Unfortunately I discovered Morrissey a bit late. I would have loved to use his music in the fashion shows I did in high school. I wonder if I would have truly appreciated him then though. I probably would have missed his wit and just been depressed.

It’s funny though, because I went through a huge Oscar Wilde phase in high school. I did a ton of research on him and wrote papers on two of his works (The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest), I had a picture of him in my locker (still have that picture up in my apartment), and a Facebook group dedicated to him featuring a photo of him in traditional Greek costume. I was delighted to discover that Morrissey loves Oscar too! He mentions him in the Smith’s song ‘Cemetery Gates’:

“Keats and Yeats are on your side while Wilde is on mine”

There was a documentary on Morrissey on BBC’s Channel 4 in 2002 titled The Importance of Being Morrissey the title being a reference to The Importance of Being Earnest I assume.

I love his honesty and his sense of humor. Although he has a tendency to make inflammatory remarks, at least he has the guts to state what he believes in and not back down due to popular opinion.

This is beginning to sound like a school assignment. “List the reasons why you love so-and-so.” I could say more, but you get the general idea. He’s intelligent and informative (from who else would I have learned about Cromwell’s massacre of the Irish, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, Polari, various neighborhoods in London?), and he really does convey the mundane tragedies of life with a nice touch of melodrama. And the rest of his lyrics! I like his music for the music, but I do find myself mostly listening to what he has to say. From him I’ve also become aware of a variety of other artists such as Damien Dempsey and Nico, and started listening to some I hadn’t really bothered to before, such as Siouxsie and The Banshees and The New York Dolls. And I’ve expanded my taste in literature, reading A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney, and By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart.

Then there’s his love for animals. The Smith’s song ‘Meat is Murder‘ pretty much explains itself. He’s completely dedicated himself to the animal rights cause (something I have learned much about thanks to him), and seems to have a fondness for cats. How can I not love a man who loves cats (and all other creatures)?

Morrissey, you’re always welcome to creep up behind me with a homeless chihuahua.