How Morrissey And The Smiths Have Intruded Gen Z

You might feel at certain times that no matter what you do, say, and mean doesn’t really matter while facing the countless problems of modern societies as clueless human flocks run through you on the streets of the age of technology, and no one is willing to listen what you have to utter.

After all, loneliness is an essential piece of the puzzle we call modern civilization, and various studies from renowned institutions often love noting that these contemporary times and generations could be the loneliest of them all. With the recent pandemic, political controversies, and climate change, it might be safe to say that apart from loneliness, we’re not much in luck either.

So, perhaps that’s why the Smiths, a British alternative rock act from the 80s, have resonated well with our current times… for Gen Z. Although they famously broke up in the late 80s, the band still seems to receive millions of monthly listeners and top playlists on most digital streaming platforms almost forty years after their dissolution.

Morrissey‘s melodramatic lyrics and baritone vocals, Johnny Marr‘s touching riffs, and the haunting tone they managed to set through their tracks undoubtedly helped them on their quest to musical immortality, although one might still ask, what is it about the Smiths that made them a top name among the mainstream young audiences when most people love stating that rock is dead.

Well, when the band started their careers in the early 80s, there was inevitable political unrest in England. The working class struggled under Margaret Thatcher’s helm, and the era infamously had many protests, riots, and other controversies. The Smiths’ debut came into play when most people felt that melancholy ran deep through them as they had grown tired of the countless political disputes.

That’s perhaps why the act’s albums, ‘ The Queen Is Dead’ or ‘Meat Is Murder,’ sat well with society, as these records became timeless classics despite their political context. The Smith‘s tracks didn’t only address politics, however, as they also handled more individual-oriented topics such as loneliness, melancholy, and feelings of personal despair in their self-titled debut and final record, ‘Strangeways, Here We Come.’

So, when one combines their political albums with not-so-political ones, it might be safe to say that they make the perfect combination for a young person who is feeling lonely in modern society and has grown quite tired of the political controversies surrounding them. That sense of despair made the Smiths relatable and appealing to Gen Z and their modest playlists about melancholy.

Morrissey also became a successful act through his solo career, although one might argue that he didn’t age quite well due to the numerous political controversies surrounding him. Still, all those disputes didn’t change the fact that young people still quoted his melancholic lyrics on social platforms and filled up venues to see him on stage.

After all, in the modern age of technology, it might be easy to feel lonely if one looks up from their phone and watch the clueless people around them. It’s pretty usual now for people to seem too interested in their phones while sitting or standing alone so as not to feel so lonely and out of context, and perhaps, hearing Morrissey utter a few words about melodrama might make anyone feel better… or worse.