Never afraid of sharing his opinions on the world of pop music, Morrissey has taken a swing at pop heavyweights Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, saying that “things can’t possibly get any worse” now that there’s no spontaneity in pop.
When asked about the success of pop musicians in a recent interview with Boulder Weekly, Moz mused over the current state of popular music, and made his feelings known.
“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,” Morrissey said.
“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 [acts] 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.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Morrissey spoke about the concept of ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’, and somehow managed to relate it to his veganism.
“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,” Moz said.
“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.”
Morrissey’s latest anti-pop and anti-meat comments come after he said he “officially died for nine minutes”, and a few other strange things, in an earlier interview.
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