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From "MORRISSEY ON... MODERN MUSIC", Melody Maker (September 23, 1989)[1], likely quoted from The Smiths special on The South Bank Show (Oct. 18, 1987):

"The whole spectrum of pop is being laid to rest. It's obvious that ultimately pop will end: the ashes are already around us. For example, Madonna has to be the last female icon. Where can it go from here?"

From a Morrissey interview in NME (June 7, 1986)[2]:

"Obviously Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive. Desperate womanhood. Madonna is closer to organised prostitution than anything else. I mean the music industry is obviously prostitution anyway but there are degrees.

From a Morrissey interview in Creem (1985) [3]:

"I must be quite honest," announces Morrissey of the Smiths. "I can understand that people can find me very irritating. And I accept that to an almost absurd degree, because I know that I'm not... I'm not... well, I'm not really a pop pushover."
"And that can irritate people, because they want their music to be quite simplistic, and they don't really want any fuss and bother and any seriousness. And I know I'll certainly never fit into that bill. But ultimately I feel that if people are saying no to the Smiths, they're saying yes to Madonna. And I find that the biggest sin of all."


  1. Melody Maker. (1989-09-23). "MORRISSEY ON... MODERN MUSIC", Bands Of The Eighties supplement - Melody Maker, September 23, 1989. Smiths Presumably Forever Ill. Retrieved from
  2. Ian Pye. (1986-06-07). "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - NME, June 7, 1986. Smiths Presumably Forever Ill. Retrieved from
  3. Dave DiMartino. (1985). We'll Meat Again - Creem, 1985. Smiths Presumably Forever Ill. Retrieved from

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American singer, entertainer, songwriter, actress, producer, director and businesswoman. Born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire in 1982 and released her debut album, Madonna, the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.

Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. She was ranked at number one on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, and at number two on Billboard's list of Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time (behind only The Beatles), the latter making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.

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