Former Beatle star: Today's music stinks
August 30, 1997
Web posted at: 5:29 p.m. EDT (2129 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- Today's music scene is plagued by super groups
like U2, Oasis and the Spice Girls whose tunes are "rubbish"
and uninteresting, according to former Beatle George
The good thing about the funky Spice Girls, the aging
rocker says, is "that you can look at them with the sound
Harrison, 54, made his comments in a recent interview with
the French newspaper Le Figaro, in which he lashed out at
just about anything in today's music industry.
"The only thing important is to sell and make money (these
days). It's nothing to do with talent," he said.
Harrison slammed Oasis as lame. But it wasn't the first time
the group, which has often been compared to the Beatles, came
under attack by Harrison. Last year, he called the band's
lead singer, Liam Gallagher, "the silly one."
The former Beatle was particularly harsh on the Spice Girls
and U2, which he summed up as an "egocentric" band with no
talent. He added that he believed none of today's musicians
would be remembered 30 years from now.
But Harrison's comments aren't the first time an aging rock
star has criticized a new generation's music idols. Elvis
Presley, the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," once charged that the
Beatles were responsible for the decline of youth in the
"Presley indicated that he is of the opinion that the Beatles
laid the groundwork for many of the problems we are having
with young people by their filthy, unkempt appearance and
suggestive music," an FBI agent once wrote in a memo after
Presley visited the agency's headquarters.