Billy Bragg - Billy Bragg: 'Kasabian Are As Bad As Spinal Tap'
Veteran musician Billy Bragg has compared British group Kasabian to parody rock band Spinal Tap.
Bragg has criticised the rockers in the run-up to their career-defining set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival later this month (Jun14), insisting the band is a reflection of the sad state of the modern music industry.
He goes on to compare Kasabian to Spinal Tap, the fictional rock band created by a group of U.S. comedians to poke fun at egotistical rock stars, and even calls out Serge Pizzorno as a Nigel Tufnel figure - a reference to the fictional band's pompous guitarist.
Bragg tells Nme, "If we're really honest with ourselves, we have to admit that urban music is where the politics are nowadays. There are still political singer-songwriters, but no one you could compare to The Clash, or even the Manics (Manic Street Preachers). When it's all down to Kasabian, it's like... They (Kasabian) have an import role to play: they are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was. I'm not a fan, but if you read their interviews as if it was dialogue from Spinal Tap, it's very entertaining. Especially the stuff Sergio (sic) says - he's Nigel Tufnel. Particularly with the album title (Kasabian's new album 48:13)... I'm guessing that's how long the record is. Someone sent them a Cd that just said 'Kasabian', and they didn't know what else to put on it, 'cos they hadn't bothered to think up any f**king titles, so they just put the time on and Serge said 'That is genius'."