Worst Use EVER of a Smiths Song

How many kids–many even you–wept in their room at night, bereft overt…something while listening to the Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”?  Millions must have taken solace in those words. It is this kind of song that make the Smiths so enduring and their lyrics so universal. “Please” can be useful in so many emotional situations.

I’m pretty sure, however, that Morrissey didn’t have crass Christmas consumerism in mind when he wrote the song.  Yet what the f*ck is the deal with this new commercial campaign in the UK?

Morrissey and Marr have granted permission for use of the song to help sell stuff this holiday season. Yes, it’s a cover and not the original, but still.


Smiths fans are shocked, shocked that such a precious song be perverted in such a way.  As Neil McCormick writes in the Telegraph today “Heaven knows I’m miserable now.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Worst Use EVER of a Smiths Song

  • November 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Makes me wonder how many Smiths songs were used for promotional means. The one that stands out was "How Soon Is Now?" in a beer commercial featuring Alexander Godunov.

  • November 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The song is almost not recognizable to me…its a cute commercial that will be soon forgotten.


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