Published Apr 01, 2008Consider the gloves officially off in the trash-talking ring of '90s indie rock. A beef has recently been raised by Breeders/Pixies alt-rock goddess Kim Deal regarding some apparent "bitchy" comments made last decade by Stephen Malkmus. (Ooh, I smell many a blogs posting Pavement vs. Pixies and/or the Breeders threads!)
In this week's issue of Time Out New York, Deal was asked about her 1993 hit "Cannonball," which brought up the Jicks' front-man's supposed grudge. The interview portion reads:
"Cannonball was a big crossover hit. Ever get sick of it? No. That used to be a popular stance for indie-rockers to take. If somebody actually liked one of their songs, then they would hate the song. I was never like that.
Did the success of that song cause any jealousy among your indie-rock peers? You know, [Pavements Stephen] Malkmus is being a bit of a bitch in interviews recently. One thing he said last summer referred to me as "trashy mouth. And he just did this article in Spin where he alluded to me unpleasantly, saying [something like], "You know, I always thought that Pavement could have had one of those big hits in the early 90s with Cut Your Hair, but I guess people preferred Cannonball.
Are you a fan of his music? Yeah, I liked Pavement. But if he keeps fucking smacking his mouth off about me, Im going to end up not being able to listen to any of their fucking records again. Anyway, I thought, God, man, "Cut Your Hair isnt as good of a song as "Cannonball, so fuck you. Hows that? Your song was just aight, dawg.
Ouch! Ending with a Randy Jackson diss. That is harsh. No response yet from Malkmus, but if we can judge his actions by what his past has shown us with the handling of his beefs with Stone Temple Pilots and Smashing Pumpkins, we should get a nice new ditty out it.
Pavement "Range Life"