Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he is trying to find a new favourite band after he was banned from listening to The Smiths.
In 2010, Marr tweeted “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it,” after the politician expressed his love of the band on numerous occasions. Marr’s statement was backed by Morrissey.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Cameron told a party celebrating the UK music industry achieving its highest ever share of global sales: “I’m a huge music fan but obviously it’s been something of a music crisis year for me because Morrissey and Johnny Marr have said I’m not allowed to listen to The Smiths any more, so I’ve had to find some other stuff I am allowed to listen to.”
Cameron may well fill his Smiths void with Mumford and Sons, revealing that he helped secure the band a slot at The White House when asked about British bands by Barack Obama. “When Barack Obama said, ‘We’re going to have a bit of a party for you at the White House when you visit, who do you want to be playing there?’ I said, ‘Well, there’s this small band that I’m quite keen on and my wife’s quite keen on, I’m not sure you will have heard of them, they’re called Mumford And Sons’.” he added: “And if only I had accepted a percentage, I’d be a lot better off.”
The PM previously said that he continues to listen to The Smiths despite being banned. Meanwhile, Thom Yorke also recently spoke out about David Cameron, saying he would “sue the living shit out of him” if he used any of his music in an election campaign.