Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Morrissey’s Coronation Street

Morrissey (former lead singer of The Smiths) was born in Manchester and grew up dreaming he would someday be on Coronation Street. At the age of 12, he was trying his hand at writing scripts for Corrie. In an interview with Record Mirror, he recalls his attempts at scriptwriting, "I think the crux of the best script was them planting a juke box in the Rovers - much to the obvious horror of the regulars who, for some unknown reason, oppose any kind of change in their lives. Naturally, the story lines were rejected. I think there were a couple of divorces in there somewhere. A few deaths - the odd strangulation thrown in."

His book, ‘Morrissey's Manchester: The Essential Smiths Tour’ is a complete guide to the Mancunian landmarks which influenced Morrissey and The Smiths. Locations featured in the book include Granada Studios: home of Coronation Street.

In 1985, Blitz secured an interview with Pat Phoenix (our Elsie Tanner and Prime Minister Tony Blair’s late mother-in-law) but with one condition – Pat should be allowed to choose her own interviewer. She chose Morrissey. She insisted his photograph go on the cover of the magazine instead of one of them together.

According to David Bret’s book ‘Morrissey: Scandal and Passion” Pat Phoenix said of Morrissey, “He’s an astute, gentle young man, good-looking, intelligent, sincere. Mark my word, he’ll go a long way in life.”

Pat Phoenix was the cover girl for Shakespeare's Sister.

Coronation Street is mentioned in the lyrics of ‘Another Rainy Day in Manchester,’ songwriter Dan Treacy's tribute to Morrissey.

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