Kim Deal recently called out Stephen Malkmus for "being a bit of a bitch" in her interview for the recent issue of Time Out. She also accused him of calling her "trashy mouth" last summer.
Here’s the clip from the TONY interview:
TONY: Did the success of that song["Cannonball"] cause any jealousy among your indie-rock peers?
KIM DEAL: You know, [Pavement’s Stephen] Malkmus is being a bit of a bitch in interviews recently. One thing he said last summer referred to me as "trashy mouth." And he just did this article in Spin where he alluded to me unpleasantly, saying [something like], "You know, I always thought that Pavement could have had one of those big hits in the early ’90s with ‘Cut Your Hair,’ but I guess people preferred ‘Cannonball.’ "
TONY: Are you a fan of his music?
KIM DEAL: Yeah, I liked Pavement. But if he keeps fucking smacking his mouth off about me, I’m going to end up not being able to listen to any of their fucking records again. Anyway, I thought, God, man, "Cut Your Hair" isn’t as good of a song as "Cannonball," so fuck you. How’s that? Your song was just a’ight, dawg.
Here’s the Spin comment from Malkmus that set her off:
SPIN: Back in 1994, you had a brush with fame with "Cut Your Hair," a song that seemed to be about careerism.
Stephen Malkmus: Yeah, and it’s too bad it wasn’t quite the song that could’ve really pushed the band. For all the mistakes that were made marketing Pavement, it comes down to the song; and the song was pretty good, but it just wasn’t the song of the time. The Offspring song ["Come Out and Play"], "Cannonball" by the Breeders — those were bigger songs people could get behind.
Deal has never been one to hold her tongue. She was right to make some feuding public comments and take Billy Corgan down a notch during the 1994 Lollapalooza tour when he was in full-on pretentious mode fueled by the height of Pumpkins popularity. But now, at this stage in their respective careers, Malkmus and Deal are elder statesman. What’s the point in trash talking like you’ve just released your sophomore album? Plus, you both took shots at the Pumpkins back in the day. Sounds like we have more in common than not. Hugs all around, guys?