10 Other Musicians Who Should Have Said "Blow Me"
The line between rock star and cranky toddler can be a fine one; deny them their candy and you've got tears welling up and naughty words being shrieked at ear-bursting decibels. Every once in a blue moon, though, a rational thought will pipe up from said rock star, and it deserves a little bit of notice from the general public.
That's what happened here, courtesy of Garbage front woman Shirley Manson. In response to the reports that Beyonce has banned photographers from her concerts, presumably to keep photos like those less-than-flattering Superbowl stills from hitting the press circuit, Manson had this to say about the idea of controlling press photos on her Facebook page a few days back:
There is something about the way the media and Beyoncé are publicly duking things out currently that bothers me so much I can't stop thinking about it...She banned photographers from the pit.
The ultimate checkmate in her mind no doubt. However in doing so it feels to me like some kind of an apology. As though she's ashamed of photos that portray her as anything less than perfect. As though in not being perfect at all times she is failing us and herself.
At seeing the aforementioned "unflattering" press.......why she didn't flick her famous mane and say "Blow Me" is anybody's guess.
The entire Facebook post is here if you'd like to read it, and it's pretty awesome. It also got me thinking: there have been quite a few instances in recent music history that didn't deserve the tantrums they received. What they really deserved were the words "blow me.
And here they are, in a list. The Top 10 moments an artist should have said "blow me."
10. Ryan Adams and the "Bryan Adams" Heckler
During a 2006 concert in Nashville, Ryan Adams, whose name sounds quite similar to ol' Bryan Adams, got fed up with a heckler in the audience yelling for him to play "Summer of '69." Ryan (not Bryan!) hopped down into the audience to find said heckler, pulled $28 out of his wallet to cover the cost of the ticket, and refused to continue to play until the comedian had been removed from the venue.
I mean, dude. I'm sure that's annoying, and probably the equivalent of somebody yelling "Freebird" on repeat, but your name seriously rhymes with Bryan's. Just tell 'em to blow you and keep on playin', well, whatever it is you play that isn't "Summer of '69."
9. Justin Bieber's London Photog Freakout
The Biebs has long been making a name for himself in the tantrum department, but it was a recent stint in London that had the world wondering just when little ol' Justin became such a Billy Badass.
Following his March 2013 release from a London hospital after a stage at his concert collapsed, Bieber was met by some relatively hostile words from a photographer who was aiming to get the money shot, during which he called el Biebs a "fucking little moron." Instead of pulling up his big-boy pants and getting in the car, Bieber jumped back out and threatened to "fucking beat the fuck out of (him)," prompting his security to push his tiny frame back inside the SUV.
It's one of those times where the Biebs would have looked like much, much less of an ass if he'd just said "blow me" to that papparazzi. I mean, that would have made me laugh. But him bucking up to some real adult just made me scared for his Gumby-esque physique.
8. Ashlee Simpson's Weird SNL Jig
We all remember the 2006 Saturday Night Live snafu heard 'round the world, thanks to Ashlee Simpson's weird jig-like dance and ill-timed backup track. But why, oh why, did Ms. Simpson feel it necessary to continually justify the entire embarrassing situation with her repeated cries about acid reflux? If Britney can lip-synch and still sell out concerts, screw it. Shoulda told 'em to blow you, Ms. Simpson.
7. Wavves and Ecstasy/Valium/Xanax Meltdown
After Wavves (not the Wavves) front man Nathan Williams went on a tripped-out rant at a Barcelona music festival in May 2009, the words "blow me" would definitely have been fitting. During Williams' rant, he bitched at drummer Ryan Ulsh and the audience, courtesy of a cocktail of his pill friends known as Ecstasy, Xanax and Valium, all of which he had allegedly consumed that night simultaneously.
The Barcelona audience was none too enthused with the lack of musicality coming from the stage, answering Williams' music/improv mess by throwing bottles and shoes and heckling the band. Turns out drummer Ulsh wasn't too enthused, either, emerging from behind the drum kit to pour a full beer over Williams' head in an act that would be the only to receive applause during their set.
Now, I'm not suggesting that what Ryan did should have been toned down and replaced with just the words blow me; I just think those words might have been a nice touch to the beer shower -- just to make his feelings on Nathan's rant abundantly clear.
6. Kings of Leon and the Bird Shit Rain
An infestation of birds at a St. Louis amphitheater in July 2010 forced the members of alt-rock mammoths Kings of Leon to evacuate the stage after only three songs after being hit repeatedly by bird shit. Here's how bassist Jared Followill, self-proclaimed germophobe, put it to his mom:
I'm pretty sure they lost many a fan after that whole "canceled concert due to falling bird shit" fiasco, and I'm not quite sure why they didn't just tell the birds to blow them and keep playing. There's no way the pigeons had that good of an aim.