Kristeen Young and Morrissey
I am passionately in love with Morrissey. I grew up listening to his music, so part of what I am is formed by him. The first time I heard the Smiths I was 14 and my boyfriend played me Hatful Of Hollow. I lived in the Midwest, I had no brothers or sisters, and the radio only played the mainstream. This was something different. I played that album over and over again.
How we actually met was very cinematic. The great producer Tony Visconti had heard my music, and asked to produce our new record. One day when Tony was testing out our video on a big screen, a voice behind him said, “Who’s that? She’s very good.” It was Morrissey. When his opening band pulled out of his Ringleader Of The Tormentors tour in April 2006, he asked us to fill in. We’ve opened for him at every gig since.
The whole thing is unreal. This man, who I think is the greatest lyricist that ever existed and who I’ve worshipped since I was a teenager, is now my friend. And he’s a good friend. He’s extremely generous and accommodating. He’s given us all these gigs, even though we’re an unsigned band.
When we got together for the Guardian photo shoot, Morrissey asked me to sit on his shoulders. At first I thought he was joking, but he really wanted me to. I thought, “This is bizarre!” So there I am, literally heaving with desire for him and suddenly his head is between my thighs. We’d certainly never been that close before.
Singing with Morrissey on the B-side of his last single, Sweetie Pie, was the thrill of my life. It was incredible, but somehow felt natural. When I was young, listening to his records, I could never sing in his key - it was always too low. So instead, I harmonised. I grew up harmonising to his melodies. I know a lot of people do that, but for some reason it actually happened to me for real. I’m extremely lucky in that regard.
To Everyone Who Read the March 10 Guardian Article Entitled “Move Over, Pedro”, I was shocked and appalled when I read the part that was supposed to be my “quote”. Most of this I NEVER said…..and the rest was HEAVILY paraphrased. I am particularly disgusted by the “heaving with desire” section. I didn’t say ANY of this tabloid-esque babble. I would never use these words in this way. What actually transpired was …I was asked “Has Morrissey ever kissed or hugged you?” I said, “No, but I DID have my legs wrapped around his neck as you can see in the photo.” That was ALL that was said regarding that subject. The whole interview was question and answer. I did not give a monologue or rip a page out of my diary…as it appears that I had in this “newspaper”. It’s all as cliche as can be…but most of life continues to be…..unfortunately. KRISTEEN