In a new interview with The Times, Brandon Flowers has revealed that he struggles to separate the art of Morrissey from the his painfully conservative politics.
In the interview, Flowers discussed Johnny Marr’s surprise appearance during The Killers headlining set at Glastonbury 2019. Together Marr and the band covered The Smith’s 1984 classic ‘This Charming Man’.
When questioned about whether he took Morrissey’s controversial politics into consideration when deciding to feature the track in the set, Flowers told The Times “I don’t think Marr should be held back because of Morrissey, so I don’t regret it.”
He continued, “It is difficult to separate it from him, and I’m not going around playing the music in front of my kids.
“Pick a song! Pick ‘What She Said’. If ‘What She Said’ came on the radio with my kids, I wouldn’t change it. It’s still an amazing song, so I’m not that serious, where I would change the station. I don’t agree with him, but I’m not going to burn my CDs by the Smiths or anything.”
I think we’re all in the same boat as Flowers. As much as it aches us to consume the art of someone with such far-right, ugly views — we can’t resist the familiar jangly feelings of oblivion that The Smiths transport us to. You can relive the Glastonbury performance below.
The Killers will (hopefully) be gracing Australian shores in November in celebration of their forthcoming record, Imploding the Mirage. Find the tour dates and ticket information below.
The Killers ‘Imploding the Mirage’ Australian Tour 2020
Wednesday, 11th November
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Saturday, 14th November
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Wednesday, 18th November
RAC Arena, Perth
Saturday, 21st November
AAMI Park, Melbourne