Johnny Marr interview in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant; mentions Smiths split

‘Bij alles wat ik deed stonden fans en journalisten te luisteren of het wel genoeg op The Smiths leek’ - De Volkskrant

Some interesting comments by Marr on The Smiths split. Please note: these are (amateurish) translations from a (journalists) translation in Dutch.

"The best decision I ever made was running away from The Smiths. I never regretted it, it really was done. Always when somebody calls again: gee, what a shame, I think: dude, you should know. The chemistry between Morrissey and me had worked out. We weren't friends, the only thing that tied us were shared musical preferences. When we could no longer find each other in music, it was done."

"I initially laughed at Morrisseys sarcasm and was touched by his strong anti-macho texts. But after five years of references to Oscar Wilde and sixties films, I was slightly done with it. I myself read J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs. I loved dystopian literature. Morrissey was actually more romantic."

"Morrissey and I were different in almost anything. Always. OK, thanks to his lyrics to Meat Is Murder, I stopped eating meat, but otherwise I've never attached much value to his opinions. All I can say is that The Smiths stood up for the rightless and the oppressed, the marginalized ones in our society because of their sexual orientation, race or descent. That is what The Smiths stood for. And we called ourselves leftwing. Morrissey engaging himself with disseminators of hatred is horrible, but I have felt so far away from him for so long that I can't really worry about it. What he does, says or sings, doesn't interest me. And please note: even he can not rewrite our history. I do not recognize anything in him what we once stood for as a band. "
 
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There is only one explanation for all of this. Marr has to promote his new record and no way in hell he wants to be associated with the controversial Morrissey. "Look at me! I am a leftie! I have nothing to do with the racist Morrissey. Buy my record. It's really good." He must have taken an advice from his label. "Hey Johnny, the sales figures are really not what we've imagined. Maybe if you make a statement how you disassociate yourself from Morrissey that could really bring the numbers up."

Record sales pish as usual and small gigs not sold out anywhere hmm, he has months to maybe sell them out wont happen simple
 
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Record sales pish as usual and small gigs not sold out anywhere hmm, he has months to maybe sell them out wont happen simple

On the contrary, Johnny Marr has sold out shows in Liverpool, Glasgow and NYC, months in advance. His album was number one vinyl upon debut and his single was also number one vinyl. Doubtful that his opinion on Morrissey would have anything to do with it.

Anyway, he's not the one volunteering his opinion, he just keeps getting asked - people seem fascinated to hear the word "Morrissey" come from his lips. Even Kylie Minogue asked him about reforming the Smiths on the Chris Evans Breakfast show, but he managed to evade saying his name, only that despite being offered crazy money, there was no chance of the band ever reforming. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06b5j8w
 

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Record sales pish as usual and small gigs not sold out anywhere hmm, he has months to maybe sell them out wont happen simple

Another post by a one eyed tool - London, Glasgow and Liverpool already sold out, Manchester a handful of seats on the 3rd tier left.
 
Marr is a wanker if he said that ...
highligting gunloving junkie William S. Burroughs and at the same time feeling far away from Moz because of him "engaging himself with disseminators of hatred " ha ha - makes no sense, but thats typical left wing.

"So, what difference does it make?
It makes none
But now you have gone
And you must be looking very old tonight"
 
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My posts in this thread was a bad attempt on my behalf to troll the hell out of people.

I am against nazis cause I don't believe in any kind of socialism. Sorry if you comments meant you believed I actually stand behind them myself. Don't shoot the messenger.


sorry i can’t relate to mean people. i can understand not being openly friendly but how can you go out of your way to actively be so mean….on purpose….for fun….aren’t u exhausted …
 

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Let the tosser get on with it, plus point no Reunion thank god as Moz does not need the arse
You're funny. The tables are rapidly turning where Morrissey would benefit the most from a Smiths reunion. Now the power is increasingly in the hands of the lawnmower parts.
 
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Record sales pish as usual and small gigs not sold out anywhere hmm, he has months to maybe sell them out wont happen simple

Exactly. Album Bombed, a catastrophe sales wise. I MEAN TRULY CATASTROPHIC with 8000 units sold.:eek: What a total CATASTROPHE by DRAMA J.
Gigs in tiny bars that wont ever sell out. Hes marginally know.:straightface: Word is he may retire so as to keep his
string of sucky albums intact.:rock:
 
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Exactly. Album Bombed, a catastrophe sales wise. I MEAN TRULY CATASTROPHIC with 8000 units sold.:eek: What a total CATASTROPHE by DRAMA J.
Gigs in tiny bars that wont ever sell out. Hes marginally know.:straightface: Word is he may retire so as to keep his
string of sucky albums intact.:rock:

My dude, give it up. Johnny Marr is popular, well-respected, articulate and immensely talented. You're embarrassing yourself, even more than usual.
 
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Makes me sad reading this. I've become disillusioned with Morrissey now and I was a die-hard. Johnny seemed to put the Smiths' problems behind him in his autobiography but recent events with Moz have obviously tipped the balance. To read they weren't friends and so on... makes me feel as though there's no point even listening to The Smiths anymore, they were baseless, it was all a front, meaningless. Makes me feel sadly conned. They are killing their own legacy.
 
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Makes me sad reading this. I've become disillusioned with Morrissey now and I was a die-hard. Johnny seemed to put the Smiths' problems behind him in his autobiography but recent events with Moz have obviously tipped the balance. To read they weren't friends and so on... makes me feel as though there's no point even listening to The Smiths anymore, they were baseless, it was all a front, meaningless. Makes me feel sadly conned. They are killing their own legacy.

I'm listening to the Smiths right now, "Still Ill", "Well I Wonder", "That Joke Isn't Funny" - all still beautiful. That's never going to change.
 
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Marr's comments are disgusting as are anyone's defending them.
 
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Marr is a wanker if he said that ...
highligting gunloving junkie William S. Burroughs and at the same time feeling far away from Moz because of him "engaging himself with disseminators of hatred " ha ha - makes no sense, but thats typical left wing.

"So, what difference does it make?
It makes none
But now you have gone
And you must be looking very old tonight"
Glory seeking idiot who spouts constant fantasist fictions, spurious retellings, with his own self absorbed interests to the fore. He epitomizes everything that is bad wrong and evil with the world today.
 
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Glory seeking idiot who spouts constant fantasist fictions, spurious retellings, with his own self absorbed interests to the fore. He epitomizes everything that is bad wrong and evil with the world today.

Totally true, hes going to CALL THE COMET:crazy:
Maybe using the red phone:blacktelephone:
"hello Comet are you busy , can you blow us up and then reset us? After you take
your tea, of course. Thank you Comet.:crazy: Total wacko.:straightface:
 

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Makes me sad reading this. I've become disillusioned with Morrissey now and I was a die-hard. Johnny seemed to put the Smiths' problems behind him in his autobiography but recent events with Moz have obviously tipped the balance. To read they weren't friends and so on... makes me feel as though there's no point even listening to The Smiths anymore, they were baseless, it was all a front, meaningless. Makes me feel sadly conned. They are killing their own legacy.

Nothing could kill The Smiths.

And if Morrissey and Marr were never friends, why have they fought and reconciled, fought and reconciled, for 30 years? If I wasn't invested in someone and found myself in conflict with them, I'd just forget them. I wouldn't be meeting them in pubs decades later for a cosy chat about family news, in any case. Morrissey and Marr are like exes who can't move on. They will spat and make up again eventually.
 
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Nothing could kill The Smiths.

And if Morrissey and Marr were never friends, why have they fought and reconciled, fought and reconciled, for 30 years? If I wasn't invested in someone and found myself in conflict with them, I'd just forget them. I wouldn't be meeting them in pubs decades later for a cosy chat about family news, in any case. Morrissey and Marr are like exes who can't move on. They will spat and make up again eventually.

You only need to watch Moz' reaction on Colbert after the sentence "Welcome Johnny Marr" to know that Moz is far away from 'not caring'.
 

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