Morrissey Claims He’s Being Erased From The Smiths’ History
In a recent blog post titled ‘Cancel Culture Begins At Home’ on his website, Morrissey voiced concerns over what he perceives as efforts to minimize his role in the Smith’s history.
Comparing his situation to negating Mick Jagger’s influence in the Rolling Stones, Morrissey wrote:
“There is also an obvious media shift to delete me from being the central essence of The Smiths, but this cannot work because I invented the group name, the song titles, the album titles, the artwork, the vocal melodies, and all of the lyrical sentiments came from my heart … and so it’s a bit like saying Mick Jagger had nothing to do with the Stones.”
He then refuted recent media reports about the meeting at Rough Trade Records:
“Several news sites now claim that the initial meeting at Rough Trade Records was with ‘Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke,’ even though Andy wasn’t even a committed band member at that point. The meeting, of course, was Morrissey and Marr.”
Before concluding his words, Morrisey recounted a conversation with Geoff Travis to clear the air about misconceptions:
“Even Geoff Travis has now suddenly decided that he ‘can’t remember who was with Johnny,’ even though Geoff looked me squarely in the eye on that very day and said, ‘We’d like to release ‘Hand In Glove’ immediately,’ and he then more importantly said to me that his name was Geoff with a G, not Jeff with a J. The hounds are snapping!
Hand in glove, I stake my claim! I’ll fight to the last breath!”
Morrissey and The Smiths Continue to Have an Influence
Despite these allegations, Morrissey’s influence in The Smiths is seen clearly through their popularity, especially among Gen Z audiences. Despite its dissolution in the late 1980s, the band continues to attract millions of monthly listeners on various digital streaming platforms. You can write our take on The Smiths’ influence here.
In other recent activities, Morrissey paid homage to Mike Hinc, The Smiths’ late live booking agent. His tour celebrating 40 years of his career faced some hiccups, including the abrupt cancellation of the first show in Perth.
Following the cancellation of his album ‘Bonfire Of Teenagers,’ Morrissey is set to release a new album titled ‘Without Music The World Dies.’ Announced in December 2022 and recorded in early 2023, this album is currently seeking distribution partners.