G’day. Happy Monday. How was your weekend? Get up to much? Hang out with pals? Do a little chilling? Get some life admin stuff done? Casually happen to light up an alt-rock heavyweight on Twitter by calling him, among other things “Sir Fuckhead“?
Ryan Adams had himself one hell of a weekend on the online, folks.
The 42-year-old professional sad bastard reignited his long-simmering feud with Father John Misty, one of many active beefs the prolific muso maintains, after the latter committed the apparent sin of being booked for a gig.
The Austin City Limits Twitter feed promoted an upcoming live-streamed performance from Father John Misty, which is scheduled to go down Wednesday morning (Australian time) for those of you interested.
— Austin City Limits (@acltv) August 19, 2017
Harmless, right? Nothing out of the ordinary there.
Adams, however, took this as a direct slight and, much like Diana ah Naid, he proceeded to go off.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, Adams lit Misty up when Har Mar Superstar attempted to intervene. Adams called Misty “Sir Fuckhead” and “Elton Josh” among other concise epithets, while lashing Har Mar at the same time.
Yeah, Elton Josh has never targeted another artist before. Ever. Weren’t you in a video of his lampooning Kurt Cobain?
Did you hug Elton Josh when we talks shit about every person ever? You must be in a constant embraces with Sir Fuckhead.
After a beat, Adams appears to have gathered himself back together, apologising for the rant the following day via Instagram.
I’m a human & I have bad days. It happens. I apologise. I took a deep breath & remembered I can always do better. As a human I am never going to be done working towards being more compassionate, peaceful and open. So I leave this here as a reminder. I am very tired but it’s no excuse to be cruel to others, even if they have shown that same meanness. It is better to love. With Love, Forgiveness & Peace & Magic XO.
It’s unclear what exactly sparked the issue between the two artists, but an issue over some Taylor Swift covers seems to be a big part of it.
In 2015, Adams released the ‘1989‘ album, in which he covered and reinterpreted the Taylor Swift album of the same name in-full. It’s pretty dang good. ‘Welcome To New York‘ in particular gets transformed into something that sounds like a Springsteen offcut and it *rules*.
That aside, Father John Misty then subsequently released an album of him covering Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift, mostly out of spite. In a Rolling Stone interview, he explained his reasoning behind the covers thusly:
I was taking this dude to task for what I saw as a grotesque stunt and matching it with another grotesque stunt. It ironically became the biggest publicity that I’ve ever received, and that grossed me out. I had to take them down. Which then, of course, made it even bigger. It was such a comedy of errors.