By Dalal Museitef |Staff Writer|
Despite his awful cancer scare, Morrissey of The Smiths continues to fill the iPods of diehard 1980’s Rock n’ Roll fanatics.
“If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t…I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do…I’m not going to worry about that. I’ll rest when I’m dead,” lead vocalist, Steven Morrissey courageously states in an interview with El Mundo.
His achievements have earned him the title of the second greatest living British icon by BBC’s Culture Show.
Devotees of The Smiths were broken when the gone-so-soon band split up after seven years, and releasing only four albums.
Within eight months, Morrissey was back to it and ready to release more of his content, as a solo artist.
“Viva Hate” debuted and hit number one on U.K. music charts.
His second album, “Kill Uncle” awakened his fans to quirky melodies and humorous lyrics.
Morrissey’s 10th album “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” surprised his fan base because it had been six years since his 9th album “Years of Refusal” was released.
After releasing ten solo albums year after year, Morrissey distinguished himself as “one of the greatest pop lyricists and probably the greatest-ever lyricist of desire,” according to journalist Mark Simpson.
Morrissey’s frequent label as “a self-absorbed musician that cares more about his music than his fans” is subjective.
Morrissey is a proponent for animal rights, which is emphasized in his song, “Meat is Murder.”
His stance on animal rights came out strongly in an interview with Dan Mathews, senior vice president of media campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Mathews asked Morrissey if his fans disagreed with his opinion, and Morrissey replied that he receives nothing but endless positive responses.
He even elaborated on an encounter with a fan at a show stating, “…somebody threw a heap of sausages onto stage and hit my mouth.”
He added, “Eating meat is the most disgusting thing I can think of, it’s like biting into your grandmother.”
Morrissey has been a devoted vegetarian since he was 10 years old, which explains his passion for animal rights.
Just before forming The Smiths he wrote his first book called, James Dean Is Not Dead, and referred to the movie star icon as “visual art.”
Last year he released Autobiography, which raised more questions than answers.
Days after the performer kicked off his tour in Madrid, he revealed his battle with cancer.
Morrissey repeatedly stated that he is not afraid of death and accepts it is something that comes to us all, according to the Mail Online.
Third year student Aubrey Plavajka reminisced about her high school years and said, “The Smiths opened the eyes of future songwriters and music in general. He is a poetry legend!”
Junior Manuel Elias, admires Morrissey. “The Last Of The Famous International Playboy,” was the first song that pulled him toward Morrissey’s compilation album “Bona Drag.”
He remains an exceptional vocalist, songwriter and performer, with no limitations on letting himself be heard.
Whether it be animal rights or how gross it is to eat meat, he can still write one hell of a song.
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