The Smiths/Morrissey fansite Passions Just Like Mine, an exhaustive summary of the borrowings of an allusive master, in an SftD must-read. The site reveals Morrissey as a songwriter set on filtering what he heard (and saw) through his own voice. Especially interesting is the section on the plays of Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey and The Lion in Love are a veritable Rosetta Stone for the Smiths' early material.
Here's a line (from a song which the Passions site says may refer to Delaney) reworking Bowie...
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