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The Boy With The Thorn In His Side: Smiths Guitarist Blasts U.K. Prime Minister On Twitter

Lyndsey Parker
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Last year, Britrock darlings Muse did a most unusual thing: They rumoredly asked a famous media figure, right-wing political pundit Glenn Beck, to withdraw his glowing endorsement of their band. And now another British music star, indie guitar legend Johnny Marr (best known for being a core member of the iconic '80s band the Smiths), has followed suit, demanding that Britain's conservative prime minister immediately hand over his Smiths fan card. Apparently those alt-rock Brits don't believe in the old adage that any publicity is good publicity.

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"David Cameron, stop saying that you like the Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it," Marr cantankerously declared on his Twitter page this week, targeting the current leader of the U.K.'s Conservative Party.

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Talk about bigmouth strikes again!

Cameron, oddly, has never been shy about professing his surprising love for Marr's former group--whose frontman, Morrissey, has long served as a sad-sack spokesman for the misunderstood and marginalized. In fact, as far back as 2006, Cameron included one of the Smiths' biggest songs, "This Charming Man," on his playlist for BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" program. And last year on a BBC talk show, he quipped, "I'm sure when Morrissey finds that he's getting an endorsement from the leader of the Conservative Party, he will think, 'Heaven knows I'm miserable now,'" making a pun on a title of another signature Smiths song. "But I'm a big fan, I'm afraid. Sorry about that."

Interestingly, in a 2007 interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph, when Cameron was asked to list his most recent CD purchases, he mentioned an album by Modest Mouse that featured guitar playing and songwriting by--you guessed it--the one and only Johnny Marr. There's no word yet on whether Marr forbids Cameron from being a fan of Modest Mouse, Electronic, The The, the Healers, the Cribs, or any number of other projects/bands with which he's been involved. We suggest readers bookmark Marr's Twitter page and check it later for updates.

Last year, when Morrissey was asked by the BBC for his reaction to Cameron's Smiths fandom, he was as diplomatic as any professional politician, answering: "It's difficult to make comment, because you might hurt people's feelings." But apparently, hurting Cameron's feelings isn't as much of a concern for Johnny. Considering Cameron's affection for Marr's work, we do have to wonder if the Prime Minister really is hurt, at least a little bit, by his guitar hero's public rejection. He has yet to address Marr's remarks on his own Twitter page, but hey, maybe he'll just DM Johnny instead.

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