People Want Rick Astley to Replace Morrissey in the Smiths After Hearing His Cover of "This Charming Man"
The '80s pop icon performed the classic hit with Blossoms at the London Forum
As seen in concert footage obtained by Far Out Magazine, we can now imagine a world in which Astley fronts the Smiths — thanks to his incredible cover of "This Charming Man," performed with Blossoms at the London Forum earlier this week.
The reaction to the performance has been overwhelmingly positive, with many fans noting on Twitter that they're finally able to enjoy the music of the Smiths without feeling a sense of guilt for supporting Morrissey.
UPDATE (9/17, 1:13 p.m. ET): Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has responded to Astley's cover, calling it "both funny and horrible at the same time."
As one user put it: "Really hope Rick Astley hasn't said anything racist about Chinese people, because this is the first time I've enjoyed this song without complicated emotions in years."
Laura Jane Grace even chimed in, writing, "Mind blowing how in 2021 Rick Astley is infinitely cooler than Morrissey. Never would have predicted this 20 years ago. The wheel keeps on turning."
See hers and others' reactions to Astley's excellent cover — as well as Blossoms' and Astley's rehearsal footage for an upcoming run of Smiths covers performance in England — below.
Mind blowing how in 2021 Rick Astley is infinitely cooler than Morrissey. Never would have predicted this 20 years ago. The wheel keeps on turning https://t.co/7FXbvbaIDG— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) September 15, 2021
LMAO WTF 😭 https://t.co/EmxmwW44KF— At Most One Tour (@atmostonetour) September 14, 2021
I've always said it, out of all the bands /singers (well known and not so well known) I have seen live, Rick Astley was one of the best artists on stage! pure entertainment, can sing and just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside (OK that last one might have been the rum) https://t.co/Q1r8naTTzb— Cayergan 🏴☠️ 🏴 (@alwaysannie30) September 15, 2021
I never once thought 'Rick Astley should replace Morissey in the Smiths' but now that's the best idea I've ever heard. https://t.co/FQ6RgC3cM8— Jacob (@JakeTheSnakeYuh) September 15, 2021
If this really annoys Morrissey-and I suspect that it will-then I'm all for it.— Nick Clay (@_nick_clay_) September 15, 2021
Plus, it looks like great fun.https://t.co/3TzIK8Y01A
As someone who quite likes The Smiths but thinks Morrissey is a tremendous knobhead, and who ADORES Rick Astley non-ironically, this is everything. https://t.co/BjqtJ5i8Wk— hayley (@hayleylouisePhD) September 15, 2021
Rick Astley is the version of Morrissey we need. https://t.co/1Cgom0O6Ai— Dictator (@Dictator_Band) September 15, 2021
If at least three promoters aren't this morning offering Johnny Marr MILLIONS for a tour featuring the three non-Morrissey members of The Smiths fronted by Rick Astley, there's something wrong with this industry https://t.co/jYjQbB6LeP— Stuart Dredge (@stuartdredge) September 15, 2021
Petition for us all to ignore Morrissey from now on and just pretend that Rick Astley fronted The Smiths https://t.co/qyqlj3rghI— Jake Goldsbie (@JGoldsbie) September 15, 2021
We don't need Morrissey anymore, I am more than happy with Rick Astley doing Smiths tracks https://t.co/R3gUTM4mwB— Charlie Phillips (@charliechar) September 15, 2021