With the recent Grammy Awards, Rolling Stone compiled a list of artists who have never won a Grammy... Morrissey among Bjork, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Katy Perry.
by Zara Golden | February 4, 2015
Times nominated: 1
For all his legendary work with the Smiths, for all his sterling solo work, for each and every one of his diatribes (there is a Best Spoken Word Grammy category, after all) Stephen Patrick Morrissey's only nominated effort was his 1992 album Your Arsenal. Moz lost in the Best Alternative Music Performance category that year to Tom Waits' Bone Machine, an event that likely did little to lighten his legendarily dyspeptic mood.
The Smiths outside Salford Lads Club in 1985.
Photograph: Stephen Wright (smithsphotos.com)
With the 30th Anniversary of The Smiths' Meat is Murder this year, 2015, The Guardian compare today's Manchester vs 1980s Manchester, and asks "Is Morrissey's city still recognisable?"
Excerpt from theguardian.com:
by Alec Herron | Wednesday 4 February 2015 04.11 EST
Treading cautiously over puddles of January Manchester rain, a group of tourists from Mexico, Australia, France and Israel take turns to pose in front of Salford Lads Club, the unassuming community centre made famous by their Mancunian heroes, The Smiths.
The lyrics and imagery created by the band’s lead singer, Morrissey, are forever associated with the Manchester of mid-1980s post-industrial decay; entrenched with accounts of stabbings, domestic violence and back-alley encounters in a city struggling to find new purpose following the demise of its textile and other traditional industries.
Since then, the city has been bombed by the IRA and had its centre reconstructed; it has hosted a Commonwealth Games and witnessed three decades of rapid growth and regeneration. Along the way, iconic locations in The Smiths story have disappeared or morphed into a new guise: the infamous site of their second gig, the Hacienda nightclub, was torn down and a luxury apartment block raised in its place; Rafters, the underground club where the band played soon after, is now a Tesco Express.
But, 30 years on from the band’s only UK No 1 studio album, Meat is Murder, how does The Smiths’ vision of life in Manchester compare with life in the city today? Where else to begin but ...
Not miserable now: Harry as Morrissey in 1999
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On this week's Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes, Jim Thompson, from Woodley, Stockport, appeared as Morrissey to perform some of The Smiths' biggest hits.
Unfortunately (spoiler alert), he lost to a John Legend impersonator.
Thompson confessed that, "I'm not a singer in anyway, I've only ever done it for a party trick."
What's funny is that medical doctor-turned-comedian Harry Hill is actually a big Smiths fan, as seen in this 1999 photo of Hill as Morrissey (complete with hearing aid!)
Photo of Jim Thompson and Harry Hill from manchestereveningnews.co.uk.
Jim Thompson as Morrissey with Stars In Their Eyes host Harry Hill