The Cure’s Robert Smith Reflects On His Longterm Feud With The Smiths’ Morrissey

After the interview with Jonathan Dean for The Sunday Times, The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith has touched upon the feud between him and The Smiths’ Morrissey which is seen in the outtakes from the interview Dean has shared on Twitter.

It has been known that there has been a verbal spar between Robert Smith and Morrissey since the 1980s. Morrisey’s response to the question of who would he shoot first if he was in the room with Robert Smith and Mark E. Smith might be considered as the source of the feud as he had answered he would shoot them both, Robert Smith was a whinge bag and he disliked The Cure.

After that teasing answer in the 1984’s interview, in 1989, Smith aimed at him and said Morrisey was a miserable bastard who sings the same songs every time he opens his mouth. After the release of The Cure’s ‘Disintegration,’ Morrisey also regarded the album as absolutely vile and The Cure as a new dimension of the word ‘crap.’ Smith then responded to his statement that at least they added a new dimension to the word, not built a career out of it.

On a more recent date, in 2018, Smith spoke to The Guardian on the feud with Morrisey that he never quite understood it. A year later, Morrisey admitted that he said some terrible things about him 35 years ago when asked about his regrets in an interview. Considering this apology, Smith said he never thought about it, and even at the time he never understood what the problem was, adding it’s far from important now. Although the ice between them seems to be broken, they don’t seem to be closer friends anytime soon.

Recently, seen in the outtakes of Jonathan Dean’s interview, Robert Smith described the issue between him and Morrisey as an imaginary fraud that happened 20 years ago. He said that he really did not like The Smiths particularly before as they were just rivals for a brief period, adding he did not dislike them on a personal level as he didn’t know them.

In Smith’s words, he said:

“With Morrissey, I got a flurry of stuff. And I thought, ‘what does it matter?’ This imaginary feud happened 20 years ago. I didn’t really like The Smiths particularly. They were competing for a very brief period. But more than that, I didn’t connect with it. I didn’t dislike them on a personal level – I didn’t know them.”

Smith then added:

“It never really got to me and then in later years it was this setup and I thought ‘why?’ And so since then I’ve realized how easily these things can spiral because people want it to be something. They’re desperate for it to be some sort of soap opera.”

Jonathan Dean’s tweet quoting Robert Smith is below.