By: Chris Pizzolo
Morrissey is an artist who is iconic in his own right. Being the vocalist for The Smiths, then breaking off into his own triumphant solo career, Morrissey’s music transcended a generation. To me personally, I never really understood the cult attachment to such a character. Therefore instead of doing a standard review, or even an interview with the iconic artist directly, we chose to do something way cooler. We decided to interview a true fan. Not just a fan of the artist, but a fan of the times.
Behold my candid conversation with my friend James K. James, is a distinguished audiophile who is also a big Morrissey fan. Here’s what he had to say about Morrissey’s re-released video from the upcoming VHS to DVD convert release Introducing Morrissey, that Rhino released Originally released in 1995. The film documents the historic tour following the acclaim and chart success of the Vauxhall and I album.
**Full disclosure, James is the biggest Euro/80s alt-rock/ Synth fan on the planet**
Chris: Hey man, so I just got this Morrissey video in today, what do you think of it?
James: I think that you should be totally into him….what video?
Chris: It’s called “Jack the Ripper”, are you a fan of Morrissey?
James: Am I fan of Morrissey?……is he English? did he make relevant music with the Smiths in the 80s? is it new wave? Uh, yes I’m a fan! (laughs)
Chris: (laughs) I should’ve known. Ok, well tell me about Morrissey then. I don’t really know a whole lot.
James: Dude, think about this. He was the voice of a generation. This one person was the voice of kids, teenagers, and adults who felt alone. His words, and music spoke to people who felt out of place. His music was the pulse and blood that pumped into the heart of the unloved. I think this may explain why his fans are so, well, fanatic!
I mean okay, check out this video right? They rush up on stage just for hugs and to present him with gardenias. We’re different in age, so try to understand the love affair between fans and their musical idols back then. It wasn’t through social media, it was through living. Truly, I think thats really the heart of it. I mean, that’s the way his music expresses feelings that we really can’t put into words. Morrissey is the guy who was able to write and perform music that made people want to forfeit themselves to this creator. That’s a truly beautiful thing.
Chris: Wow, that’s pretty beautifully put man. Was he involved in other musical stuff?
James: you’re kidding right??? you need to brush up on your 80’s english alt rock!