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.


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.


The Times, October 2021