Last night we dreamt that somebody loved us
Smiths fans (and me) in the late 1980s
in Why pamper life's complexities?
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As Morrissey stated at the time, 'popular music' is the last refuge of young people in the world. It's the only remaining art form. The Smiths were relatively successful commercially, at least in terms of chart placings. Leaving aside compilations, their albums The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways,Here We Come all entered the British charts at number one or two. In contrast to their expressed feelings of personal intimacy with Morrissey, fans' descriptions of relations with other people, even other Smiths fans, were often couched in terms of loneliness and isolation. Repeatedly, fans wrote of their sense of disconnection from family and peers. Often this sense of difference fixed on their love of The Smiths. The band represented a shibboleth distinguishing those who understood from those who could not, and thus affected relations with others.

Why pamper life's complexities?

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