Rick Astley

In September 2021, singer Rick Astley and the band Blossoms announced a couple of gigs where they would play the music of the Smiths.

Tweets and articles raved that Rick was the solution to the Morrissey problem, and a think piece defending him, published on Morrissey Central, was used to denounce him for objecting to being erased from his own work.

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/morrissey-astley

As something symbolic Rick Astley “reclaiming” the Smiths from Morrissey is one of the most disgusting things our culture has thrown up.

Songs about being a social outcast, written by a social outcast, stolen by a dominant mainstream that revels in his marginalisation.

Morrissey isn’t ‘increasingly problematic’. He’s been demonized. Held to a standard no one “normal” would have been held to. Had motives assigned to him that he doesn’t have. His words & actions twisted & spun into a narrative that has at its core a homophobic lie.

https://folk-devil.com/tag/nicky-crane/

The Times, October 2021