Bruce Dickinson: 'Punk Is Rubbish, Punk Musicians Can't Play Their F--king Instruments'

"What they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars," Iron Maiden singer says.

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Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson recently gave the punk genre a decent bashing, calling the music rubbish, and branding musicians as wannabe metallers.

Chatting with the Guardian, Bruce was asked about the way metal is judged as "a lesser art form."

"The closest the 'art establishment' ever came to embracing metal was punk," the singer replied. "The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it.

"They could say: 'Oh yeah, we're punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can't play our f--king instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art.'

"Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a f--king bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll f--k off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.' But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars," Dickinson added.

During the rest of the chat with fellow musician Frank Turner, Bruce dubbed fame an "excrement of creativity," going on a second ripping spree, this time focusing on Glastonbury performers.

"I see these wankers onstage at places like f--king Glastonbury wandering around as if they had a mirror attached to themselves, gurning for the f--king cameras and paying no attention whatsoever to that kid in the front row.

"That's what makes the difference between Maiden and everything else. I'm not interested in being famous," the singer noted. "Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the sh-t that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it. People think it's the excrement that you should be eating. It's not. It's the creativity and the audience and being there in the moment."

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    In other words..."Bruce Dickinson slams punk rock".
    This quote was taken WAY out of context... read the article a while back. Bruce was asked about the differences between metal fans and indie and punk rock fans. He actually made some very insightful comments about how in the 60's and 70's that genres didn't matter and it was all just "music". Radio and the music industry started separating genres to better market to people. I wish I could find a link to the original interview...
    Yeah, this is rather uncharacteristic for Bruce. Punk is more of an idea than a genre of music nowadays anyway, the sheer diversity out there is staggering, especially when you start dipping into stuff like Post-Punk and Post-Hardcore.
    Sid Vicious would be a prime example - A guy in a band who couldn't even play his damn instrument. I do agree that the technical ability is far inferior, however it doesn't take away from the music - Clash, Ramones, early Misfits etc., all GREAT bands imo. At the end of the day if it's enjoyable who gives two sh!ts how technical they are/not?
    Pablo Mortis
    In other words... "Bruce Dickinson finally snaps after years of Paul Di'Anno's jibes about his operatic vocals and assertion that Punk is a superior genre, will be sending people to Di'Anno gigs to shout "Bruce.""
    Is Mr Dickinson having a midlife-crisis?
    regardless of what he says, punk back in the day was more rock n roll than any other genre at the time, why? rock n roll is stickn it to the man, thennnnn somewhere along the lines of good charlotte punk blew up into pop status making it a beauty contest and mtv production rather than staying raw, real punk bands still exsist : )
    "What a f--king bunch of tosspots." Tosspots would be a great band name.
    Tosspots...wankers...shag birds... Rubbish God I hate English people
    link no1
    Yea because those words are obviously worse than some of the crap slang that originates from other countries. YOLO and Swag come to mind as far worse.
    YOLO came out of Canada, thank you, and Lil' B is simply the purposefully crafted, logical conclusion of certain rap strains, and his work is art.
    God damn those Limey bastards, creating the language we use and adding words we don't like!
    Jacques Nel
    He's on a completely different level of swearing...I'm actually jealous.
    Oy yeh Fahk! u thnk u make a fahken funny m8? cohm down 2 the bloody pub, I'll bash ye fookin 'ead in! yeah? Yeh fuhk.
    He's from London, not... wherever that was supposed to represent. But he is an absolute hero; the whole band are down-to-earth, normal lads. It just so happens that they make amazing music and put on incredible shows for their fans. Up the Irons!
    Londoners are the undisputed champions of swearing, actually. Mancs, scousers and etc can't touch them.
    You've clearly never been to Ireland then... Ya ****ing prick!
    Well, I didn't take Ireland, Scotland and Wales into account. But yes, you're correct, the irish could form a swearing think tank if they wanted. "Fuck off ye **** you're ****ing wasting my time you ****ing knobber" - your average irish lad, if you say "hi" to him.
    I was on about the accent he tried to put on - which is also unlike Scottish, like he says it is below!
    I wasn't making fun of Bruce. That was more like drunken Scottish gibberish (in response to a comment). Had nothing to do with Bruce.
    Well, nah. My personal opinion that Iron Maiden is mostly crap. I wouldn´t even think of putting an album on. Although, I don´t dislike them even if it appears that way. I respect them for being very talented and most of all; Perhaps the nicest guys in the business.Iron Maiden is talent and success combined with two feet on the ground. Love them. You see?
    He's partly right. I get his point, on the other hand there are quite a bunch punk songs that are good songs and fun to listen to. A good song's a good song, no matter how technical your playing is.
    Punk is a music genre as legitimate as heavy metal and its subgenres. This comment seems uncalled for, and it reeks of ignorance. My mad respect for Bruce Dickinson just went down a couple of notches. Don't be a dick, Bruce. It's beneath you.
    Maybe they were bunch of hacks in the beginnings of the punk (and even then there were talented people, like Clash), but to be honest, for a music that was against complicated shit, punk is one of the genres that have evolved the most over the years. From the latter half of 80's the people started actually giving a toss about playing music and not just punching the guitar and calling it a day. Not to mention some bands like Fugazi or Thursday that brought punk to a new level. Judging the whole genre just because people acted like shit in 70s and in 80s is nearsighted at best, as much as I love Dickinson (tee hee).
    he doesn't understand that you don't need complex music to make good music. I'd rather an artist put some soul and passion into a song consisting of a few chords etc than a complex song with absolute no care whatsoever to what the song is about
    That's what I like about guys like the Clash or Sex Pistols, their music is dead simple, but played with absolute conviction. Same with blues, the skill of the musician is secondary to the feel of the music, that's where the appeal lies
    Pablo Mortis
    The thing is, the guitarist with Clash was actually quite talented - I believe he ended up working with Public Image Ltd, listen to him with them (this coming from someone whose knowledge of Punk is mainly shaped by what he sees on BBC 4 xD) Edit: That's not to say the other members weren't - anyone who can put Spanish backing lyrics to a song is good by me
    You're right, Joe Strummers pretty damn good. And he was shite at soloing, but he was as good a rhythm guitarist as anyone could ask for. Good music comes in many forms, and as I've said many times, every genre has it's fair share of good and bad bands (yes, even pop all you radio-haters!)
    I think what he's saying is that a lot of punk bands don't put their soul and passion into it and just do it to feed their egos and "stick it to the man", otherwise he'd be dicking on most forms of popular rock music.
    Every genre has it's fair share of posers, and other bands that are the real deal. This is the case for metal as well. Iron Maiden are the real deal, but some bands just play loud, fast, angry and overcomplicated just because they can, while the soul of the music is thrown aside Personally I like punk, and I'm not much of a metal fan, but I've nothing against it. It's easy to slam a particular genre if it does nothing for you, but there's good bands and bad bands in every genre in music
    I can hardly name people who write complex songs and put no care into what the song is about. Example - Between the Buried and Me is mega complex and their lyrics are also very thought provoking, heartfelt, etc. It's a cop out to say that complex writers have no emotion or statement or anything. Death, Atheist, Between the Buried and Me, Cattle Decapitation, etc, the list goes on.