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The Fall’s Mark E. Smith Keeps Rock Curmudgeonliness Alive

How disappointing was finding out that it wasn't Lou Reed who banned Susan Boyle from singing "Perfect Day" on America's Got Talent? Take solace in the further adventures of the Fall's Mark E. Smith, doing his best to protect the flame of hilarious surliness. In a new interview, Smith complains of sharing festival lineups with "ass lickers," then offers this charming little anecdote: "We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible. I said 'shut them cunts up' and they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The bands said 'that's the Sons of Mumford' or something, 'they're number five in charts!' I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers." For the record, the name of the band he's referring to is Mumford & Sons. [Quietus via Daily Swarm]

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