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Death of a Disco Dancer
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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
Magazine that one of the best things about the song "is that keyboard drone. It's like
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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