Gotta hand it to Morrissey: After all these years, the Smiths frontman/curmudgeon is still reliably miserable about the most random things. Now, it would appear that UK sensations Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are on his shit list. Or, maybe they’re just two people he can’t stand hearing on the loudspeakers while he shops for cucumber-avocado sushi at his local grocery store.
Regardless, Moz was deriding modern music when he specifically called out the singers, who probably have nothing but really, really nice things to say about him. Here’s what he told Colorado’s Boulder Weekly in an e-mail interview:
“There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.”
Don’t call him out of touch, either. He actually had some slightly (backhandedly?) positive things to say about today’s crop of youths:
“It seems to me that the situation has reversed. The bands now strive to stay healthy whereas the music public, especially the very young, dress and look very clichéd rock ‘n’ roll, and with that comes a careless attitude towards drugs. The positives are the rejection of fur and leather and McDonalds and even plastics, all very important no-go zones for the intelligent young people. Then you see someone wearing animal fur and they immediately register as being moronic. So, in amongst the grime, I see lots of good changes, and as soon as animals are off the menu, the world will be a great place.”
The rest of the interview is quite a read, as Morrissey reflects on his own sense of humor, his adoration of melody, his former love for NME, and his thoughts on The Smiths’ back catalogue. Read the complete interview here.