He Miserable Now?
That master of misery,
Morrissey, is back on Monday with a new single
"Alma Matters", but this Friday his
return is celebrated in a somewhat unusual way.
TV presenter and nightclub hostess Amy Lamé is
taking over Londons Institute of
Contemporary Arts for an evening entitled "I
Dream Of Morrissey" geared towards gay men
As Amy prepares to spin those classic Smiths
discs, we asked her why Morrissey appeals to the
"Morrissey is definitely a gay icon,"
explains Amy Lame, hostess of this Fridays
lesbian and gay Mozz convention in London.
"You can read homoerotic meanings into the
lyrics if you look for them. If youre
feeling isolated, miserable and alone, as a lot
of gays do at stages in their lives, his songs
"He works on a subtle level of wit and
irony. Hes still big in America but I
wonder if those fans really get it."
Fridays event will be a mix of a club night
and a convention rolled in one," says Amy
Lamé, hostess of this weeks gay Morrissey
appreciation in London.
"We have a big bed where people can write
messages to Morrissey on the sheets, and dream on
the pillows. Were sending him the sheets
"Were also doing Mozz makeovers, a
miserabilist poetry workshop and karaoke -
dressed as a pastiche of Morrissey, with flowers,
spectacles, the lot!"
"The idea originally was to put together a
collection of peoples Morrissey fantasies,
like the I Dream Of Madonna book," says Amy
Lamé, the woman behind this weeks Mozz
convention in London.
"I certainly dream of him once in a while.
For a lot of lesbians coming out he is a safe
focus for sexual feelings. Hes not a
threat. That look, with the quiff and glasses is
"I have a great desire to meet him, and
weve invited him along."
"There are so many Morrissey songs I
love," says Amy Lamé, hostess of this
weeks gay Morrissey convention.
"Vauxhall and I is a very poignant
LP for me. I run a club called Duckie in that
area of London. Viva Hate came out the
summer I left high school, and it reminds me of
driving round the States wishing I was in
"He must be under enormous pressure to have
a new hit, but basically once a fan, always a
return to Morrissey-solo