I'm new here... talk about being late to the party and lamely hanging out in the corner. lol But, to answer the question, I was a casual fan of Morrissey since the 90s, got more into The Smiths a few years ago, but honestly avoided getting too close to any of it because of the "stigma" hanging around M as a human being. But, with Covid restrictions and fears, I was desperate AF to find some sort of new passion or outlet or ANYTHING to distract my brain from reality. So, I started really listening to The Smiths and REALLY listening to M's solo work and I fell completely in obsessive-to-an-unhealthy-level love with all of it.
Also, I want to clarify that I'm 100% a"woke," "loony left" American. My liberal friends all espouse the usual "The Smiths are great! Johnny Marr is a saint! Morrissey is a total c***!" bullshit. When I post about M, most of them completely ignore me, because they don't want to start a fight (although I secretly wish they would so I could take them all down).
So, I'm here because it's interesting for me to see these types of discussions happening. I have no one else in my life who listens to Morrissey; no one wants to hear my thoughts about him; no one gives a crap that I've listened to Trouble Loves Me ~250 times since August 31 of this year. I've also not participated in any sort of message board in more than a decade! There's a strange nostalgia in it that feels comforting in troubling times. So, all this to say, hiiii everyone. 👋