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  • The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011
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Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’s all changed. If, say, the Kurt Cobain/Axl Rose VMA-backstage kerfuffle had happened today, the resounding Twitterpocalypse would have the over-capacity whale showing up for three solid days whenever you tried to reload the site. And every time an artist is even vaguely annoyed at something another artist says or does, they seem to get on their blackberries to air it out. Impulse control, after all, is a tough thing to master when you’ve got a computer sitting in front of you and a few hundred thousand followers eager to soak up whatever you might give them. Meanwhile, sites like ours live for these instantaneous bursts of conflict because, honestly, who doesn’t love reading about this stuff? So here we are: The unranked list of 2011′s biggest, dumbest, best inter-band squabbles.

Comments (29)
  1. Left out me vs. my downstairs neighbor Eugene. That guy is a total dick.

  2. THE CRUEL RAVAGES OF TIME VS. AXL ROSE’S FACE… well played Stereogum

  3. Don’t forget Odd Future vs. Listenability!

  4. That Patrick Stickles vs. Kurt Vile beef was a pretty good one too.

  5. The Cruel Ravages of Time put out my favorite metal album this year.

  6. You guys have been doing a great job with the writing for your site and just keeping the content flowing and up to date. Kudos

  7. Fuck Rolling Stone Magazine!

  8. The last one is easily number one.

  9. I never want to see that picture of Weird Al again

  10. Fucking right-wing sock’em bots

  11. Liam Gallagher vs. Payos

  12. Dont forget Pitchfork vs. Childish Gambino (Gambino in “All The Shine”: “Pitchfork only like rappers who are crazy or hood”, Pitchfork: 1.6/10 review) and Allmusic vs. Bon Iver (a mean 2.5/5 review) and

  13. this is like the fourth time you guys have said lana del rey is the first snl musical guest of 2012

    for once and for all:

    KELLY CLARKSON ON JAN. 7

  14. Ok, y’all doing this shit on purpose now. LOL.

  15. Don’t forget me vs. You guys making all of these damn lists.

  16. Don’t you love it when people refer to farting as “beefing”? Like – “oh holy hell…who beefed?!”

    I don’t want to think I’m the only one in on this so please don’t be shy. No, seriously, guys…

    PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE.

  17. although i was sad that oasis split up ,i loved noel’s album but i think they will reunite one day

  18. less twitter flame wars, more enraged lyricism. please.

  19. What, no top 10 of “Indie’s power couples” or “Indie rock’s most eligible bachelors”?

  20. Do djfreshie and theduchessofthomyorke count as bands? ’cause if they do…

  21. Common – “the sweetest and most thoughtful and generally softest” – started beef with Ice Cube, dedicating a whole song entitled “Bitch in Yoo”

    That would make him harder than any other rapper who never started beef with Ice Cube.

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