Characterizing the relationship between The Cure’s Robert Smith and The Smiths’ Morrissey as anything but contentious would be an understatement. The conflicts between the two have persisted since 1984, and the prospect of them becoming friends still appears unlikely. However, The Smiths rocker seems to harbor some regrets about the ongoing feud.
Origins of the Feud: Unraveling the Conflict
The conflict between Smith and Morrissey had its roots in a 1984 interview with The Face, where Morrissey made controversial remarks. In response to a hypothetical scenario about having a loaded gun in a room with Mark E.
Smith of The Fall and Robert Smith, Morrissey coldly stated that he would ‘line them up so one bullet penetrated both simultaneously.’ The feud persisted as Smith commented on Morrissey’s vegetarianism, expressing that if Morrissey advocated against eating meat, he would deliberately consume it to showcase his disdain for Morrissey.
Morrissey’s Reflections on the Ongoing Feud
Despite their ongoing feud, it appears that Morrissey has recognized his mistake. He has even taken the step of offering an apology to The Cure’s singer. In an interview on Morrissey Central, the singer candidly discussed the feud and clarified that he did not intend the hurtful words he uttered:
“Oh, I never make my regrets small… if I can help it. Robert Smith. I said some terrible things about him 35 years ago… but I didn’t mean them… I was just being very Grange Hill. It’s great when you can blame everything on Tourette’s syndrome.”
Robert Smith’s Response to Morrissey’s Remarks
Following Morrissey’s comments, the rocker sat down for an interview with NME, where he was questioned about whether he had heard The Smiths singer’s remarks. Smith acknowledged that he was aware of the comments but expressed curiosity, as he never quite grasped the essence of the longstanding feud between them:
“It was brought to my attention, yeah. It was slightly odd as I haven’t really had it at the forefront of my consciousness over the last 20 or 30 years. I don’t know. Even at the time I never quite understood what the problem was. It’s far from important now.” While direct apologies were not exchanged, the prospect of them becoming friends in the near future remains uncertain.