Last year The Smiths ousted
The Beatles, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols U2 and Oasis to be named "The
most influential musical artists of all time" by Britain's music
bible the New Musical Express (NME) and in a poll run by Manchester's
Evening News to ascertain public opinion as to who should wear the mantle
"Greatest Mancunian" Morrissey was the surprise run-away victor.
With six times as many votes as his nearest competitor, computer inventor
Morrissey stands quiffed head and shoulders above Rusholme registrar Emmeline
Pankhurst, footballing legend Bobby Charlton and even Noel Gallagher whom,
the newspaper reports, secured "twenty times fewer (votes) than Mr
Melancholy he may be, but as America swoons to the strains of emo and
Morrissey is namechecked with increasing regularity by today's Bright
Young Things - most notably Ryan Adams and Craig Nicholls of The Vines
- Morrissey might just be poised on the brink of something like acceptance.
that it matters a whit to the World's Biggest Morrissey Fan and the ardent
assorted who have always queued outside the theatres and wailed in the
front rows, and for whom being on the outside is an integral and defining
component of their attraction. For Angela, now back in Perth and writing
letters in that that same small, cramped hand to the Dear Mozophiles she
met on her Odyssey, it is enough to have discovered a small group of like-minded
"So-called normal people don't understand. They look at
the way the fans behave and then ask 'who is the person that inspires
this behavior en masse?'"
A sad git. A poof in pink shirt. The only one who ever stood by me. A
retro artefact. Vivid and in his prime…
Meeting Morrissey fans and curious bystanders around Australia, the quality
most often ascribed to this man, revered and reviled in turns, is one
of near-prescient affinity. In the hot afterglow of his first Morrissey
concert, Con is far from alone in asserting the presence of a profound
"I reckon he is singing just about every song to me. In the singular."
The sensation that Morrissey is capable of peering through the cracks
in one's life and singing of the secrets within is one which renders him
god-like and one with which I am all too familiar. As a Morrissey fan
of the obssessive variety - is it too late to come clean?! - and a veteran
of ten concerts, I remain to be convinced that Morrissey is indeed but
flesh and bone.
Over the course of Morrissey's seven Australian concert dates, only one
brave/foolish soul managed to evade venue security to mount the stage
and hold Morrissey's hand in her own ….
...and as I was firmly but politely evicted from the Enmore Theatre stage,
I caught the eye of the World's Biggest Morrissey Fan, and I understood
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