Text version of Bob's recollection:
Mentioning Morrissey the Consumer Monkey reminds me of the time that Jim and I actually met with the man. Jim was a big fan and in 1991 he received an invite from Morrissey to come to his manor-house recording studio in Oxfordshire and record some backing vocals for the song ‘That’s Entertainment’. I had no real interest in his music at that time, but Jim was pretty insistent that I come along with him. I think he was excited by the prospect of meeting him. When we arrived, early evening, there was no sign of Morrissey, however, and we were put into a holding room to pass the time. A couple of hours later we were ushered into a large, wood-panelled dining room to have our dinner, where Morrissey joined us at the table and his chef brought in various vegetarian dishes to eat. He was extremely quiet and reserved, only coming to life when talking about a ghost he believed walked up and down the stairs of the manor house at night making a racket and disturbing his sleep. After we had eaten, we went through to the actual recording studio where Jim entered the singing booth and did his backing vocals. While he was in there, Morrissey remained silent, so I thought I had better try to start a conversation with him. I plumped for this winning question:
‘Morrissey, do you like brown suits, or do you prefer something a bit more formal?’
He gave me a hint of a smile, then answered, ‘I never wear suits. They make me feel like I’m in trouble.’ I thought it a good answer and we chatted for a while. He told me you should always wear clothes that reflect your default mood and make you feel comfortable. You should never wear clothes that make you feel like a character or are intended to suggest a personality that you don’t possess. After Jim had finished his vocals, Morrissey went up to bed, clearly preferring the company of his mischievous ghost to ours. When I got up for breakfast, I could see Jim and Morrissey strolling around the misty manor-house gardens together. Both were wearing deep-blue Crombie coats, jeans and boots. Their hairstyles were almost carbon copies of each other’s but their personalities couldn’t have been more different.
📖 -> PM