“My Mother who’s an assistant Librarian introduced me to his writing when i was eight. She insisted i read him and i immediately became obsessed. Every single line affected me in some way. I liked the simplicity of the way he wrote. There was a piece called ‘The Nightingale And The Rose’ that appealed to me immensly then. It was about a Nightingale who sacrificed herself for these two star-crossed lovers . It ends when the Nightingale presses her against this rose because in a strange, mystical way it means that if she dies, the two lovers can be together. This sense of a truly high drama zipped through everthing he wrote. He had a life that was really tragic and it’s curious that he was so witty. Here we have a creature persistently ceased in pain whose life was a total travesty. He married, rashly had two children and almost immediately embarked on a love affair with a man. He was sent to prison for this. It’s a total disavantage tro care about Oscar Wilde, certainly when you come from a working class background. It’s total self-destruction almost. My personal saving grace at school was that i was something of a medal athlete. I’m sure if i hadn’t been, i’d have sacrificed in the first year. I got streams and streams of medals for running. As i blundered throught my late teens, i was quite isolated and Oscar Wilde meant much more to me. In a way he became a companion. If that sounds pitiful, that was the way it was. I rarely left the house. I had no social life then, as i became a Smith, i used flowers because Oscar Wilde always used flowers. He once went to a Colorado Salt Mines and addressed a mass of miners there. He started his speech with, ‘Let me tell you why we worship the Daffodil’, of course, he was stoned to death. But i really admire his bravery and the idea of being constantly attached to some form of plant. As i get older, the adoration increases. I’m never without him. It’s almost biblical. It’s like carrying your rosary around with you.” - Morrissey (Smash Hits, 1984)

“Billy Fury is virtually the same as James Dean. He was entirely doomed too ad i find that quite affectionate. He was persistently unhappy and yet had a string of hit records. He was discovered working on the docks in Liverpool, was dragged to London, styled and orced to make records. He always wanted to mke ve emotionally over-blown ballads but he found himself in the midst of the popular arena. He dispised almost every aspect of the music industry and was very, very ll from an early age. This album is the rarest i have. It was his first album made in those days were thrust to appel to a mature audience. They talked about ‘Chandeliers’ and ‘Cocktail Dresses’. Singles were for teenager and i’m afraid i always preffered the singles. I was the kind of child who’d bound out of bed on a saturday, leapfrog down to the local shop and stay there inhaling the air for hours and smelling all the vinyl and caressing the sleeves. I’d leave about mid-day and go to bed and consider that a completely successful day. I was really quite poor so whatever i could buy was like a piece of my heart something i couldn’t possibly exist without. Billy’s singles are totally treasurable, i get quite passionate about the vocal melodies and the orchestration always sweeps me away. He always had such profound passion.” - Morrissey (Smash Hits, 1984)