in an episode. The feud took on a life of its own, with Elton John siding with Murphy, saying "when someone wants to do your song, it's a compliment." Though I have no doubt Murphy is right about the self-centered assholes part, I'm inclined to agree with Dave Grohl, who also weighed in, saying "It's every band's right, you shouldn't have to do fucking Glee."
1. Billy Corgan vs. The World
Is there anyone Billy Corgan hasn't called out, shat on, or otherwise insulted in the course of his career? He's recently in the news for telling new bands to set themselves on fire to get noticed and comparing them to prostitutes in remarks at SXSW, concluding "Don't call it rock & roll. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers." Whatever you say, Billy.
I know I'm forgetting a bunch. Add 'em in the comments!