Ongoing History of New Music Daily: The Smiths’ not-so-terrorist attack

Fans of the Smiths and Morrissey are known to be some of the most devoted in the world.  They will go to virtually any lengths for their beloved Morrissey.  But just how far? 

In 1987, an 18-year-old man pulled up outside a Denver top 40 radio station with a gun with plans to demand the station play only Smiths songs from the seven cassettes and one album he had brought with him.

Legend has it that the station complied and played his tapes for four hours before he gave up to a SWAT team.

Not true. The teen did show up in the parking lot with a .22-calibre single-shot rifle, but he never entered the building. In fact, he asked that police be notified and that he be arrested. Good legend, though.

Check out Monday’s piece on the longest music video ever. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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