These 3 videos below show how crazy Morrissey’s fans are.
The young Moz. Not yet a super grump lad. Girlsâand boysâlove him so very much.
The notorious divinity, dearest King of Misery, thy Grumpy Granddaddy, and his explosive fansâ”apostles” as Morrissey refers to them.
…You have never been in love. Until you’ve seen the stars, reflect in the reservoirs…
Morrissey seems to use “apostle” when “fanatic” is the sort of fan he means to describe (Pyc 1984). It is an interesting semantic distinction from Morrissey in that it is an indication of preference for one term used to signify religious or spiritual devotion of intensity over another term used to signify religious or spiritual devotion of intensity.
Moreover, it is a preference for a Christian term over a Pagan one; the Latin root of fan is fanaticus, a person who, as an adherent of a fanum, the Latin word for temple, is prone to frenzy, caused by an overabundance of zeal caused by, or as expression of devotion to, whichever god is getting his or her dues at that particular fanum (Merriam-Webster 1991: 169; Jenkins 2006: 17). As an indicator of a greater level of commitment implied by the casual use of “fan”, the word apostle is an improvement.
The above is excerpts from Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities.
Featured image is taken from Odyssey