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Friday, June 8, 2012

Nevermind Badu vs. Coyne: Here Are the Top Five Greatest Band Feuds

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Uh-oh. Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips unleashed the wrath of Erykah Badu this week by releasing a video for their collaboration, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," without getting her approval first. Which was kind of important, since the video features crazy close-ups of all (and we do mean all) of Badu's sister's naked lady parts, shielded only by a layer of glitter or goop. Badu is also naked in the clip, though shot in a more tasteful manner.

After giving this some thought, we have to say: Mr Coyne? That was a total douche move, sir. Especially given the fact that, after Badu expressed dissatisfaction with the release, you gave a half-arsed apology, then just goaded her about how many more views the video got because of her being upset. Not cool, dude. So Ms. Badu, you most definitely have our sympathies on this one. But try not to get too

upset. For what it's worth, you're not the first artist to collaborate

with another and regret it later. The following people were all in goddamn

bands together and still couldn't make it work. Here are our top five favorite band feuds. 

5. Dave Mustaine vs. Metallica

That hand gesture does not mean "peace" in England.
  • That hand gesture does not mean "peace" in England.

Poor, poor, crazy-pants Dave Mustaine. He was only in Metallica for about four minutes (okay, two years between 1981 and 1983) and that shit has followed him around for his entire career. Legend has it that he was kicked out for being even drunker than everyone else, and also for causing the electrocution of then-bassist Ron McGovney by pouring beer all over his bass. Mustaine may have had an easier time publicly distancing himself from his time in Metallica if he hadn't thrown a hissy fit every single time it was brought up in an interview with him. Dude. Bitter much?

4. Noel Gallagher vs. Liam Gallagher

That hand gesture does not mean "peace" in England.
  • That hand gesture does not mean "peace" in England.

These two are brothers. Actual flesh and blood brothers. They've shared fame, they've shared fortune, they've even shared piles of drugs. And in August 2009, after years of badmouthing one another and scrapping and arguing violently in public, they finally proved, once and for all, that it wasn't all for publicity when Noel quit Oasis after a particularly huge fight with Liam. Two years later, Liam told the BBC that he was going to sue Noel for "telling porkies [lies] for the sake of his mates and journalists to get a wise crack on me." Noel counter-sued for libel and a physical attack involving a guitar. Last we heard, the brothers were texting each other again. Baby steps, eh boys? Baby steps.

3. Dr. Dre vs. Eazy-E


Remember how terrifying NWA was when "Straight Outta Compton" came out? You wouldn't get on the bad side of any of these dudes, so what happens when they turn on each other? Well, lyrics mostly. Dre dissed Eazy on The Chronic, Eazy dissed Dre on the It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa record (the clue is in the title) and mocked Dre's musical history in the shockingly un-frightening World Class Wreckin' Cru. The beef was finally buried in 1995, after E's horrifying AIDS diagnosis. Better late than never, we guess.

2. Axl Rose vs. Slash


As we all know, Axl Rose is a giant mentalist. Slash has a much quieter, more measured demeanor, but we wouldn't wanna be on the wrong side of him, either. I interviewed Slash a couple of years ago (at 9 a.m., because he'd just done the school run -- not kidding) and, when asked about Axl, he remained calm, polite and even went so far as to call Axl a "genius." Axl, on the other hand, remains so bitter about their falling out that he recently banned fans from wearing Slash T-shirts at a GN'R concert in London. Man, does that guy know how to hold a grudge.

1. Roger Waters vs. Pink Floyd


This beef is at No. 1 because its lunacy went on for three decades. Do you know how hard it is to stay mad at someone for 30 years? Probably not, because a lot of you reading this haven't even been alive that long. The members of Pink Floyd were said to be "barely on speaking terms" in 1974, so how they made it to the 1983 before Roger Waters walked out is anybody's guess. When his old bandmates went back into the studio to make an album without him, Rogers got all butt-hurt, sued, and lost. Dave Gilmour later stated flatly: "Roger's a prick", so it was borderline miraculous when the band reunited for the charitable Live8 concert in 1995. We doubt they're BFFs now, but we appreciate the effort.

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