Ryan Adams has some things to get off his chest.
On Monday, Adams took to Twitter to reveal his true feelings for The Strokes. Throwing some shade at the band’s guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and lead singer Julian Casablancas, Adams did not mince his words with a series of tweets.
In several tweets, Adams accused Hammond of being a terrible songwriter and said that Casablancas is “strung out on lasagna”.
Adams then went on to give his “Last Impressions of Actual Songs” which was some more shade. It’s a reference to the band’s album, “First Impressions of Earth”.
Warning: The following tweets contain foul language
The reason behind this feud might be because of Lizzy Goodman’s book “Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Rock in New York City, 2001 – 2011”.
In the book, she shares the long history between the three. “I remember Julian threatening to beat Ryan up if he hung out with me, as a protective thing,” Hammond is quoted saying in Goodman’s book.
“He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, ‘If you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass.’ I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence.”
Adams alluded to this in a tweet and suggested that he should have got Hammond hooked on better songwriting instead:
According to the book, Casablancas reportedly said, “Did I specifically tell Ryan to stay away from Albert? I can’t remember the details, to be honest. I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a person’s soul away. So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy — you’re gonna step in.”
In the book, Adams refuted what Hammond said. “That’s so sad, because Albert and I were friends,” he said. “If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did. I was around, and we actually spent time together. He would show me his songs. It was like, ‘No one ever listens to my music, but do you want to hear it?’ I would be like, ‘F**k yeah!’ I loved him so deeply,” he said.
“I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs,” he revealed in the book.