Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon has blasted the Arctic Monkeys for making ”a mockery” out of the music industry.
John Lydon has blasted the Arctic Monkeys for making "a mockery" out of the music industry.
The former Sex Pistols frontman – also known as Johnny Rotten – claims the Sheffield based band – whose debut album became the fastest-selling in British music history – are a waste of space and stuck in the past.
He said: "That’s not a band. That’s a showbiz construct. A mockery. That’s very much like that awful band Green Day or Avril Lavigne.
"It’s not right, they’re using our wings to make money on something they never helped create for themselves.
"They don’t advance. They’re stuck in a time warp and not writing from the heart. Once you recognise the four walls of a genre and stick inside them, you are not writing from the heart."
The 54-year-old singer also claimed Alex Turner was definitely not the genius writer he has been made to be.
He said: "Oh, stop it. He just turns on the computer and types in ‘punk’ and it goes ping. I see no gut-wrenching soul-searching going on there. Just pleasant little ditties. There’s room for that, but I’m seeking more substance."
John has previously attacked both Coldplay and Radiohead for being "soulless".
He said: "Coldplay and Radiohead bug the hell out of me because it’s so soulless. It just seems pointless. It’s nice but it’s tosh. There’s nothing about heart and soul, they d
*The Reverend Horton Heat* *Live @ Electric Ballroom 25th March* *THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT + SUPERSUCKERS + DEADBOLT *Doors 7.00pm, 14+, Tickets £17.00 *‘Laughing and Crying with the Reverend Horton Heat’ out now on Yep Roc Records* Recently, *the Reverend Horton Heat*, aka Jim Heath, had something along the lines of what he calls epiphany. He’s a little tired of being taken so seriously—well, maybe not *seriously*, exactly, but you get the idea—and lately he’s noticed that some of his funnier, country-tinged songs were his biggest crowd pleasers. Besides, being entertaining is what this is all about, right? So, ladies and gents, roll your smokes up in your sleeve and hold on to your cowboy hats, it’s time to take a trip back to a time before slick, over-produced country became the norm—a time when outlaws wrote songs about being without a pot to piss in—or at least about psycho ex-boyfriends and deadbeat girlfriends that spend your paycheck faster than you can say Schlitz. Welcome to *Laughing and Crying with the Reverend Horton Heat* a record full of country-fried tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands, ever-expanding beer-guts and, well, Texas. It wouldn’t be a Reverend Horton Heat record without a song or—in this case, two—about the Lone Star State. And, while *Laughing and Crying* marks a detour from the hard-driving punkabilly of the Rev’s last record, 2004’s *Reviva*l, this time tending toward honk, there’s still some shit-kickers [“Death Metal Guys”] to let you know that Heath and crew still mean business. “I really wanted to capture the feelings of recordings of the late ‘50s, early ‘60s,” Heath said of the songs on the new record. Exhibit A: Beer Holder, a honky-tonker about a guy who finds the table by his chair a bit too far of a stretch—so he opts for a new “beer holder,” his growing gut. While this guy finds his solution genius, his woman thinks otherwise. “[The record is] kind of a regular guy point of view,” Heath said. “You know, I like to do stuff that’s kind of tongue-in-check that makes fun of the good old boy thing as much as trying to glorify the country boy thing.” Heath originally conceived the new record as the product as an alter ego, Harley Hog, a sort of “laughing and crying” singer. “I was trying to develop this vocal style where I was always either laughing or crying. It was really over-exaggerated,” Heath said. The problem once they got in the studio, however, “we wouldn’t get that far because the guys were just laughing so hard. It was really kind of ridiculous.” Without a doubt, the mighty Reverend has won a cult following around the world these past 20+ years with a punkabilly style that’s equal parts Texas-fried grit and slicker-than- pomade sound. Mix that with a smoldering stage presence and you’ve got a live act that’s more tent revival gospel than rock club. Heath, who personally loves good old, mid-20th century country music, cautions that the record was not borne out of a desire to introduce his audience to a new set of influences—it’s just meant to have a little fun. Besides, he warns, his next record may just be a set of “avant-garde versions of Swahili folk songs done on homemade instruments.” “Never say never,” Heath said.
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SXSW & U.S. TOUR DATES CONFIRMED FOR THIS SPRING
Legendary rocker MICHAEL MONROE has long been at the forefront of breaking music barriers.This spring he returns with a highly anticipated new group that was announced today, Monday, January 25 at a press conference hosted by pro-skater, video director and MTV personality Bam Margera at Swing House Rehearsal & Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA.News about an upcoming album and U.S. tour dates, plus details about the Michael Monroe Mobile Backstage application for mobile devices–the personal hotline between the fans and MONROE’s band anywhere in the world at any given time—was unveiled as well.
The MICHAEL MONROE band features bassist SAMI YAFFA who has played with a remarkable variety of bands including Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; guitarist GINGER who has dazzled audiences over the world with his band The Wildhearts. Also on guitar is TODD YOUTH, the master fretman who has played with many top-tier hard rock ensembles including Danzig, Motorhead, Glen Campbell, Samhain, D Generation and most recently Chelsea Smiles.Rounding out the band is drummer JIMMY CLARK, whose resume includes providing rhythm for the likes of Deborah Harry (who would later introduce him to Michael Monroe), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Glen Burtnick, Rick Derringer, Wynonna, Blackhawk and The Van Zant Brothers. Jimmy also played in Michael´s band Demolition 23 which also included Sami Yaffa.
Coming off the Hanoi Rocks rebirth from 2002-2009, MICHAEL MONROE makes his long-awaited mark on America starting with SXSW and West Coast U.S. dates in March with his incredible team of players.In addition to a schedule of exclusive live performances, which also includes Finland, Sweden, UK in April and east coast dates in May, MICHAEL MONROE and his band are set to enter the studio in the spring to record a new album for the fall.
Fans can keep up with MONROE and his players via the Michael Monroe Mobile Backstage mobile application available now for free through Apple’s iPhone/iPod application store and at www.michaelmonroe.com.With this, MONROE’s followers everywhere can experience everything that happens on the road and backstage exclusively in real time through their mobile phone. In addition to viewing and sharing videos, pictures and messages both ways directly with the band, they can comment and rate all material and also connect with other fans. The application works in iPhone, iPod Touch, most of Nokia & Sony Ericsson phones and many of LG’s & Samsung’s models.
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