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The Smiths’ Johnny Marr Blasts Trump For Playing Band’s Tunes At Rallies; Joins Stones, Queen, Bowie & More In Not Wanting Music Used By Ex-POTUS

Donald Trump may be poised to win the New Hampshire primary tonight, but the GOP front runner won’t be getting a vote from at least one musical legend.

The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr took to social media Tuesday to blast the former POTUS for blasting the iconic band’s songs at his rallies in the Granite State and elsewhere. The Manchester-born Marr put it very bluntly when new and video of MAGA meet-ups featuring the band’s B-side 1984 tune “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” on their playlist came to light.

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“Ahh…right…OK. I never in a million years would’ve thought this could come to pass,” said Marr on X today. “Consider this sh*t shut right down right now”

Frequently slapped by bands and performers for using their music over the use of their songs, Trump has been admonished by what would constitute most of the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Adele and Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Tom Petty, the estate of Prince, and even the Village People are among those who have objected to the former Celebrity Apprentice host playing their music. David Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones gave a particularly pointed rebuke back in April of 2023 over one Trump appearance and the use of his father’s classic “Rebel Rebel” by the twice impeached Republican.

No word what exactly Marr plans to do to actually stop Trump over the song that he and Morrisey wrote almost 40 years ago. While Morrisey has become entangled with right-wing politicians and movements over the years, Marr has long been consistent at taking swipes at conservatives who praise The Smiths. Former UK PM David Cameron found that out the embarrassing way rather harshly over a decade ago. After Cameron told the BBC’s Desert Island Discs radio show that the band’s “This Charming Man” was one of his fave tunes, Marr said publicly “Stop saying that you like The Smith, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”

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