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The War on Drugs respond to Mark Kozelek: “Get over your fucking self”

on October 28, 2014, 4:54pm

Photo by Adam Bubolz

Mark Kozelek vs. The War on Drugs: The Great Music Feud of 2014 has been mostly one-sided up until now, with professional troll Mark Kozelek trashing the Philadelphia rockers first on stage, then via blog, and finally, in song. While many chalked up the whole thing as another example of Kozelek’s crass, dark humor, The War on Drugs aren’t laughing.

Speaking to the Swedish music blog Song For Whoever, The War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel quipped that he had “never heard” of Kozelek, before proceeding to unleash a lengthy diatribe against him. Granduciel explained the band initially had no problem with Kozelek’s diss song “The War on Drugs Suck My Cock” and were even excited over the offer to perform with him in San Francisco. However, he said Kozelek himself rescinded the invitation, telling the band “maybe when I get home from tour I’ll go to Starbucks and buy your record.”

Granduciel continued, “I was like ‘you’re such a fucking prick, dude.’ He was such an asshole, I didn’t even say anything. Then he goes to the internet and he “challenges” us to this thing, but I was like ‘you fucking prick, you already said ‘No!’ He’s such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he’s just a fucking idiot. I don’t have time for idiots.”

Read Granduciel’s full comments below.

I mean, to be fair to that idiot, what he said in that song… I didn’t really have a problem with any of it until I heard the song. First of all, he never met us, and yet said all these things. He’s such a douche. I asked somebody if I could get his e-mail, because I wasn’t trying to start this stupid Twitter thing, I was just bummed. I went to a mutual friend who explained that he wouldn’t give out his e-mail address. So I just got an e-mail through this friend that said “Mark wants to come to the Fillmore, he will write a song called ‘War On Drugs Suck My Cock,’ you back him up on it and he gets to play ‘Beer Commercial Guitar,’ then you back him up on one of his songs, ‘Dogs,’ from his new album. And then he plays ‘Beer Commercial Guitar’ on one of your songs.”

We were on tour and I thought “this is actually a pretty cool idea, I don’t have anything against this guy, this is cool.” So I was really excited and was gonna write him back in a couple of days, ’cause I was busy at the time. Then two days later I get an e-mail back from him, saying “the offer has expired, maybe when I get home from tour I’ll go to Starbucks and buy your record.” I was like “you’re such a fucking prick, dude.” He was such an asshole, I didn’t even say anything. Then he goes to the internet and he “challenges” us to this thing, but I was like “you fucking prick, you already said ‘No’!” He’s such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he’s just a fucking idiot. I don’t have time for idiots. I’m just pissed that he tried to make it come out like he was challenging us. I had already essentially agreed to it, and then the Starbucks comment… what the fuck, dude. Get over your fucking self.

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