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Morrissey

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 November 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway is Morrissey.

As the lead singer of The Smiths he captivated a generation of angst-ridden teenagers and, a quarter of a century later, he remains the outsider's outsider.

As a child, he was enthralled by the emotion and beauty in pop music. He discovered the joy of public performance when, as a six-year-old boy, he stood on a table and started singing. But from an early age he felt he had to avoid everything conventional life had to offer. 'I just didn't want the norm in any way, he says, 'and I didn't get it. And I'm very glad.'

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Record: (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown, New York Dolls
Book: The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Luxury: A comfy bed with lots of pillows.

Music Played

8 items
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    New York Dolls (There's Gonna Be a) Showdown

    Too Much Too Soon, Mercury

  • Image for Marianne Faithfull

    Marianne Faithfull Come and Stay With Me

    Tears Go By/Stay With Me, Decca

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    Ramones Loudmouth

    Ramones: All the Stuff (and More), Sire

  • Image for The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground The Black Angel's Death Song

    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve

  • Image for Klaus Nomi

    Klaus Nomi Der Nussbaum (from Myrthen)

    Klaus Nomi: The Collection, RCA

  • Image for Nico

    Nico I'm Not Saying

    Folk Rock & Faithfull: Dream Babes Vol. 5, RPM

  • Image for Iggy and The Stooges

    Iggy and The Stooges Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell

    Raw Power, Columbia

  • Image for Mott the Hoople

    Mott the Hoople Sea Diver

    All the Young Dudes, Columbia

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Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Morrissey

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