"Halfway around the world and far removed from the plight of pasty white Morrissey fans in Manchester stood Juan Gabriel and Chavela Vargas. These late Latin performers of traditional Mexican ranchera music are national treasures in their own right. What’s incredible to those who’ve never heard of either is the undeniable archetype they form when teasing and tangling with the same tales told by Morrissey. Lost love, silence on sexual identity, toying with gender roles, social alienation, searching for acceptance and having a few too many drinks were just some of the shared lyrical fodder."
Morrissey’s Latin American listeners are often considered his most fervent fans. However, Mozzer’s brand of lonely longing wasn’t the first to grace their ears. The glamorous Juan Gabriel and gender-defying Chavela Vargas arguably set the stage for Morrissey’s rampant, and frankly unexpected, succes
"'We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful' wasn't written about the band James, 'You're The One For Me, Fatty' wasn't ever about Cathal Smyth, and 'Frankly, Mr Shankly' is not about Geoff Travis.
Who decided that they were?"
- Morrissey, 2020.
However objectionable you find the Smiths singer, he shouldn't be reduced to hawking his new album to the highest – or lowest – bidder
No record label will touch Morrissey – and that’s the music industry’s loss
However objectionable you find the Smiths singer, he shouldn't be reduced to hawking his new album to the highest – or lowest – bidder JAMES HALL 4 June 2021 • 2:10pm
The last 12 months have been unkind to us all. Even, it seems, rock stars living in Los Angeles. Morrissey, the pugnacious former Smiths singer, said this week that he’s had “the worst year of my life”.
On one level...