What is a Kanye or Morrissey?
Morrissey I think was the guy with the Smiths who made maybe the worst music in the rock era, and Brits for some reason always try to push the idea that he was a big deal.
Actually it was a NME plot to brainwash the youth. When I listen to the second Smiths album, I wonder why many people praise this band, just a few ridiculous arpeggios and poofter lead vocals, no big deal, really.
Do you really think that the WHOLE Smiths' success was related to the Smiths' "gay Brits imagery"? Not a very subtle way of thinking. Last time you wrote that The Smiths was a band for gay kids, or something like that, I don't remember the exact quote, I may be wrong... well, not exclusively. Since you live in the US you must be aware that Morrissey appeals to latino men who were raised in a "straight culture". The Smiths' lyrics were not only about homosexual relationships. IMO their music appeals to people who feel like "outsiders", and by outsider I mean "a person who is not accepted by or who isolates themselves from society". (besides Hand In Glove or the Boy With The Thorn In His Side have you ever heard Nowhere Fast ?)
You don't have to be gay to feel that way, right? Latino immigrants, working-class straight dudes and so on can relate to Morrissey's lyrics. Comparing Culture Club to The Smiths is absurd, Morrissey hated that kind of gay culture, Marr himself would say that the Smiths were definitely different than the mainstream pop bands like Culture Club. Morrissey was not Boy George, for f-uck's sake, he way more introspective. Just because they came from the same era doesn't mean it was the same kind of bands. What is so interesting about the Smiths is that they didn't represent the 80's culture. Bands like Culture Club were American-influenced, the Smiths not at all (you're right on this point), and Culture Club was kind of pompous. I don't see what is "pompous" about the Smiths (unless you take Morrissey too seriously), just look at their band name. Both bands were influenced by David Bowie, who was himself influenced by Bolan, and yes, Bolan was androgynous but besides that I don't see many similarities.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2015-04-23 22:12 by RomanCandle.