thanks to Lee, a regular visitor to the Message Board, for
reminding me of this interview with Morrissey. The Smiths' picture
sleeve single, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (Rough
Trade RT200, 1987, from the LP Strangeways Here We Come) was
inspired by Last Night Was Made For Love. Click the link above to
hear the track in Real Audio.
In the article, there are two obvious
mistakes by the interviewer - Billy's birth year, and the spelling of
his real surname, which I have not corrected. The picture shows
Morrissey with the LP Halfway To Paradise, although the report is
clearly referring to The Sound Of Fury.
Morrissey interviewed by Ian
Smash Hits, June 21 - July 4, 1984
Born Ronald Wycherly, made name in late '50s as tough rock and roll rebel
(Britain's answer to Elvis Presley). Re-emerged in film That'll Be The Day
in '73. Died of heart trouble.
"Billy Fury is virtually the same as
James Dean. He was entirely doomed too and I find that quite affectionate. He
was persistently unhappy and yet had a string of hit records. He was discovered
working on the docks in Liverpool, was dragged to London, styled and forced to
make records. He always wanted to make very emotionally over-blown ballads but
he found himself in the midst of the popular arena. He despised almost every
aspect of the music industry and was very, very ill from an early age. This
album is the rarest I have. It was his first. Albums made in those days were
thrust out to appeal to a mature audience. They talked about 'chandeliers' and
'cocktail dresses'. Singles were for teenagers and I'm afraid I always preferred
the singles. I was the kind of child who'd bound out of bed on a Saturday,
leapfrog down to the local shop and just stay there inhaling the air for hours
and smelling all the vinyl and caressing the sleeves. I'd leave about mid-day
and go to bed and consider that a completely successful day. I was really quite
poor so whatever record I could buy was like a piece of my heart. Something I
couldn't possibly exist without. Billy's singles are totally treasurable. I get
quite passionate about the vocal melodies and the orchestration always sweeps me
away. He always had such profound
Morrissey with his Billy Fury LP: "he was persistently unhappy...
and very, very ill from an early age."
The DVD Morrissey ¡Oye Esteban!, which at the time of writing was not
available through normal channels in the UK, has a picture of Billy on the