Stay On My Arm You Little Charmer

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Johnny Marr (left)  and Morrissey in 1984

‘This is not a rant or an hysterical bombast. It is a polite and calmly measured request: Would you please stop mentioning my name in your interviews? Would you please, instead, discuss your own career, your own unstoppable solo achievements and your own music?

‘If you can, would you please just leave me out of it?’

Extract from an open letter to Johnny Marr from Morrissey

Yesterday.

Meanwhile…

Twang!

This morning.

An Open letter To Johnny Marr (Messages from Morrissey)

Pic: NME

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47 thoughts on “Stay On My Arm You Little Charmer

    1. goldenbrown

      nah sorry for me it’s:
      Morrissey = an utter dose of a dose
      Marr = top lad and one of the best guitarists ever period

      it’s the dose that’s looking for attention here

      1. Ian-oG

        +10000000000000000000000000000000000 goldenbrown

        Marr is a ledge, Morrissey is just annoying at this stage.

        1. K.Cavan

          You clearly had a smack in the head recently, Ian, what’s your favourite track by Marr. Just name anything…

  1. TenPin Terry

    Tbh Morrissey is looking more like Marty Morrissey these days.
    And he’s been singing the same one note for 35 years.
    Vastly overrated.
    Unlike this man.
    What a gorgeous song.
    An integral part of my love-making routine.Just about long enough at 3.22″ as well.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oofSnsGkops

    Tmi ?

      1. TenPin Terry

        Aye, six years.
        Not a bad old career either according to Wiki.
        Didn’t serve in NI.

        In 1999, Blunt volunteered to join a Blues and Royals squadron deploying with NATO to Kosovo. Initially assigned to carry out reconnaissance of the North Macedonia–Yugoslavia border, Blunt’s troop worked ahead of the front lines, locating and targeting Serbian forces for the NATO bombing campaign.
        On 12 June 1999, the troop led the 30,000-strong NATO peacekeeping force from the North Macedonia border towards Pristina International Airport. However, a Russian military contingent had moved in and taken control of the airport before his unit’s arrival. American NATO commander Wesley Clark ordered that the unit forcibly take the airport from the Russians. General Mike Jackson, the British commander, refused the order, telling Clark that they were “not going to start World War Three for you”.
        Blunt has said that he would have refused to obey such an order if General Jackson had not blocked it.

        Nice feller.Sharp as a tack.

          1. TenPin Terry

            I suppose when your debut album sells 13 million copies you probably can’t be bottomed that much.
            He’s certainly not miserable now

          2. Bodger

            You’ll probably like Phil Collins so. I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn’t understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins’ presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility.

          3. Chuckenstein

            Chipping in late here so apologies if I’ve missed the jig but Phil Collins is apparently well known to be an absolute breast. Gabriel every time. ‘I Can’t Dance’…..get out of town.

          4. Cú Chulainn

            I read American Psycho when it was first published and thought it was a fantastic insightful look into cocaine addiction, or at least cocaine psychosis, perfectly capturing the soul of my (slightly older) generation of Americans.

          5. TenPin Terry

            Not a huge fan of them or him tbh.
            Never really liked stadium or prog rock.
            More of an Americana man myself.Almost shed a tear when John Prine died of the ‘rona.
            And Matt Monroe. I love a bit of Matt Monroe.
            Another staple when I take the laydees on a trip to Headboard Heaven.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIJN03lBdBo

          6. TenPin Terry

            Just as The Great Compromise pops up on Spotify.
            I really miss John Prine.
            For me the biggest casualty of the pandemic,

    1. Ian-oG

      An integral part of your ”love making routine”?

      Pretty weird way to describe sticking your flaccid todger into a jar of luke warm liver?

        1. Annie 14 Tennis

          So this what Broadsheet has set the bar at? This is the level of discourse?
          Whatever about Covid, these type of very personal insults are dragging the site down very quickly. This Mad creature arrives then with the sole purpose of insulting people.

    2. K.Cavan

      Wow, you really are a taste-free zone, Terry, I assume you have Phil Collins Greatest Hits & a lot of Celine Dion in your collection?

  2. gorgi

    morrissey can be a breasticle sometimes ,but then i listen to ,now my heart is full ,, and i instantly forgive him.

  3. K.Cavan

    To say that’s hard to justify is an understatement, goldenbrown. Morrissey played with Marr in The Smiths for six years, obviously Marr faded into obscurity after that, a glorified session player, his work with Bernard Summer, as Electronic, was probably the highlight but he’s name-dropped Morrissey in almost every interview since, probably a wise move, given his relative obscurity these days but I’m sure it’s an irritatant to the singer, who’s post-Smiths work made it clear who was the driving artistic force behind their success, not to mention fairly pathetic behaviour for a grown man.
    I admire good guitarists but, like it or not, they’re a dime a dozen.
    Johnny, It Was Really Nothing…

    1. TenPin Terry

      Relative obscurity ?
      Morrissey has 127K Twitter followers.
      Marr just under 300k.
      Years ago I read an article by someone who worked for Morrissey and it’s clear he’s a prize tosser.

  4. K.Cavan

    It really is quite sad, Marr’s fantastic guitar-playing with The Smiths is his legacy. I liked a lot of his post-Smiths work too but I’m a bit of a music fan, most people wouldn’t know him from Adam Clayton or even be aware of what he played on. Nevertheless, he maintains his profile by obtaining interviews mostly on the back of that magnificent legacy, which he devalues with every appearance in print. Luckily, nobody’s reading his interviews. Apart from Morrissey, obviously.

  5. Andrew

    Marr is a woke lefty luvvie he says what he thinks people want to hear.

    Morrissey says what he likes.

  6. Nullzero

    Neither of them have been as good apart as they were together.

    The one good thing about them bickering is that there’s no danger of them destroying the legacy of The Smiths with a cash grab reunion any time soon.

    In a week where Taylor Swift is having hissy fits about whether or not she writes her own asinine pop drivel maybe someone who’s never heard The Smiths before might have the wonder of their music opened up to them by this otherwise embarrassing public argument. Although a cynical part of me suspects they may both be laughing at anyone who takes it seriously.

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