Steve Albini, front-man behind Shellac and Big Black, producer of countless awesome records and all around the biggest four-eyed hard-ass possibly ever, was recently interviewed by GQ. Strange? You bet.
Gentlemen's Quarterly cover a portion of culture that represents almost the exact opposite of Albini. I mean, just look at this guy. There's nothing fashionable or gentleman-like about him. Which makes the fashion mag and the man who once wrote a song about a prayer to God involving killing his ex-girlfriend and her new beau an unlikely pairing for a sit down Q & A. It's also what makes it so awesome.
In the interview, Albini talks about everything from funny cat videos on Youtube to baseball announcer Vin Scully. He also talks shit on Chumbawamba. In the end, though, Albini leaves us with this little tidbit about the fashion industry and GQ, specifically:
“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.”
Anna Wintour, eat your heart out.