- For Morrissey life began again - at 23.
"I had quite a happy childhood until I was six or seven, after that it was horrendous. At the age of eight I became very isolated - we had a lot of family problems at that time - and that tends to orchestrate your life. I had a foul adolescence and a foul teenage existence. Except you couldn’t really call it an existence. I just sort of scraped through, escaping into films and books until the Smiths happened and allowed me to live again! I think if I’d led an acceptably frivolous teenage life I wouldn’t be singing in this group. I’m sure if you have a great time and get everything you want, all the friends you want, then you tend not to be so ambitious. If you’re deprived of certain things it makes you very resilient and you kick very hard for what you want. And I wanted something very special because I’d led such an unspecial life previous to the Smiths." - Morrissey, 1984