3 Artists That Had Conflict With The Beatles

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It’s hard to imagine anyone having a serious beef with The Beatles, especially since their breakup was over half a century ago. However, the music industry is brimming with strong opinions and even stronger personalities. Some artists have not shied away from expressing their disdain for the Fab Four. Interestingly, a couple of these critics later changed their tune.

Let’s take a look at three musicians who had notable beef with The Beatles.

Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor had a “complicated” relationship with The Beatles during his formative years. To Reznor, the band symbolized many things he despised, including their often fanatic fanbase.

Back in the early 1990s, Reznor expressed his disdain in an interview with Plazm Magazine: “I hate to think in a retro mindset. You know, ‘The Beatles were the best thing…’. F*ck The Beatles, I hated people who were always going on about the f*ckin’ Beatles. They’re dead. They’re ugly now. Get them out of my sight.”

These were certainly harsh words, but Reznor’s perspective evolved over time. By 2011, he acknowledged the band’s genius in an interview with Rolling Stone. Reznor admitted, “they were so far ahead of the game, it’s just not fair.” His earlier criticisms now seemed unfair and misguided in retrospect.

Michael Stipe
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s issue with The Beatles wasn’t quite beef, but he did make some dismissive remarks about the band. Stipe has admitted that he was never a fan of The Beatles, even though he recognized their brilliance.

In a 1992 interview with Rolling Stone, Stipe equated The Beatles’ music to background noise: “The Beatles were elevator music in my lifetime. ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy (I’ve Got Love in My Tummy)’ [by Ohio Express] had more impact on me.”

While Stipe’s comments weren’t as vitriolic as Reznor’s, they still reflected a dismissive attitude towards a band that many consider legendary.

Quincy Jones
The legendary producer Quincy Jones was perhaps the most brutal in his criticism. In a 2018 interview with New York Magazine, Jones didn’t hold back: “They were the worst musicians in the world,” he declared. “They were no-playing motherf*ckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard.”

Jones’ comments made waves, and he later reached out to Paul McCartney to apologize for his harsh words. The apology was well-received, and McCartney even expressed affection for Jones despite the earlier insults. “The joke is, I love Quincy, even after this,” McCartney said. “He’s a crazy motherf*cker. But I respect him, he’s done a lot of very good things.”

The Beatles may be one of the most revered bands in history, but even they haven’t been immune to harsh criticism. Trent Reznor, Michael Stipe, and Quincy Jones all had their moments of disapproval, though each eventually softened their stances. It just goes to show that even the greatest icons can be the subject of controversy and changing opinions in the ever-evolving world of music.

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