Gary Flockhart: ‘Buy my new music, it’s rubbish’

Lily Allen. Pic: Comp
Lily Allen. Pic: Comp
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NO sooner had I read Liam Gallagher’s tweet calling on Oasis fans to boycott the 20th anniversary reissue of Definitely Maybe, than I read another tweet, this time from Lily Allen, saying her new songs are ‘rubbish’.

Lily, who continues her return from musical ‘retirement’ when she releases new album Sheezus in May, agreed with a fan on Twitter who slagged off her new material.

Tweeting about Lily’s recent output, Reg Wilding wrote: ‘@lilyallen’s new music is actually docile pop rubbish. So disappointing. She probably just wrote some rubbish to cash some cheques’.

Motormouth Lily enjoys the odd feud on Twitter and I half expected her to burn a hole in Reg with that acid tongue of hers. But, in an unexpected twist, the singer agreed, stating: ‘What you’ve heard so far yes. All I can do is do my best, the labels and the radio stations won’t play the better stuff’.

Quite what her record label makes of all this candour is unclear.

Lily is not alone in trashing her own work, there’s a tradition of artists disowning their creations.

Dave Grohl doesn’t rate Foo Fighters’ Grammy-winning fourth album, One By One, having said, ‘Four of the songs were good, and the other seven I never played again in my life’.

Noel Gallagher distanced himself from Oasis’ overblown third album Be Here Now, by reflecting, ‘It’s the sound of... a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a f***’.

I’m inclined to agree with Noel on that one, though I think Lee Mavers, estranged frontman of The La’s, was more than a tad harsh in slagging off the band’s eponymous debut album in 1990.

The album was instantly hailed as a classic, but that didn’t stop Mavers telling the press he was ‘embarrassed by it’.

From Radiohead hating Creep to Robert Plant’s ambivalence about Stairway To Heaven, there are dozens more examples of musicians trashing their own product.

Sure, it’s the artist’s prerogative to put something out and then petulantly put it down - but don’t you wish that, like Lily, they’d tell us it’s a bit rubbish before we buy it?