Rocker Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes fame recently spoke out about the music of her contemporary namesake Katy Perry. In less than flattering terms.
Linda, who has also written songs for Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and other young stars, was asked in an interview to pick the worst artist today.
Katy Perry topped her list.
Linda told music journalist Heath Daniels that Katy Perry only churns out tracks she compares to junk food, and is emblematic of the industry today.
"It's just different, it's different," Linda says. "You listen to the Adele record, and I'm not a huge fan of Adele, it's a solid record. Solid, and it's selling."
"So that means people are still buying records. It's the crap, like who wants a f--king Katy Perry record? I'm sorry, you know? You're gonna get the two hits that are good, but the rest of the album is gonna be crap.""It is," she went on. "It's going to sound like s--t and who cares about buying that record? So people download the single and then that's it."
The problem with that logic is that Katy just tied a Michael Jackson record for five No. 1 singles off one album. What if an album is ALL hits?
If her point is that Katy is only a big-name star because of looks and generic pop songs designed to garner fast airplay - as opposed to an artiste dedicated to honing her craft and producing memorable work - we can see that.
But there's no disputing Perry's sales. That's just fact.
When Daniels deigned to ask if there would be any covers of Teenage Dream coming in the future from Linda, she actually looks disgusted.
"No, there will not be," she says.