Former Black Flag frontman says he only likes 'real music'
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the former Black Flag frontman criticised the artists featured in the magazine, picking out the ‘Random Access Memories’ duo and Cyrus, along with Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke as being particularly unworthy of his attention.
He said: “I’ve never heard Daft Punk; I’ve never heard a track of theirs in my life. They’re the two guys with motorcycle helmets on? You know what, you will take this any way you will. That to me is like Rolling Stone music. It’s the shit that’s in your magazine. And it’s like, that world… I’m so glad that you all have found your people, but that world is so alienating to me. Anything that gets on the Grammys or the American Music Awards… like, was Miley Cyrus on the cover of your magazine?”
Of Cyrus, he added: “She’s part of that bigger world of music I was just talking about. All of it to me is like, long may it wave, I don’t have anything against anyone doing their thing, but it’s just not for me. I like real music. John Coltrane’s my favourite musician, what am I doing reading Rolling Stone, you know what I mean?”
He went on to say he has no idea what Robin Thicke sounds like, and has never heard Kelly Clarkson. “I live in a different musical world,” he said, before talking about the situation with his former bandmates in Black Flag and variant Flag.
“I’m not interested in the past unless it’s the rerelease of a record; I’m not interested in my own past that much. But I’ve heard that the Flag thing is pretty powerful. I’ve never seen it, but I know some people whose opinions I respect who went. And they said it was solid. It is what it is: men in their 50s playing 30-year-old music. But as far as the politic of all of it, what’s going on with all of those people, I stayed well away from it. I’m looking forward to 2014 and what will come.”