Reading through the MOJO article about The Smiths last night, and a name cropped up that I had not heard of before, quote...
"A different appreciation of the effect, and probably intent, of Morrissey's approach comes from Eric Longley, former Factory managing director who later briefly worked with Morrissey and eneded up writing a Birkbeck College MA thesis about him last year. He argues that Morrissey is one of pop's truly subversive artists: 'The musical accompaniment to his lyrics is firmly within the standard pop/rock canon. Eschewing an avant-garde form, Morrissey opts for the broadest possible audience for his lyrics. The form of the song presents no threat to social stability. The content is the dangerous element.'"
Can anyone tell more about Eric Longley, or find a copy of his thesis, which looks to be interesting reading? It's referenced at the end of the article - "Morrissey - A Lyric Poet In The Era Of Late Capitalism by Eric Longley"