Iron Maiden Frontman Says Punk Music Is 'Rubbish'
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.25.2014
Bruce Dickinson also talks about fame...
In an interview with Frank Turner for The Guardian, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said that punk music is "rubbish". Here are highlights:
On punk music: "The closest the 'art establishment' ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: 'Oh yeah, we're punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can't play our fucking instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art.' Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.' But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars.'"
On if his voice has changed with age: "Yes, the tone of it changes because your body shape changes. As you get older your voice actually gets weightier, it gets fatter. [But with Maiden] there's only one singer, there's nobody hiding behind the amps, unlike some other guys we shan't mention. And we still don't have an Autocue. Yay! I never realized that people were using Autocues. What the fuck is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the sodding words. The daftest one I ever saw was [Judas Priest's] Breaking the Law. It's on the fucking Autocue. "Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law" – guess what? – "breaking the law." It's ludicrous."
On being famous: "We should be self-obsessed; actually we're audience-obsessed. That's what makes the difference between Maiden and everything else. I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it. People think it's the excrement that you should be eating. It's not. It's the creativity and the audience and being there in the moment."