Johnny Marr Says Morrissey's Pro-Brexit Beliefs a "Drawback" to Smiths Reunion
Published Nov 02, 2016Perennially pessimistic old grump Morrissey has shaded David Bowie, called out Buzzcocks for licensing their music to McDonalds's, and declared his disdain for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — and that's just in the last few months. But it's his recent comments about the UK's Brexit decision that could be the ultimate nail in the coffin for any kind of (already pretty hopeless) Smiths reunion.
While promoting his new autobiography Set the Boy Free, Johnny Marr revealed that a reunion between himself and Morrissey was a "very real prospect" back in 2008, admitting: "I think we were both as keen as each other."
"The conversation about reforming came out of the blue," Marr told The Guardian over the weekend. "I didn't go there with that in mind. But there had been quite a few rumours about it, so naturally we discussed it. 'It could happen…' 'How d'you feel about it?' 'What if?' And off we went."
But it seems any glimmer of hope sparked by the new revelation has already been snuffed out. Marr has now spoken out against Morrissey's Brexit stance, telling Sky News that the musical pair no longer share the same beliefs.
"I always forget about that, it's stuff I hear second hand and I don't believe everything I read," he started. "But if that is the case that he's pro-Farage, there would be a slight drawback in that, as anyone would imagine."
He further distanced himself from Moz's opinions, telling the reporter, "As far as Brexit goes, I'm proud again to be in the minority. No-one ever says the majority is right, I've been in the minority a lot — when I was younger and now."
Morrissey recently referred to Britain's decision to leave the European Union as "magnificent," and compared UK news outlets' coverage of the ordeal to that of the American election.
"The British political class has never quite been so hopeless, but the same can be said for the USA. What has happened is that news media can no longer attach any nobility to old-style politics because although politicians do not and cannot change, the people the world over have changed," Morrissey said in an interview with FasterLouder. "What could be more grotesquely stupid than the Clinton-Trump coverage? As for Brexit, the result was magnificent, but it is not accepted by the BBC or Sky News because they object to a public that cannot be hypnotised by BBC or Sky nonsense. These news teams are exactly the same as Fox and CNN in that they all depend on public stupidity in order to create their own myth of reality. Watch them at your peril!"
While that Smiths reunion seems as unlikely as ever, fans can read about the one that almost happened in 2008 by getting their hands on a copy of Marr's new book.
Set the Boy Free is out tomorrow (November 3) via Dey Street Books.