Morrissey blasts The Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr for 'using my name as click bait' 1

Morrissey blasts The Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr for ‘using my name as click bait’

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Morrissey has hit out at Johnny Marr, accusing his former bandmate of ‘using my name for clickbait’. 

In a lengthy open letter, the former lead singer of The Smiths requested the group’s ex-guitarist refrain from speaking about him publicly, because he ‘doesn’t know him’.  

The pair were bandmates for six years in the Eighties and released four albums together alongside Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, but Morrissey noted that they haven’t spoken for 35 years. 

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There is a fight that never goes out: Morrissey blasted The Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr in a scathing open letter on Tuesday, accusing the guitarist OF 'using my name as click bait'

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before: Johnny Marr has mentioned Morrissey in several interviews over the years

There is a fight that never goes out: Morrissey (left) blasted The Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr in a scathing open letter on Tuesday, accusing the guitarist OF ‘using my name as click bait’ 

In a blog entry on his Morrissey Central website, the musician began: ‘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.’

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The iconic Manchester band split in 1987, due to conflicts between the two members, but Morrissey revealed he wants Johnny to stop making out that he is to ‘blame for everything’.

The Charming Men: The pair were bandmates for six years in the Eighties and released four albums together, but Morrissey noted that they haven't spoken for 35 years (pictured in 1987)

The Charming Men: The pair were bandmates for six years in the Eighties and released four albums together, but Morrissey noted that they haven’t spoken for 35 years (pictured in 1987) 

He continued: ‘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?’

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Continuing in his lengthy rant, Morrissey told Johnny to ‘stop using my name as click-bait’.

He said: ‘Our period together was many lifetimes ago, and a lot of blood has streamed under the bridge since then. There comes a time when you must take responsibility for your own actions and your own career, with which I wish you good health to enjoy. Just stop using my name as click-bait.’ 

Morrissey concluded: ‘I have not ever attacked your solo work or your solo life, and I have openly applauded your genius during the days of ‘Louder than bombs’ and ‘Strangeways, here we come’, yet you have positioned yourself ever-ready as rent-a-quote whenever the press require an ugly slant on something I half-said during the last glacial period as the Colorado River began to carve out the Grand Canyon.

‘Please stop. It is 2022, not 1982.’

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What Difference Does It Make? Morrissey penned a lengthy open letter after spotting his name brought up in yet another interview with Jonny

What Difference Does It Make? Morrissey penned a lengthy open letter after spotting his name brought up in yet another interview with Jonny 

Morrissey’s rant came days after Johnny explained the reason he is not ‘close’ with the singer, explaining they are ‘so different’ and he has better relationships with other bandmates. 

Speaking to Uncut magazine, he stated: ‘One of the reasons I’ve been in so many bands was because I wanted to be loyal to them. 

‘It won’t come as any surprise when I say that I’m really close with everyone I’ve worked with – except for the obvious one. And that isn’t that much of a surprise because we’re so different, me and Morrissey. 

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‘But all of these different musicians, I can pick up the phone to any one, and just pick up from where we left off.’

Bigmouth Strikes Again: (L-R) Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr and Mike Joyce went their separate ways in 1987 after conflicts between the two members

Bigmouth Strikes Again: (L-R) Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr and Mike Joyce went their separate ways in 1987 after conflicts between the two members

He continued: ‘So yeah, loyalty. But it’s not because I’m so virtuous. Everyone I’ve worked with has been great. The only thing that turned to s**t was The Smiths. Which is a shame, but s**t happens. 

‘I hate talking about the group I formed in those terms, the group I loved. But, you know, let’s get some perspective.’  

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The Smiths split is attributed to Morrissey’s irritation with Johnny’s work with other artists and Johnny’s frustration with Morrissey’s musical inflexibility. 

Speaking in 1992, Johnny claimed he hated Morrissey’s obsession with covering Sixties pop artists. noting: That was the last straw, really. I didn’t form a group to perform Cilla Black songs.’

In 2018 he added: ‘The differences in personalities are what often make for interesting chemistry, and inevitably the differences in personality comes a point when those things are gonna stop forward motion, I guess. 

‘I suppose as well, me and Morrissey just saw our futures differently.’

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That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore: Morrisey penned 'must you persistently, year after year, decade after decade, blame me for everything…'

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: Morrisey penned ‘must you persistently, year after year, decade after decade, blame me for everything…’

Johnny revealed that ten years prior that the pair met briefly in a pub and discussed whether they would reform the band and noted while they both seemed ‘keen’, nothing came from their encounter. 

Speaking to The Guardian in 2016 he admitted that she couldn’t see himself being friends with Morrissey again, but insisted that there was no bad blood between the pair. 

He stated: ‘I think it’s run its course. I don’t feel unfriendly in any way towards Morrissey – there’s just no need for it. 

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‘One of the things we had in common was that we lived for work, and we’re too busy doing what we’re doing now.’ 

While Morrissey and Johnny’s disputes have been well documented, the pair were in alliance when slapped with a court order from former bandmates Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.  

In March 1989, the bass player and drummer started legal proceedings against the pair, arguing they were equal partners in the band and each entitled to 25 percent of recording and performance royalties rather than the 10 percent they were getting in relation to Morrissey and Johnny’s 40 percent. 

While Andy settled out of court, Mike took his case to court in 1996 and won his case, with the judge branding Morrissey as ‘devious, truculent and unreliable’ and Johnny as ‘willing to embroider his evidence to a point where he became less credible.’

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Heaven Knows They Were Miserable: The Smiths split is attributed to Morrissey's irritation with Johnny's work with other artists and Johnny's frustration with Morrissey's musical inflexibility

Heaven Knows They Were Miserable: The Smiths split is attributed to Morrissey’s irritation with Johnny’s work with other artists and Johnny’s frustration with Morrissey’s musical inflexibility

 

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