Former lead singer of The Smiths and icon of the era in which both Simon and Mark were forging their respective careers. Låt Den Rätte Komma In, one of Mark's favourite films of recent times, took its name from one of his lyrics.
Whenever Mark refers to Morrissey, he does so in the adenoided voice of Melvyn Bragg, who once cued up a South Bank Show item in which "Borrissey and Barr from The Sbiths introduce their new album, Beat Is Burder."
Borrissey's 2017 comeback song Spent The Day In Bed was so bad - its refrain "don't watch the news!" in particular - that it made Mark like U2.