(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES) In Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Two, Morrissey sailed the ocean blue — seeking passage to a special show in Indio.
With a few wrong turns, Morrissey’s tour bus got lost on the freeway, and the British singer and former frontman of The Smiths ended up at a gas station in East Los Angeles.
And it was on this day in history that Morrissey made an awesome discovery: Chicanos.
“They were unlike anything I had ever seen before,” the singer told PNS in an exclusive pre-Hispanic Heritage Month interview. “My life has never been the same since! How can they look into our eyes, and still they don’t believe us?”
Most Morrissey fans know that Chicanos and Latinos hold a special place in their heart for the Pope of Mope, but few know the history of that relationship.
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Juan Palacios was the first Chicano to steal Morrissey’s heart; the gas station attendant at that fateful convenience store in East Lost told PNS that it was love at first sight.
“He came up to me with that British accent and was, all, like, ‘I’m a big ass’ and I was like, ‘What?!’ And then I realized that he had a funny accent, and was really saying ‘I’m a bit lost.’” Palacios helped Morrissey with a map and joined the tour as a roadie that very night.
“Morrissey said my skin was beautiful and that my hair was the darkest black he’d ever seen,” Palacios told PNS. “Morrissey then told me he wishes he was born Mexican like me because he likes my teeth.”
The East L.A. roadie then claims to have collaborated with Morrissey to create the song First of the gang.
Chicanos may have even lead to the breakup of the Smiths, after Morrissey reportedly got into an argument with Smith bandmate guitarist Johnny Marr because Moz wanted to change the lyrics from “I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving, England is mine, it owes me everything” to “I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving, Aztlan is mine, it owes me everything.”
Since that fateful night in 1992, Morrissey has made many pilgrimages to Los Angeles and has even ventured as far south as Santiago, Chile, in search of more Latinos. For their part, Chicanos in East Los continue to revere Morrissey as their patron saint and pay homage to him by slicking their hair back and talking about their feelings.
Morrissey performed at Hollywood High in March:
This report was written by Maria Purisima with a great assist from Especial Correspondents La Chata and The Last of the International Cholas.
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