Cult British rocker Mark E. Smith has laid in to the current crop of leading bands such as The Killers and Mumford & Sons, comparing them to accountants and corporate shareholders.
The Fall frontman admits he struggles to understand modern rock groups and was left even more baffled when he met two of the biggest bands on the planet at an awards show.
He tells Radar magazine, "Even pop, rock, it's all very miserable right now. Everyone I meet says that to me. All that I hear is that it's s**t. Old people, young people, taxi drivers: (they all say) there's just nothing there...
"The occasions I go to award shows, they're just a bunch of s**ts. You sit next to The Killers, and it's like, am I on the wrong f**king train here? No, really. Talking about shares and stuff. Mumford & Sons, it's like sitting next to Ernst and Young."