That is, do you think that certain types of people are more likely to be Morrissey fans? Discuss.
I use to think so, but now I don't, mainly because I recognize the primary difference in humanity as being those of us that change and those that do not.
So really I have little in common with other Morrissey fans unless they are also ever changing, growing and dynamic people like me.
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!!
I may be totally wrong about this, but the only common denominator I can think of is books: I've never met a Smiths/Morrissey fan who wasn't an out-loud-and-proud reader of books.