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A virtual Morrissey is on the loose in Google Earth

Illustration for article titled A virtual Morrissey is on the loose in Google Earth

If you use Google Earth to look up the Salfords Lads Club in Manchester, England, you'll find a famously coiffed squatter in this virtual world. Punch in "St Ignatius Walk, M5 3RX" on 3D Buildings mode and you'll see a pixelated incarnation of Morrissey, The Smiths' loud-mouthed pontificator, forever standing smugly.


The building was featured on the interior of The Smith's 1986 album The Queen Is Dead and the video for the single "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before." Designer Ste Allan added the crooner to Google Earth. Should Google Earth ever traverse into augmented reality, the Moz's eternal vigil outside Salfords will feel shades of William Gibson's Spook Country.


[Via The Verge]

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I guess it could have been worse, but if I wake up on a mining ship 3 million years from and the extremely cranky possibly racist Morrissey appears with an H on his forehead I will both rue and lament Google Earth's decision.