Morrissey: We’re being ‘force-fed’ Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith by the music industry


There are so many things to complain about in the state of music today. I could probably go on for pages and days about Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Adam Levine and many more. But two artists that I really don’t have a problem with? Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. Ed’s not my favorite person but he writes his own songs (and he writes and produces for other people) and he’s doing his thing and good for him. Sam is lovely – he’s got a beautiful voice and he’s managed to navigate the industry really well for someone so young (he’s only 23). But Ed and Sam are the targets of Morrissey’s latest rant. Yes, Morrissey has taken a break from squawking about the royal family to bitch about two of the most harmless people in music today. This is what Morrissey had to say:

The music industry today: “There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. 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.”

Name-checking Ed and Sam: “It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed 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.”

The voice is special: “I’m still as obsessive about vocal melody as I was when I was 14. The singing voice is still, I think, the most sexual and sensual and potent power on earth. It’s my life, at the expense of everything and anything else. I am not a performer. I am not an act, and this is not a career.”

[From E! News]

I wonder if Morrissey chose Ed and Sam because they’re young, popular British talents who have broken into the charts internationally? I also wonder if Morrissey is sort of pissed that Sam managed to own his sexuality so publicly and so early in his career. I’m just saying… it seems like Morrissey name-checked Ed and Sam specifically for reasons other than Ed and Sam representing everything wrong with music today? If you want to talk about the music industry being so controlled or whatever… there are so many other examples you could use. I don’t even think the music industry expected Sam Smith to really make it – his success was as much a surprise to the powers that be. Ugh, whatever. Morrissey is such a bitter old bitch.


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  1. TX says:

    His choice of Ed and Sam is very strange. At least they can sing, write and in Eds case so much more (maybe Sam too I’m just not familiar enough with him). He could have easily called out the Katy Perrys of the world to make a more valid point. Definitely makes me think there is another reason for his lashing out at them as well.

    • DivineMsM says:

      I mean, seriously. Everything/one is force-fed at some point. When Kesha was in vogue, I wanted to gouge my ears out on the daily when I heard her on the radio.

      • Carol says:

        @Divine – Seriously so true! At every decade there were vapid pop stars owning the air waves with old people saying “what’s wrong with music these days, there’s no substance anymore.” I’m so sick of hearing older people talking about how the past was better than the present,

  2. Barrett says:

    I get why people who like the genre love like Sam. But for me his songs pain me. It’s not my taste so it’s like listening to a dying cat w a beautiful death cry. Ed Sheeran is talented. I just also think these 2 make great candidates Bc there songs are so over played on the radio ( along w countless others).

    I will say that song where Ed says he will love the women until his legs don’t walk and he’s 70. I do an eye roll every time. 70 is not even that old in today’s society. I like you Ed but I am throwing up a bit.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      This made me chuckle. I’ve always felt like this kind of music hits big because most people’s musical tastes aren’t that sophisticated. Now is that due to the record companies pushing it on us, or is that what sells? In the age of the Internet you can search out so much interesting stuff. My 20 year old son doesn’t listen to anything mainstream, but my daughter likes pop (along with the good, old stuff we raised her on, imho).

      • Lynnie says:

        I agree with you on the sophisticated part. Many people my age will name drop these two as artists they listen too in an effort to seem cultured and not mainstream.

    • Shambles says:

      Barrett, I’m so glad you brought up the “I will love you til you’re 70” line. That makes me laugh and *facepalm* every time I hear it. Ed Sheeran will love you til you’re 70. But the day you turn 71? B!tch, bye. 😉
      I think Ed is talented, and a pretty harmless guy. My biggest problem with him is that he has some of the worst tattoos in the history of anything ever.

    • V4Real says:

      Well a lot of couples don’t make it until 70, so he’s pretty much saying I will love you forever.
      In the entertainment world most couples don’t make it passed 40. So he has a point.

      • Lauren II says:

        I recently saw Ed in London, Ontario with my daughter.
        Beyond incredible. Best concert I have ever seen – besides Prince.
        Even my hubby was impressed with Ed’s skills.
        Ed is much more than “Thinking Out Loud”.
        My favorite track is “Bloodstream”.
        “Give Me Love” gave me chills.
        Ed has much more to reveal musically. He is witty and brilliant.

    • Cirien says:

      Thank you for the hilarious description of Sam Smith’s voice. It really does grate.

    • DivineMsM says:

      To be fair, though, he probably needed a number with three syllables. 🙂 My mom is 72 and she’s positively youthful.

    • Canoki says:

      I’m forced by my land lady to listen to light FM where they play Sam Smith every day. (how can I be forced? speakers for passersby directly below my window) Your description is very, very apt, Barrett.

  3. Franca says:

    Maybe Sam and Ed aren’t the worst offenders, but they do write ( does Sam write his own songs, or does he just knick them from Tom Petty?) benign bornig love songs. There is no excitement in mainstream music anymore. There’s a glimpse here and there, but other than that, nothing,

    I’d love to see some of these huge young stars sing about political and social issues.

    • Naddie says:

      This. I don’t feel particularly annoyed by Sheeran or Smith, but you’re so right. I was listening to the first Alanis Morissette’s album these days and man, that was edgy. Fiona Apple is another example. I don’t know if she’s ever been mainstream, but she’s such a powerful artist. People like to give excuse to this lame ass singers because they’re young (Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift), but these ladies were in their early twenties when they started.

      • Franca says:


        And also, in this day and age, whit all the horrible things happening, I don’t get how there aren’t more RATM style bands who sing about politics. I can’t think of a popular band like that now, at least not on a global level.

      • Mitchie says:

        I think Florence and the Machine are being looked over sadly. She writes beautiful and intelligent songs, and sung beautifully. But is bowled over by the over saturated and untalented.

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah, I just realised recently that that Ed Sheeran song I’ve been hearing constantly on the radio for about two years is actually about 10 different songs. They all sound the same to me. And he’s a terrible singer, he ends up screech yelling as the song builds because he can’t hit or hold many notes. That he writes these songs he can’t actually sing just makes it worse.

      I enjoy Sam’s voice, though he would be 1000% better with proper training, but again, all his songs might as well be one song.

      There’s no inventiveness there, no risk-taking, no interesting lyrics or beautiful harmonies. It’s just the same formula re-packaged again and again.

    • Linn says:

      To be fair Ed Sheeran’s break-through-song (The A-Team) was a song about a social issue instead of a love song. He just seems to shift more into the direction of love songs lately or at least that’s how the EPs make it seem.

      I liked quite a few of his earlier songs, but stuff like thinking out loud makes me roll my eyes. “Love you til we’re 70? Terrible metaphor.

      And concerning Morrissey, I would be much more impressed if he would spend his time advertising artists to his taste instead of dissing the ones that are not.
      But supporting new/undiscovered artists probably wouldn’t get him the mainstream media attention he seems to crave so much.

      • Linn says:

        Don’t like what’s on the radio? Just turn if off. Don’t like who get’s mainstream music awards? Change the channel when the show is on.
        Time has changed Morrissey, you don’t need to sit in front of the radio to listen to music anymore.

        And thanks to the internet and free music everywhere it has never been easier to find all the music you want. There are millions of surprising, controversial artists out there telling amazing stories, just stop being so lazy and go find them.

        And if somebody likes a good pop song here and there, I don’t see anything wrong with that either.
        Sometimes I like to hear complicated melodies and songs about social/political issues that really get me to think.
        And sometimes I just want to sing along and dance around and have a bit of harmless fun. Why limit myself to just one type of music.

      • Keaton says:

        Thank you! Morrissey had a chance to promote interesting artists but instead he just bitched. I wouldn’t have minded his swipe at Ed and Sam if he’d taken the opportunity to do something positive.
        I think he just loves to bitch. Such a curmudgeon

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Leave Sam Smith alone, you famous for being a jerk jerk.

    • Franca says:

      I’ll take the “famous for being a jerk” as a joke.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I should have said “still” famous. The Smiths were a long time ago and I know he’s done a lot for Indie music, but I know him mostly for being a jerk. I’m allowed to be inaccurate when I’m outraged. Lol

      • Franca says:

        I find him amuzing. And I agree with him about the royals.
        But you could say “still famous” for pretty much any band that were huge in the past, there are few of them who put out great music even today.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, as I said, I was inaccurate. He’s just on my nerves for attacking Sam Smith, who seems like a puppy to me. And Moz (Mos?) has done more this year than I have in my life creatively, so I shouldn’t talk. Didn’t mean to offend you.

      • Franca says:

        You didn’t! Did I come across as offended? Not at all, sorry GNAT. I totally get what you are saying.

        I just find Sam a tad bit annoying.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        No, you were fine. I just spoke without thinking, then realized what I said was unfair. I agree with you about Sam being a bit boring. I just think he seems sort of defenseless or something, not someone I would attack. All is good. 🙂

      • Kitten says:

        I only know a few of Sam’s songs but the man has the voice of an angel—and I don’t even really like singer-songwriter stuff. He’s immensely talented. Morassey (not a typo) is barking up the wrong tree on this one.

        Also, I used to date an emo dude who was obsessed with The Smiths. As a form of torture, I was often subjected to an audial assault of their music while trapped in the passenger seat of his Acura. Terrible, grating stuff that made me want to throw myself out of a moving vehicle just to get away from it. In fact, if I hadn’t been so insecure about my tuck and roll maneuver, I probably would have risked it.

      • BengalCat2000 says:

        @kitten, Thats hilarious! One day, the two of us must meet. We are of like mind, bwahahahahaha!

      • j.eyre says:

        Oh my stars, @kitten, me too! Only it was a Fiat Fiero (just to date me properly.) The (not emo) guy was lovely but the d@mn Smiths albums back to back – I felt like I was listening to the same song for 4 hours. I still cringe with Morrissey’s voice comes across the airwaves (now for more reasons than just his singing.)

  5. Kopi says:

    Hey Morrissey…Taylor Swift can’t even sing, so why are you calling out Ed and Sam? Odd choice.

    • Cece says:

      Sam is overrated as a singer. Sure he’s got a great range and he can hit notes. But he can’t express emotion with his voice. He’s rightly received criticism for his inability to express different kinds of feelings with his voice. Like, people claim Kesha isn’t good vocally. Yet if you listen to something like The Harold Song Deconstructed, she can put real feeling, passion and sadness into that song. Sam couldn’t pull of The Harold Song Deconstructed nearly as well as Kesha can because he’s emotionally monotonous vocally and she isn’t. So, it all depends on what you mean by being able to sing.

  6. Lennox says:

    I’m no fan of Morrissey as a person, but he does have an incredible voice and a unique sound. Ed Sheeran, on the other hand, sounds like any other guy with a guitar on the street. The mainstream music scene is not producing many people who will be icons in years to come, or classic songs that will stand the test of time.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I was a huge fan of the Smiths, and got into them because I found Morrissey’s voice so compelling. And I’m getting kick out of seeing my 14 year old son discover them and lot of other 80s bands. They, along with so many others, came about when mainstream pop and classic rock felt tired and predictable.

      Time for another “new wave.” The Killers felt like they could fit into the genre, and I was immediately drawn to them. I can’t think of anyone comparable right now.

      • Beth No. 2 says:

        I will always love The Smiths and Morrisey’s lyrical prowess is what first drew me to them.

        I don’t know who Sam Smith is but I find Ed Sheeran’s music really bland.

      • Casi says:

        ITA on The Killers (and Brandon Flowers as a solo artist). Loved them the first time I heard them for the same reason.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        Esmom & Beth: I was also a huge Smiths fan and still listen to them regularly. Their music has as much meaning to me now as it always did and I love when Morrissey pontificates from the rooftops, even when I don’t always agree with him! In this case I do, though. Nothing against Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith particularly, but they are played to death and there seems to be a shortage of edgy, fresh music out there.

        (I love that your son is discovering the Smiths, Esmom. I introduced my daughter to their music around age 6 and she’s still a huge fan at the age of 20.)

      • jules74 says:

        I am also a huge Smiths’ fan, and Morissey at the very least has a lasting legacy to speak from, while Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith will likely not stand the test of time. Both can carry a tune but they are as generic as they come. You certainly cannot mistake someone else for Morissey.

  7. Luca76 says:

    Please Mr Morissey stop just stop talking. I will always adore your music but STOP.

  8. Wr says:

    Sam and Ed are marketed as serious, traditional singer-songwriters, yet their music is still very pop and made to have mass appeal. Critics don’t really buy it because neither Ed nor Sam has done well critically. It’s like they’re mimicking serious indie and alt artists but still aiming their music at the mainstream. I can imagine artists who choose to have less success so they can make more authentic music not being too impressed by these pretenders taking on the trappings of a serious artist while wanting all the fame and money that comes with being a pop star.

    • Aren says:

      I think that’s the issue with Morrissey and why he picked on those two.
      You don’t expect anything from Bieber or Taylor, but when a singer is marketed as an artist but his work sounds just like any other pop act, then there’s little space left for real musicians.

    • Me too says:

      I couldn’t have said it better. They don’t hold a candle to the real singer-songwriters. Key word: mainstream. Mainstream music these days is AWFUL. That overproduced auto-tuned noise (any sane person cannot call that music) is all that you hear on the radio (save for one or two decent artists that have one hit song that is palatable enough for the masses. There are some truly talented individuals out there, just not on the radio. Also, if you don’t write your own songs, you have zero talent and are nothing but a puppet singing karaoke. You didn’t create anything. It is nothing more than high level karaoke.

    • jules74 says:


  9. JENNA says:

    He’s just saying what a lot of people think.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Exactly. Both of the name checked are really boring. While they may have talent, the wouldn’t be where they are without some serious marketing. I agree that they are harmless, which also means boring.

      • sofia says:

        And he is talking coming from the UK and right now they also have the x factor going on that wins all the charts. There’s a lot to complain about. There are some “accidents” of surprising success but that’s rare, there must be a marketing machine behind. Even what radios play is depressing, mainstream radios don’t have any rock or really interesting pop (Robyn is a good example). They don’t even play something like Black Keys that is already established. He could have used other examples but the problem is that there are too many examples of what he described:/

      • InvaderTak says:

        You have X factor and we had American Idol. Granted we got it (and Simon C.) from y’all, but same issue. The only way to break through anymore in the mainstream is with a massive publicity machine or a gimmick. For every “original” new mainstream artist-especially the “DJ’s” or ones that use electronics-there’s a hundred not-mainstream artists that did it before and do it better. And in some cases years or even decades before. That’s what gets me about the mainstream ones being pushed as so super original; they’re only original/new to a mainstream audience.

    • milla says:

      As usual. The last wave of talented Brits was over a decade ago.

  10. Izzy says:

    Though I agree that Sheeran and Smith are more mainstream pop acts, surely there are worse offenders out there that Morrisey could have complained about! I’m getting a bit tired of being force-fed Morrisey’s whiny complaints. Shut up and sing. Show them all how it’s really done. Maybe then the industry will start pushing better talent.

  11. Easi says:

    I really wish Morrissey would use his peepaw rumblings on some more deserving. I wish he took requests. Morrissey, what are your thoughts on Kanye?

  12. Bethie says:

    I’m not a fan of Sam Smith. He mumbles and that Song of the Year Grammy should have gone to Hozier.

    But Ed Sheeran is a treasure and Moron-sey needs to shut up.

  13. Lucy2 says:

    If these were still the days of a handful of radio stations and little else, I could get on board with the idea of being force-fed a musical act. But now there are so many options, people can seek out what they like and avoid but they don’t. I listen to music all the time, and I probably haven’t listened to top 40 radio in a couple of years.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, you are so right on that. Although as much “channels” have changed we do have new ways to being “force-fed” acts, such as the internet.

    • sofia says:

      I would agree with you but considering the paradox of choice (having many choices becomes overwhelming and you end up not choosing at all) I wonder if too much noise just ends up paralyzing people unless they are REALLY into music. The casual listeners just listen to what’s on and those are the ones who make people like Ed or Sam successful, they may not even buy another album during the year.

  14. Francesca says:

    Such a grumpy guts. But I agree that mainstream music and the artists who are lauded both suck. I just went to a Morrissey concert last month and he sounded so good still.

  15. leigh says:

    Whenever I read an article where Morrissey says something mean, I remind myself that he is celibate and DESPERATELY needs to get laid. Could we all just imagine what a nice, pleasant person would be if he had had sex this century?

    • Naddie says:

      Oh, he’s celibate? That’s rare. And not healthy for majority of people, I guess.

      • Esmom says:

        I have always wondered if he’s really celibate or if he just says that to deflect from answering questions on his sexual preferences.

  16. Nicole says:

    Out of touch old guy complains about things he doesn’t understand and then talks about how special he is. Ah, the aging narcissist. Always a pleasure.

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      Agreed. As much as I dislike that Sam Smith song, Morrissey sounds like a relic. And the Smiths suck. Sorry, my bff loves him, and I came of age in the 80’s, but he’s always been a little bitch, imho.

  17. ToodySezHey says:

    I can’t day he is wrong. I can’t stand listening to the radio, every song sounds like a damn shampoo commercial. It’s like nobody has heard of a minor chord, everything is upbeat and sounds like a jingle.

    I think of when I was in my late teens and early 20s. NiN had a huge hit with the song closer, with its dark synth pop and sexual lyrics. I’m thinking s song like that would never make radio today. I rememeber when You Outta Know hit radio. ..just this raw angry song from someone who sounded like they were barely hanging onto to sanity. Now I’m like, that song would not have been the lead single from that album today.

    You really have to hunt and scratch to find any interesting artists today. Lucky for me I work where there is music played and when I hear something unique that tickles my ear I can look up the artist. That’s how I find music nowadays because everything on the radio is dead. Pop is dead, hip hop is dead and rap is all rachet strip club music.


    • Genny says:

      I’m in my early 20s, and I agree with him, personally. I stopped listening to the radio and feel much better for it. Spotify is good for finding lesser known artists, but you have to really know how to look.

      • Tee says:

        I totally agree with you. I am using spotify and apple music streaming to find new music. The radio just plays the same crap all the time.

  18. PeaBea says:

    I don’t particularly listen to either but at least they can sing. There are so many chart toppers he could have picked over them.

    Besides, Morrissey doesn’t really have face to diss anybody considering the number of concerts he has no showed.

  19. ToodySezHey says:

    The most interesting album I bought in the last 10 years, I mean an album from someone with a vision, someone who likes to tell stories remniscent of Prince’s Sign of the Times, was Frank Oceans channel orange.

    When I think of Ferguson or Baltimore I think of the lyrics to Crack Rock

    “Crooked cop dead cop, how much dope can you push to me?

    Crooked cop, dead cop, no good for community

    Fucking pig get shot, 300 men will search for me

    My brotha get boxed, and don’t no one hear a sound don’t no one hear the rounds

    (Ooooh, rounds )

    Don’t no one hear the shouts, (oooh, shouts)

    Don’t no one hear a sound
    Don’t no one disturb the peace for riot
    Don’t no one wanna disrupt nirvana
    Don’t no one wanna blow the high

    Crack rock!”

    Shit is amazing. If you haven’t already, buy Channel Orange, it’s not typical rnb and is an amazing album

    • avame says:

      It is an amazing Album but as much as i love Frank’ s Studio work, live in Action he is not very good and nearly awkward.

    • V4Real says:

      If you think those are great lyrics you must love NWA F- -K The Police.

      F– k the police coming straight from the under ground. A young (N-word) got it bad cause I’m brown
      And not the other color so police think
      They have the authority to kill a minority
      F that sh-t, cause I ain’t the one.
      For a motherf- – ker with a gun
      To be beating on and throwing in jail
      We can go toe to toe in the middle of a cell
      F’ing with me cause I’m a teenager
      With a bit of gold and a pager.

      Gangsta rap at its finest courtesy of Ice Cube

      This song became popular again around my area due to the Furgerson and NY (Garner ) incident. And now with Straight Outta Compton about to be released in theaters this song may become popular all over again

  20. Jayna says:

    He’s Morrissey. At least, no matter what he says, agree or not agree, he won’t come back with his tail between his legs apologizing, terrified of his public image. He is who he is,, and he is a whiner at times. I think he just feels all of the songwriting is generic these days, no one taking risks and few are putting out an album as an interesting body of work. I can’t disagree.

    . And he’s right, bands just can’t make it. It’s the few and far between for bands becoming hugely successful. What happened?

    Morrissey, you’re brilliant. Just worry about making it through a tour for once without drama and cancellations.

  21. SunnyD says:

    In the UK Ed Sheeran has become a byword for mainstream musical blandness amongst “sophisticated” commentators so it doesn’t surprise me that Mozza picked on him. I think that’s harsh because he writes, is inventive and his music crosses musical genres (for example, the A Team). He is not just another manufactured popstar and he is from an ordinary background and comes from an unglamorous part of England. Mumford & Sons on the other hand dress and act like they are from rural England when they are privileged, privately educated Londoners. I think their songs are catchy but they feel artificial. I also like Ed Sheeran as a Brit with Irish parentage because he has Irish heritage, which I think comes out in his music. The dislike may be because of his popular appeal, in particular to teenage girls, and his success and apparent niceness.

    I can’t get behind Sam Smith at all. I have seen him live and he does nothing for me. I hear screechy mournful rather than soulful. John Newman has a similar style and I much prefer his voice.

  22. Heartsease says:

    Go. Away. (and I say this as someone who grew up with The Smiths). You just seem like the bitterest man in the living room. (Copyright: Chandler Bing)

  23. Christine says:

    I’m not fans of either guys, but when I think of “force-fed” music they are the last ones I think about. I agree that they are relatively harmless. While their songs are not my cup of tea, I’d prefer to listen to them over some of the stuff that’s on mainstream radio right now.

  24. kri says:

    LMAO. Morrissey looks like he lives in Reno, Nevada and runs a “gentleman’s club” that opens at 11 a.m. and has a buffet.

  25. G says:

    Ed Sheeran is crazy talented. I liked his big songs well enough, but his association with Taylor Swift made me keep a distance just because she bugged me (i can tolerate her more now, it’s mainly her celebrity friend exhibitionism that makes me cringe).. Anyway… i fell into an Ed playlist on youtube and ever since i won’t hear a bad word said about him. He can write, sing, play guitar and he made it because of his own hard work and ambition. He didn’t have rich parents like Taylor. He is a cool guy and famous people like him because they can see how legit he is.

    I listened to him on Howard Stern and he talked about a quote he made about Miley a couple of years ago that may or may not have been misconstrued, and he now feels really bad about it and doesn’t know what to do to rectify the situation. To let it pass or get in touch with her. He sounded genuinely torn. He also said that about 80% of the tabloid stories about him have some element of truth but – knowing Taylor Swift so well – he says that almost everything you read about her in tabloids is complete BS.

  26. pretty says:

    i have never heard these sam and ed dudes’ songs. ever. but i saw their posts on here time to time (didn’t click it though) and their fat, moon-face really bothers me for some reason.

    • Naddie says:

      I have a huge problem with Sam Smith’s face. I feel such a vapid, shallow person, but I just can’t get over it.

    • Whitney says:

      I lol’d way too hard at this. Both of them are bizarre looking..

  27. Tee says:

    I think its too easy to dismiss morresey as a bitter old man. Ok he is a bitter old man but he still may have a point. I am 25 and I can’t say I disagree with him. Ed and Sam are very safe mainstream artist. We are sold this notion that they are different. But i actually think part of their Appeal is they are sexually non threatening, cuddly bland versions of their genre for the middle classes who aren’t really interested in music.

    Musically speaking Ed sheran is as bland as anything. He writes you say? Well doesnt Katy Perry write too? And Beyonce? I feel like just because he’s a non attractive white guy with a guitar some people think he has more cred. But honestly he makes music as bland as any of the current stars especially his new cd. He had some songs when he first entered the scene that was interesting ( a-team is a well crafted song) but nowadays his music is as boring and ubercommercial as arianna grande.

    Sam has a lovely voice but I can’t say I find his music especially interesting.
    I mean if you want soul there’s d’angelo, who made a far superior cd and is an even better singer.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I miss D’angelo. Does he have new stuff out?

      Never mind, I’ll go Google to see.

      • Kitten says:

        Black Messiah is his third album.

        Brown Sugar is probably my favorite R&B album of all time.

    • Jenna says:

      Yes to ALL of this.

      Sam and Ed are bland as all hell — deliberately marketed as ‘nice’, ‘wholesome’ alternative artists when they are just as career-managed and PR-savvy as One Direction. Mainstream music as a whole is at a complete low in terms of diversity of sounds, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many huge artists right now come from very wealthy backgrounds. Check out all the articles about “the new boring” infecting popular culture.

      It’s easy to jump on anything Morrissey says as “another rant”, but if you actually listen to what he says it all makes sense. It’s like when everyone jumped on Azealia Banks when she was trolling Iggy, until the mainstream media suddenly decides it’s okay.

  28. I Choose Me says:

    I love Sam Smith’s voice but his songs are generic and way too overplayed. I don’t listen to Ed Sheeran so I can’t criticize nor endorse. But yes, it is curious that Morrisey name checked those two specifically. There are so many truly awful manufactured pop stars out there.

  29. Adrien says:

    Ed Sheeran seems like a nice dude so I don’t begrudge him his success. Not a fan of his music, it’s too sappy. He’s a loungey Jason Mraz or this generation’s Chris Cross. But I won’t be changing the radio station whenever his music comes up. I can tolerate the corniness.

  30. sofia says:

    You may call him bitter, but imagine you have a career in a field where you have seen so many great professionals being recognized doing amazing stuff and then the years pass and suddenly you look around and the ones who get the money and the attention are products of marketing with not a lot to show. I would be bitter too!

  31. Jen43 says:

    I am an old time Smiths/Morrissey fan. He has always been a grumpy whiner who speaks his mind. I love him for that even when I don’t agree with him.

  32. nica says:

    I kinda like being force fed Ed and Sam. Very talented men.

  33. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    I’ve loved you a long time, Morrissey, but you are being a bit of a bitter old cow, n’est-ce pas?

  34. Michelle says:

    Opinions are like a$$holes, everybody has one, but he sounds like a bitter little bitch. Go sit in a corner and STFU. Jealousy must be a bitter pill for him to swallow.

  35. Tiffany says:

    I have to wonder if the interviews at this point with Morrissey are a joke and he is in on them. The only other person I can think of in somewhat similar style is Noel Gallegher. While he can bitch with the best of them, he balances it with self awareness and deprication. Morrisey is just, bitter and not much else. If he had anything interesting to say it his hidden under several layers of vitrol.

  36. Penelope says:

    I get such a kick out of his grumpy rants, which as others have said have some truth to them. Can’t stand Ed’s last sappy love song although he does seem like a genuinely nice person. And don’t get the flap over Smith at all.

  37. Miran says:

    I am an unapologetic fan of Moz both with The Smiths and alone and I love how old and cantankerous he is these days, lol.

  38. bunny love says:

    At the advanced age of 60 my hubby and I still spontaneously dance to Motown. Non the less whether groundbreaking ,sweet or just unimpressive, it is good to know what the next generation listens to. I still remember my mother saying “This isn’t music.Turn it down or turn it off” to the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane. I guess I’m trying to be more open minded.Then again my kids are grown so I don’t have to listen to what I don’t like.

  39. WinonaRyder says:

    Nobody will care about Sheeron or Smith in 20 years. Completely bland and middle of the road.

  40. sauvage says:

    I’m not force-fed anything. I choose not to listen to the radio, I choose not to go to certain clubs where they play top 40 music. Come on, Morissey, if I can do it, you can do it!

    Did I hear someone whisper “FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS!”?

  41. Josefa says:

    Morrisey is a douche and he ALWAYS has something to complain about. ALWAYS. A-L-W-A-Y-S. I literally cant recall a single statement he has made that isn’t complaining about something (no really, I cant). But I cant stand The Smiths or Morrisey’s voice in particular so Im biased.

    Even if he has a point, people like that are just tiresome.

  42. Rizzben says:

    ” Morrissey is such a bitter old bitch.”

    What does his age have to do with anything? My ten year old nephew also thinks that mainstream music is garbage. Can’t understand why the media keeps promoting banal music and movies and I find it even harder to understand why the public keeps lapping it up. I guess they’re stupid.

    • kanyekardashian says:

      Don’t be such an art snob. If someone like Jewel – who’s way more talented than you, me, and everyone on this comment board – can be open-minded and support every artist out there and not think she’s better than someone who can’t sing or write, why can’t you?

  43. kanyekardashian says:

    This dude needs to just can it already. He’s the angriest guy alive, next to Kanye. I only listen to singer-songwriters, but Jewel said it best – everyone earns their own. Beyonce and Rihanna can’t sing for sh!t, but they’re packing arenas so they’re obviously doing something to get butts in the seats. People who can’t sing or play music aren’t in competition with those who actually can. Nobody’s taking any money out of anyone’s pockets.

    And Ed Sheeran happens to have a great voice, Morissey, unlike you.

  44. Rockin Robin says:

    He is such a bitter man.

  45. Tara says:

    That’s Morrisey’s thing is to hate on everyone. Notice he picked on young, male solo artists. Makes me think his jealousy over their popularity is so uncontrollable he just had to take digs at them. He’s a legend, he shouldn’t be so envious over the young talent today.