The Black Keys Vs. Nickelback and The Death of The Rock Feud

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This week, Pat Carney of The Black Keys 'apologized' to Nickelback regarding his 'controversial' yet true comments about the Canadian quintet. In my eyes, the drummer of the Akron-bred band had no reason to apologize, true or not true. Over the past decade or so, rock (not hip-hop, which deserves a column onto itself) feuds have gone the way of the Beta Mac, which is to say, non-existent. Thus, professional courtesy between bands reigns supreme rather than the competitiveness that made groups strive to outdo their peers, which has led to some groups to greater heights, anothers to battle both physically and verbally.

As far back as The Beatles and Beach Boys with McCartney/Lennon vs. Wilson as the main event, groups were always trying to one up each other. What started with Revolver, which led to Pet Sounds to St. Pepper's and recently, SmiLE, the Fab Four and California's finest went back and forth, and brought out the best in each other in the process.

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In 1983, Van Halen and The Clash feuded before their US Festival (remember that?) gig. Van Halen received an upfront sum of $1 million to headline the festival, which was put together by Apple Computer exec Steve Wozniak. The fee was changed to $1.5 million after it was discovered that David Bowie was to be paid $1 million. The extra $500k was due to VH's contract clause that they would be paid more than any other act at the festival. Contrarily, The Clash refused to play unless some donations were made to charities or other such noble causes by Wozniak and some of the other major bands. The British punks' criticism didn't go over well with David Lee Roth, who barbed "I wanna take this time to say that this is real whiskey here... the only people who put iced tea in Jack Daniel's bottles is The Clash, baby!" Now that's a feud.


Later that decade, Metal powerhouses Guns 'N Roses and Motley Crue were the next to do battle. With two of the charismatic singers in music, the two bands came to a head in 1989. Allegedly, when GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin he left the stage after jamming with Tom Petty, he hit on Vince Neil's wife, and the Crue singer punched him. Naturally, sparked a huge feud between the bands, with Vince Neil telling the press that Izzy had hit on his wife, and then kicked her when she had turned him down. Ever the good bandmate Axl Rose told the press that Neil's wife had hit on Izzy, and then got annoyed when Izzy turned her down. This all led to Neil challenging Rose to a boxing match where the proceeds would go to charity. Needless to say, it never happened.

The closest thing we've had to these rock feuds in recent memory has been the Limp Bizkit-Creed feud, and that was a snore to say the least. In a time where indie rock bands have a lovefest with one another, it's refreshing to see that Carney isn't afraid to speak his mind and say what most people are thinking. Facebook had it right when it asked if a pickle could get more fans than Nickelback. We're in need of a good rock feud, so for that, I hope that other bands aren't afraid to hold back and speak their minds, even if it means hurting someone's feelings.


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7 comments
MaxHavok
MaxHavok

ok..and i still like nickleback..regardless of what anyone says

Tomjoad47
Tomjoad47

How did the Beach Boys and Beatles "bring out the best in each other" if Brian Wilson suffered a complete mental breakdown as a result of the stresses of it? This feud lost Wilson the creative genius that's so fantastically audible on Pet Sounds. And for all the emotional demons that the feud brought out in Wilson, causing him to self-medicate with copious amounts of drugs and slip into mental psychosis, I'd say that bringing out the best in him is definitely not what the feud did.  And as for rock feuds in recent memory there was a huge one between the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols that you're completely neglecting to mention in your article. Not to mention what that feud was based off of, the monumental recent rock feud between Oasis and Blur. There are many other feuds that can be examined throughout rock history, all of which you've completely failed to examine because you either lack the historical knowledge or because you're just too lazy to care about the perspective that you're putting across in your writing to impressionable readers. Either way, get more intelligent or more considerate before you put across something so ignorant in the future.

Toyyodaking
Toyyodaking

you must be american, always looking for some kind of battle.

Tomjoad47
Tomjoad47

The Black Keys aren't idiots, they were obviously smart enough to get where they are today. They are very rich and successful musicians who have had their music featured in movies, tv shows and advertisements. They've had the power to be able to affect American culture in a deeper way than most people, from an objective perspective, do in their lives.

Tomjoad47
Tomjoad47

you must be someone most people could care less about, always making idiotic remarks desperately seeking attention

Csegraves23
Csegraves23

Your right the black keys are far from idiots they are the rock Messiah in my eyes!!! I still remember being introduced to their music bout 9 years ago and it sparked a glorious inspiration in my soul I said to myself their is still hope for music today!!! And I totally agree with them bands like nickelback are garbage and are totally destroying music think about it 40 years from now do you really want to refer to bands like nickelback or creed or other such crap bands as our generations classic music? I know I don't as a musician myself and a genuine lover of rock and roll history I pray that more bands of the now era would start playing more from the soul Instead of the sold out!! Lets bring rock and roll back to the top with music with substance instead of following the trendy band wagons get in line to appeal to 15 year olds because I sing about booze.

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