Ted Nugent Mocks Taylor Swift’s Music: “That’s Cartoon Music”

Ted Nugent Mocks Taylor Swift's Music: "That's Cartoon Music"

Ted Nugent has appeared on the newest episode of the The Joe Pags Show to talk about the newer bands that came out to keep rock and roll alive. During the interview, he blasted Taylor Swift‘s music and said it made him feel like cartoon music.

The 1970s marked Nugent‘s solo career ascent, punctuated by the release of albums like Ted Nugent and Cat Scratch Fever. The latter, in particular, became a cultural touchstone, yielding anthems like the titular track and Wango Tango. Nugent’s live performances were electrifying, fueled by his frenetic stage presence and the signature Gibson Byrdland guitar that became an extension of his persona.

For the last few years, there has been a discussion in the rock and metal music world that whether rock is dead. While some defend that rock and roll is still alive, there are a piece of people who think that rock is dead, as Gene Simmons once heated up the media by saying that rock was dead.

However, Ted Nugent chimed in to talk about the current situation of rock and roll. He first mentioned Foo Fighters and respected them, saying Dave Grohl and his bandmates always tried to make rock better.


“The Foo Fighters are not really a new band,” Nugent said. “When they came on the scene, they were delivering the same dedication and work ethic. You can tell that [Dave] Grohl and his bandmates really put their heart and soul into delivering a monster every night.

“Now, as much as I love and adore and admire the Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl is one of the masters of crescendos, but you were mentioning [John] Coltrane and these great saxophone players, that sax solo, that guitar solo in all the best music in the world, that’s the crescendo. And with all due respect to the Foo Fighters, and I love you, Dave — I love all you guys; you guys are awesome — but there’s not that fire-breathing crescendo guitar solo that elevates the entire musical moment to a higher place.”

Ted Nugent Says Taylor Swift’s Music Is ‘Cartoon Music’

Ted Nugent then opened up about the pop musician Taylor Swift. According to him, Taylor Swift’s music makes him feel like a cartoon music and it doesn’t have fire or sensuality.

“I’m afraid to say in this world that’s gone down the toilet in all aspects, I’m afraid the success of Taylor Swift, and God bless her work ethic, God bless her musical dreams, but that’s cartoon music,” Nugent admits. “I mean, it doesn’t have any piss and vinegar. There’s no fire, there’s no sensuality in that. It’s all poppy nonsense as far as I’m concerned, and it’s the most popular stuff in the world, which is an indictment to the music industry and music fans.”

Ted Nugent and Taylor Swift – images: Getty/Luke Johnson

Ted Nugent once again called Taylor Swift’s music cartoon music this past June during his episode of The Nightly Nuge. At the time, the legendary guitarist made flash and harsh comments about the pop star’s music.

“Taylor Swift,” he said. “That music, to me, sounds like cartoon music. It sounds like if I bumped into a child’s cartoon show on a Saturday morning, I would probably hear the No. 1 country song or I would hear the No. 1 pop song, because it’s all formulated to give a certain vocal delivery and a certain chord change and a certain tempo that they examine so closely that it’s not organic and instinctive and sexy and unleashed and genuine and believable.”

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