Contrary to popular opinion, it wasn't just Morrissey who persuaded us to become vegetarians in the 80s. The most vocal vegetarian in pop music when I stopped eating meat was Kid Creole. He loved to lick out a coconut or two and wasn't shy about it.
Recently I have been re-evaluating our Smiths albums, as Stuart Maconie had made the staggering revelation that The Smiths were the best ever Manchester band. During Meat Is Murder, just before our chicken curry, I asked Betty if she agreed.
Of course not. We agreed on Joy Division as number one. But who was second?
Of course it had to be The Smiths.
That's if you discount, in no particular order,
And A Certain Ratio
And Durutti Column
And New Order
And 808 State
And The Stone Roses
And Happy Mondays
And Blue Orchids
Which makes The Smiths the 13th best band to come out of Manchester. Which proves that the number 13 is not necessarily unlucky.