It appears there has been a bit of unrest from fans of The Smiths after seeing the 2011 Christmas advert from high street giant John Lewis. it’s the choice of soundtrack that’s upset some on Twitter, a version of their song Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want sung by Slow Moving Millie the performing name of English actress, singer and songwriter, Amelia Warner.
Though band member and co writer Johnny Marr has come to their defence when challenged by a comment on his Twitter account from someone who found “it hard to believe you agreed to let the song be used by a company that sells tat to middle class w***ers.” his simple reply “Writing Please Please one Friday in 84 is one of the best memories of my life. This ad has not sullied that memory one bit.”
As the advert was first aired on Saturday during the break in X Factor Marr also managed to have a dig by directing fans to a Henry Rollins rant on You Tube about, why it’s acceptable for music to be used in ads, with the statement “For all those taste makers who, wait, saw the add whilst watching x factor ?”
All I know is, I can see this song doing for Slow Moving Millie what Your Song did for Ellie Goulding last year, a hit.