Surprised not to see a node
here, but I would like to address something that has not been touched on; where the Smiths got their name from.
There have been many competing theories, the most popular two both concerning themselves with Morrissey
's desire to reach the working class
, but sometimes failing: His frequent mentionings of homosexual
characters and homosexuality, and the meat pie
incident (Morrissey was a devout vegetarian
* who wanted the band to follow him (eg. album 'Meat Is Murder
'). Andy Rourke
(I think) was seen eating a meat pie in public, and a big deal of the incident was made in the music press) come to mind
- First is that the band wanted a really common name, something that wouldn't look out of place in a class list or a role call.
- The second is that Morrissey wanted to name the band after somewhat of an inspirational figure for him: Mark E. Smith from the Fall, lead singer of another Mancunian band who started about six or seven years before the Smiths.
was a vegetarian amongst the working class in England
in the eighties.