"I have spewed blood down dirty toilets with more talent than him," wrote Mogwai guitarist Barry Burns about recent pop phenom James Blunt.
And, as it turns out, even Mogwai is an eligible target: "Miserable, sad, Pink Floyd-esque instrumental music played by a bunch of pasty wee foreigners."
We asked guitarist and occasional singer Stuart Braithwaite why the band was so angry.
Why are you so down on the Brit Awards?
It's this thing where they try to revive the career of some has-been or pretend that some band that sold a half-a-million records is the best band of all time. It's just a big, corporate back-slapping event.
Doesn't sound too different than the Grammys.
The Grammy Awards do have some sort of basis in musical merit, even though they've always been pretty mainstream. The Brit Awards doesn't have any pretense of having anything to do with music. It's a pretty evil gathering.
Does the whole band hate Damon Albarn or just Barry?
No, I think everyone does. It's a long-held dislike. It's becoming pretty negative.
You're doing a pretty good job at keeping it negative.
Not overly, I think. We're just very spontaneous and saying whatever's on our mind. I think we say a lot more positive things than negative things. It's just that the negative things are more quoteworthy.
Don't guys like Damon Albarn and Chris Martin seems like small potatoes when there are people like Bono out there?
To be honest, I'm not really into sniping these days, but if I was, he would be my main target. I think he's a pretty odious character with a messiah complex. The self-important, God-like status of Bono is pretty hideous. I mean, can't he see the irony in walking around African countries while wearing Gucci sunglasses?
But Artic Monkeys are OK in your book?
Yeah, they seem to have a pretty good attitude. Especially in this country, there's a real desperation to make a lot of money, and they've managed to sell a lot of records with some grace. And they could probably beat us up. [Laughs] I don't want to cause any problems with them.
Ever run into Damon?
Yeah, we were both DJing at the same charity event. It was vaguely awkward. It was just, "Hey, how are you doing?" There wasn't really a scene or anything.
Maybe instead of mouthing off on your web site, you should vent some of your disgust in a song.
Having a go at someone for writing crap songs and then writing a crap song about it? Nah. It'd be like art imitating life; it'd just be awful! [Laughs] I think one of the reasons we don't have any words in our songs is because we're not confident that the lyrics that we write are strong enough to actually hold a song up. I mean, once you've heard [Bob Dylan's] "Like a Rolling Stone," it's hard to think you could write something as apt. Maybe one day I'll wake up with the powers of poetic genius, but I'm not holding my breath.
Your new album is titled "Mr. Beast." Who's that?
It comes from a sign that some of the band saw a limo driver holding at a Florida airport for "Mr. Beast," which we found a source of great amusement.
Did you stick around to see who he was?
Nah. I think we had to go. It's probably one of those things where it's better to let it live out in the imagination than to find out that the name was actually Mr. Brown and that the guy who took the reservation was partially deaf.
Matt McGuire is a metromix senior editor.
Originally published March 1, 2006.