'Heaven knows we'll soon be dust'
Catholicism and devotion in The Smiths
in Why pamper life's complexities?
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This chapter focuses on the Catholic and broader religious dimensions of The Smiths. In doing so, the chapter discusses locate the significance of their Catholicism and their fans' obvious devotion in the context of recent debates concerning the apparent nexus between popular music and religion. Interviews with Morrissey, Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke all demonstrate the significance of The Smiths' Catholic backgrounds in terms of their formative influences and self-identities. In the Catholic tradition, death and the prospect of dying are ever present. The emphasis on the Gothic is in evidence in 'Cemetry Gates', where the song's characters discuss the issue of plagiarism amongst the headstones. Johnny Marr stated that The Smiths just wanted to 'convert everyone to our way of thinking' and for Morrissey and himself pop music was 'almost a spiritual thing'. It was Morrissey who first described Smiths fans as being 'apostles'.

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