Alice Cooper: 'Mumford & Sons Are an Offense to Rock N' Roll'

"I don't understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band," the singer said.

Alice Cooper: 'Mumford & Sons Are an Offense to Rock N' Roll'
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Alice Cooper once again gave his honest opinion regarding the state of rock music and young rock bands, which he considers as far less rebellious than they should be.

But this time around, the singer focused on several specific acts he sees as the most problematic in the rock domain, singling out the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.

"I just feel like this whole generation needs to eat a steak," Cooper said during a recent Fuse interview. "Maybe they just need to quit eating vegetarian food and get out there and get some blood pumping in their system. Rock 'n' roll is not about 'happy, happy, happy, everything's OK.'"

After calling the Lumineers a "great clog dancing band" and saying that "there's a place for that," the singer focused on Marcus Mumford and co.

"Mumford & Sons are great at what they do, but it's not rock 'n' roll," he stressed. "Don't call it rock 'n' roll. That's an offense to rock 'n' roll."

Cooper was then asked to give his opinion on the modern rock bands, pointing out once again his lack of understanding for the latest folk rock trend and the desire of young rock musicians to fit in with the rest of the society to such extent.

"If you're in a band, you're an outlaw. You don't play by those rules, you're an outlaw," the frontman said.

After demonstrating how a guitar should be held in rock 'n' roll and giving an example of the attitude and lyrics today's rock bands have, which can best be seen in the clip below, Cooper concluded that if modern acts don't want to be rock 'n' roll, then all the better.

"That's better fore us, 'cause there's more for the Foo Fighters, more for Green Day, more for the bands that really are rock bands. I don't understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band," the singer concluded.


Cooper is currently busy touring, with a string of confirmed live dates bound to keep him busy until early August. His latest studio effort, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," dropped back in September, selling 18,000 copies and scoring a No. 22 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    Thrash115
    Misleading title UG. He never said they're an offence to rock n roll, just that calling them rock n roll is an offence to rock n roll.
    shwilly
    The question is, however, did anyone actually suggest these people were rock n roll? Everyone who's vaguely familiar with Mumford & Sons knows they're a folk pop/rock outfit. You can't just call 'em "folk" either, because then all the folk purists (all three of 'em) will feel offended because of the electric elements and whatnot It's a common thing for music aficionados to immediately get all defensive whenever they see the name of their favorite genre applied to an act which they don't deem worthy of that honor. Punk and metalheads in particular come to mind, but if you look hard enough you'll find some extremely uptight African pirate-polka fans as well I can picture where those feelings come from, up to a certain point: if you're in high school and life seems all sh*tty and all of a sudden you discover some type of music which just makes you go "F*CK this is AWESOME, where have you been all my life???"... well, I can imagine how at that point establishing what IS and definitely ISN'T rock/metal/punk/etc. might seem like the most important thing in the world ...but if you're a 65 year old rocker who used to sing about school being out for the summer and can usually be found on a golf course nowadays you might wanna reconsider taking the piss about vegetarian folk outfits, because as we speak there's probably a dozen metalheads shouting at their computer screens: "TF Pandora, Alice Cooper is metal? How the **** is this faggy glam-rock shit considered heavy metal? If that ancient, makeup wearing born again Christian mummy is metal then Boy George is metal as well" (or something more witty, I got nothing right now...)
    Epi g-310
    "(all three of 'em)" I lol'd. In seriousness, your comment was 200% correct and I'm glad that somebody's having this discussion on UG.
    UniformRecon
    A lot of the stores and "Academies" in the music business label them as rock, which is rather what he's talking about. Anyone with a set of ears can tell that they're not rock, though. It's more of an "industry" issue.
    TheHydra
    "'Mumford & Sons are great at what they do, but it's not rock 'n' roll,' he stressed. 'Don't call it rock 'n' roll. That's an offense to rock 'n' roll.'" "Alice Cooper: 'Mumford & Sons Are an Offense to Rock N' Roll'" You're gonna get sued over this kind of thing one day, UG.
    Mephaphil
    He's right. Not to mention that I can't differentiate one song from another.
    fatgleeson
    How to write a Mumford & Sons song: Start quiet Get louder Get quiet again Get loud Get quiet End with a big chord to make people think 'wow, so powerful'
    Fender52
    Oh shit, you figured out the formula. Looks like we Mumford & Sons fans should give up on them and go listen to what all the people on Ultimate Guitar say we should listen to. Remind me again why you feel that you have any right whatsoever to insult someone else's music and then try to force them to listen to exactly what you want them to.
    murtoll
    Either you're psychic or you're projecting like a mother****er, because he never said any of that shit
    fatgleeson
    Yikes. I don't have to dislike the band to know their formula, plenty of bands have their own way of writing songs that can be identified easily. How do you know I'm not a huge Mumford fan? Well I'm not at all, but still.
    Izzy-Sweet
    "I don't have to dislike the band to know their formula" So many times, this! Motorhead's my favourite band and even I'll admit that most of their songs start off with a bass riff (in Eb and Db) which is shortly followed by a drum rolling in.
    ne14t
    Were not telling you what to listen to, and if you don't like a constructive conversation because you are a fanboy of the band don't blame us.
    Metalisnotmusic
    Your mistakes (in order of appearance) -he didn't say give up on them -he gave no recommendations for music -he did not insult your music, or you personally -as a human being, he does have the right to judge art -he never attempted to force you towards any music ever 5/5 points are absolute horse piss. I believe that Mr. Fender had misread the comment as (and in direct relation to him): "Give up on your music, listen to X band, your music is not enjoyable or good, I have the right to say this because I want to, put on these headphones and listen to X band or I'll rape your father in front of you"
    mberwick
    I'm pretty sure Nirvana invented the quiet verse, loud chorus method. that being said, I would disagree with UG in that these bands just play folk, not folk-rock.
    tukk04
    Nirvana took it from the Pixies, and I'm sure the Pixies were inspired to use it by someone else. Contrasting dynamics aren't as modern of a songwriting tool as you might think, classical composers have been using it for centuries.
    TheHydra
    Never heard a Mumford & Sons song, but that structure makes me think of Nirvana.
    sroze478
    You forgot to add, Same exact strumming pattern for every song. Oh, and the banjo or mandolin should come in during the 2nd chorus.
    kmitchell74
    Here's the thing though, anyone who listens to music would not classify Mumford and Sons as rock and roll; they're more like corporate folk-pop
    jordo246
    It's funny because I called MAS a novelty act that no one will remember 2 or 3 years from now on this very site only 2 days ago and and I got down voted for it, make up your mind UG community.
    Jay/Dee
    'I just feel like this whole generation needs to eat a stake' Didnt realise there was a vampire problem in this generation
    lamnoob
    There's a huge vampire problem with this generation. Andfor some reason, the bastards glitter in sunlight instead of dying a horrible death
    Blind In 1 Ear
    wow who cares? look at david bowie for example. what music does he play? what music DOESN'T he play is a better question i think. and yet, he's a rock god, was rebellious, did what he wanted, dressed how he wanted, slept with who he wanted, and he also made the music he wanted and didn't care what other genre names were out there. he just did it. THAT'S the spirit of rock n' roll. not playing rock the way someone ELSE thinks you should rock. mumford and sons are not even rock. who calls them rock?
    jeretx2
    I'm sooo freaking tired of this indie/acoustic/bluegrass-rock shit. I totally agree with Alice -- WHERES THE BALLS IN ROCK?! lol
    Salvo416
    How to make a Mumford and Sons song 1. Write lyrics that will make people touch their heart with quiet background noise 2. DAIDIDIAIDIDIAIDIDADIDIDAIDIDAIDIDIAIDIDIADIDIDAIDIDIAIDIDAI DIDADIDIDAI (Banjo solo) 3. Repeat the next two times
    HolyDiver1118
    I'm really a fan of the acoustic/indie scene, but I differentiate them from rock and metal which are also an intrigal part of my listening experience
    Fender52
    People. You all need to chill. I don't understand why you feel the need to berate people for their musical taste when it isn't the same as yours. If someone likes a type of music that you don't like, that doesn't make them a poser or a hipster or anything stupid like that. What other people are listening to has no effect on you whatsoever, and if it really concerns you that much you might need professional help. Just be happy for people because they found something they like and they're happy with it.
    Rom Raptor
    I would say that The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons play some kind of folk rock. If someone calls that rock n roll it's definitely wrong. The term rock is very broad, but I assume folk rock is not what most people would think about when they hear that word.
    Gordriani
    Nevermind rock and roll, They're an offence to folk! Folk for folks who don't like folk
    demonhellcat
    There's quite a difference in "Mumford & Sons are an offense to rock & roll" and what he really said..."calling Mumford & Sons rock & roll is an offense to rock & roll."