Bigmouth Strikes Again

20 February 2013

Johnny Marr’s at it again. ‘David Cameron is not allowed to like my music,’ he fumes. He revives his disgust for Cameron’s love of The Smiths at least once every three months. God knows why he bothers. A bid to get his once famous name back in the papers? Or perhaps he likes to madden Tories?

Ever since Cameron appeared on  Desert Island Discs, Tories have winced at the furious and occasionally bemused response from musicians name-checked by Dave. Marr was, as we know, most put out to find ‘The Charming Man’ on the list; and Paul Weller of The Jam was lost as to why Cameron liked ‘Eton Rifles’. Weller memorably said: ‘Which part of it doesn’t he get? It wasn’t intended as a fucking jolly drinking song for the cadet corps.’


Some Tory MPs have clearly taken enough stick this time round. Claire Perry, not known for mincing her words, has declared:

‘Hey:Johnny Marr+Morrissey! Listened while at Nailsea Comp in the 1980s and I still listen now I am a Tory MP!!#HeavenKnowsYourMiserableNow.’

Shame about Perry’s missing ‘e’ from her hashtag. It changes the meaning somewhat.

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  • JMckechnie

    So, David Cameron is not supposed to appreciate the artistic ability of someone on their say so? What a thoroughly unpleasant country this is fast becoming.

  • Call Me Dave

    Dear Mr Marr,

    How about a compromise?

    I wont listen to anything you’ve done since The Smiths.

    It’s not difficult since you haven’t done anything worth listening to since The Smiths (a quarter of century ago).

    Yours sincerely,

    Call Me Dave

  • Abandon Ship!

    Speaking as a Lancastrian myself, I get particularly annoyed with the whining Manchester drone that twits like Marr speak with. Trying to be edgy, alternative etc etc but only succeeding in being boring. Grow up you sad men.

    • The Sage

      I agree 100%. It was the same with that nonentity from The Word.
      It’s also like watching BBC Breakfast Time – a daily homage to all things Mancunian or more strictly Salfordian. An endless stream of dim-witted Lancashire-based “experts” wheeled on each morning because the show can’t get anyone from south of Chester to appear.

  • FrankS

    Marr shouldn’t worry – CMD only likes The Smiths because an image adviser told him to.

    • Ridcully

      Would that be the same image adviser who told Gordon Brown to claim that the band he most listened to on his iPod was the Arctic Monkeys?

  • Simon Semere

    You may be slightly before my time Johnny Marr, but if David Cameron disgusts you I already love your music.

    • Wessex Man

      Yes but The Smiths were a load of rubbish then and now, if you can take, try listening to a few of their songs.

      • RBcritique

        Well, that’s not strictly true. How Soon Is Now ?

        • Wessex Man

          Too soon!

  • Nick Reid

    Perhaps The Smiths should donate all their earnings from Tory voters over the years to charity. Hmm, thought not !

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