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.
SARA QUIN VS. ODD FUTURE. Tyler and his Odd Future buddies rose from Tumblr obscurity to actual, factual fame with ridiculous speed, and that was partly because they were the rare shock act that actually shocks: Smart, talented kids who throw around homophobic slurs and rape jokes with demented glee. Naturally, they didn't sit right with everyone, and one half of Tegan And Sara posted a poised but passionate attack on the group and, more specifically, those paying positive attention to the group on her duo's website. Tyler didn't help his case when he offered Quin "some hard dick" on Twitter.
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