Cannibal Corpse’s Corpsegrinder Says He’s “An Old Stubborn Jerk” Who Won’t Pay for Streaming Music
Cannibal Corpse frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher was our recent guest on The MetalSucks Podcast to discuss the band’s new album, Violence Unimagined, the addition of Erik Rutan to the band, a whole bunch of NFL talk and more.
When the conversation turned to streaming music services such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, Corpsegrinder revealed that he uses streaming services but refuses to pay their subscription fees, willing to put up with the commercials instead, a self-professed “old stubborn jerk.” He explained:
“I’m old school in certain ways when it comes to music. I’ll listen to stuff off of iTunes or whatever but I don’t think I own a streaming service music-wise. I’ll listen to YouTube music and I’ll just deal with commercials. I’ll just deal with them, big deal.
“It’s almost like growing up listening to the radio and there was not much else. Or when I was working on jobs with my father doing construction, we had the radio on, there were songs you hated, and all of a sudden you’re whistling them ’cause you listen to them a thousand fuckin’ times. But the point is, I just remember those times and I go, okay, well YouTube music, I’ll deal with your damn commercials cause I can listen to the stuff. I can at least type in what I want. ‘I want Samael, okay, Samael, Ceremony of Opposites, I’ll hear the record, two or three songs, I’ll get a commercial, I’ll hear two or three more songs, I’ll get a commercial and there’s the last two songs, records over and I’ll pick another one.’ And I’ll just deal with commercials like when I was listening to regular radio.
“I’m not gonna pay to get rid of commercials, I’m not gonna pay $1.99 a month just so you don’t badger me with dumb commercials. ‘Cause somewhere down the line that $1.99 is gonna turn into $3.99 and then $4.99. And it’s up to the person if they want to — not against anybody who does that ’cause if you do it and cut commercials and you’re loving it, and George is just being an old stubborn jerk — but that’s what I’ll do. I’m just too old for that kind of shit, you know. Pay $2 just to get rid of commercials, I’ll deal with them. I been dealing with them.”
Cannibal Corpse’s new album, Violence Unimagined, has spawned three singles so far: “Condemnation Contagion,” “Murderous Rampage,” and “Inhumane Harvest.” Violence Unimagined is out April 16 on Metal Blade. Pre-order it here. The band is “hopeful” they’ll be able to tour in the first half of 2022.
You can listen to our full chat with Corpsegrinder below.