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You can read the full post at Ben Weasel’s website (via Consequence of Sound):

Welcome To The Carnival Of Schadenfreude

Well, well, well…

A quick perusal of the WWW turns up the interesting fact that M. Vapid, late of Screeching Weasel, has been scampering around granting interviews to naive zinesters implying that he quit the band out of shame and embarrassment over the SXSW incident. Now, believe it or not, gang, I happened to be there in Austin in what passed for a green room after we were escorted off stage by a kind and gentle bouncer, and I can tell you this: the drummer (come on, do you need his name? Like you even remember it!) was sitting around slapping his thighs, drum-like; the guitarist was saying it was the worst show he’d ever played because he broke a couple of strings and his guitar strap kept falling off; the bassist was shuffling around silently like Rain Man with 5 minutes to go until Wapner; and Sir Vapid III was wringing his hands, mumbling, “Where’s my messenger bag? Has anybody seen my messenger bag? I can’t find my messenger bag! Oh where, oh where could my messenger bag be?” The events that had just occurred on stage were not of the slightest concern to these purportedly sensitive and easily mortified gents. In case you miss my meaning, they couldn’t have fucking cared less…

…to break character again, my apology from last March was absolutely sincere, and I stand by it. I also apologized privately to my bandmates, booking agent, management and label, but almost all of them were too morally superior to me to accept my apology. Still, I stand by it. I fucked up, and if I had to do it over, I would’ve dealt with the situation in Austin in the same spirit as I did the previous 60 minutes – with humor, style and a thick dollop of good old-fashioned panache…

So to reiterate, the band never split up for a second; I merely pink-slipped the dead weight and methodically replaced them with the meanest, leanest lineup of stand-up mofos I could find, every last one of them as disgusted as I am with this ludicrous show of puritanical finger-wagging over the past few months. The boys have been replaced by men. The ex-Weasels didn’t give a damn about what went down on stage at SXSW until the Internet told them they ought to. Then, after not giving a shit for two days, they suddenly grew a conscience. Rest assured, fans, no such weak-minded milksops are in the current lineup…


Previously:

Watch Ben Weasel Hit A Woman and Rage Out…

A Screeching Weasel, All Alone: Ben’s Band Quits Following Violence In Austin…

Ben Weasel Apologizes…

Jessica Hopper, In Defense of Ben Weasel, Makes A Good Case Against Our Sanctimonious Kabuki…




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