When you think of someone controversial within the music scene, you can come up with a lot of people who have done and said things that sparked some ill emotion from many. Usually, the artist in question will come forward with an apology to ensure that damage control is done. One artist who does not shy away from issues is none other than Morrissey.
When looking back on the history of what Morrissey has said in the past; it’s a very full book of quotes. Who can forget when Morrissey started talking about politics? Sure, he has every right to have a certain view, but the comments were just outlandish.
Mike Joyce has opened up about the comments that lead to the focal point of Morrissey being controversy.
Mike stated: “He’s always said things that were pretty controversial. After the Brighton bombing [in 1984], I think one of his quotes was – this isn’t verbatim – ‘The only problem with the Brighton bombings was that they didn’t kill [Margaret] Thatcher.’ So, this isn’t new, these views. And I think I’ve got respect for him in terms of him saying what he thinks. Because, in this day and age, that’s a very dangerous thing to do. If people disagree with you, the pitchforks come out. But his political views are his political views. They vary quite differently from mine, kind of polar opposites, yet I have no problem with the guy. I don’t know him… I worked with him over 30 years ago.”
After revealing that he hadn’t crossed paths with his former frontman in over three decades, Joyce revealed that he “didn’t really know him” back in the ’80s. “I don’t think anybody really knows him apart from himself.”
Reading between the lines, it seems like Joyce feels that he once knew Morrissey, but now, more than 30 years later, he feels that the singer and once close friend, has changed. ‘
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