Steve Albini Hates Sonic Youth, GQ
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 6, 2010 6:40PM
Photo by Dena Flows
Albini has been quieter lately, more famous for talking about poker on message boards than anything else, but GQ recently got him to sit down and share some of his opinions about everything from Sonic Youth to funny cat videos on YouTube and the whole thing is a damn good read. Our favorite is when the magazine asks Albini to describe his personal fashion and Albini responds:
I think fashion is repulsive. The whole idea that someone else can make clothing that is supposed to be in style and make other people look good is ridiculous. It sickens me to think that there is an industry that plays to the low self-esteem of the general public. I would like the fashion industry to collapse. I think it plays to the most superficial, most insecure parts of human nature. I hope GQ as a magazine fails. I hope that all of these people who make a living by looking pretty are eventually made destitute or forced to do something of substance. At least pornography has a function.
Vintage Steve. Really, you should read the whole thing.
*You know, as an aside, it really must be said that while Albini does speak his mind I've never personally encountered him being an asshole about it. In fact the few times we've met and spoken I've found him to be nothing but polite and thoughtful. Can he help it if he's right most of the time and other folks don't like it?