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Richard Coles

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In his book: "Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit" (2014), he recounts:

I have always liked stories that reveal the vainglory and silliness of pop bands, stories about ridiculous demands on the rider, or terrible behaviour. One of my favourites came from the Red Wedge Tour when someone said they kept bumping into members of the Smiths’ road crew clandestinely eating burgers in McDonald’s because Morrissey, a strict vegetarian, did not permit his employees to consume flesh. This probably just meant that the tour catering was vegetarian but it was a good story and suited the myth of Morrissey’s high-handedness and grand manner. I don’t know if it was true or not, but I did see how quickly these stories got around.

Via The Guardian in 2022, regarding "the song I can no longer listen to", he said:

"This Charming Man. Much as I like the song, Morrissey has ceased to be charming for me." 

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Richard Coles (born 26 March 1962, Northampton, Northhamptonshire, England) is an English musician, journalist and Church of England priest. Now vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, he is known for having been the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980's band The Communards.

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Richard Keith Robert Coles (born 26 March 1962) is an English writer, radio presenter and Church of England priest who was the vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire from 2011 to 2022. He first came to prominence as the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band the Communards. They achieved three top ten hits, including the No. 1 record and best-selling single of 1986, a dance version of "Don't Leave Me This Way". Coles frequently appears on radio and television as well as in newspapers and, in March 2011, became the host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live programme. He is a regular contributor to QI, Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News for You. He is an author, Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Honorary Chaplain to the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, and a patron of social housing project Greatwell Homes in Wellingborough.

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