Alex Turner to Gary Barlow: Sorry Mate

Alex Turner, Gary Barlow

Alex Turner has something he’d like to say to one of his pop elders.

In the new issue of NME, the Arctic Monkeys frontman offers his sincere apologies to Take That‘s Gary Barlow. In 2006, a then-20-year-old Turner referred to the British chart-topping boy band as “a load of old bollocks” while attending an awards show.

That year, both bands ruled the UK pop/rock consciousness with their respective No. 1 albums. The Monkeys’ rollicking debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history. Take That, sans Robbie Williams, reclaimed their pop crown with their first album in over a decade, the multi-platinum Beautiful World.

“We love Gary Barlow,” Turner said. “I think I really offended him a few years ago though, which I’m sorry about. I didn’t understand it then. Didn’t know what was going on, trying to ruffle some feathers.”

Oh Alex, don’t sweat it. I’m going to guess that Mr. Barlow only had a quick snicker over your remark. Besides, putting a foot in one’s mouth is part of the rockstar territory. But hey, it’s lovely to see you take responsibility for your actions. Well done, sir.