Mor­ris­sey let­ter slags off Pis­tols

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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.”

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