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The Queen is Dead out today 16 June 2017

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Fri 16 Jun 2017, 19:48:13. 17 comments

There are apparently a few versions in the shops but "the 7″ version comes with the B-side “I Keep Mine Hidden,” which is taken from the 1987 cassette release of “Girlfriend In a Coma” and allegedly the last Smiths song ever recorded."

Nice! http://www.spin.com/2017/06/the-smiths-the-queen-is-dead-single-reissues/

Anyone pick up a copy? The event was more whispered than cried.

BBC Radio Leeds "Fun" Quiz

Posted by Troublemaker's Dad (Members) at Sun 4 Jun 2017, 17:43:04. 3 comments

My local BBC radio station has a light-hearted pop quiz each Sunday.
They play a seemingly random selection of records, and listeners must identify a "famous person who's been in the news".

A couple of weeks back the DJ played "Theme from TV's The Brady Bunch", "Suffer Little Children" by The Smiths, "All The Young Dudes" by Mott The Hoople and "Psycho-Killer" by Talking Heads.

And then, as the BBC switchboard went into meltdown under a barrage of horrified protest, the oblivious DJ announced "And the answer is Ian Brady, the famous Moors murderer, who died this week in a maximum security mental hospital."

And I thought Alan Partridge was an exaggeration.

File this one under "You REALLY couldn't make it up".

TD xx

Morrissey's FB statement on Theresa May

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Fri 2 Jun 2017, 17:59:00. 2 comments

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- https://www.facebook.com/Morrissey/photos/pb.130443603658856.-2207520000.1496422843./1358006870902517/?type=3&theater

Strong words, but not without humour. John Pilger has also just released a very insightful post about why the British establishment might want to cover up certain aspects of the Manchester Bombing, and about the background to this sort of terrorism - http://johnpilger.com/articles/terror-in-britain-what-did-the-prime-minister-know

None of this would surprise the authors of the classic text, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - https://archive.org/stream/pdfy-NekqfnoWIEuYgdZl/Manufacturing%20Consent%20[The%20Political%20Economy%20Of%20The%20Mass%20Media]_djvu.txt

You defer to the views of the television news
Let someone do your thinking for you
And you still buy a daily newspaper
And you find everything there but the news

- Teenage Boy on His Estate, Morrissey

Statement from Morrissey RE bombing in Manchester

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 23 May 2017, 20:20:05. 56 comments

Morrissey Official
12 mins ·
Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.
For what reason will this ever stop?
Theresa May says such attacks "will not break us", but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, "will not break us" means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken - thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says "London is united with Manchester", but he does not condemn Islamic State - who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her 'strong words' against the attack, yet she does not cancel today's garden party at Buckingham Palace - for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an "extremist". An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
Morrissey

Morrissey Fanart

Posted by Caranella (Members) at Tue 23 May 2017, 05:59:14. 10 comments

Hi.

I'm new here, and of course I really love Morrissey like all of you.

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate spot??? There's no official art section,
I don't think. But I would like to share an animation I made, if that's okay.

It's of my favourite song of his, "It's Not Your Birthday Anymore."

I would love to know what you all think! Thank you.

(P.S. Please feel free to share your art of Moz with me, too.)

Youtube Link

Happy Birthday Morrissey!💖💖💖

Posted by JoanOfArc (Members) at Sun 21 May 2017, 23:06:55. 9 comments

:heartbeat :heartbeat :heartbeat HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORRISSEY!!! :heartbeat :heartbeat :heartbeat
Happy Birthday to the Most Beautiful man in the world!!!❤❤❤
P.s.Its already 22nd in Poland:):)

Morrissey Interview: Dailymail

Posted by JoanOfArc (Members) at Sun 21 May 2017, 17:26:58. 12 comments

New interview:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-4521810/Inside-head-Morrissey.html

'Who would I like to say sorry to? Myself. I put myself through torture':
Inside the head of... Morrissey


Born Steven Patrick Morrissey in Lancashire in 1959, the frequently outspoken former Smiths frontman, singer and author turns 58 tomorrow. His bookish song lyrics were hailed as the finest in rock music, yet his novel ‘List Of The Lost’ won the ‘Bad Sex In Fiction’ award in 2015.

What is your earliest memory?
Being carried on my mother’s shoulders… up and down the living room… nothing’s changed since then.

What sort of child were you?
Perfect in every way.

What is the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
A journalist told me that my audience is identical to Barry Manilow’s. This was bone-chilling to hear. I left the room.

Who would like to say sorry to and why?
Myself. I put myself through torture. One cancelled show and I lower my face on to a hot stove for six weeks.

Last row you had?
I once sat on the next table to Judge Judy, and for three solid hours she would not stop talking. The woman sitting with her contributed one or two umms, but Judge Rude-y could not shut up. I was ready to ram her face into her own spaghetti.

Tell us a secret about yourself
I have never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. That’s exciting, isn’t it?

What one law would you change?
All meat products should have a MEAT KILLS government health warning because meat production kills the consumer, kills the planet, kills animals. So why is it legal? Since meat causes more damage than tobacco, why only a health warning on tobacco?

Which words or phrases do you overuse?
Finishing a sentence with ‘and so on’ when in fact there’s nothing else to add.

Have you ever cheated death?
Four times.

Who would play you in a film of your life?
I cannot be replicated.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
I was a filing clerk for the Inland Revenue for a few weeks. I ought to have been put to death for that.

What is your worst habit?
I side with anyone who takes the most cynical view.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I know every episode of The Big Valley (1965-69) line by line. It isn’t helpful.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
London’s East End of 1888. The anonymity fascinates me, the rolling fog, the narrow turnings, the prospect of sudden death, a knees-up at The Old King’s Vomit…

When was the last time you cried?
The election of Predicament Trump. He’s a child impersonating an adult, isn’t he? And I can’t forgive him for the sugar-capped teeth and slippery smile of Kellyanne Conway.

What’s the one thing every man should know about women?
Whether male or female, there is always a flaw in the manufacturing.

Who would your dream dinner date be?
I’ve never been on a date, so I’m not even sure what one is.

What’s one skill everyone should have?
The ability to listen. Judge Judy does not have this… which is why she’s a judge.

What’s the worst pain you’ve experienced?
Being a teenager in Seventies Manchester.

Have you ever had a nickname?
I wasn’t ever popular enough to have a nickname.

What song do you want at your funeral?
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone by Ethel Waters.

What’s the best kiss you’ve had?
None ever.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?
‘You don’t project very well as a TV interview.’ I knew it was true. "




Boy with the Thorn /Rubber Ring demos...

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Sun 23 Apr 2017, 17:26:20. 2 comments

Hopefully Warners are not too quick in taking these tracks down, for the moment, at least, it is nearly impossible for 99.99% fans to own these tracks.


The Boy with the Thorn in his Side (demo)



Rubber Ring (this demo is decidedly different from the previously leaked demo!)



Thanks firstly to The Smiths for their music, especially to Morrissey and Marr for their generosity and goodwill in allowing the tracks to be released.

Thanks also goes to Alsatian Cousin, for putting the tracks up on YouTube.

BBC host a clip of "The Boy with the Thorn..." Demo

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Fri 21 Apr 2017, 07:53:33. 2 comments

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The final released version of the Record Day single sports a different, but equally resplendent, sleeve than the pool playing Finney version which was posted previously.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/records/nz2q6d

Morrissey signs new deal - new album on the way!

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Sun 16 Apr 2017, 00:35:16. 23 comments

Should be big news soon, Peter Katsis involved...

Hmmm, seems like Morrissey wasn't just cleaning those music offices after all, despite his insistence that he was!

Just thought I'd pop this up as it is big news, well it will be when we get it from a source closer to Moz!

Breakfast with the Smiths - Update! BWTS has a new home.

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Sun 2 Apr 2017, 20:43:09. 7 comments

Sad news for those of us who have enjoyed listening to Breakfast with the Smiths over the years.

Statement from Jose Maldonado, via facebook:

Breakfast With The Smiths - The World Of Morrissey
Jose Maldonado shared a link.
4 hrs

Hi Breakfast Champions.
Well, sadly the day I knew would eventually come is upon us. The powers that be have pulled the plug on Indie1031.com and that means that our weekly appointment at “3 convenient times” has come to an end. It’s a decision that is completely out of my hands and irreversible. I want to thank you all so much for tuning in each week and making it so much fun to play our favorite Morrissey/The Smiths songs on the air. I still don’t believe that they let me do it for 8 years. I would have been satisfied with 8 weeks. I loved hearing you guys tell me about how/why you got into Morrissey/The Smiths, meeting some of you in person at my gigs and at the Moz Army meet, making new friends that I would never have otherwise met, chatting it up with you on Twitter and over the phone. Thank you forever and from every cell of my heart. I had a blast.

I’d like to continue doing it for you, so I’ll keep looking for a new home for the radio show. If you know of anywhere, by all means, put in a good word for me and point me in their direction. I have a few ideas, but for now, they’re just ideas. Please don’t say “why don’t you just do a podcast of the show?” because the answer is, I legally can’t. The only way that could work is it would just be me talking without any of Morrissey’s beautiful songs and that just defeats the point.

I want to thank Tedd Roman who kept the stream going for the majority of our internet existence and being the one that decided our show should be on 3 times a week. I learned the most from Tedd throughout my time at Indie1031 and he challenged me to be a better broadcaster. He’s the reason we were on as long as we were.

Thanks goes also to Joe Escalante, who hosted mornings at Indie during the FM days and got me the gig here. He sold them on a guy with an extreme love and enthusiasm for Morrissey and ZERO experience as a DJ. Thank you, Joe, for being my mentor in radio and in life.

For being with me in the early years at the helm and on the mics, a heartfelt thanks to Chuck P., Nick Handman, Stuart Akin, Stef Lebaux, April Richardson and “Romeogirl”. The early learning process was difficult but always fun.

Every one of you who tweeted/phoned in requests, told your friends, and got the word out made every difficult time worth it. It was my pleasure to play your songs each week.

Last but not least, Morrissey. As I told him way back when I was 22 when I first met him in person, “every day of my life is just THAT much better because your songs are ALWAYS a part of it”.

So it’s goodbye for now as far as this incarnation of the radio show goes. I still hope to see you guys at my live DJ appearances and with the Sweet and Tender Hooligans. Tweet me, message me on Facebook ANYTIME or even call me. I’ll keep the phone number on.

Until I find us a new home, this is Jose Maldonado saying “..in my own sick way….. I’ll always stay true to you….”

Morrissey Interview: Rolling Stone (Mexico)

Posted by JoanOfArc (Members) at Mon 27 Mar 2017, 20:11:42. 6 comments

New interview:
http://rollingstone.com.mx/musicars/las-confesiones-de-morrissey/
Translation(google translate)
"Morrissey's Confessions
Soon he will be in our country. Meanwhile, he told us about his heroes, the success he has had throughout his career, the rules of his life and other issues.There are few times when one can approach Steven Patrick Morrissey . Controversial, talented, sincere, sarcastic and vegetarian. The waiting comes alive. "Being patient over time is the best advice I've been given. It's surprising how it all changes, "says the English musician. And it was, he finally spoke.Morrissey is closer than ever, his voice will embrace us in intimate sessions beyond festivals: March 29 at the Citibanamex Auditorium (Monterrey), 31 at the Palacio de los Deportes (Mexico City) and April 4 at the Metropolitan Auditorium (Puebla).That heroic figure will save us from the tedium of this urban life. He will take us to " Suedehead," " Everyday is Like Sunday ," " First of the Gang to Die, " and " You Have Killed Me ." Fortunately, many could be their own heroes."They are those who write well, who speak well and who defend animals. That's the key to everything, "he says.
You live on tour, traveling constantly.Are you worried about your health?Eric Clapton told us about some discomfort he had in his hand and back for his long tours.
Your hearing is diminishing by the high levels of sound in the concerts. The lights fry your hair and your contact lenses, so yes, it's a concern somehow.
Do you have any diet or exercise regimen?
Absolutely not. Never.
What was your favorite book as a child?
A book called The Otterbury Incident (by Cecil Day-Lewis), which is now impossible to find.
What music moves you these days?
Music made by people who consider it a privilege to spend time in the studio. There are not many artists like that!
What do you do to relax?
I never relax.It is impossible.
What is your most English characteristic? 
I speak softly and never scream. My choice of drink is always a tea. I've never had coffee in my life.
What is the most forgiving expense you have allowed?
 I have had enough cars, but in general the money does not interest me.
What did you learn at the beginning of your career that helped you later?
 According to the laws of nature, no matter how high scales, there will always be people who do not support you and you can not do anything about it.
 What are the rules that govern your life?
 I do my best not to relate to people. It only brings problems.
How often do they ask you about a meeting of The Smiths?
 People hardly mention it.
What was the best part of The Smiths' success?
 It's surreal for me to think that it happened. Everything moved very fast. It was never premeditated or false, so they never put us on the radio. Even in 2017, if you listen to The Smiths or Morrissey on the radio it's as if the DJ has committed a radical act. What has been the best and the worst of success in your career as a soloist?
I have enjoyed it very much, artistically. But I have been avoided by labels that I find extremely confusing. I still do not feel the music has been touted.
What would you be doing if you were not a rockstar?
Hopefully he would be dead.
What do you enjoy the most: composing, working in the studio or being on stage?
Being on stage.No minute is like the previous one, there is a kind of chaos and everything can happen. Sometimes it seems more like a commotion on the street than a concert.
What would you have liked to hear about the music industry in the beginning?
 Making money is easy, relatively. But in fact, having it in your hands and disposing of it is incredibly difficult.
Do you consider that in a state of sadness the creativity is taken to the extreme and it gives place to better compositions?
Yes. All classical writers or poets lived in agony or sleeplessness. None played soccer, none was political.
Are you religious? 
I decide what to think.
What aspects of your life did you have to sacrifice?
 I did not exist until I started to sing and people listened to me. There was nothing of value left behind.
How is the production of your biographical tape? 
I'm not involved in the movie. I know almost nothing about it, is it about me?
How has James Baldwin influenced you? 
I am truly impressed by the people who can master the art of public speaking and also by being revolutionaries in doing so. No notes, only with the power of his voice and the effect of his words. I think it's a magnificent gift. James Baldwin owns it.
Your Mexican fans are waiting for a new album, will you surprise them soon?
 It is completely finished. But so far there are no record companies that want to compromise with a Morrissey album. We live in the most banal cultural age.
Finally, what advice would you give your Mexican followers?
Our intelligence has been insulted by the choice of Trump and his administration, but do not resign yourself to not feeling. It can not last. He destroys himself day after day. With God's help and neuroscience, Trump's predicament will be gone soon."

The Smiths record store day release

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Wed 22 Mar 2017, 00:35:34. 3 comments

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/smiths-record-store-day-2017-12776934

The Smiths to release unheard demos for Record Store Day 2017
The band are issuing a limited edition 7" featuring previously unreleased versions of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side and b-side Rubber Ring.

The Smiths are to release a previously-unheard demo of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side on vinyl for Record Store Day.

The limited edition 7" single will also feature an unreleased version of original b-side Rubber Ring.

It's among the highlights of this year's Record Store Day releases, which will be available exclusively in independent record shops on April 22.

Other must-haves include David Bowie collections, Prince singles and new music from The War on Drugs and Animal Collective.

Elbow, Blossoms, The Courteeners and Cabbage are also getting involved with exclusive, limited-edition releases.

Now in its 10th year, Record Store Day was launched in 2007 to promote independent labels and shops, where music-lovers often queue overnight to get their hands on the new releases.

For the full list of this year's records visit
http://recordstoreday.co.uk/home/

This is not your country

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Tue 21 Mar 2017, 23:05:33. 0 comments

Controversial Northern Irish political figure Martin McGuinness died earlier today. His activism is being condemned as if there was no context, but Morrissey explains in This is Not Your Country, which he wrote in 1997 to mark the founding of the Northern Irish Civil Rights Association, contrary to what others say about the title being taken from a line in the 1992 Skinhead film, Romper Stomper:

"As with Lennon, Morrissey did not address his Irishness in song until late in his career. In 1997, he acknowleged the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association with the piercing broadside, This Is Not Your Country. It was one of his best and unheralded political songs. Its cello backing added a bonechilling ambience to the descriptions of armoured cars, barbed wire and trigger-happy soldiers. The fatal shooting of a child was presented without melodrama with Morrissey providing a deliberately dispassionate vocal.

Often his political songs had fallen into the agitpop category, but this was different. Even the acerbic reference to ‘BBC scum’ was not vicious hyperbole but a telling referencfe to the policies of the broadcaating authority which was responsible for censoring countless television programmes during the Troubles. This Is Your Country would have been a brilliant addition to his set list during his Irish tours, but regrettably it was ignored, for reasons unexplained."' - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/rebel-yell-how-the-irish-dominated-british-rock-music-1.2870550



Let us have a release and hear it live yet!

There would have been no peace process without the commitment and efforts of Martin McGuinness R.I.P

Morrissey Interview: Dallas Observer

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 21 Mar 2017, 20:50:56. 3 comments

http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/morrissey-wouldnt-feel-hopeful-enough-to-start-a-band-if-he-were-a-teenager-today-9260223

Morrissey: "I Prefer It When They Don't Understand"
By Carolyn North
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:40 a.m.

Few musicians inspire the adoration that English singer and songwriter Steven Patrick Morrissey does. Known simply by his last name since he rose to fame with the Smiths in the '80s, Morrissey is regarded as one of the best lyricists of all time, and there is an almost endless list of contemporary indie rock bands that claim him as an influence.

Morrissey has also attracted a lot of attention as a public figure. Some of it is simple curiosity stemming from his privateness about his personal life, but since the Smiths broke up in '87 and he embarked on his solo career, he's also stoked these flames of interest with controversial statements. Just this week, some are calling a T-shirt being sold on his website racist.

Another common complaint is that Morrissey frequently cancels shows, as was the case with his last two Dallas dates (Nov. 16, rescheduled to Dec. 14). But now Morrissey — who released his 10th solo album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, in 2014 — seems to finally be making good on his promise to play Dallas again, with a new show scheduled for April 15 at the Majestic Theatre.

In our email exchange with Morrissey he answers questions about everything from his public image to his favorite vegan recipe, and we see a more gracious side to the artist than has typically appeared in the media as of late.

Who are you reading right now?
I'm following the daily flood of reports on Predicament Trump and his administration. He's very exhausting, isn't he? Mad magazine finally comes to life.

Is there something you wish people knew or understood about you?
I prefer it when they don't understand.

Which song are you most proud of? Are there any you dislike and would prefer to never play again?
I'm proud of most of them. There's only three or four which I think are ridiculous — which isn't a bad percentage.

One thing your lyrics quickly became known for was their melancholiness. Have you ever felt confined by that?
I feel elevated by this because life is, in actual fact, absolutely melancholic, so therefore there's instantly a common truth in expressing melancholia, whereas not many people can relate to the assumption of compulsive happiness. We all die ... which, on the face of it, isn't terribly funny.

If you were a teenager today, what kind of band do you think you'd be in? Or would you be in a band at all?
I wouldn't feel hopeful enough to start a band if I were a teenager today. It all seems so fixed and censored and restricted. I think this is because the artists must now serve the music industry, whereas in the '70s and '80s the music industry served the artists.

This made an incredible difference whereby just about anything could happen in the singles chart. Now, everything has a cast-iron predictability about it. We know exactly whose sales will be hoisted to 10 million, and we know exactly who will be showered with Grammys. Surprise is no longer possible.

How do you conceive of the role of politics in music?
I think it's urgent and essential, but many artists won't touch it because any declaration might lose sales if a certain faction of society disagrees with you. When McDonna [Madonna] recently slammed Trump, she instantly apologized. But what was sincere? Her apology, or her hatred of Trump? She obviously heard that a music store in Gooseneck, Arkansas, would no longer stock her albums.

Is there anything you haven't accomplished yet, whether inside or outside your career, that you would like to?
I have surpassed my own expectations many, many, many times.

Are there any new bands or musicians you like?
Not passionately.

What do you think about the new biopic coming out, England Is Mine? Do you have any hopes for it?
I wasn't approached or consulted by the filmmakers, so I think it's safe to make all the logical assumptions that arise from that. Yikes, I believe, is the common expression.

Do you have a favorite vegan recipe you can share?
I absolutely recommend vegan milk alternatives, which are fantastic. As we all now know, dairy farms are hell if you happen to be a cow. There's enough misery in the world without adding to it by buying cow's milk. Amen and hallelujah.

Morrissey, 8 p.m. April 15, Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., $75.75 to $109.75 at axs.com.

Morrissey interview in Houston Press

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 7 Mar 2017, 16:16:38. 6 comments

http://www.houstonpress.com/music/morrissey-speaks-give-in-to-numbness-youve-earned-it-9253201

Morrissey Speaks: "Give In to Numbness... You've Earned it."
By Abrahán Garza Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 4 a.m


"Can someone check on Abrahán Garza. Is he doing OK?"
random Facebook status update from a friend

When word came through in December that Morrissey had cancelled Houston (yes, again), the texts and private messages starting rolling in. When I saw footage where the beloved singer had actually appeared in front of a sold-out crowd in Boulder, Colorado to explain that the show simply could not go on and why, I knew his show would not be happening five days later in Houston.

I've been a Morrissey fan for many, many years. To some people, I am "That Morrissey guy." I held a Smiths and Morrissey Trivia Night at Rudyard's in January and left an entire room of fans completely stumped in the bonus round. I was recently asked how many times I had seen Morrissey and which concert was my favorite. My answer was: "The last one is usually the best. Morrissey has still got it."

Love him or hate him, Morrissey will be returning to Houston next month. In light of his recent cancellations/postponements, many fans feel that he owes them something, but instead his 1983 song "I Don't Owe You Anything" comes to mind. Due to a couple of well-placed connections, last week the Houston Press was able to catch up with the man they call Morrissey and find out what memories, if any, he has with our beloved Bayou City.

Houston Press: First of all, how are you these days? Embarking on a new tour must be exciting.
Morrissey: I'm incredibly OK. Yes, it's always great to go on tour. It feels a bit like crossing the frontiers, and of course, it brings you closer to people who share your beliefs.

Your Mporium Merchandise site always sells out of items. Have you considered self-releasing new music through the site?
It's never occurred to me, and if it's never occurred to me then I shouldn't do it!

I loved the spoken-word promo videos for World Peace [his latest studio album, 2014's World Peace Is None of Your Business]. Can we expect more of that in the future?
Definitely not. It wasn't my idea, it was the label's, and I only did it to be nice...which was very, very painful, haha...

You were recently spotted at the BMG Offices in London. Can you shed light on that visit?

Yes, I own an industrial cleaning company and we had arrived to tidy up the offices. That was fake news by the way.

Have you ever been completely caught off-guard and found yourself starstruck? Can you share who the encounter was with and where?
Yes. In 1986 in Barcelona I came across James Baldwin sitting in a hotel lobby. My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth with fright. I couldn't find the nerve to say hello. I was very, very dim in those days, so I just watched him, and I let the moment pass. To me he's more important than any American president.

Is there a song in the history of music that you wish you had written?
Many! There is a Bacharach-David song called "Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets," which is quite a mouthful and pacy yet tender, and is obviously about the agony of almost. But really, this question is so difficult because there's probably 700 songs that I'd wish I'd written. My main interest in life is the construction of the song.

Is there a Morrissey song you've ever thought of re-recording?
There is a Smiths song I loved called "I Want the One I Can't Have," but the recorded vocal was terrible, and if not for the vocal I think it could have been a big hit. It's shocking when you're the one who let's the team down.

Over the course of your career in the music business, you've proven that your audience will always be there for you as long as you have the ability to sing your life. Record-breaking tours, Chart-topping autobiography. Is there any advice can you share with label A&Rs that could change the industry for the better?
Well, I've been through the times when the industry served the artist, and now I'm living through a time where the artist must serve the industry, and for all concerned, the former is the best arrangement.

What is it like to have such a devoted and adoring fan base still in this day and age? Is it something your younger self would ever have expected?

No. I couldn't ever see beyond ten months. If I had been told 34 years ago that I would still be a gleam of hope for people in 2017, it wouldn't register. When you become successful it's difficult to adjust to the speed because at heart you are still an overweight blob eating ice-cream.

How does it feel looking into the crowd every night and seeing your hairstyle fill the rows?

We were driving to the show in Buenos Aires recently and as we stopped at the traffic lights a boy crossed in front of us. He was very skinny, NHS spectacles, a hearing-aid, an open flowery shirt, flowers in his back-pocket, quiffed to the sky...and he looked fantastic...even now! I saw so much in that moment because he was the me of 1982. It was incredible.

You mentioned Houston, just once, in your autobiography: "The world would be forgiven for assuming that I had stalked Houston side streets after midnight wrapped in a black cloak concealing a sabre, ripe to slash to ribbons the next available plump face." That would be quite a look for you. What have your impressions of Houston been over the years?
Nothing but good memories. At the earlier shows it was easier to meet people because the eBay fraternity hadn't quite kicked-in and spoiled everything. I remember a lot of girls from Houston...I won't mention their names...but their commitment to the songs sustained me for a long time. They said what they believed and they said it well.

Have you seen the "Morrissey Signing at Record Rack" video on YouTube from 1992? I believe the same chaos still exists for Morrissey in 2017. Can we hope for autograph sessions for your next album?
I remember it very well. The chief of police was fantastic, and she and I were caught in most of the shots in the newspapers of that week. I wonder if she remembers me? We were exchanging jokes all through the day...such a happy memory for me.

I recently hosted a Smiths and Morrissey Trivia Night, and no one in the room could answer any of my bonus questions. Here was the hardest: Name a Smiths song with a guitar solo. Not an intro, not an outro - but a real guitar solo.
Well, I'm an amateur but..."Paint a Vulgar Picture"? Or "Shoplifters of the World Unite"? Johnny always wanted to avoid the glassy glossy cheesy guitar solo...but I don't think he was capable of ever playing anything that was false or wrong.

Do you have any advice for Morrissey — ten years into the future?
Give in to numbness...you've earned it.

Morrissey appearing before a sold out crowd in Boulder, Colorado:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BM0S2vDDrs6/

I would like to personally thank you for walking out onstage and speaking to the crowd in Denver in November. Fans, in attendance or not, appreciated hearing the news directly from you. I felt the Houston cancellation a few days later was completely justified. As you prepare to return to Houston, can we expect any new material when you take the stage at the Lawn at White Oak Music Hall in April?
The new material just might be my shirts and jackets...which doesn't matter because nothing is counterfeit or manufactured. If you ever see me dashing down a stadium runway to please the crowd, then, please, I beg you, give up on me.

Morrissey will grace the stage and change your life forever on Friday, April 14 at the Lawn at White Oak Music Hall.

Morrissey Interview in Free Press Houston

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 7 Mar 2017, 04:51:54. 4 comments

http://www.freepresshouston.com/anything-could-happen-an-interview-with-morrissey/

Anything Could Happen: An Interview with Morrissey
by David Garrick March 6, 2017

Since the late eighties, Morrissey has captured the hearts of pretty much everyone who has ever heard him belt out a tune. This particular and well-spoken man of few words has recently left his speaking for the stage and through his music, but not much else, rarely giving interviews to pretty much anyone. In fact, due to such sparse amounts of information about the singer that are actually available, it’s easy to be as ardent of a fan as I am and still get pieces incorrect here and there, which the singer had no problem pointing out. No matter what, you can still expect Morrissey to be Morrissey, and that’s why he’s so loved around the globe. From his time in The Smiths to his storied solo career, Morrissey has never backed down from his beliefs nor has he careened into the pitfalls of the music industry. Because of his values and principles, he hasn’t had to play “the game” that the music industry places upon most artists and he’s stayed relevant and influential throughout the years. On his latest release, 2014’s World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey did things the way he always has and released another critically acclaimed album in the process. Now, after several rescheduled dates, he’s on his way back to Houston for an appearance at White Oak Music Hall. Free Press Houston was more than thrilled to get to talk to the legendary artist about his upcoming return to Houston.

Free Press Houston: It seems so pedantic to ask, but since fans don’t hear much from you it seems fitting to ask, how are doing?

Morrissey: I feel very resilient, frequently happy, and I look okay. There’s nothing more to ask for, is there? Or is there?

FPH: As someone who has been living here in the states for a good while now, are there aspects to the U.K. that you miss from time to time?

Morrissey: Yes, there are. Being in London always makes me feel homesick for England. It’s changed so much that it no longer resembles the city I once lived in. This is only shocking because England resisted any form of change for at least 600 years. Now, unfortunately, everyone walks along whilst staring hypnotically into their iPhone, and every London shop booms out needlessly harrowing dance music at eye-crossing volume. A trip to Harrods becomes a mental maze. You walk out of Selfridge’s feeling as if you’ve been hit by a car.

FPH: A lot of your early lyrics dealt with youth revolt and a tongue in cheek humor, do you still find yourself drawn to films and stories of youth in revolt against society?

Morrissey: I don’t, but, I was always drawn to whatever and whoever was socially unacceptable in the arts … and I always loved people who were slightly off-center. I suppose that remains … because … I think I’ve just described myself.

FPH: Early in your career, it has been said that you played in several punk bands including The Nosebleeds with Billy Duffy and you briefly sang with Slaughter & The Dogs, have you followed the current punk and post punk world since leaving all of that behind?

Morrissey: I have no memory of every being in The Nosebleeds, and I certainly didn’t sing for Slaughter & The Dogs, but I do know that someone has mischievously decided that I sang for both bands. I must live with it, I suppose. Yes, I see as many post-post punk bands as possible. I liked The Briggs, and I liked the band Refused, who might not consider themselves to be punk, as such.

FPH: I know you don’t consider yourself to be part of the corporate side to the current state of the music industry per se. Do you see a time when your material will get released by you rather than a big bloated record label?

Morrissey: No. I am extremely naive on this issue, but I like the overconfidence of major labels.

FPH: You and Boz (Boorer) have been touring and writing together for over twenty years now, while newer member Jesse Tobias and you have written a nice portion of the tracks from World Peace Is None of Your Business. Can you describe your songwriting process and is there a difference between how you approach writing a song with a different person?

Morrissey: It’s funny how you see Jesse as a newer member. He’s been with me for 13 years! As far as I know it doesn’t matter very much who I write with as long as the words and tune hit precisely.

FPH: Without delving too far into your personal life, you have songs that feel like they were or are written to someone in particular. Are songs like “Kiss Me a Lot” and “You Have Killed Me” written towards a certain person, or are they more reference points to an audience in general?

Morrissey: To sing is complete self-investigation for me, and I therefore must express reality — even if it’s often only my reality. I cannot sing a song that expresses nothing, so, even if sometimes I don’t fully realize it, the songs are very much private emotions being allowed air.

FPH: You worked on some of Years of Refusal here in Houston at Sunrise Studios, correct? Can you comment on what tracks you and the late Jerry Finn worked on here?

Morrissey: We recorded a single called That’s How People Grow Up at Sunrise Studios, and some trimmings for other songs. I remember a tall crop of bulrushes outside the studio where a crane lived, which was odd because the crane wasn’t concerned about traffic noise or people walking by. A very brave bird.

FPH: You’re a fan of record stores when you can find one, and you’re still an avid collector of records. Houston has multiple record shops like Cactus, Deep End and more. Will you go record shopping while you’re here and since you’re not a fan of modern music, what are you typically looking for when you shop for records?

Morrissey: I am interested in James Brown and Jackie Wilson, and it’s great to discover things by them that I hadn’t heard. Yes, it’s old music, but so is Chopin and Beethoven.

FPH: Some of your more recent sets have featured a healthy mix of fan favorites including sometimes a cover of the Elvis song, “You’ll Be Gone,” what do you have planned for your performance in Houston and will we hear any new songs?

Morrissey: Well, anything could happen, of course, and that’s what makes it exciting for me. As long as it remains an arresting and unusual gesture then I’m certain I have my place. There are, remarkably, some people making music in 2017 who are not stiff human puppets. This is hard to believe, isn’t it?

You can catch Morrissey live and in person when he performs outside on the lawn at White Oak Music Hall on Friday April 14. The all ages show has doors at 7 pm and tickets between $49.50 and $58.00.

Mexico City

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 16 Feb 2017, 22:42:06. 5 comments

MEXICO CITY

16 February 2017

Morrissey's forthcoming show at the Sports Palace in Mexico City has sold out. All 21,000 tickets were sold within two days.

Morrissey has commented: "Estoy echando mis brazos alrededor de México. ¡Viva México!"

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15 February 2017

Morrissey Mexico City

On the first day of sales, Morrissey has sold seventeen thousand tickets for his Mexico City show at the Sports Palace.

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Morrissey Mexico tour dates...

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 9 Feb 2017, 09:06:11. 3 comments

MORRISSEY Mexico / tour dates confirmed


Wednesday March 29
MONTERREY / Teatro Banamex

Friday March 31
MEXICO CITY / Sports Palace

Saturday April 1
GUADALAJARA / Roxy Festival

Tuesday April 4
PUEBLA / BUAP Complex
 

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