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Rocker Morrissey has hit out at rock newcomers the Arctic Monkeys, insisting the band haven't earned their success.

The former The Smiths frontman claims the rockers' sudden success is "unnatural" and undeserved.

Morrissey says: "It's happening all too quickly for them. They haven't proved a thing and they haven't had to work very hard - that must make them insecure.

"It's all a bit unnatural. OK they've sold about 700,000 albums, but it can't be gratifying. They haven't been driving up and down the M1 (UK motorway) for fifteen years."

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I originally found this link in this blog (Monday, March 20 entry), which has further commentary on the article and some info on Morrissey's SXSW performance and demeanour, copied and pasted after the cut, because it's a lotta words:

When Morrissey speaks, Anglophenia listens, whether he's issuing a call for Jamie Oliver's head, telling Bush and Blair to go screw, or landing a well-directed diss at the Arctic Monkeys and their premature success:
"It's happening all too quickly for them. They haven't proved a thing and they haven't had to work very hard - that must make them insecure."

"It's all a bit unnatural. OK they've sold about 700,000 albums, but it can't be gratifying. They haven't been driving up and down the M1 (UK motorway) for fifteen years."

As usual, the Moz gets to the heart of the matter: how satisfying can success be at 19, when you don't know who you are, and you haven't really struggled as an artist or as a person? Hell, it took the Smiths a couple years before they really reached critical mass, and people say they had a meteoric rise. (And Moz was geriatric-by-comparison at 25.) Hopefully, the Monkeys have been carefully studying what happened to the Libertines and understanding that the road will be twice as hard for them.

Morrissey, of course, performed at this year's South by Southwest. Craig McLean of the Telegraph decided to pick on Morrissey for being, well, Morrissey:
Morrissey was at the Convention Centre for a Q&A session. The opening exchanges were prickly, the interviewer edging around the subject of his seemingly lovestruck new album.

"Morrissey got all tetchy and a bit rude. But then he moved into epigrammatic cruise control: slagging off Joy Division records ('flat as pancakes'), bemoaning American Idol ('everyone knows it's crap'), sighing that the FBI had hauled him in for interrogation (he'd wished George W. Bush dead, apparently)."

"If only his performance at that night's Radio 2-sponsored show at the Austin Music Hall was so wickedly entertaining. Yes, there were the classics: 'Still Ill,' 'How Soon Is Now,' performed by an aging, beefy man in terrific voice. But there were also a lot of new songs no one knew yet, and too much wailing melodrama."

Of course, Morrissey's going to play new songs: the man has a frickin' new album coming out. And if you can't take the melodrama, you should turn in your Smiths card.
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