Depeche Mode think that Simon Cowell and The X Factor are responsible for turning the music industry into a 'horrible business'.
The legendary eighties band Depeche Mode have slammed the TV show that brought us such music talent as Leona Lewis and Matt Cardle.
In an interview with MusicWeek, Martin Gore laments the state of the music industry today, and share their particular dislike for reality TV shows such as The X Factor.
Band member Gore went as far as to say, "I'm not advocating violence, but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell."
"His influence in the music industry over the last God knows how many years it’s been now... It's just like, so many people think that that's what music is.
"What happened to bands getting together? They are very few and far between now and the ones that do probably can’t afford to get into a studio and make a record."
He compared the manufactured bands of today to Depeche Mode, pointing out how Depeche have managed to develop over time.
Dave Gahan performing at London's O2 Arena in 2010
Frontman Dave Gahan agreed, adding, "It's a pretty horrible business today really, I've got to say. You have to be tough and you've got to be thick skinned because there are going to be things written about you that you’re not going to like.
"You're going to get scrutinized, your work will not always be liked and if they do like something really a lot they're probably not going to like the next thing and compare it to the last thing. It takes a time for a band to grow if they're any good.
"We were lucky that we were taken under the wing of Daniel Miller who never once in the studio said, 'Where’s the hit song?'"
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