Okkervil River's Will Sheff says Radiohead's Lyrics are terrible and he's no fan of Bono either..
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Okkervil River's Will Sheff says Radiohead's Lyrics are terrible and he's no fan of Bono either..




Will Sheff of Okkervil River always seems like such a nice, bookish, wordy chap but during an interview with The Guardian recently if he had been quoted out of context people may have thought he was taking a pop at Radiohead as he noted that their lyrics, in his opinion, are 'terrible'.

That does not mean that he does not like the band though, as he explained; “Duran Duran, or Radiohead. Both are really great bands, and both have atrocious lyrics. I mean, Radiohead’s lyrics are terrible – but Radiohead is a really great band. I mean, I would never for a second say that Radiohead are anything but a super-important, incredible band. I also think that Thom Yorke happens to be kind of terrible at writing lyrics. But that doesn't mean they’re not brilliant.”

Others do not get such high praise though as he goes on to say that some artists, in an attempt to write for universal appeal end up being rather generic; “That’s one of the worst things about Bono’s songwriting. He kinda belongs in the same category as Robert Plant: singers who made the whole band a little worse. Not that I think Robert Plant is bad, but Led Zeppelin would have been a better band without Robert Plant. And Bono just straight-up ruins U2, in my opinion. I think U2 has some great, catchy, amazing songs, but they also have such a hectoring, self-righteous boob in front.”

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