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Roger Daltrey Slams Simon Cowell!

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The Who's Roger Daltrey recently spoke out against the quality of music that now becomes mainstream, and he singled out Simon Cowell as partly to blame!

He explains:

"We really need to break away from The X Factor and American Idol - that Simon Cowell thing. I really think the music industry will beat this slump and come back stronger. Groups like The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles wouldn't have made it past the audition stage, let alone be shown on TV. That's the joke of it. The music they make on the shows is absolute tripe. He's made a good industry out of it, but it's belittled the power of music. He wouldn't know what the "X Factor" was if it bit him on the bullocks. There's people who like caviar and people who like fish and chips - but most people like fish and chips."

We think that's a pretty unfair generalization, considering how many legitimately talented singers have emerged from those types of competition! And many of them would have not had the means to succeed in the industry without Simon and his shows!

But every one has a right to their own opinion!

What do U think?? Team Simon or Team Daltrey??

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72 comments to “Roger Daltrey Slams Simon Cowell!”

  1. 1

    Is this a serious question? Are you really insinuating that the popular music put out by the current "music industry" - including Mr. Cowell - is in any way comparable to music released before MTV/video? It used to be about music and now it's about appearance which has nothing to do with sound. I'll take ANY music created with an instrument over music created with a computer.

  2. 2

    too bad he's right. not enough "legitimately talented singers" have come out of this to be worth it.

  3. 3

    Who cares what the "has been" says.

  4. 4

    The quote about caviar and fish n' chips was improperly attributed — it is Simon Cowell who has said that.

  5. 5

    As much as I think Roger Daltrey is self-absorbed, I think he's right.

    You're probably right, too, Perez. Legitimate talent, but COOKIE CUTTER talent that's just missing something personal …. that little something eX-tra that makes an artist last for years/decades instead of months. Clearly Roger is talking about artists capable of creative longevity whereas these shows are looking for quick commerical bucks picking out the flavor of the week (or weak).

  6. 6

    Daltrey, all the way. Simon Cowell produces shit music.

  7. 7

    AI needs a season for bands, and not just solo singers. Not all those who go through can front a band like Chris Daughtry. He was made to be a lead singer, not a solo artist. We need more of that going through. Hell, migth improve ratings fr a season, switching things up.

  8. 8

    Daltry is right, but he was being very kind when he called most of the music today "tripe" - it's really more like gizzards.

  9. 9

    Roger Daltrey is 100% right. If you don't understand that, you don't know shit about music. It's insane to me the crap people accept as popular music today. All it shows is how easily people are manipulated if only super hyped up crap is shoved down their throat enough, sadly the masses give into it very easily. AI is and always has been absolute shit entertainment and music!

  10. R.B.A says – reply to this


    I would listen to the Who any day over the crap that is being released right now. Music back then meant something. The shit today is forgotten about by the following week of release. The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles are legends and the music they created will live on forever.

  11. 11

    I completely agree with Roger Daltrey here. I have grown up with mainstream music and I find it apalling at how everything sounds the same. You have a small handful of artists who have created a different sound and are genuinely good. This is why I find myself listening to music 'before my time' such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, AC/DC and Elvis Presley, to name a few and I'm one of the very rare few who have a large eclectic taste in music.
    The Beatles and The Rolling Stones bands were all about the music and not conforming to what is 'socially accepted.' For starters, Cher should not still be on the X Factor, she has no talent and, as you can clearly see, a Cheryl Tweedy wannabe.
    I'm apalled to say that I watch the show when I think it is a load of bollocks. I suppose it's a morbid fascination to see which act would be the next one hit wonder. If you could even call the songs that have come off of this show, 'hits'.

  12. 12

    Team Daltrey!

  13. 13

    Roger Dahltrey is right… Everything has been shit musicwise for a while now…
    Real artists and poets are dying, starving in obscurity, while people like souljaboy reign supreme.

    And sure, someone can argue and argue that good singers have come from it… but do they outweigh the shitstains that have came out of it?
    (I'm looking at you Lee Dewyze, Kris Allen, etc.)

  14. 14

    "many legitimately talented singers have emerged from those types of competition"

    are you fucking serious?
    absolutely NO talented singers emerged from these shows!

    You should never ever talk music, Perez. This is an erea where you know nothing at all.

  15. 15

    Yay Roger! Couldn't have said it better myself. Let's all remember that Simon is a businessman first and foremost and its all about the $$$$, not the quality of the product.

  16. 16

    I have to agree with Roger. Music is dead right now but will make a come back. I can't wait!

  17. 17

    Daltrey is correct. Using shows like X-factor to discover/develop talents will not bring out talents outside of mainstream music. Thankfully there's still some garage rock bands out there being discovered.

  18. 18

    Simon Cowell has USELESS talent in his pocket and does the man actually know ANYTHING about music? No.
    Roger's the man of REAL musicians who actually play their OWN instruments and compose their OWN songs..etc.
    I think I put my point across nicely.
    So god, can we PLEASE trade in Simon Cowell for Keith Moon? It's all we're asking..
    Oh and can we trade Lady GaGa in for John Bonham of Led Zeppelin?

  19. 19

    Also, Perez, you just don't have a clue. Do you? Supporting that horrific alien looking thing; Cher lloyd. Ugh..

  20. 20

    Team daltrey, the mainstream "music" that comes from these shows is absolute shit!!

  21. 6one9 says – reply to this


    Roger D. is just jealous!! Simon has WAY more $$$ than he does“ Period!

  22. 22

    The X Factor is shit.

  23. 23

    Re: 6one9 – Yes, of course. Roger Daltrey is a pauper, who clearly envies Simon Cowell. You ignorant child.

  24. 24

    Daltrey's right. A lot of music nowadays that comes out is very cookie cutter (All the same). Its hard to find great music nowadays, Remember those groups (The Stones, Beatles and The Who) started it all.

  25. 25

    Daltrey is right, Simon Cowell is a major Douche-Bag, in the 3rd degree! Cowell has no clue on what is raw talent and sucks as a human being!

  26. 26

    Daltry all the way. The trouble with music today is that it is not authentic. It is not original. It is not great. The music industry thinks with its butt. It is about dollars and not music. They throw the same shit at us, over and over, knowing that one of those turds will eventually stick. And they do. Meanwhile, truly talented bands and musicians are stuck playing backwater, go nowhere venues just trying to be heard. They are about the music, but can't reach enough people, and we, the public, end up losing because of it. It is a miracle that bands like the Stones and ZZ Top are still around and still playing for us. Soak them in while you can because time stops for no one and the end comes far too soon.

  27. 27

    Roger Daltrey hands down. Idol's 15mins is long up.

  28. 28

    these "legitimately talented singers" can't even write their own music let alone their own lyrics. AI and X factor are just puppet machines plain and simple. It's nice to see AI burn out and its producers flail by making Jennifer Lopez a judge…

  29. 29

    Daltrey is 110% right. I was just lamenting last night that there is no good music to listen to that isn't 20 years old or older. The talent that once was was bought and sold by the likes of Simon Cowell and a host of others. I really cannot think of an exceptional song written by an artist in the last 25 years that didn't make me want to turn the volume up up up.

  30. 30

    American Idol has never created anything legendary.

    True musicians make their own way, they work *hard* to get recording contracts or to have their music publicly known. They don't show up to an Americanized musical show which discriminates individuals and dismisses those with actual talent so they can milk the money cow for all it holds with some pretty pop music which will be forgotten within a year.

  31. 31

    Team Daltrey

  32. 32

    You have no idea what good music is Perez. It's hilarious how you couldn't agree since every single kid on American Idol has sung all of the greatest music written, recorded, and played live with real instruments with real meaning and these kids chop it up to a track and try and pull it off as if they were the first to ever sing it and they ruin the songs meaning. American Idol is pretty sad. As Roger said they would have never made it on American Idol and look where they are today now that's success!

  33. 33

    Re: You Know Like Totally – Totally agree with you. It seems all people care about is the look of the music artist, not the actual music. People with real talent who write their own stuff are stuck going nowhere, because they don't dress up in stupid outfits or have huge tits. There are great artists out there right now, but they're getting ignored. Can you imagine if all the musicians that are considered the greats were to come out now? They wouldn't even make it past the first round auditions on any of these idiotic shows. That, my friends, is ridiculous. Hell, Bob Dylan would be told to f@$& off, as would The Beatles, Stones, Joplin, Hendrix, you name it. We're getting overun with shitty acts like Beiber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kesha, etc. People need to stop listening to what's being spoon fed to them and think for themselves. Explore the music scene for once and not just rely on Perez, those talent shows, and MTV for your music entertainment

  34. uyeah says – reply to this


    He is absolutely right. The crap that gets put out today is a fluff and mirrors. I'm sorry, Beyonce dancing around to repetitive beat non-music is atrocious. Even her 'best video of all time!' video is no-talent sh$t. She has endurance to dance those repetitive moves, so what. Let her sing a and play an instrument without artificial enhancement and there'd be nothing. Not just her, the rest of the manufactured asshats.

  35. uyeah says – reply to this


    Re: 6one9 – I highly doubt it.

  36. 36

    "Music" today is about flash … no substance. Stupid outfits, hundreds of dancers to distract from the fact that you can't sing, singers mostly auto-tuned or lipsynching. Name one great guitarist, drummer, bass player, band … anything. How many of today's "musicians" can fill a hall with nothing more than their voice. No broadway show behind them. Music is dead. Has been for a very long time. I pray for the day it returns. Roger Daltrey speaks the truth. Most are just too dumbed down to know the difference.

  37. 37

    Simon said it himself more than once on Idol. For him it's not about what is soulful or creatively awesome. It's about what he can sell the quickest to the most people. Simon readily admits it. Daltrey is right, most people only eat caviar because it is expensive and satisfies status, even if it tastes like salty fish guts. Even if I could afford it I'll stick with fish and chips. Maybe that's why I am an old school punk rock fan.

  38. 38

    Daltry all the way. A million years ago music was king. Is there a better album than Who's Next? That is forty freaking years old and still sounds good. (Buy it and blare it, children) It stands the test of time. Pop music is fun but, yeah, tripe about describes it. I guess video really DID kill the radio star.

  39. 39

    Who cares about "talented singers" when their music is crap? A "talented singer" is as important in music as an "attractive singer". Singing ability is something you're pretty much born with. The ability for a musician or a group of musicians to compose good music and good songs is something magical and something you work at. People who care about "good singing" are the same kind of people who care about beauty pageants. I don't agree, however, that American Idol and the like have "ruined music". This kind of boring, shallow stuff has always been a big part of popular music and always will be.

  40. @v@ says – reply to this


    "Legitimately talented" comes nowhere near the type of talent Daltrey is knowingly referring to. If you haven't experienced it, and are limited to X-Factor type viewing, you wouldn't KNOW what talent can be. That said, if a person comes up with a formula that the masses lap up and it makes money for him, he's going to do it; and all power to him. The responsibility is on the type of talent Daltrey is talking about to find a way to be made known on their rising efforts regardless. Just because one area does well does not preclude another area from kicking some arse on it's own.

  41. 41

    Team Daltrey for sure. I mean there are like three people from American Idol that came out to be pretty good but they are not international phenomenons like The Who or The Beatles. If acts like the Rolling Stones auditioned they wouldnt have had a chance. Its basically saying if anyone wants to become famous and gain their 15 minutes, this is your ticket. I say get rid of American Idol and the Whatever Factor and get some legit talented artists out there!

  42. 42

    Team Simon!!!!!

  43. fiera says – reply to this


    TEAM DALTREY!!!! By the way, to gerry in sf, Roger is not a has been , he is a living rock legend, like Jagger, Plant, McCartney..

  44. fiera says – reply to this


    The only exceptions I will make for Cowell is for Jennifer Hudson, Paul Potts, and Susan Boyle. These three have successful careers because of the show. I don't think any of them would of made it without the show because even though they have the talent, they don't have the typical "pop" package look that most record companies go for.

  45. 45

    I agree with Daltrey. The real way to achieve music success is to write and perform the music to as many people as possible. That means playing shit gigs for no money. This idea that to succeed in music you need to make millions of dollars is unrealistic and, well, stupid. No way should a person, or band, play their first gig on live tv in front of millions. That is not how the industry actually works. It's done through playing gigs, including touring, working hard, perfecting your craft, and using the internet and social media to gain new fans. It should be about talent and stage presence, not ratings.

  46. 46

    Hes completely right on

  47. 47

    He is right! The music today is manufactured crap! Just like this "SASSY" site!

  48. 48

    Simon Cowell is just a powerful rich man he can make any show, promote who ever he wants and make that person a "star" but they will never become a legend.

  49. 49

    Re: HarleyDexter – you forgot Gaga. otherwise, thank you, my sentiments exactly!

  50. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Teeny-Lee – Agreed. Even though good bands and artists should rise to the top anyway without the likes of Idol, I want t add that they're not given the same kind of almost undeserved leg up that these virtual unknowns who haven't painstakingly honed their craft for years are given by these flashy, big budget shows.
    These shows enable certain industry people to control all aspects (including monetary) of the signed talent afterwards, because they're so grateful for the sudden 'miracle.' Established, ready and working bands would absolutely stand up for a better cut and deal.

  51. 51

    Team Daltry all the way.

  52. @v@ says – reply to this


    The Who = Home made Sunday Roast with all the trimmings.
    Extruded Idol Star = Pre-packaged microwave dinner, still vaguely filling.

  53. 53

    Team Daltrey! I was afraid that many comments would be against with him, but what a relief to see that so many people appreciate real music. Just watching all of the AMA performances will show what a horrible situation we are currently in concerning entertainment. Aside from Kid Rock, the rest of them proved how untalented they are…even Pink was lipsyncing. She used to be so above that.

  54. 54

    Team Daltrey here.

    He's 100% correct when he says that bands like the Beatles, Stones and The Who wouldn't have made it past auditions. Shows like American Idol are more about The contestant's looks then it's about quality music.

    Secondly they remove the need for any creativity or originality by having the contestants do versions of other pop artist's works for the entire season.

    Third of all, the show is 110% catered for children and young adults. Why do they have age limitations? Shouldn't talent be what's important?

    Shows like AI are all about producing a marketable product even if it's only temporary and has very little to do with actual talent.

  55. 55

    Re: @v@ – The microwave dinner frequently consists of a very small apportionment of salibury steak and other bland fare. To me, you haven't lived unless you've heard Roger Daltrey let loose his mighty scream during Won't Get Fooled Again.

  56. 56

    Re: gerry in sf – Roger Daltrey is certainly not a has-been! Have you ever listened to anything by the Who?

  57. 57

    Perez,what 'talented singers' have come out of those shows, in your opinion? Is your idea of 'talented' Cher Lloyd, the chavtastic mini-Cheryl?

  58. 58

    Re: JiCaBu – I know. With all the tweens that come to this site, I thought it would be 100% for Cowell. These comments have restored part of my faith in Perez readers, because it's gone downhill fast, lately, with nothing but stupid comments.
    I haven't listened to anything that would be played on MTV since the early 90s, when great rock bands like Porno for Pyros and The Breeders were still played on MTV. Alternative Nation - where did you go?!?!. Now it's all pop-rock-rap sh*t and no great bands are getting recognition. Thank goodness for people like The Black Keys who are making new, great music.

  59. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Phibes – Eeeyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

  60. 60

    Maybe some of the singers are good enough, but the music, the songs, the arrangements - not so much. Roger is right. BTW, what the hell has he been up to over the last 30 years? Maybe he should try his hand at producing…

  61. 61

    The only talented singer to come out of the X factor is Leona Lewis. Girl kills it live and sounds just like she does on her album tracks.
    Team Daltrey. These 'talent' shows are getting old. Bad singers come in, they rip on em etc. Same old same old. Come up with something new will ya Cowell?

  62. 62

    Daltrey would have said "bollocks" not "bullocks"…

  63. 63

    Of course he is right. Does this even need to be said? It is quite obvious that true talent has been abandoned for high-school-like popularity contests, marketing and Disney. There have always been manufactured bands (Monkees) but they are dominating now. Most people are too lame to know the difference.

  64. 64

    Better to be a "has been" then a never was ;)

  65. 65

    Very well said!

  66. 66

    I find Roger's comments idiotic. The world is not restricted to only one genre of music, with whoever dominates that role preventing everyone else from performing. That's a ridiculous perception. We already have multiple popular musical genres as it is, and there's certainly nothing stopping any person who wants to be a musical performer from going for it. I would also point out the illusions that Roger continues to try to perpetuate publicly that "artists" such as The Who and The Beatles were somehow special. In most cases, those groups either stole their music from someone else, or had people telling them everything to do, write, say and play every step of the way. They were stars because they were willing to be made into marketable commodities. You'll note that oftentimes when that guidance finally stopped is when those "geniuses" suddenly started producing c**p and everyone lost interest in them. The dream-world "artists" that Roger believes in were always nothing more than another variant of the type of pop machinery he currently disses.

  67. 67

    Of course he's right! But then, pop music has ALWAYS been a metric ton of crapola.

  68. 68

    I agree with Daltrey 100%.

  69. 69

    There have been talent shows for years. They have not always been televised. For the most part the people who are on American Idol (haven't watched the other music talent shows) are good. But it takes more than talent, it also takes some luck and the right breaks. I love the Who, but as I recall they have never received a Grammy, at least not in there heyday.Maybe there is a little jealousy?

  70. 70

    he's completely right.

  71. 71

    DEAD ON ACCURATE!!! I've been saying this for the last 10 years!

  72. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Hapepupe – I agree that cream will rise, but disagree with you on your other points. Do you know how everyone here knows that Daltrey is right about talent? The hair hasn't stood up on the back of their necks for years. Decades, give or take an artist here or there.
    Mediocre = mediocre response. The Who or The Beatles had no need to steal tunes from anyone. They were uber prolific and collaborative writers. They weren't stars because of marketing. What a silly, cynical view. I never looked at any of them and said 'I think I'll buy their new album because their marketing is good.' No, I heard Baba O'Riley and my oft musician brain was in the zone, and my feet wanted to move. Marketing has it's place, but you've raised it above the music itself, and that's backasswards thinking unless you're in marketing - and then it's just sad. The music Daltrey is referring to is in no way a variant of the pop he talks about. You must be tone deaf. Bands don't stop producing because of the absence of some unmissed marketing suit. Inspiration and creativity has an ebb and a flow, and for everything there is a season. Plus your touted marketing types discovered Japan pop artists, and started stamping them out here. Flash in the pans, most
    of them, and not very bright flashes at that.