At the end of Dave Simpson's "Manchester's Answer To The H-Bomb" (Uncut, 1998), Viv is quoted as saying:
"Morrissey phoned me up and asked to use my image on the sleeve. I agreed, for a fee, which is usual. The first time we met, we walked along Blackpool seafront. He said he always read about what I was doing and read my book, 'Spend! Spend! Spend!' every day and it was like a Bible to him. I said to him, 'If I was younger, would you marry me?' And he said, 'Yes.' I was amazed. We talked about lots of nice, strange things. He was very strange, like me when I was younger. He was a bit lost, so much to give and no one to take it. He said, 'We're too much for this world at the moment. They're not ready for us, Viv.'
"We met several times. I'd like to have been a lasting friend of his, and I'd have liked him to be a friend of mine. Why didn't we stay in touch? Because he's a moody prat! He does know my phone number. I don't know his phone number. I have written to him, but he never answers. Why leave your address if you can't be bothered to answer? Also, someone told me lots of things he was doing about me. I went to a solicitor, and as it turns out it was the wrong guy! So we kinda fell out, and that was awful.
"He does excommunicate people, yeah, and that's wrong, but you've got to learn to be forgiving, and I don't think he wants to. It's a shame because I like him, and I don't want him to end up a sad old man in a lonely flat."
- Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer - NME (1983)
- Countdown Magazine (Australia) Profile
- The Interview. A LARKS' TONGUE IN APRIL. - Morrissey Central (June 24, 2019)
Vivian (Viv) Nicholson (born 3 April 1936, Castleford, Yorkshire, England - died 11 April 2015, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England) was a British woman who became famous when she told the media she would "spend, spend, spend" after her husband Keith won £152,319 (equivalent to £3.06 million in 2016, adjusted for inflation) on the football pools in 1961. Nicholson became the subject of tabloid news stories for many years due to her and Keith's subsequent rapid spending of their fortune and her later chaotic life. In 1976, Nicholson co-wrote an autobiography titled Spend, Spend, Spend and in 1998 a musical based on Nicholson's life with the same title was debuted. Nicholson's image has been used on several music releases.
Vivian "Viv" Nicholson (nee Asprey; 3 April 1936 – 11 April 2015) was a British woman who became famous when she told the media that she would "spend, spend, spend" after her husband Keith won £152,319 (equivalent to £3,600,000 in 2021) on the football pools in 1961. Nicholson became the subject of tabloid news stories for many years because of the couple's subsequent rapid spending of their fortune and her later chaotic life.