The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

Good to see that good old-fash­ioned mud­sling­ing still ex­ists in the ether of rock ‘n’ roll, with the once dif­fi­cult Amer­i­can tune­smith Ryan Adams this week vent­ing his Twit­ter spleen on the du­bi­ous mer­its of fel­low US rock­ers the Strokes, who them­selves laid into Adams a cou­ple of months back in a book, Meet Me in the Bath­room, fo­cus­ing on in­die rock in New York in the early noughties. At the cen­tre of the stoush was the book’s con­tention that Adams, a friend of Strokes gui­tarist Al­bert Hammond Jr at the time, had been a bad in­flu­ence on him, to the point that the band’s singer, Ju­lian Casablan­cas, wanted to ban Adams from their or­bit. Re­sort­ing to the lingo of the school­yard, Adams laid into Casablan­cas re­gard­ing his weight and his side-project band, the Voidz. “I sold more T-shirts last night than peo­ple who ac­tu­ally made it through a sin­gle Voidz song,” tweet­eth Mas­ter Adams. “What’s he gonna do? Sit on me?” Ouch, although it does seem a bit pa­thetic. If you’re go­ing to in­sult some­one, much bet­ter to go down the path of Man­cu­nian lad Noel Gal­lagher, who through­out his Oa­sis ca­reer and be­yond has seemed born to the task of putting the boot in, not least to “our kid” Liam, with an in­tox­i­cat­ing brew of hu­mour and venom. To il­lus­trate the point, I’ve picked out a few choice ex­am­ples from his litany of put-downs.

On English band Kaiser Chiefs: “The worst thing about them is that they’re not very good. They play dress-up and sit on top of an apex of mean­ing­less­ness. They don’t mean any­thing to any­body apart from their f..king ugly girl­friends.”

On the state of the pop charts: “Phil Collins has to be chased out of the charts. And Wet Wet Wet. It’s the only way to do it, man, to f..king get in there among them and stamp the f..kers out.”

On Liam: “He’s rude, ar­ro­gant, in­tim­i­dat­ing and lazy. He’s the an­gri­est man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”

Ryan Adams has vented his Twit­ter spleen

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