The 10 Biggest Rock 'n' Roll Beefs

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The 10 Biggest Rock 'n' Roll Beefs

Hip hop gets the bad rap when it comes to dueling, though the genre has certainly had the most serious escalations in its musical rivalries. East Coast/West Coast pride, allegiance to various R&B families … the list goes on in the realm of Biggie versus Pac, Nas versus Jay-Z, etc.

But the rock world isn’t immune to brawls—and that’s just what we’ve compiled for you today. Here are 10 of the biggest recent beefs outside of hip-hop.

10. Marnie Stern versus Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast)

How it all began: A few weeks ago, guitar goddess Marnie Stern poo-pooed on chillwaver Cosentino’s songs about talking cats and boys, according to Impose Magazine.

“You might as well then be an ‘80s hair metal band saying, ‘I want pussy,’” Marnie told IM, echoing her disapproval of Best Coast’s straight-forward lyrical approach.

Days after Stern’s searing comment, according to a fewbloggers, Cosentino retaliated during a show in Philadelphia with: “There’s nothing wrong with writing songs about your cat and boys … Haters can suck my dick.”

Any chance of making up? Outlook’s not good at the moment, but give it a few more weeks and hell, perhaps the two will record a single together. Well, we can dream.

9. Beth Ditto (the Gossip) versus Katy Perry

Summer 2009. Boisterous Gossip frontwoman and outspoken LGBT supporter Ditto called Perry’s song “I Kissed a Girl” an outrage.

“She’s just riding on the backs of our culture without having to pay any of the dues and not being actually lesbian or anything at all,” Ditto told British gay magazine Attitude. She went on to call Perry a “boner dyke” (a straight girl simulating lesbian tendencies in an effort to intrigue straight men) in a Prefix interview.

Perry told a London paper that Ditto didn’t impress her, either.

Any chance of makin’ up? Ditto and Perry have seemed to fall off each others’ radar as far as the treacherous remarks trade-offs go, but with Perry’s continuing support of the gay community, who knows?

8. Jared Swilley (Black Lips) versus Nathan Daniels (WAVVES)

How it all began: June 2009. Black Lips bassist Jared Swilley talked mad trashto Norwegian radio station NRK about WAVVES’ Nathan Daniels, calling him a “baby” and a “real dick.” Pitchfork Music Festival 2009 featuring both bands came and went with no bloodshed and it seemed all was forgiven … right?

Right. Until September. Blogger Pop Jew reported that the bar incident in which Swilley emerged slathered in blood and Williams just emerged insulted.

“Talking shit about me on the Internet is one thing,” Williams said in a statement on Brooklyn Vegan. “I can handle that all day but when some dude is just looking for a fight at four in the morning talking shit to my face and his girlfriend is spitting in the face of all my friends it’s a whole different story.”

Swilley complained in a statement on Buddyhead of a cracked skull and asserted that WAVVES had little to do with the fight. But he did kind of keep referring to Daniels in a not-so-nice, kinda-homophobic way, admitting to approaching Williams with, “You’re that faggot from WAVVES and I don’t like you,” that fateful night at the bar.

Any hope for making up? Uh … at least Swilley’s ready to kiss and make-up as evidenced by this March 2010 video interview on The New Gay back in March. Watch him try to erase his zealous dropping of the other f-bomb below:

No news since Williams’ nonchalant response in an interview with Phoenix New Times just a month after the altercation.

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