Steve Albini calls Prince a ‘purple dwarf in assless chaps’ whose music is ‘poison’

The comments were made during the producer's Face The Music keynote speech

Steve Albini has labelled Prince a “purple dwarf in assless chaps”, making the remarks during a keynote speech at the Face The Music conference in Melbourne on Saturday (November 15).

During the talk, as reported by The Guardian, the renowned producer and Big Black musician discussed a range of topics including the advantages of the internet, the death of major labels and copyright law.

Near the end of his speech, Albini said: “If your little daughter does a kooky dance to a Prince song don’t bother putting it on YouTube for her grandparents to see or a purple dwarf in assless chaps will put an injunction on you. Did I offend the little guy? Fuck it. His music is poison.”

Albini continued: “Music has entered the environment as an atmospheric element, like the wind, and in that capacity should not be subject to control and compensation. Well, not unless the rights holders are willing to let me turn the tables on it. If you think my listening is worth something, OK then, so do I. Play a Phil Collins song while I’m grocery shopping? Pay me $20 (£12). Def Leppard? Make it $100 (£60). Miley Cyrus? They don’t print money big enough.”

Albini also paid tribute to the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, saying: “He listened religiously to every single record he received in the mail, devoting hours of every day to the task. I sent him a copy of the first album I ever made and not only did he play the record on air, he sent me back a postcard with a personal remembrance of Chicago, of visiting a matron aunt as a child in Evanston, the suburb where my post office box was kept. I treasured that note as the first indication that John Peel was a great man.”

Meanwhile, Albini recently called online music sharing the best thing since punk rock. “The single best thing that has happened in my lifetime in music, after punk rock, is being able to share music, globally for free. That’s an incredible development,” he said.