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Johnny Marr On Morrissey: "You Can Only Try And Be Friendly With Someone For So Long…"

In a real good interview by Dave Simpson of the Guardian, Johnny Marr pushed the product (his upcoming solo album The Messenger) but also discussed the man the legend Morrissey in some depth: “ Marr reveals that while the two former confidantes were meeting up occasionally a few years ago, nowadays they no longer speak at all."We don't have any reason to, to be honest," he says, with a touch of glumness. When Marr remastered the Smiths' back catalogue two years ago, he emailed Morrissey (along with all his ex-bandmates) saying he could hear the love in the music, but didn't hear back. "It was a nice way to leave it, I think," he considers, tiptoeing carefully around too much discussion of his former partner. "You can only try and be friendly with someone for so long without getting anything back. You just think: 'Ah, fuck it.'"

When Marr started Electronic with Bernard Sumner, Morrissey opined: "He's replaced me. I'm not sure what with." Does Marr think he still feels betrayed? "You never know. I don't have any weirdness about it, or any of them."

Yeah, Morrissey sure goes his own way and was apparently a complete dick. It is all a little sad and a little irrelevant, Morrissey is such a strange stick to whittle, why burn as bridge when there is no reason to burn. I have a friend who does that, I am always telling her, why are you not speaking to this person or that person and there is seldom a real reason: she overeacts, she goes off the deep end, is too unspeakably angry about stuff where there is no need. Where ignoring it or a sarcastic comment would handle the situation.

Morrissey is the same way, he lacks any sense of proportion and everything is on this one huge level of fury: the Queen’s corgi is pregnant, the UK in Baghdad, they cancelled Emerald farm –all well over the top. Marr is right, you can only try to be friendly for so long…

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