Kasabian and Noel Fielding attack 'boring' bands who prefer 'chicken and broccoli' to booze

Musicians who do their online shopping backstage 'don't deserve the job'

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Kasabian and Noel Fielding have hit out at "boring" bands who do their online shopping backstage instead of causing "carnage".

Guitarist Serge Pizzorno argued that some musicians "don't deserve to be doing this job" because they would rather eat "chicken and broccoli" than raid the bar for booze.

"I won't expose any bands but there's nothing more depressing than seeing a band come off stage at a festival, go backstage and just flip their laptop open," he told The Big Issue.

"I'm thinking, 'Are you not gonna have a drink now? Cause some carnage?' and they're like 'Nah mate, gotta watch the weight'. F*** that, you don't deserve to be doing this job!"

Comedian Fielding, who was also being interviewed for the magazine, added that a lot of modern bands are "so f***ing earnest and serious".

"I do get disappointed by how conservative young kids are," he said. "When did imagination disappear? You're not gonna get a band like Slade again, working class boys in red f***ing trousers and mirrors on their top hats.

"The stuff that gets a hundred million hits is 'Gangnam Style' or a squirrel singing an Elvis song."

Fielding also recalled watching Kasabian play at the Isle of Wight Festival with frontman Tom Meighan's dad.

"He said to me, 'I'll give you a tenner if you'll run on stage and bite Serge's arse'. I got on stage and bit his arse," he said.



Despite all this criticism of dull, overly-serious bands, Fielding told Alan Carr on Chatty Man that touring with Kasabian last year was "so un-rock'n'roll".

"On the way to [Glastonbury] in the tour bus me and Serge – this is true, and I'm ashamed to say this – we listened to an audio book on the way there," he said.

"It gets worse – Three Men in a Boat, read by Hugh Laurie, we drank peppermint tea and we were under a duvet."

The full interview can be found in this week's edition of The Big Issue, sold by the homeless for £2.50, with £1.50 going to help the seller.