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[[File:Hungerford Massacre newspaper headline.jpg | 200px | right | thumb |Hungerford Massacre newspaper headline]]
This event is cited as the explanation for [[Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before]] not being played by the BBC. After Ryan's shooting dead of 16 people, the lyrics "plan a mass murder" were deemed insensitive. As a result, [[I Started Something I Couldn't Finish]] was released in its place in the UK.<br>
Morrissey stated to [[Mention::Len Brown]] in 1988:
"I desperately desperately wanted that to be released. Rough Trade sent white labels along to Radio One but they said they would never under any circumstances play it because of the line about mass murder. They said people would've instantly linked it with Hungerford and it would've caused thousands of shoppers to go out and buy machine guns and murder their grandparents. I think Rough Trade should've released 'Death Of A Disco Dancer' instead just to be stroppy."
(NME: [https://illnessasart.com/2020/05/22/nme-13-20-february-1988/ "Born To Be Wilde"] - February, 1988)
[[Category:Negative Influences on Morrissey]]
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