Avant-garde art-rockers Deerhunter are still garnering buzz for their bizarre performance this week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, featuring lead singer Bradford Cox sporting lipstick, a black wig and what appeared to be two severed fingers (he later revealed he was playing a new onstage character known as “Connie Lungpin”). Performing the title track from their upcoming album, Monomania, Cox ended the performance by strolling offstage and out of the studio, ending up at the elevators next to a large sign of the show’s logo.
In a freewheeling new interview with Buzzfeed, Cox took every opportunity to bash Morrissey and the Smiths, citing a letter a young Morrissey wrote to British music magazine Melody Maker back in 1976 bashing the Ramones as evidence.
“If I ever meet that guy…whatever!,” Cox seethed in the interview. “He makes me want to wear fur. There are Smiths tunes that I find more acceptable than others, but I’d rather just not hear any of them. Frankly, all it took was that one criticism of The Ramones to permanently…you know, if you want to be on that side of the fence, cool.
“This is not an article about Morrissey, as much as he’d like it to be,” the controversial Deerhunter frontman continued, “as much as I’m allowing him to permeate the air with his foul and fey musk. His weird, lethargic perfumes.”