Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2012 Edition

Kanye West Douchebag.jpg
The patron saint of musical douchebags.
The music world is bound to have a lot of douchebags. It's just an inevitability, considering that it's essentially a profession for man-children. Peter Pan syndrome? No problem in the music business. That's why you see so many rock stars going through growing pains sometime in their mid-forties. Remember Metallica: Some Kind of Monster?

Most musicians aren't very well-behaved, but some can control themselves a little bit better than others. The worst, though, can ruin their own lives and the lives of everyone around them, all while publicly making fools of themselves.

In the words of legendary douchebag Kanye West, this is a chance for us to give a toast to the douchebags of 2012 who made the jobs of music journalists way, way easier.


Steve Albini.jpg

5. Steve Albini
I love Steve Albini and just about everything his fingerprints have touched. He's a genius of sound, but he's also a noted douchebag when he decides to open his mouth and comment on music. Ironically, he earned my ire and a place on this last earlier this year by inexplicably feuding with someone I dislike, Amanda Palmer.

I may have my opinions on Palmer's music, but Albini decided to criticize her not for her music or her general attitude, but because she employed Kickstarter to fund her new album and tour. Albini's comments were not only mean and uncalled for, but he pretty much called out anyone who uses Kickstarter and anybody who doesn't have the money to produce their own music.

Albini claims to be a proponent of DIY, which is why his comments here make so little sense. Honestly Steve, keep your mouth shut and produce music.


Jonny Craig.jpg
4. Jonny Craig
A perennial contender for this "award," post-hardcore singer Craig might not be as well-known as others on this list, but his antics are just as legendary. For those who know about it, we'll never let Craig live down the time he allegedly scammed his own fans for drug money by selling fictional MacBooks on Twitter. This year, Craig didn't do anything nearly that bad, but he continued his douchebag actions.

After being allowed back into his old band Dance Gavin Dance last year and even allowed to stay on with them despite numerous drug charges and that MacBook incident, he once again screwed them over on tour this year.

After finally getting back on the road after Craig's latest stint in rehab, he proceeded to get into alleged fights with members of other bands on the tour and the tour organizers, so much so that his band finally told him to go home and continued without him. This is something like Craig's fiftieth blown chance with Dance Gavin Dance. Way to go, douchebag.



Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
23 comments
eden21
eden21

I agree with these inclusions, except maybe albini - but must say that you misrepresented the truth when it comes to two "douchebag actions":

1.Albini didn't criticize Palmer for financing her project through crowdsourcing - His criticisms were over her requesting that string and horn musicians volunteer to play for FREE in her 'grand theft orchestra". This is a far more valid criticism. He made some good points, like how it reminded him of what he hated in the old school music biz: people taking advantage of those who love music so much theyre willing to put up with greed and utter bullshit.


2.Chris Brown is a total loser douchebag  - That said, pretty much as soon as better, more clear pictures were made public, it became pretty clear his tattoo was not a 'battered woman' at all - it was instead one of those traditional mexican 'zombie' faces you see everywhere these days (Forget their name)

Please, get your facts straight.

massmurdermedia
massmurdermedia

"Why on earth would President Obama be going around killing American citizens in this way?" 

Google "false flag"...  That's why on Earth...

Joe Rowe
Joe Rowe

i would include the Houston press

Robert Medlin
Robert Medlin

Neil Schon should also be considered a perennial douche.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Dude, even hardcore Megadeth fans like me think Mustaine is a douche.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

Scumbag Dave Mustaine:  Makes a career writing about the horrors of religious and socioeconomic warfare.  Votes for Mitt Romney.

Shaik Wali Hasib
Shaik Wali Hasib

You mean all those years Kirk Whalum spent in Houston he never released anything woth mentionint?

Richard Allison
Richard Allison

All them people don't care what u think there RICH from being ASSHOLES

Amanda Rae Hrubes
Amanda Rae Hrubes

Chris Brown and how he's still celebrated for his music sums up society for me

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Oh look, another liberal with a newspaper column/blog attacking Mustaine and Nugent. How original.

Eric Walters
Eric Walters

this list should be a top 9 list in perpetuity. Chris Brown should always remain at #1, either written in Sharpie or carved into stone tablets.

Mike Carnahan
Mike Carnahan

saw the op to put Kanye West at the top of this list....

CoreyDeiterman
CoreyDeiterman

@massmurdermedia There's no reason to believe that is the case here and it is shameful that this is what our political discourse involves now.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

And yet, not only do you read it, you comment on it. You're obvioulsy a true expert on douches, Mr. Massengill.

CoreyDeiterman
CoreyDeiterman

@Christopher Davis Oh yeah, Geoff Tate gets an honorable mention. The fiasco in Queensryche this year has been hilarious and utterly terrible.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Oh, look, another Con reading a liberal paper and surprised when nutjobs are called on BS. How confusing. Suggestion: FixNews. 

CoreyDeiterman
CoreyDeiterman

@Jimi Austin As I said in the article, this is not about being a liberal or conservative, it's about being a decent human being and keeping political discourse out of the gutter of threats and ludicrous conspiracy theories.

massmurdermedia
massmurdermedia

@CoreyDeiterman @massmurdermedia plenty of reasons, such as killing foreign civilians at a rate dwarfing his predecessor, or NDAA...  and history is rife with false flags, including this country, it's not a phenomenon started by the Tea Party against Obama...  what's shameful is the number of media outlets dismissing real stories in lieu of such fare as Lindsay Lohan's latest fart, or a compendium of douchebags...  move along, nothing to see here...    

massmurdermedia
massmurdermedia

@H_e_x  

evidently, I'm a racist kook...  I keep forgetting that you can't criticize black presidents in post-racial America...  thank you for your insightful contribution to the conversation...

H_e_x
H_e_x

@massmurdermedia @CoreyDeiterman The John Birch Society strikes again.

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...