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.
GALLAGHER VS. GALLAGHER. This one has presumably been going on since long before any of us ever heard of Oasis, and it came to a head when Noel stormed out on his little brother and his band in 2009. But as both bros embark on their post-Oasis careers, the eyebrow-fur continues to fly, and both Gallaghers are absolutely looking back in anger. (See what I did there?) This year, both Gallaghers filed legal action against each other, mostly as a way to call each other assholes in the most public way possible. Because when Twitter turns out to be too cerebral, there's always the legal system.
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