Former The Jam singer Weller called Robert Smith a “f*cking fat c*nt” in a lengthy interview for next month’s issue of Record Collector magazine, which is a special Weller edition (via Louder Sound).
At one point in the conversation the interviewer noted how one of the tracks on Noel Gallagher‘s new album bears a resemblance to The Cure’s classic song ‘A Forest’.
This would spark Weller to go off as he stated: “Really?! I can’t f*cking stand them. F*cking fat c*nt, with his lipstick and all that bollocks. He is my age as well, isn’t he? He’s a f*cking knob end. I don’t like him. There you go. There’s someone I would work with. I’d fucking slap him, or something.”
Obviously, a response was only moments away. Smith’s bandmate O’Donnell has weighed in with comments of his own via Twitter today as he said: “I’ve always thought, as Spike Milligan said, people who live in glass houses should pull the blinds down before removing their trousers…Mr Weller?”
The reason behind the musician’s severe dislike for Smith is not clear, though Louder Sound notes how The Jam had inadvertently helped The Cure during the recording of their debut album ‘Three Imaginary Boys’.
Really, the only time that Smith mentioned Weller during an interview was in 1985, in which he said that punk wasn’t a political movement: “It later became that, because people wanted it to be seen as a movement. Bands like Yes and Genesis“, (were not want people wanted) and instead “wanted to hear something they could dance to”.
He continued: “Even people who think they’re socially aware and lend their names to things, like Paul Weller and stuff… I mean it does no good at all, ultimately, because you’d have to be particularly stupid to believe someone like Paul Weller. You’d have to be particularly stupid to believe someone like me.”
Smith has not yet responded to Weller’s comments.