The Daily Telegraph have been speaking to the ever philosophical Morrissey about the state of pop music.
"I think the pop chart today is entirely market-driven and it has nothing to do with public taste," Morrissey explained. "It has nothing to do with moving music forward and people who’ve managed to grapple into the top five have done so because of an aggressive campaign, and nothing else. The quality of the music, the content – absolutely immaterial."
So, where does Lady Gaga fit into this? "I’ve met her and she’s terribly nice," Morrissey clarified. "I find that it isn’t wise to attempt to judge people on their public persona, and even on the music they make."
Or the food they, er, wear? "Well, the meat dress was first done by [the artist] Linder Sterling in Manchester in 1982, and she did it as a protest at men seeing female flesh as meat. I don’t know whether that came across with Lady Gaga. I think people […] simply saw it as “today’s loony idea”. But I like to assume that Gaga had the same notion. If it [wasn’t] a social and political statement, I don’t really see the point."
"Lady Gaga is terribly nice and her name is very funny. I don’t think her music was ever designed to appeal to people like me. It’s not my type of music," he concluded.