Amid his fandom for Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl has compared her stage presence to that of former Smiths frontman Morrissey.
Eilish, an American singer and songwriter who has seen her music go viral with her songs being he streaming count reaching into the hundreds of millions, released her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and garnered huge commercial success for Interscope Records.
Appearing on Josh Homme’s Alligator Hour radio show, conversation turned to Eilish’s rise and Grohl explained that attending her live concerts “felt like you were a part of something that was just about to explode.”
“It’s the connection she has with her audience – she’s like Morrissey,” Grohl added. “It’s like the kids who are there at the show, and not just kids, the people that are there are just like they are so into the scene like that world.”
Thankfully though, Grohl is referring to the movement Eilish is creating around her unique sub-genre of pop music rather than Morrissey’s controversial political views.
The former Smiths frontman has been involved in a well-documented furore after he publicly showed his support for far-right political movement ‘For Britain’. The ‘For Britain Movement’ is a political group—often described as extremist—founded by the anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters after she was defeated in the 2017 UKIP leadership.
Morrissey had initially voiced his support of For Britain in an interview, saying: “For Britain has received no media support and have even been dismissed with the usual childish ‘racist’ accusation…I don’t think the word ‘racist’ has any meaning any more, other than to say ‘you don’t agree with me, so you’re a racist.’ People can be utterly, utterly stupid.”
What has ensued has been a very public backing of the movement from the former Smiths frontman, which has included some high profile controversial comments and, twice in recent weeks, Morrissey has been spotted wearing a For Britain badge, most prominently during a performance on Jimmy Fallon’s major American TV show.
For Britain has been largely labeled as dangerous members of the political spectrum, Morrissey’s decision to support them has been heavily criticised by Journalist and ex-friend of Morrissey Dave Haslam: “My former friend sporting a For Britain badge, a party violently anti-Islam, filled with ex-BNP and ex-EDL, pro-privatisation, far right and prone to exploiting tragedies to disseminate divisive anti-immigrant rhetoric online, what happened to ‘It takes guts to be gentle and kind’?” Haslam reacted.
Most recently, Morrissey has been thanked by For Britain leader Anne Marie Waters, thanking him and the Daily Mail for their support: “Thank you so much for your support since the UKIP leadership election,” Waters said in a new YouTube video. “Thank you for giving us so much publicity.”
Perhaps more concerning, Waters went on to suggest that the popularity of the political movement has grown substantially since Morrissey’s show of support: “I can tell you that the traffic to our website exploded with the story breaking of you wearing the For Britain button badge, which you have been wearing everywhere from what I can see. We have sold out of those, but the good news is we have more, and they have been selling like hot cakes, so thank you very much for doing that,” she added.
Signing off her YouTube video, Waters thanked both Morrissey and the Daily Mail for spreading the word about For Britain: “Thank you, Morrissey. I hope to meet you one day,” said Waters. “Thank you, Daily Mail. Keep up the hysterical smearing. It’s having the opposite effect. You are driving people to us.”