Robbie Williams Fires Back At Suede Star Over Boyband Remarks

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March 20, 2013 | 6:56pm EST

Former Take That star Robbie Williams has lashed out at Suede singer Brett Anderson over recent remarks the Animal Nitrate hitmaker made about the boybands of the 1990s.
The Britpop icon took aim at “c**p” boybands in a recent interview, insisting they were part of a crisis in the music industry.
The Suede frontman said, “There has always been c**p pop music. I remember when we had all the c**p 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.”
Williams has taken offense to Anderson’s comments, and in a new blog post, he attacks the Britpop star, insisting the fact that he and his indie music peers landed deals in the 1990s is proof there was no music business budget crisis.
Williams writes, “Any quarter-decent three-chord k**bheads could and did get a deal in the 90s… I won’t name names ‘cos (sic) it would be unfair on Echobelly, Shed 7, Symposium, Menswear, Sleeper, Hurricane Number 1, Ride, The Bluetones…, Ocean Color Scene…, Northern Uproar, Chapterhouse, Curve, Salad, Adorable, Cud, Spacehog, Kula Shaker, The Audience, Powder, Kingmaker, Geneva… Should I go on? Cos I can and they sure did.”
He adds, “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. Sorry about the truth.”

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