'Simon Cowell Should Be Shot'

Depeche Mode had some harsh words for talents shows like "X Factor" and its founder Simon Cowell. Do musicians face too much pressure these days?

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Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore has struck out at talent shows like "X Factor" and its founder Simon Cowell.

"I'm not advocating violence but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell," he told Music Week (via NME).

During the same interview, frontman Dave Gahan talked about how difficult it is for musicians to be successful these days:

"It's a pretty horrible business today really, I've got to say. You have to be tough and you've got to be thick skinned because there are going to be things written about you that you're not going to like.

"You're going to get scrutinised, your work will not always be liked and if they do like something really a lot they're probably not going to like the next thing and compare it to the last thing. It takes a time for a band to grow if they're any good."

Gahan said Depeche Mode were lucky to be given time to grow as a band, unlike artists today who are under pressure to make their labels a profit quickly: "We were lucky that we were taken under the wing of [producer] Daniel Miller who never once in the studio said, 'Where's the hit song?'"

Depeche Mode are currently writing a new album, due in 2013.

Do you agree that musicians are under more pressure than they used to be, or is it something that rock artists shouldn't worry about? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    EyesWideOpen
    Don't blame Cowell. Blame the brain-dead general public who actually enjoy horseshit like X factor, Britain's got talent, etc.
    LazyHardRocker
    Yep. Cowell is just smart enough to take advantage of other people's stupidity. But I still wanna punch him in the face.
    Eirien
    "I'm not advocating violence but I'm now going to advocate violence"
    iommi600
    "You're going to get scrutinised, your work will not always be liked and if they do like something really a lot they're probably not going to like the next thing and compare it to the last thing." Word.
    Izzy-Sweet
    "Where's the hit song?" I ****ing hate that one! Why does an artist always need a "hit" song? What even determines a "hit" song? Surely, when the album gets released, it's the public who determine which song on the album is the best and which becomes the most popular. Or the band, the band could just be like "Yeah, this is our favourite, we'll market that!"
    paulohd2
    "It's a pretty horrible business today really, I've got to say. You have to be tough and you've got to be thick skinned because there are going to be things written about you that you're not going to like." Like people saying that you should be shot.
    nboyjn
    "I'm not advocating violence but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell," is like saying "im not advocating racism, but i think all black people should leave my country"
    Palm*
    Or "I'm not advocating sex but I think everyone should refrain from having sex with you, u aint got no alibi girl"
    notaconotaco
    His statements really make no sense. Should he be shot because X Factor is a cheap way of becoming famous and getting 5 million dollars (or whatever the first prize is)? Didn't Simon take that One Direction band under his wing? It turned out pretty well for them. Or should he be shot because of the terrible music that comes out of it? I might agree with that, but the rest of his comments don't point to that statement. I'd rather someone like Simon say, "This is what the public likes and this is what you have to do if you want to make it" then some random judge say, "Oh you're great, it's all great!" No one's looking for some revolutionary musician to come out of these talent shows. They want bubble-gum pop that teenage girls will eat up. I have no problem with X Factor and especially no problem with Simon Cowell.
    BradIon1995
    Fuck it. All I need is a roof, some clothes, some food, pay my bills, and play gat. Why does everybody think they have the right to make it? Focusing on the passion will get you a lot further than bitching about it ever will.
    breakinslash
    X-Factor sucks. Modern music is just a display of how well you can modify your voice with electronics.
    Breakingpoint56
    I feel like parental advisory labels should come on pop bands cd's because they dumb down kids. I mean seriously. I remember being a kid and hearing backstreet boys and N'Sync and I never saw girls acting stupid over it. Yeah they had a poster or two but they never lost touch with reality.
    Braykah
    It's due to the public audience actually watching shallow crap shows like X Factor that douchebags like him are able to survive. He feeds on attention, as simple as that; take it away and he'll die by himself.
    Lilr0cker
    I agree. This is very similar to what Rage Against The Machine has said, he just taunts and humiliates people for the entertainment of some f--ked up people.