Johnny Marr Goads U.K. Prime Minister in “Easy Money” Video

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.15.14 in News

Most of Johnny Marr‘s video for “Easy Money,” a glitzy post-punk manifesto from the upcoming Playland, shows the former Smiths guitarist and his band hanging around among slot machines and scratch-off lottery tickets. According to Pitchfork, Marr describes the David Barnes-directed clip as “a ‘high times in low-rent England’ kind of thing,” while the song “‘Easy Money’ is more of a ‘low times in high-rent England’ kind of thing.” But there’s a moment when Marr can clearly be seen smirking next to a photograph of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron; it’s out of focus in the shot above, but it’s there again at the end of the video, along with a photo of Queen Elizabeth.

Marr has a history with the Tory leader. Basically, the Smiths are to Cameron what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: The British politician has said he’s a fan, but Marr and Morrissey have said they’re not fans of him. In 2010, Marr tweeted: “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.” And after U.S. guitar-pop conquerors HAIM appeared with Cameron on the BBC, Marr told NME, “It’s really simple: they made themselves look like idiots.”

Though “Easy Money” is a brisk, dance-y song, more suitable for a party than a protest, it isn’t hard to read a possible political tinge into lyrics such as Marr’s brusque, “That’s no way to serve nobody.” As it happens, Cameron is also an avowed fan of Bob Dylan, who once sang, yup, “Gotta Serve Somebody.” It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in interviews.

Playland, which follows Marr’s debut solo album, 2013′s The Messenger, arrives on October 6 in the U.K. and October 7 internationally via Warner Music Group.

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