"The Smiths were almost like a painting: every month you’d add a little bit here and little bit there; but it wasn’t quite complete and it was whipped away, And I find it quite hard to adapt to that. Those people who patted me on the back and said, "Oh! Smiths split! Very clever, very wise, very cunnig’- I hadn’t a clue what they were talking about” -Morrissey.
'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' is about us. Well, Morrissey specifically. The thorn is the music industry. If you listen to the words, 'how can they hear me say those words and still they don't believe me'… By the time we’d written that song, we’d been put down so much for our beliefs, in the music industry, we’d been put down for all these things that we said were dead. And then we did ‘The Boy…’ and it was a real pleasure that people who were actually responsible - people who were the ‘thorns’ in our side - were actually buying this record and championing it in the music industry. It’s about all the bigotry and idiocy in the music business really. And how a lot of people who are in a responsible position actually don’t know squat.” - Johnny Marr