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Morrissey can no longer listen to The Smiths: "It was beautiful, but it's gone"


Morrissey has explained why he can no longer listen to work produced by his former band The Smiths.

Detailing what he describes as a “great but simplistic time”, Morrissey made it clear that it was the music he has produced as a solo artist that has become his true source of pride and happiness.

The interview comes after the 58-year-old’s explosive interview in which he unloaded his controversial opinion in an explosive new interview in which he claimed “Hitler was left wing” and made derogatory comments about London mayor Sadiq Kahn.

As the conversation moved to his music, Morrissey was asked about whether he was able listen to work by his past band, to which he replied: “No. It was beautiful, but it’s gone.

“My pride is with ‘Low In High School‘, ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business‘, ‘Years Of Refusal‘, ‘Ringleader Of the Tormentors‘, ‘You Are The Quarry‘, ‘Swords’, ‘Southpaw Grammar’, ‘Your Arsenal’, ‘Vauxhall and I’ … they are me, whereas The Smiths was a great but simplistic time.

“I cannot imagine my life without those solo albums, yes, and even ‘Maladjusted’! I love them so much.”

Morrissey then went on to describe how his legacy left by The Smiths has inadvertently impacted the promotion of his solo work: “Last year I did an interview with The Times newspaper and the piece emerged with an enormous photograph of The Smiths…who weren’t even mentioned in the conversation,” he said.

“I must live with it. There can never be enough detail to look beyond The Smiths, or to write a headline that wasn’t a Smiths song.

“I don’t think it’s a hateful gesture to keep pulling me back to 1983, but there’s certainly a morbid sentimentality. It’s a bit like referring to David Bowie only in relation to The Laughing Gnome.”

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