Iggy Pop calls Fred Durst a thug: This week in rock feuds

Iggy Pop recently taped a video in which he talked about his new jazz-influenced album Premilinaires, and mentioned that he had grown sick of “listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music.”

Now Mr. Pop has elaborated on this point to British newspaper The Sun, saying that he meant "anyone from Smashing Pumpkins to — what's the one with Fred Durst?" That quote makes you wonder quite how long ago Iggy grew tired of guitar rock, given that neither the Pumpkins nor Limp Bizkit are what you would call radio staples these days.

And of course, you could also argue that Iggy himself is more than capable of a bit of rock thuggery himself. But watching the original video, I was more struck by just how awesome this guy still is as he engagingly rambles on about French author Michel Houellebecq, New Orleans music, and his cute dog, all in a voice oddly reminiscent of Sam Elliott narrating The Big Lebowski.

So, Music Mixers, do you agree with Iggy’s description of Limp Bizkitand the Smashing Pumpkins as thugs?  And are there any, uh, more modernacts you think would equally irritate the chief Stooge? And, seriously,why isn’t this guy getting a ton of voice-over work?

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Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • Stooges

    He’s more than right. Smashing Pumpkins and Fred Durst are terrible, Limp Bizkit being the far worse offender.

  • darclyte

    Smashing Pumpkins made some great music, especially their first album. Their downside was always Billy’s singing and ego, not the music. Limp Bizkit had one maybe 2 decent songs and those both seemed accidental considering the bulk of their output.

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  • bob

    Well, I like the pumpkins, but Limp Bizkit I never could take seriously.

  • deez nutz

    while its fashionable, take shots at the 90’s bands that at least attempted to continue the tradition of ‘ROCK’ … yea, this is a great move for the genre…this is why rock is dead…excuse me while i go listen to ‘rearranged’

  • Jay

    I agree wholeheartedly!! Fred Durst is a talentless turd

  • sam

    God, is he not dead yet?

  • Frank from MusicNerdClub.com

    Iggy’s comment would have been more relevant 9 years ago. Still, he’s not entirely wrong. I wouldn’t go quite that far to reference the Pumpkins as thugs – Corgan can admittedly get cranked up but “thug” is pushing it. Limp Bizkit on the other hand, Iggy was spot on. We really don’t need a comeback from them anytime soon.

  • naugahyde

    IGGY POP IS GOD!!!!!

  • Peachie

    I’ve met Fred before and he is a complete TOOL. Iggy hit the nail on the head with that guy. As far as more recent thug rockers, nothing comes to mind. I guess most of today’s rock groups (and rappers) don’t leave that big of an impression to recall their names. We will not see many of these artists end up in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. It amazes me that my 11 and 7 year old nieces would prefer to listen to older music from bands like Iggy & The Stooges, Nirvana, Cheap Trick, Jane’s Addiction, The Ramones, etc thanks to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Iggy is the man and opened the door for many of these bands that followed.

  • kabahfrompala

    Iggy is never really wrong. But Smashing Pumpkins were great through Siamese Dream. Fred Durst on the other hand was like a douchebag that came across real musicians’ equipment and we had to listen to it through Faith to the Woodstock ’99 BS to him in that creepy-ass video with Halle Barry. It is over. I can’t wait to hear Iggy’s new record. BTW, if you would like to enjoy another solo gem of Iggy’s, check out Brick by Brick.

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