Wandering around the internet today, I came across something I wish I had seen 2 months ago: This interview Josh Homme did with SF Weekly, where they ask him about this scorching interview we did with him in December. Here’s what he had to say:
SF Weekly: Have you heard from Jimmy [Iovine]?
[Homme recently told a blogger that his label Interscope and its head Jimmy Iovine could suck his dick for being wasteful, backward luddites. He chided Iovine for taking private jets and flying first class to tell a band they’re going to get no tour support. He called them retarded children. It was epic.]
Josh Homme: I actually heard the other day that he was upset a little bit, but I’m still standing over here feeling that I don’t give a shit. I didn’t say anything that I didn’t believe to be 100 percent true. An hour after I did the interview, Interscope wanted to talk to me about it. “Do you have to name names? Do you have to be so explicit?” And I said, “That’s the problem, you just don’t listen. If you’d listen you’d know that the details of it is what’s important.”
I’m not- I actually read that interview. I don’t read my own interviews, ‘cus it’s not really needed. The only thing I wish it would have said is, ‘this interview was conducted while giggling and laughing the whole time.’
Well, first, that interview was indeed conducted while laughing. A couple of dudes got up to some shit talking and you all know how that goes.
Second, nice to know we got some attention. Not for our sake but for the sake of the cause. Josh goes on to say in the SF Weekly interview, “Interscope will always have the opportunity to prove me wrong, which is great for me. I make music and I want to make a plan to work and I want us all to carry out that plan.”
We follow that sentiment completely. We know damn well that Interscope would rather no one talk about their reaction to the interview, just as they would have rather Josh not publicly gripe about their shortcomings. So we’re assholes, but it’s not without purpose: we would all like nothing more than for the industry to shape up their act and prove us all wrong. And to that end, and for their own good, we refuse to allow them to hide from the artists and consumers they depend on.