Throughout the entire sordid one-sided beef that was Mark Kozelek’s tongue-in-cheek campaign against the War On Drugs — the one that culminated with “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” and made our own Koz superfan Michael Nelson very sad — War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel remained silent. Not anymore. Speaking to the Swedish music blog Songs For Whoever, Granduciel called the Sun Kil Moon frontman many things including an “idiot,” a “douche,” a “prick,” an “asshole,” a “fucking child,” and a “fucking prick” for good measure. He also says Kozelek issued his public challenge to the War On Drugs — when Kozelek asked them to let him come on stage in San Francisco and perform “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” with the War On Drugs as his backing band — after he had already offered in private and then reneged. If so, that’s extremely shitty. As much as I wish Granduciel would have remained quiet on this until people stopped asking him about it, it’s kind of cathartic to hear him unload. Here goes:
Speaking of rivalry. Mark Kozelek. What happened there…?
Never heard of him.
No? Okay. Then I think that’s my last…
I mean, to be fair to that idiot, what he said in that song… I didn’t really have a problem with any of it until I heard the song. First of all, he never met us, and yet said all these things. He’s such a douche. I asked somebody if I could get his e-mail, because I wasn’t trying to start this stupid Twitter thing, I was just bummed. I went to a mutual friend who explained that he wouldn’t give out his e-mail address. So I just got an e-mail through this friend that said “Mark wants to come to the Fillmore, he will write a song called ‘War On Drugs Suck My Cock,’ you back him up on it and he gets to play ‘Beer Commercial Guitar,’ then you back him up on one of his songs, ‘Dogs,’ from his new album. And then he plays ‘Beer Commercial Guitar’ on one of your songs.”
We were on tour and I thought “this is actually a pretty cool idea, I don’t have anything against this guy, this is cool.” So I was really excited and was gonna write him back in a couple of days, ’cause I was busy at the time. Then two days later I get an e-mail back from him, saying “the offer has expired, maybe when I get home from tour I’ll go to Starbucks and buy your record.” I was like “you’re such a fucking prick, dude.” He was such an asshole, I didn’t even say anything. Then he goes to the internet and he “challenges” us to this thing, but I was like “you fucking prick, you already said ‘No’!” He’s such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he’s just a fucking idiot. I don’t have time for idiots. I’m just pissed that he tried to make it come out like he was challenging us. I had already essentially agreed to it, and then the Starbucks comment… what the fuck, dude. Get over your fucking self.
Well, I guess that settles that. Here’s hoping that’s the last volley in this particular exchange. Lest we forget, the War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream and Sun Kil Moon’s Benji were both really good. Read our War On Drugs cover story here.