“F— you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy says, recalling how the Grammy-winning rockers denied Glee‘s request to cover “Use Somebody.”
“They’re self-centered a–holes, and they missed the big picture,” Murphy continues, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter. “They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument…. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”
Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill responded, “This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show…. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”
Murphy also took Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash to task for comments he made in a recent interview. “Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough,” Slash told EW. “Actually, I look at Grease now and think: Between High School Musical and Glee, Grease was a brilliant work of art.”
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Murphy’s take: “Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they’re uneducated and quite stupid.”
Missing from this fray: Gorillaz, the “virtual band” that somewhat famously (foolishly?) turned down a Glee overture that never happened nor was to ever come.
Do you agree with what Murphy is saying, that some acts are expressing too much concern about “selling out” and not looking at the role they could play in the “bigger picture”?