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Feuds & Rivalries (and a kick in the face)

Today, I talked about feuds...within the music industry, that is.  Some music press outlets THRIVE on these kinds of things, so it's not surprising they keep coming up (Beatles and the Stones, Metallica and Megadeth, Biggie Smalls and Tupac, Oasis and Blur, Oasis and Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis and Oasis (Liam vs Noel - seeing a pattern here, aren't you?), Noel vs Jay Z (in 2008, Noel Gallagher didn't think a hip-hop artist should be playing the top Saturday night slot because it screws with the history and roots of the UK festival. Plus, he said, "It's wrong." You reek of class, Noel.).

Both Noel and Jay Z have new music out:  Jay Z and Kanye await the release of their new collaboration, Watch the Throne., so I played "Otis" (featuring the fabulous Otis Redding) from that album.  It's out on iTunes on August 8th, and then in stores on August 12th.  They're also putting together a big tour; their original Vancouver date was October 14th at Rogers Arena, but it's been postponed until December 18th.  Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is out on October 17th.  There's no Vancouver tour date that I know of, but I'm sure he'll be whinging about something sometime soon.  From that one, I played "The Death of You and Me".
As for another band vs band, this one involves a kick in the face.  What?  Apparently, the kickee was messing up the kicker on stage.  About four years ago, Luke Pritchard, singer, guitarist and pianist for the band The Kooks was on stage for a gig when he caught Alex Turner, singer for the Arctic Monkeys, trying to disconnect his guitar during the performance (they'd played back-to-back shows). So Luke said "I had to kick Alex in the face because he was trying to pull the leads out of my guitar pedals while we were on stage."

I'll have to ask my gigging and musician friends how justifiable a boot to the shins (or someplace else, ouch) would be if someone in another band did this.  On a further note, The Kooks are also involved in a feud with another band, Razorlight.

The Kooks' first album, 2006's Inside In/Inside Out, went quadruple platinum, and their follow-up in 2008, Konk, debuted at #1. They're just finished working on their third studio album, Junk Of The Heart, so here's new music from The Kooks (it's the title track, FYI):


 And now, I'm going to put a roll of quarters in a tube sock, wind up like a helicopter propeller, and let 'er go.  Hey, I had to - he turned my microphone off when I was in mid-sentence!

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