Robbie Williams versus Britpop
REMEMBER when Robbie Williams left Take That and promptly went all ‘indie’ in a bid to be taken seriously while he stuck all manner of drugs up his conk? Well, The Fat Dancer From Take That has decided he doesn’t like indie anymore and gone mental telling everyone about it.
In a CAPScentric blog rant, Robbie lashed out at Suede’s Brett Anderson who took a swipe at pop music.
“There has always been crap pop music. I remember when we had all the crap boybands in the ’90s – stuff like that has always been around. The lack of money in the music industry created a crisis. Record companies don’t have the resources to take a gamble, so these pop stars are created by committee. They are just a series of bland ticks on a check list, which creates a generic style of artist. I prefer artists with something slightly wrong about them”.
Is there anything more nauseating than a white rock singer saying ‘pop music is bad’? Robbie Williams wasn’t impressed and returned with:
“Now this was at the height of what was Britpop and mainstream indie. Record companies don’t/didn’t have the resources to gamble? I think not… Any quarter-decent three chord knobheads could and did get a deal in the 90s”.
Williams then rattled off a load of pretty terrible (and not-so-terrible) Britpop bands to prove a point, such as Salad, Powder, Curve, Shed Seven and more, continuing:
“There were a few special indie bands then just as there are in every generation. And just as some pop bands are useless, some are magnificent in every generation I feel sorry for the people who are too bigoted to appreciate the latter. The world’s a lot more exciting with a One Direction in it. And more hearts will genuinely race at a new 1D album than they ever have or will at any Suede album in any time period”.
Finishing his bile, Robbie addressed Anderson directly:
“Please say hello to your drummer. He was consistently lovely with me”.
All this prompted Britpop royalty to take to their Twitter accounts, with Luke Haines from The Auteurs hurt because his group wasn’t mentioned by Williams. Mark Morriss from The Bluetones fizzed because Robbie said they has ‘one good song’, while Johnny from Menswear was much more catty (and therefore, fun) by saying Robbie never had a problem with all the “refreshments” he enjoyed on their tourbus.
Naturally, 99% of pop music is rubbish… but 99% of Britpop was too. In fact, 99% of anything is crap. So what have we learned from all this?
Musicians are dickheads.