Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
“Many people judge the Smiths as being absolutely dour in their approach, but I like to feel that whatever assessments people make of the Smiths, the Smiths speak absolutely for now, singing about the way people live as opposed to the way people don’t live, which seems to be the cast-iron mode of songwriting these days. We live in a world which is unlike the way Top Forty records convey it.” - Morrissey
Happy 53rd birthday Morrissey! Read our 1986 feature on the Smiths frontman.