appletart-1 asked:

Ten cool facts about Morrissey?

  1. He speaks Polari
  2. In the 80s he had a cat with no name
  3. In 2010 Johnny Marr tweeted ‘David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.’ and Morrissey responded by writing a lengthy letter explaining in depth why he supports Johnny Marr’s statement that the prime minister is not allowed to like The Smiths
  4. He hates communicating via phone and his preferred method of communication is faxing
  5. He wrote a book about James Dean when he was 21 which, at the time of its publication, was the only readily available book on James Dean (there had been others, but they’d gone out of print by 1981)
  6. In the 70s he was in charge of the UK New York Dolls fan club and he organised the group’s reunion tour in 2004
  7. He’s been investigated by UK and USA government officials on multiple occasions for his comments on politicians and members of the royal family
  8. He’s been an animal rights activist for over 30 years
  9. He’s performed with various famous musicians over the years including Sandie Shaw (of whom he and Johnny Marr were both fans prior to forming The Smiths), Siouxsie Sioux and David Bowie, but abandoned his 1995 tour with Bowie due to Bowie wanting him to finish his set by singing one of Bowie’s songs and then slowly leaving the stage and having his band replaced by Bowie’s and being unwilling to do that because it wouldn’t have given his fans a chance to say goodbye to him properly
  10. He was once interviewed in his home for a fanzine and the only food items in his cupboards were Cheerios, baked beans and weight gain powder

“The singer Morrissey grew up in the Stretford area of Manchester. His mother was a librarian. (‘I was born in Manchester Central Library,’ he later said. ‘The crime section.’) His father is the usual mystery: he liked football and appears not to have been close to his football-ignoring son. He got divorced from Morrissey’s mother when the singer was 17 and was later rumoured to ring radio stations insisting on his estranged son’s Irishness. Morrissey was a lovelorn fan of Oscar Wilde and James Dean, Elsie Tanner and the New York Dolls, and he appears to have made something of an art out of moping around the house in a melancholy, jobless, big-cardiganed way, dreaming of a wonderful romance involving himself and every image he ever cared about, dispensing epigrams over the bannister while his mother got busy with the Findus Crispy Pancakes. Morrissey wallowed in thoughts of Northern oppressiveness and delighted in ambitions of escaping it: he was every character in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, including the city, including the baby. If you take his word for it (and one tends to), his mission had already begun when a musician called Johnny Marr came knocking on his door asking him if he wanted to form a band. Marr was an angelic guitar player and he was able to write tunes which had energy and delicacy at the same time. Morrissey had already written some lyrics: a song about someone’s admiration for a person in a blazer. ‘A boy in the bush is worth two in the hand,’ the song declared, ‘I think I can help you get through your exams.’ There was also a second song, a ghostly number about Saddleworth Moor and the murders of children by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, a song which seemed to bring place and personality together in a way that nobody had done in British pop before. Morrissey and Marr were a couple of arch-fans, a conglomeration of good influences and proper hungers, and their band, The Smiths, would go on to be the most admired pop band of the last twenty years.“

Andrew O’Hagan, ‘Cartwheels Over Broken Glass’