I cannot stand The Smiths and Morrissey,and that’s okay

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It’s about time I wrote this. It’s long overdue, to be honest. It is time to finally share my hatred of one of the most overrated bands of all time. The Smiths, and the man they call Morrissey.

Don’t get me wrong, if you like The Smiths, then that is your prerogative. I am sure I like stuff that you may not, and I dislike stuff that you may like. Opinions on the internet are often ridden with hyperbole and can often lead to very black and white arguments on matters such as politics, current affairs, and a band from the 1980’s. You will have your opinions, and I will have mine. If you don’t like it, write a response in the comments.

The nature of this post is not really to bash a group of people I have never met or known, and as such I will not focus this post on superficial things, like their music or how I feel the band is overrated. This is mainly focusing on the actions that they have done. For those not in the know, The Smiths are a British band from the 1980’s. They originated from Manchester, and they’re known for their political statements in their songs, and I must commend that. Using a medium and a platform for your views is something I do, and I most certainly respect that. But there is a hypocritical nature to it. The Smiths released 4 albums, and for a group that was lyrically quite leftist, they certainly liked to rerelease their stuff in compilations. It has been often joked about. This quote for example:

“the anti-record company “Paint a Vulgar Picture” – on Strangeways, Here We Come – “has grown increasingly ironic in the wake of the Smiths’ and Morrissey’s love of repackaging the same material in new compilations.”

-Stephen Thomas Erlewine

That just makes the band hypocritical, really. I have ranted about compilation albums on this blog before, and The Smiths are probably the worst example of it. It just seems like a way to make money. Speaking of money, we cannot escape the fact that The Smiths treated their band members poorly. There was a whole court case regarding royalties owed to members of The Smiths by Marr and Morrissey, and the other two members won, and I am happy that they did, because they did pour their time and effort into the band. If you were working on a project which got you name credit alongside your peers, would you let two members of your team take the glory? No. You wouldn’t and you shouldn’t.

Those are two of my serious peeves with The Smiths. The superficial ones, such as the songs, really don’t matter. The songs all sound the same to me. Depressing, samey, and while technically sound, they are not original or imaginative. They are all funeral dirge songs to me. The attitude of the band in interviews makes them seem like disrespectful asshats, as shown in this clip here:

How rude do these guys seem? They do not endear themselves to me. Any respect for them is lost when you see their attitude.

And I end this post with my final criticism of The Smiths, just one more. Morrissey. Time to layeth the smackdown on him. Morrissey, as seen in the clip, is very disrespectful, but even worse, he has an almost holier than thou attitude to others in general. He is a vegetarian, and I am in no way insinuating that vegetarians think they’re better for their food choices. I  commend them for taking a stand against animal cruelty by choosing not to eat them, but Morrissey seems to think he is a deity for it. The man supports PETA for god’s sake. PETA is a whole rant in itself, and I will write a post on it in time, but all I’ll say is they think that drinking cow’s milk causes Autism in people, and that humans were natural herbivores. I will leave you with a quote made by Morrissey after the terrorist attack in Norway in 2011. This quote really does encapsulate why Morrissey is an awful human:

“We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Shit every day”

-Morrissey

 

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