That is, do you think that certain types of people are more likely to be Morrissey fans? Discuss.
I just see it as two extremes: the devout, obsessive, overbearing Morrissey fans, and the more rational ones.
It's like Christians and Atheists really.
I don't think there is ... there are certainly people who love Morrissey who's taste in music apart from him sticks to the same sort of genre ... your Cure's, Lloyd Cole's and such ... but on the other hand I know there are people like myself. I've held Morrissey as my favorite artist since I was about 4-5 singing his songs (with all the incorrect lyrics I'm told). But along side him my other favorite bands would be Ween, Rammstein and Live ... 3 bands that do not fit the Morrissey mould in any way shape or form.
That is, do you think that certain types of people are more likely to be Morrissey fans?
I think Smiths fans might have started off as 'idealist socialist vegans' in the 80's with a hatred of Thatcher/Reagan and a desire to set the world free through music, poetry, a love of camp and rights based politics (rights that obviously extended to non-human animals).
Morrissey's music and personal comments spoke clearly and loudly, saying the things one would want to say but couldn't due to paralytic shyness. I always had the feeling he was speaking for me!
That was .... bloody hell, 25 years ago.. and i think fans have probably changed since then... - but not me! I still love him mainly because he is a semi-militant and unrepentant vegetarian (like me), and i still think we can educate others surreptitiously through great music and political stances (spoken like a true student! tee hee).
I still love his camp humour and unavailable-availability tease (which only multiplies desirability)... and the tunes keep getting better and more intense and the lyrics more self reflective!!
I think my musical taste has changed but grown with him... where i used to listen to The Smiths alongside Mary Chain, Japan, The Cult, Bunnymen, Bauhaus and Banshees, i now listen to Morrissey alongside Lord Cut-Glass, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, The God Machine and Suede. I think i'm probably typical of some of the 36-40 year old fans (not that i'm admitting that i fall into that age bracket)
I always though Morrissey was more than just music - he is a way of life. I love him!!