Lias Saoudi launches impassioned rant against Arctic Monkeys singer
Saoudi spoke to NME backstage at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas at which his band picked up the Philip Hall Radar prize.
In an interview in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands today (March 5) and available digitally, Saoudi begins by stating: “I hate awards shows. It’s contrary to everything I believe in as an artist and musician. I find it mildly amusing but repulsive because there’s all these insiders blowing sugar up each others arses.”
Moving onto the subject of Alex Turner he continued: “Words are not enough to describe how much of a fucking buffoon I think that man is. I find it unbelievable that people think of him the way they do. The guy is clearly a moron. He was talking about the universe and cyclical natures and ‘invoice me for the microphone’. What are you talking about man? You’re a fucking millionaire. His latest record, I fucking hated it.”
He adds: “I hate that little c**t, he’s a fucking joke. It was the least rock’n’roll thing I’ve ever seen in my fucking life. His speech was horrendously embarrassing. It made me sweat, like when you see something that really makes you cringe. Massive cock. Print that.”
This year’s NME Awards, with Austin, Texas saw Paul McCartney appear to collect the special, one-off honour of NME’s Songwriter’s Songwriter, while Damon Albarn collected the brand new NME Award For Innovation.
Performances on the night included Best New Band winners Drenge plus The Horrors and Blondie, who were named this year’s Godlike Genius. The iconic band collected the award in person and performed at the end of the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian received the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award also performed live.
Read the full list of winners here.