'I don't attach Morrissey's political opinions to his music' - Jimmi Simpson/Under The Radar Feature

Interview with Jimmi Simpson where he talks quite a bit about our Mozza.

http://undertheradarmag.com/intervi...ace_ltd_westworld_morrissey_and_bill_callahan

Excerpt:

Kyle Mullin (Under the Radar): Why did Morrissey leave a big impression on you?

Jimmi Simpson: Most of us find Morrissey when we're teenagers. And we think of ourselves as dreamers: "We're going to meet and write poetry in the cemetery, because we're gothy, and we don't fit in anywhere else." And to have someone sing about that, in such a frolicking way, it's like "Oh, you get me."... The thing that's so great about The Smiths is it transcends that angst of teenage years. You can pop it on in your 30s, 40s, 70s, and just feel understood for a second.

When you talk about being a misunderstood gothy kid, it reminds me of your character from House of Cards. That was my first introduction to you, actually, and you were immediately memorable. Do you think The Smiths was as indispensable to him as they were to you?

Yeah, oh yeah. He was certainly an outsider. He was only comfortable with himself, his gerbil, and his dubstep. He liked his music a little more linear and, uh, through the center of his cortex than I do. [House of Cards showrunner] Beau Willimon actually wrote in that dubstep music as part of the character. Time and time again, we're connected to characters and storylines through song. Whether it's The Smiths sweetly bringing you along, or dubstep making your brain feel like it's crushed.

Does Morrissey's recent controversies spoil The Smiths at all for you? I saw Nick Cave say recently that fans of The Smiths shouldn't despair, but instead focus on the classic material, even if they disagree with him.

See, I've been following Nick Cave for ages and the things he's gone through in his personal life, and the way he's opening up the doors for other people to understand that experience through his keen observations...he's kind of like a saint. Of course I read that article as soon as it came out. I was torn for a while and there was a lull in my Morrissey listening, and then I read that Nick Cave article. And it was so eloquently stated. It wasn't just "Hold onto the classics" it was, I'm paraphrasing but it was something like: "You should understand, as musicians, we create a song and release it, it's a Rorschach test for you to make of it what you will." So now when I listen, I'm only projecting my stories on it. And I thank these artists so much for giving me this ability to meditate musically. But I don't attach Morrissey's political opinions to his music. Just read the Nick Cave article, it's brilliant. And it's truthful too. It's not giving anybody a pass, he's just explaining to you what's happening with the craft and the art of music.
 
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Nerak

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Oh, Lord. You'd think Morrissey was Hitler. There's not a number of far right endorsements, there's one bloody pin for a ridiculous party & a few garbled mutterings from a couple of books, blogs & YouTube videos.

It's absolutely dwarfed by every stupid left-wing thing he's ever said.

Still, at least he's not shunning his music (even though it's apparently exactly like Screwdriver).
 
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Anonymous

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'I don't attach Morrissey's political opinions to his music'

Who does?

Does anyone research the political opinions of all the musicians, actors, directors, porn stars, social media companies, game developers, that they like?

Of course not!
 

ForgivemeJESUS

I am not BBC scum
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We will be thru this for another 20 years, same ole same ole, but again we will be reminded of how Morrissey was and always has been ahead of the norm....simply as he wrote

IF YOU DONT LIKE ME ,THEN DONT LOOK AT ME , THERE MUST BE SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE YOUR CARES AWAY


MORRISSEY will not change for you, or you, you, or even you, not even you behind the curtain
 
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Anonymous

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If you’re wondering why... life-long Morrissey fans who’ve become sick to death of his asinine commentary and gruel-thin music are still here... It’s to watch the spiral and laugh at those of you who still slurp the drippings of a man-child who’s diaper has been overflowing since 1996. You provide the comedy. THAT’S what we’re here for and why we shall remain.

It also pisses you off. ...which is a complete scream and howling belly-ache!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh, especially when it helps to overcome one’s sadness and disappointment at being let down by a fraudulent “friend”?
 

Nerak

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If you’re wondering why... life-long Morrissey fans who’ve become sick to death of his asinine commentary and gruel-thin music are still here... It’s to watch the spiral and laugh at those of you who still slurp the drippings of a man-child who’s diaper has been overflowing since 1996. You provide the comedy. THAT’S what we’re here for and why we shall remain.

It also pisses you off. ...which is a complete scream and howling belly-ache!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh, especially when it helps to overcome one’s sadness and disappointment at being let down by a fraudulent “friend”?
Your life must be a joke if that's what you want us to believe you're 'laughing' at. Crying in the shower hugging a fragment of one of Morrissey's shirts more like.
 
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Anonymous

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If you’re wondering why... life-long Morrissey fans who’ve become sick to death of his asinine commentary and gruel-thin music are still here... It’s to watch the spiral and laugh at those of you who still slurp the drippings of a man-child who’s diaper has been overflowing since 1996. You provide the comedy. THAT’S what we’re here for and why we shall remain.

It also pisses you off. ...which is a complete scream and howling belly-ache!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh, especially when it helps to overcome one’s sadness and disappointment at being let down by a fraudulent “friend”?
Who doesn't enjoy the thinnest of gruel,specially on a Sunday night?
Everybody except Skinny of course.
 

BrokenFrame

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If you’re wondering why... life-long Morrissey fans who’ve become sick to death of his asinine commentary and gruel-thin music are still here... It’s to watch the spiral and laugh at those of you who still slurp the drippings of a man-child who’s diaper has been overflowing since 1996. You provide the comedy. THAT’S what we’re here for and why we shall remain.

It also pisses you off. ...which is a complete scream and howling belly-ache!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh, especially when it helps to overcome one’s sadness and disappointment at being let down by a fraudulent “friend”?
We pity how you live. Trolls are the lowest.
 
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Anonymous

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Morrissey should goose step onto the stage at Leeds and chase the left liberals out leaving the rest to enjoy the Mozfest.
 

Nerak

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On a political tangent Chantelle Houghton, who was married to the lead singer of The Ordinary Boys (named in tribute to the Morrissey song) & who starred in the greatest series of Big Brother (Celebrity 2006) with Pete Burns, sort of friend of Morrissey & George Galloway, who was once praised by Morrissey & who pretended to be a cat, is supporting Laurence Fox.

Fox's ridiculous publicity helps Moz by making people less afraid of disapproval. (There is no Moz in the article, just adding it for reference).

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowb...Laurence-Foxs-comments-young-people-woke.html
 

NealCassidy

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free speech
 

NealCassidy

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On a political tangent Chantelle Houghton, who was married to the lead singer of The Ordinary Boys (named in tribute to the Morrissey song) & who starred in the greatest series of Big Brother (Celebrity 2006) with Pete Burns, sort of friend of Morrissey & George Galloway, who was once praised by Morrissey & who pretended to be a cat, is supporting Laurence Fox.

Fox's ridiculous publicity helps Moz by making people less afraid of disapproval. (There is no Moz in the article, just adding it for reference).

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowb...Laurence-Foxs-comments-young-people-woke.html
from Tv's Big Brother?
 
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