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These Charming Men: Morrissey wants Johnny Marr to stop mentioning him in interviews

Johnny Marr & Morrissey in 1983; Clare Muller/Redferns

Move over Liam and Noel Gallagher: we have a new development in the ongoing Morrissey and Johnny Marr feud.

Late Tuesday, Moz posted an open letter on his Morrissey Central website addressed to Marr, asking his former Smiths band mate to “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?” Morrissey wrote. “If you can, would you please just leave me out of it?”

“The fact is: you don’t know me,” he continued. “You know nothing of my life, my intentions, my thoughts, my feelings. Yet you talk as if you were my personal psychiatrist with consistent and uninterrupted access to my instincts. We haven’t known each other for 35 years — which is many lifetimes ago.”

The post is seemingly in response to an interview Marr gave with the U.K.’s Uncut Magazine, in which, according to NME, Marr said he was “so different” from Morrissey.

“It won’t come as any surprise when I say that I’m really close with everyone I’ve worked with — except for the obvious one,” Marr said. “And that isn’t that much of a surprise because we’re so different, me and Morrissey.”

In his letter, Morrissey accused Marr of “using [his] name as clickbait,” and being “ever-ready as rent-a-quote whenever the press require an ugly slant.”

“Please stop,” he concluded. “It is 2022, not 1982.”

In response, Marr fired off a tweet tagging Morrissey reading, “Dear @officialmoz. An ‘open letter’ hasn’t really been a thing since 1953. It’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had that one down. Also, this fake news business…a bit 2021 yeah?”

Marr also added the hashtag #MakingIndieGreatAgain.

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