1987 Interviews

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Record Mirror – 23 May 1987

“”The wit and wisdom of Morrissey”. Short interview presented as a series of quotes, with photographs by Peter Anderson and Cindy Palmano.”

Company – October 1987

“Very short Morrissey interview that formed the basis of a much longer interview published around the same time in Melody Maker.”

The Observer – August 1987

“Another interview conducted following Johnny Marr’s departure; this one considerably more sombre in tone. Topics: his public image, eating habits, isolation, signing to EMI, the attempt to source a new guitarist, and the death of pop music.”

The Face – April 1987

“”Fashion Cares!” / “The Band With The Thorn In His Side”, a lengthy Smiths story by Nick Kent. Photographs by Lawrence Watson. Topics: recent releases and tour, Andy’s drug problem, the Smiths’ change of direction, moving on to EMI.”

No. 1 – 28 November 1987

“”The Smiths: godlike or what?”, a Smiths history in bullet-point format. Photographs by Paul Cox and Tom Sheehan.”

Sky – October 1987

“Morrissey interview. Topics: moving to EMI, literature, language and his vocabulary, his flat in Chelsea, suicide, and the possibility of having a romantic relationship.”

Rockerilla – March 1987

“Overview of The Smiths history, with a month-by-month chronology of events from July 1982 to February 1987, in Italian. Also includes a review of The world won’t listen.”

Record Mirror – 14 February 1987

“”Visionary Outcast or Egotistical Twit” / “The Boy In The Bubble”, a Morrissey interview by Stuart Bailie. Photo on cover. Topics: the harsh truth of the camera eye, “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” and other recent songs, British music, the current music scene, jealousy, sexuality, the interview with Pete Burns, moving on to EMI, “The World Won’t Listen”.”

Q – August 1987

“Morrissey “He did it his way” / “Oh Such Drama”. An interview by Paul Du Noyer. Morrissey on cover. Topics: Smiths story to “Strangeways Here We Come”, North vs London, past, future with EMI, heroes, personal matters, management, touring.”

Oor – 21 February 1987

“Morrissey interview “The Smiths, Morrissey: de prins van de pijn”, an interview by Martin Aston. Morrissey on cover, photo by Sunshine. Topics: giving interviews, fans, promotion, the past and the present, success and fame , his importance in the music world, “The Queen Is Dead” album and its individual tracks, suicide and death, camp.”

No. 1 – 9 May 1987

“”35 Things You Didn’t Know About The Smiths”. Many interesting (even if of slightly dubious accuracy) facts about the band, involving everything from Johnny Marr’s Ansaphone message to Morrissey’s hat collection and offer of a modelling job for Comme des Garçons(!). Photographs by Jo Novark and Patrick Quigley.”

NME – 14 February 1987

“Includes “Exile On Mainstream” an interview with Marr by Danny Kelly, and their best of 1986 poll results where The Smiths were voted best in most categories. Band on cover “The Smiths Caught Red-Handed”. Photographs by Lawrence Watson. Topics: Marr’s role within the Smiths, the American tour, signing with EMI, dance music, their audience, Andy Rourke’s short leave,etc.”

Melody Maker – 26 September 1987

“Morrissey interview by Gary Leboff “Goodbye Cruel World” / “How Soon Is Now?”. Topics: “Strangeways Here We Come”, signing to EMI, writing, fame, disability chic, the Smiths’ position.”

Les Inrockuptibles – October 1987

“This is the legendary Morrissey interview conducted on 8 September 1987 by Christian Ferret, in which Morrissey officially announced the end of the Smiths. Photos by Andrew Catlin.”

i-D – October 1987

“”Mr Smith All Mouth And Trousers?”, a Morrissey interview by Dylan Jones with photographs by Richard Croft. Topics: British music, England, living in the past, sex, love, the end of the Smiths, audience, “Strangeways Here We Come”.”

Creem – July 1987

“Interview titled “The Smiths Strangeways Have Found Us” / “Memo From Morrissey” by Andy Hughes. Morrissey and Marr on cover. Topics: America, interviews, videos, new releases.”

BAM – 3 July 1987

“Johnny Marr interview. Topics: his musical roots, meeting Morrissey, songwriting, Morrissey’s voice, synthesisers, working with Craig Gannon, drinking, crowd violence on the recent tour, and the move to EMI.”

A New England – 1987

“This Charming Band.” Article discussing Shaun Duggan and his play “William”, Smiths’ move to EMI, and at the end, Johnny Marr leaving the band.

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