The sheer horror of this nefarious plot to bring the snowboarders to Christ is revealed in this passage:
Dan Ballard, the group's Wellington leader, said six to 10-minute chairlift rides were a good opportunity to bring up the topic of God while he had people's complete attention.I expect by this stage you are thinking to yourself "what's with the headline" or "how is he going to bring a reference to The Smiths into the story this time?" Well no, you're wrong. Just for once, I wasn't thinking of The Smiths. I was thinking of Douglas Coupland's novel, Girlfriend in a Coma, in which something much more pleasant than evangelising happens in a chairlift.
Although it is funny you should mention The Smiths, since it is twenty-five years this month since Morrissey and Marr first met, as the Observer reminds us.
When I told my friend Aimèe that I had once seen The Smiths live, she hit me. When I added that I saw them at Rock City in Nottingham on the night before they made their first appearance on Top Of The Pops, she hit me again. I understood: As UNCUT magazine said of that performance of This Charming Man:
That Thursday evening when Manchester's feyest first appeared on TOTP would be an unexpected pivotal cultural event in the lives of a million serious English boys. His very English, camp glumness was a revolt into Sixties kitchen-sink greyness against the gaudiness of the Eighties New Pop World, as exemplified by Culture Club and their ilk. The Smiths' subject matter may have been 'squalid' but there was a purity of purpose about them that you messed with at your peril.