Morrissey and Johnny Marr were both members of The Smiths, one of the most successful and well-known indie bands of all time. However, they haven’t seen eye to eye in 35 years because of their differences, which resulted in The Smiths breaking up.
Fast-forward to the present day, Morrissey reveals that he is tired of Johnny Marr mentioning him in his interviews. Furthermore, Morrissey stated on his blog:
“This is not a rant or an hysterical bombast. It is a polite and calmly measured request: Would you please stop mentioning my name in your interviews?”
“Would you please, instead, discuss your own career, your own unstoppable solo achievements and your own music? If you can, would you please just leave me out of it?”
“The fact is: you don’t know me. You know nothing of my life, my intentions, my thoughts, my feelings. Yet you talk as if you were my personal psychiatrist with consistent and uninterrupted access to my instincts.”
“We haven’t known each other for 35 years – which is many lifetimes ago. When we met you and I were not successful. We both helped each other become whatever it is we are today. Can you not just leave it at that?
“Must you persistently, year after year, decade after decade, blame me for everything … from the 2007 Solomon Islands tsunami to the dribble on your grandma’s chin?”
Morrissey also told Marr to “stop using my name as click-bait”.
After discovering the post, Johnny hit back on Twitter: “Dear
@officialmoz. An ‘open letter’ hasn’t really been a thing since 1953, It’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had that one down. Also, this fake news business…a bit 2021 yeah ? #makingindiegreatagain“.