Article lost me when it claimed that he is "one of the rock realm’s most influential figures of the past three decades."
That's a pretty big stretch there.
I think he probably was. His seminal work was in the 80's but put out solid work in the 90s and even 2000's. I'd say most indie bands especially of the past decade love the guys work and are influenced by him and Johnny Marr.
He's Kanye before Kanye.
One of the most pretentious pricks in music and pop culture history. I look at him as if he's a professional wrestler, playing a character...except I don't think it's a character at all.