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Let’s be very clear: You should never throw anything at a concert. Even if you don’t fuck up and hit some poor audience member a few rows from the stage, it’s still dangerous, boorish behavior, and it can rightly get you in a lot of trouble for violating the well-being and safety of others. All that being said, though: If you feel bound and determined to disrupt a show in such a fashion, and if you’ve already decided that the hurled object in question is going to be a fish…Well, there are probably worse people you could throw it at than former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher.

We don’t even mean that as a dig on Gallagher; he continues to put out occasionally interesting music, after all, and remains one of rock journalism’s most potent sources of great “Fuck you” quotes. And that’s kind of the point: If anyone was going to get a fish chucked at them during a performance at Spain’s Festival Internacional de Benicàssim—as Gallagher did this weekend, apparently—we’re just glad it was someone who’d respond with a self-assured, “Which dickhead threw the fish here, then?”

Gallagher reportedly stopped the show to deal with the piscine infringement, going on to address the crowd with the following Manchester tone poem: “Fucking stinky, smelly fish, man. Now listen man, it really ain’t that fucking bad, man. Don’t be throwing fish on stage, mate. I’ve seen a lot worse than this shit. Alright?” And really, it’s an extremely relatable, understandable response to being confronted with seafood in the middle of your set.

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Consequence Of Sound has plenty of follow-up questions about the incident, mostly centered on the question of how (and why) one goes about smuggling a full, uncooked fish into a music venue in the first place. (It’s like the old “Who brings rotten tomatoes to a show?” question, but way more floppy and smelly.) But it all comes back to Gallagher, who ultimately passed judgment on the situation with the relaxed surety of a guy who’s had a lot of shit thrown at him over the years: “I can’t be fucking singing while there’s a fish there, man.”

Man’s got a point.