The times they are a-changin'. Gone are the days of musicians airing bad blood toward one another behind a lyrical veil a la Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dandy Warhols vs. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ice Cube vs. N.W.A.
In our brave new world, Rocks Off has succumbed to the instant-gratification allure of social networks just like everyone else (even when we're squabbling with them). So here are our Top 5 Musician Twitter Feuds, and we'd appreciate a retweet.
The notoriously contentious Grunge Queen has lately moved her tirades from voicemail to Twitter. Ticked off that Allen had been the only celebrity allowed to wear Chanel at the Brit Awards, Love jealously cyber-snapped, taking her incomprehensible grievances to Twitterville. It didn't help matters that Allen also tweeted a frighteningly unfortunate photo of Love (above), visible to her two million-plus followers.
Allen called Love a "paranoid drug addled lunatic," while Love, in turn, called her an "insanely deluded irrelevant friendless unattractive child." Now now, girls.
4. Billy Corgan (@Billy) vs. Stephen Malkmus:
While this is more of a one-way cyber-brawl, we deem it mentionable, as it proves the '90s alt-rock poster-boys' feud is alive and well. Pavement front man Malkmus declared his distaste for the Smashing Pumpkins in Pavement's 1994 song, "Range Life," in which he takes a jab at Corgan's band: "Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins/ Nature kids, they don't have a function/ I don't understand what they mean/ And I could really give a fuck."
Just last week, after learning his band would share a bill with Pavement at Brazilian festival Planeta Terra, Corgan tweeted, "Just found out SP is playing with Pavement in Brazil... They represent the death of the alternative dream and we follow with the affirmation of life... We'll be the band up there playing NEW songs because we have the love."
Looks like this '90s squabble is ongoing - at least in Corgan's
eyes 140 characters.
Otherwise unassuming songwriter Mann naïvely took to her Twitter account to air her ill feelings toward Ice-T's acting abilities, tweeting, "There is no reason in the world anyone should ever cast Ice-T in a television show."
Trouble is, some people still need to learn that Twitter is not Vegas; what happens there doesn't stay there, but immediately airs to the entire cyber-world. Ice-T eventually caught wind of Mann's verbal condemnation and responded, flexing his aptitude for creative word choice: "Hey @AimeeMann Stop worrying bout my acting, bitch... In the mean time, eat a hot bowl of dicks!"
You don't want to mess with 50 Cent. The dude's been shot nine times and prevailed. His Wikipedia page has an entire chapter dedicated to his infamous feuds. Following suit to his bad-boy reputation, the rapper called-out Diddy, launching a Twitter-based petition through his Web site, accusing Diddy for banking on the death of the late Notorious B.I.G.
50 wrote, "Enough is enough, Biggie's name should never have become Diddy's Black Card... When was the last time Diddy really was biggin' up his brother, not biggin' up his bank?" Diddy didn't respond to 50's petition, and we don't blame him.
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Nine Inch Nails front man and Twitter guru Trent Reznor aired his thoughts on Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell's 2009 solo record, tweeting "You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell's record? Jesus."
Instead of continuing the catfight with a heated rebuttal, Cornell shed his gruff grunge image and instead took the Biblical road, responding, "What do you think Jesus would Twitter? 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone' or 'Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago.'"
Who says grunge is dead? Perhaps it's just taken a new spiritual form.