The famous poet and singer, Morrissey, who stole the hearts of countless adoring fans throughout the ’80s, alongside guitar provocateur, Johnny Marr, formed The Smiths in 1982 and never looked back. The Smiths revolutionised music by making pop songs intelligent again; Morrissey had a penchant for literature, specifically the works of Oscar Wilde. These days, much of Morrissey better moments have been forgotten in favour of his right-wing rhetoric.
Before all that, like many aspiring musicians before and after him, Moz wanted to be like David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. He had authenticity in his music, especially in his lyrics. While this stands true, Morrissey, regardless of how he has awkwardly come across before in interviews, always wanted to be adored as a superstar.
On stage, he has a natural talent for it; his stage presence comes alive and has, throughout the years, garnered hordes of fanatical fans, more so than the fans of other famous musicians.
Another of Morrissey’s talents is his natural way of making interviewers very uneasy and unsure of themselves. It seems like Morrissey lives to make certain people uncomfortable with his out-of-left-field answers to their extremely basic questions. Sometimes these are genuine moments of honesty, and other times they are genuine moments of Morrissey living his life as a bonafide contrarian.
The singer has always come across as slightly idiosyncratic and aloof. Ironically, it seems that he, at times, struggles to find the right words when in documented conversations. It has become clear that he doesn’t necessarily see himself like everyone else, and while he does possess a highly self-deprecating sense of humour, he also thinks very highly of himself.
One of these times occurred in a very awkward interview on the famous British talk show, The One Show. In regards to being on unemployment benefits back in the ’70s, it all started when Morrissey had said, “I was quite happy to be unemployed because I didn’t want to work. I didn’t want to have a job.” He said it so sincerely as if this were some kind of option.
“I couldn’t think of a job I wanted to do, so I thought I shouldn’t do any.” It is not often when someone states the complete antithesis of our boot-strap culture of ‘find a job, succeed and never complain.’ At a loss for words, the host, Adrian Chiles, could only muster the response, which increased the awkwardness of the conversation: “I suppose we all have to sympathise with the white-collar workers who only ever really enjoyed successes, who had no experience with going through (the dole).”
“Therefore, why sympathise with them?” Morrissey quipped in his usual sardonic manner of wit. The whole conversation is really quite absurd; this is what happens when you put someone as unadulterated and determined to shock as Morrissey into a cardboard-cut-out of a talk show, such as The One Show.
Watch the entire clip of Morrissey on The One Show: