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Johnny Marr teases Smiths news...

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 20 Jul 2017, 08:32:10. 5 comments

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Candy says 'back with news very soon'.
Posted on Twitter by Johnny Marr, 19/07/17


This post came after a couple of short promos for The Queen is Dead reissue were posted online, as well as a link to listen to take 1 of 'There is a light that never goes out'. All hosted on The Smiths Facebook page.

Here is the link to 'There is a light (in your eyes) that never goes out, take 1.

https://lnk.to/TIALTNGOTake1



Pieces of Morrissey

Posted by MMozzer (Members) at Sun 16 Jul 2017, 18:56:28. 4 comments

http://www.empire-uk.com/mozarmy.html

Morrissey is a cult figure. But what drives fans' devotion? What makes them trek halfway round the world to catch his shows in the US or South America when he is playing in their city a few months later? Why do they fight over pieces of his shirt, thrown each night into the crowd?
Is this healthy, should they seek help? Is Moz messianic or does he calculatedly whip the mob into a frenzy to maintain his status? And what of Morrissey's own adolescence and his obsessions with 50s rock 'n' rollers and stars such as Bowie and Patti Smith? Morrissey devotee (and proud owner of an intact Moz shirt) Matt Jacobson examines his own obssession and that of his fellow fans to discover the lengths some will go to, to catch sight of their demi-god.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR : MATTHEW JACOBSON is a devoted foot soldier in the MozArmy, that dedicated legion of followers who treat each Morrissey show as a quasi-religious experience. Like most Morrissey fans, Matthew’s life was changed for good when he first listened to The Smiths.
Living in Liverpool - not far from the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney, Matthew looks towards the sky surrounding the Salford Lads Club for inspiration.He has travelled the world to watch his hero and appeared on a BBC feature film regarding Smiths/Morrissey fans (including discussing Moz on the BBC breakfast couch), BBC Manchester Radio and a BBC1 North West feature – for the Peoples’ History of Pop. On each, he expressed his love for Morrissey and his treasured item - Morrissey’s shirt. Matthew then received much communication from Mozarmy friends and from there – he built this book with cherished “Pieces of Morrissey”.


Morrissey & the Roman Centurion Affair

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Tue 11 Jul 2017, 17:20:48. 2 comments

Background can be found on this thread:
http://allyouneedismorrissey.com/topic/4143434/86/

A clear summary of the situation to date has been posted on this website - http://www.cristinarocks.com/2017/07/roma-police-allegedly-threatening-to.html

This is less clear; looks like a translation - http://www.mattlumine.com/morrissey-attacks-rome-police-clears-italian-tour-dates-dangerous-country-like-syria/ Patrick Kieff is lead singer of The Dears.

No update yet since the Italian police threatened to sue Morrissey for defamation when he was stopped driving in Rome last week.


True-to-you.net : Thanks, Julia

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Tue 4 Jul 2017, 22:39:33. 14 comments

After providing a forum for Morrissey and his fans for many years, through the noughties and beyond, lovely proprietor Julia Reilly of former website http://true-to-you.net/ has, for whatever reason, stopped updating the website.

Since she was responsible for sending so much information and opportunity our way, it seems most fit to say thanks to Julia for the gift of her time and effort, and to wish her the best in the future.

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- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=694987320580750&set=p.694987320580750&type=3&theater




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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. 21 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
 

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