Morrissey's failing sainthood takes another brutal blow

Morrissey seemed bent on destroying his iconic image, and he recently lost another acolyte.
Morrissey performs at Wembley Arena
Morrissey performs at Wembley Arena / Jim Dyson/GettyImages

There was a time long ago when Morrissey seemingly spoke for those of us who wore black on the outside before black was how we felt on the inside. But the former Smiths vocalist did not just say the words we could never find, but he appeared to live what we were going through as well. Maybe it was all a lie and he was as fake as the record executives he liked to spew his venom toward.

One does have a right to their own political views, of course, but Morrissey's views on British immigration policies seem so strange because the singer has sung about being excluded himself socially. He was an outcast. His personal views are different from many of his lyrics, sadly.

He also has a reputation for being difficult to work with. This has always been the case, of course. The Smiths were not exactly the best of friends. Being a solo artist fit Morrissey better because he could do what he wanted without others getting in the way. Some of his albums were brilliant, while others missed their mark. Still, he did them his way.

Colin Meloy believes Morrissey would be an "unpleasant" person to work with

There have been a number of musicians who might still like his music but have lost respect for Morrissey because of his attitude toward others. One of these people is Colin Meloy of the Decemberists. Meloy appears far too nice to completely publicly trash Morrissey, but his words almost seem more biting.

In a recent interview with Variety, Meloy was asked about who he dreams of collaborating with. In previous years, Meloy had made no secret that he wanted to write lyrics as well as Morrissey. For instance, the reason the Decemberists' record, The King Is Dead, is named such is because of the Smiths' album, The Queen Is Dead.

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Meloy told Variety that he no longer dreams of collaborating with Morrissey. The Decemberists' vocalist said, "I’ve always harbored a dream of writing a song for Morrissey, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen in my lifetime. For one thing, I don’t know how often he does that or how he would do that now. It would not (be great) culturally to work with him now for the damage that he’s done to his own reputation. And, maybe I shouldn’t want to, I think maybe he would be an unpleasant person to work with."

Likely, Morrissey does not care if he loses fans or offends. He certainly never seemed stressed by upsetting people. Meloy is like many others, however, and see their hero, Morrissey, in a lesser light now.

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