The Charlatan’s star Tim Burgess has let rip after a round up of the most ‘landfill’ indie songs was published online.
The 50-strong list was billed as “an unofficial ranking of the best most average songs in British music history”.
Tracks in the list included The Pigeon Detectives song Romantic Type, Our Velocity by Maximo Park and The Futureheads track Hounds Of Love.
While The Charlatan’s were not included in the list, Burgess was keen to shut down the article – highlighting the setbacks the group have had over the years.
Letting rip, Tim tweeted to his 230,000 followers: “That feature on ‘Landfill indie’ – lots of tweets about it.
“Sneery jibes about bands and kids that wanted to make music.
“Loads of youngsters liked those bands and it was their entry point into loving albums and gigs.
“I stand with the kids who made the music. Cheap shots
“The Charlatans have been dissed, slagged off, told we were part of some bandwagon, dismissed as a fad, told we should give up. ”
He continued: “If you’re in a band, they’re your brother and sisters.
“Stick together, do your thing, laugh at the haters, it feels good. Be yourselves. Live life. Tim.”
Clarifying his position, Burgess added: “My point is, if you like something, then it’s good.
“It’s not a ‘guilty pleasure’ – don’t put it down to some kind of irony.
“Don’t sneer at it then deign it to be worthy of a place on your holier than thou playlist – just enjoy it.”
One fan agreed: “They insulted every single band that got me away from squeaky dance music into guitar-based music and I felt so put out especially when they called the majority of my influences “landfill”. I listened to all these bands from the age of 13: The Automatic, The Kaiserchiefs etc.”
While another added: “I f**king hate the term landfill indie.”
A third chimed in: “There will always be music snobs. They’re the worst.”
Others disagreed though, with one fan replying: “I thought it was quite a fond tribute to that scene/time. Obviously landfill indie not the kindest of names but it had been called that for years, maybe my age but it took me back like lists rarely do…”
Radio star Lauren Laverne also had her say, adding: “I always think it’s a reference to the format (sort of the high tide of the CD single??) rather than a description of the music/ians. But yeah – it’s a pejorative descriptor as genres often are. Some great music in there.”
As well as Burgess, UK producer Stephen Street also hit out – accusing the article of being ‘derogatory’ in it’s use of language.
Stephen posted to his 13,000 followers: “I’m pretty angry about this term ‘Landfill Indie’.
“I know many of the artists contained in that article worked so hard to write, record and tour their songs and to have them scooped together under the derogatory term of landfill is a disgrace.”