A couple of things, It is true Morrissey did state clearly, he was talking about Reggae, as well as soft black pop that was in the charts in the 80
The thing is though, it's obvious to even a 14-year old that he's taking the piss. Even I at 14, when I wasn't into Morrissey and the smiths. could tell he was on the wind-up
When I actually heard the Morrissey smiths music, I got it instantly and could tell where he was coming from and could tell Morrissey is pretty much typical of a sort of British male , that deals mainly in double talk and wind up etc .
He is also a man of many moods so even if he is bitching something to high heaven he can still love it (bowie is a great example)
It's shocking to me that even his fans in the UK don;t get him: these days, we expect the rest of the world, especially the Yanks to not really get it, they never do.
Now, there has actually been reggae versions of the smiths and other bands, Sex pistols and Radiohead for instance, being covered by reggae music for a while
Im not sure why its being dragged out mow, especially twice.
I tend to think Morrissey is a fan of reggae via Dance Hall and Ska . rather than reggae reggae (sadly this music was also loved by skinhead racists, so its no real defence of anti-racism) .
Its sad to me that Morrissey just doesn't let the facts speak for themselves, the British press and certain parts of the internet may like to pretend Morrissey's fan base is British bigots and confused Mexicans but anyone who as every spean time away from the UK can tell he is popular all around the world among various skin colours
By thee way bringing the Girlfriend In A Comma demo in as evidence of Morrissey liking reggae isn't helpful. For s start maybe it wasn't used, down to Morrissey?
Is it possible Johnny made up the music for Morrissey (in another room to the band, watching tv) only to say no "make something else" ?
Isn't also reported that the band have admitted trying to sneak "black influences " into the smiths music, under Morrissey nose?
At the end of the day none of this matters.