The Fall’s Mark E Smith “Threw a Bottle” at Mumford and Sons

Punk legend Mark E Smith still epitomizes rock rebellion almost 35 years after his band The Fall first blasted onstage. Now, the crusty 53-year-old frontman has quite literally taken aim at one of music’s current fashionable groups, Mercury Prize-nominated British folk outfit Mumford & Sons.

In an interview with Aussie mag The Brag (via NME), Smith said he launched a bottle at the boys when he overheard them warming up at the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland. “We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible.”

He added: “I said, ‘Shut them c**ts up,’ and they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The band said, ‘That’s the Sons Of Mumford [sic] or something, they’re Number Five in charts!’. I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers.”

When he’s not working out his pitching arm, Mr. Smith is always good for a hilariously belligerent quote or a trainwreck interview. Check out this brilliant on-air collision from 2007 when Channel 4 host (and ex-Kenickie frontwoman) Lauren Laverne interviewed Smith and made an ill-advised crack about Smith’s wife, leading him to scornfully intone, “Don’t get funny with me.” Things just get more awkward from there:

Here’s Smith’s band The Fall performing their 1980 post-punk classic “Totally Wired”:

Who do you think is cooler in this day and age, Mark E Smith or Mumford & Sons?

by Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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