Death of a Disco Dancer

Album: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
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  • This grim elegy to the sufferings of the mid-1980s gay community finds Morrissey substituting "disco dancer" for "homosexual."

    The death of a disco dancer
    Well, it happens a lot 'round here
    And if you think peace
    Is a common goal
    That goes to show
    How little you know

    Morrissey ruminates on the rise of gay AIDS casualties and homophobic violence.
  • Guitarist Johnny Marr commented to Q Magazine that one of the best things about the song "is that keyboard drone. It's like Goldfinger on bad acid. Which is kind of The Smiths in a nutshell."
  • Morrissey played piano on this track – it's the only Smiths song on which he played a musical instrument.
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