Desert Island Discs Kirsty Young’s castaway was Morrissey the broadcast on Sun 29 Nov 2009 11:15 Fri 4 Dec 2009 09:00.

As the lead singer of The Smiths he captivated a generation of angst-ridden teenagers and, a quarter of a century later, he remains the outsider’s outsider.As a child, he was enthralled by the emotion and beauty in pop music. He discovered the joy of public performance when, as a six-year-old boy, he stood on a table and started singing. But from an early age he felt he had to avoid everything conventional life had to offer. ‘I just didn’t want the norm in any way, he says, ‘and I didn’t get it. And I’m very glad.’

Record: (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown, New York Dolls
Book: The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Luxury: A comfy bed with lots of pillows.


New York Dolls — (There’s Gonna Be a) Showdown

Marianne Faithfull — Come and Stay With Me

Ramones — Loudmouth

The Velvet Underground The Black Angel’s Death Song

Klaus Nomi — Der Nussbaum – The Walnut Tree

Nico — I’m Not Saying

Iggy & The Stooges — Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell

Mott the Hoople — Sea Diver

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