That is fair today, but 30 years ago was a bit different.
My comment was very much linked to the time period and living through it.
When the NME/Sounds/Record Mirror et al, Smiths Indeed and radio were the only real communication going.
'Proper' Smiths fans (debate away...) - who hung on Morrissey's words - did buy music he cited and James definitely benefited from that.
The poptastic 'Sit Down' James were different to the pre-'89 James and were interesting imho.
As for sheer will - well, being an impressionable teen explains why I bought music my 'idol' said he liked. Many did so. Many of us posess related artists in our collections with no brainwashing required. We are older now and clever swines. Perhaps not so fervent today, but at the time young me bought James on his say so.
With older ears: Miss Young ... I'm 'compelled' to not touch that issue with the proverbial barge pole
That's weird, I've seen recent interviews with Tim Booth and he always speaks very very well about Morrissey and The Smiths. By the way, he does appear in Morrissey's autobiography, James do, at least.
Oh, and James are great, that doesn't change anything.
I don't have a note of James in the index. Could you let me know which page(s) they're mentioned on, and I will update the site?
Tim Booth is right. They were good friends back in the day, the first line of James' song "sit down" is "I sing myself to sleep, a song from the darkest hour"
Are people forgetting that "We hate it when our friends become successful" is about Tim Booth and James?
"he's so damaged and self-justifying"...
I'd sure as shit rather be that than an adulterous hippy such as Booth. I'd imagine that Tim found Morrissey's 'vulnerability' 'beautiful' in 1982; probably wasn't so 'beautiful' for Moz though
How come We Hate It... is about Tim Booth and James?
They actually replaced the slot of Morrissey in 1992 Glastonbury Festival and covered the song.
You can see the track listing of James' unreleased tracks box set (actually the date was incorrect in the link).