Here we have the first letter sent by 21-year-old Morrissey to his Scottish pen-pal, Robert Mackie in 1980, in response to a personal ad in Sounds magazine. His note was written on the back of a James Dean photo (James Dean was of course the subject of a book written by Morrissey around that time), and as a result of the letter Morrissey and Mackie became pen-pals for 18 months. The Smiths formed in 1983. A couple of Morrissey’s letters have already been featured on Letters of Note and can be read here.
The explanation is important.
Oh, to live in a tactile world (other than computer keys).
Treated myself to tickets to see David Byrne (with St. Vincent) and Morrissey. No big deal, right?
I need this in my life.
Morrissey - Disappointed
Don’t talk to me, no
About people who are nice
‘Cause I have spent my whole life in ruins
Because of people who are nice
Morrissey - Suedehead
From - Viva Hate (1988)