Music History

More than a fascinating piece of Smithsology, the '80s radio takeover is a story of redemption

Besides being a long, seemingly unfounded piece of local-music folklore, as well as a now well-documented and utterly fascinating part of the Smiths mythology, the story of James Kiss is a redemptive one. It's a case study of desperation, certainly, but it's also a cautionary tale of a troubled young man who crafts a dastardly plan in isolation, but then, rather than seeing it through, he inexplicably abandons his intent, puts the gun down and turns himself in.

See also: - The Smiths '80s radio-station takeover: What really happened per the police report - Morrissey's quiet desparation and romantic worldview continues to connect and inspire - The story of Smiths fan who held a station here hostage in the '80s? It's true...sort of