“I have that maybe advantage that I didn’t like or listen to the Beatles,” he said. “I feel like that’s almost like the branch of, like, 98 percent of stuff you hear.”
“But then there’s the Velvet Underground. I know Lou Reed hated the Beatles,” he added.
Casablancas is referring to an interview with Lou Reed from 1987 which surfaced recently, the former Velvet Underground man is quoted as saying: “When [bands] did try to get ‘arty,’ it was worse than stupid rock & roll,” Reed says in the interview.
“What I mean by ‘stupid,’ I mean, like, the Doors… I never liked the Beatles [either]. I thought they were garbage. If you say, ‘Who did you like?’ I liked nobody.”