Morrissey letter slags off Pistols
A LETTER to the Sex Pistols from singer Morrissey, when he was just 17, which slated their music and said they wore clothes which looked like they had been slept in, has come to light.
First published in the NME on June 18, 1976, the open letter reveals the disapproval of The Smiths crooner Stephen Morrissey at the punk band’s famous gig at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall.
In the letter, he writes: “The bumptious Pistols had those few that attended dancing in the aisles – despite their discordant music and barely audible audacious lyrics.
“I’d love to see the Pistols make it. Maybe then they will be able to afford clothes which don’t look like they’ve been slept in.”
Shaun Usher, 34, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, has recovered and republished the letter on his website Letters of Note.
The site carries 900 other letters and has two million global hits each month.
Shaun said: “I started it in 2009 as a hobby and it has taken off from there. It is now my full time job.
“For this particular letter, I bought a copy of NME from ebay, as I knew it was in there.”