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

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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