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SmithsBusters: Did a Smiths fan really hold a Denver radio station hostage in 1987?

Update, 2/22/13: So this story of the Smiths fan who held a station here hostage in the '80s? It's true...well, sort of. We caught up with former station employees and found the news coverage. Everyone has a different recollection it seems.

"In 1987 a distressed young man in Denver, Colorado, held his local radio station hostage insisting, at gunpoint, demanding they play nothing but Smiths records. This they did -- for four hours," writes Mark Simpson in the biography Saint Morrissey. "Eventually, the police besieging the building persuaded the unhappy young man to give himself up."

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

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