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Monday, 23 October 2017

Day 2330 - Reviewing the Situation (Part 3)

The setting is a bar, somewhere in LA. Present are Jesse Tobias (Guitarist), Martin 'Boz' Boorer (Musician, second-hand record shop owner and wine maker), Michael Bracewell (former novelist), Gustavo Manzur (multi talented musician), Mando Lopez (bass player), and Morrissey (seminal artist). Matthew Walker (drummer) is in the toilet. It is present day.

Michael Bracewell picks up Mojo magazine from the table, and reads aloud the review for Low In High School.

BRACEWELL: The heading reads, "See me after class: B plus for music but C minus for attitude, says Pat Gilbert." He's then given it three stars.

MORRISSEY: It's no doubt as high as the poor sod can count. I blame his webbed fingers. It's a miracle in itself that he manages to type. Perhaps he dictates.

BOZ: Like you, Moz.

MORRISSEY: The difference being, Boz, that I dictate because I am a seminal artist of thirty five years standing in the music industry; and therefore have earned the right to dictate, whereas this clown has no choice other than to dictate, as a result of his mother breeding with her own brother. You really should't pick on his type, he can't help it.

BOZ: Eh? I didn't pick on him, I merely-

MORRISSEY: Enough, Boz. Carry on, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: "Intent and context are crucial to understanding any art"-

MORRISSEY: -He's off to a bad start there. Great art isn't to be understood, great art is to be misunderstood, and likewise, the great artist should also be misunderstood - I have been misunderstood my whole career. If old duck fingers wants an artist that he understands, then he should look no further than Dread Beerun; a man who paints by numbers. Do continue, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: "And so to the moral maze that is Morrissey's millennial solo career. Long cast, or posing as the persecuted outsider, stroke exile, the singer's increasingly bothersome public proclamations"-

MORRISSEY: -Only bothersome to those with an agenda-

BRACEWELL: -"have made his world-view ever trickier to fathom"-

MORRISSEY: -I don't think it's that tricky at all. If they would just listen to what I actually say, rather than listen to what the press say I say, then my world view is plain for all to see.

MANDO: I understand you Moz-boss.

MORRISSEY: Thank you, er...

MANDO: It's Mando, Moz-boss.

MORRISSEY: Yes, of course. Thank you, er, Dando.
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BRACEWELL: Shall I continue?

MORRISSEY: Please do.

BRACEWELL: "Chinese people are a sub-species on animal welfare issues"-

MORRISSEY: -Correct. Not tricky to understand that one.

BRACEWELL: -"London mayor Sadiq Khan is ineffectual as he eats halal butchered beings"-

MORRISSEY: -Nothing tricky about that one either.

BRACEWELL: -"Nigel Farage is a liberal educator"-

MORRISSEY: -Farage spelled out to everyone exactly what was going on in Brussels. If that isn't a liberal educator, then what is? You don't have to agree with Brexit to understand that the man was a liberal educator, but so often when people don't like or understand a narrative, they simply attack the narrator.

BRACEWELL: Quite so, Morr-ee-say, quite so. "The uneasy relationship between Moz's oft irksome utterances and his music; invariably nuanced and deeply humanistic, reaches a truly disorientating apogee on Low In High School"-

MANDO: -What is thees apple gee?

JESSE: I am thinking that what thees man eeze saying, is that Morr-ee-say confuses him, but he must be yet another of thees fucked-up retards, because just like you, Mando my friend, I am not confused in thee slightest by Morr-ee-say's outlook. He hates Trump, he hates meat eaters, he hates band members who take him to court and he hates the Mon arch.

BOZ: It's pronounced Mon ark.

JESSE: Why?

BOZ: What?

JESSE: Why is it that you are pronouncing it mon ark when it eeze spelt mon arch?

BOZ: I don't know, it just is.

JESSE: You Inglish and your funny lang which, it makes no sense.

BRACEWELL: "The album is a glistening and richly textured beast, alive with trademark galloping glam rock, ebullient chanson and haunting piano balladry, but the whiff of controversy is immediate: two titles, The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel and stirring closer Israel, clearly reference his divisive new love affair with that titular Middle Eastern state. Alarm bells ring: is Morrissey here showing solidarity with the Jewish race to obviate accusations of racism or is he trying to wind up the Arab world?"

MORRISSEY: I hear no alarm bells. When I wrote a song about Dublin, Dundee, Humberside, did alarm bells ring then? No! This fool is clearly looking for alarm bells where there isn't even a clock.

BOZ: I didn't see any tits in Israel.

Morrissey and Bracewell look at each other and roll their eyes.

JESSE: I deed. There was this one woo man who-

MORRISSEY: -Do carry on, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: "Morrissey, arch as ever, knows that critics will conclude one or the other, or both; yet forensic scrutiny of the lyrics reveals The Girl From Tel Aviv is actually a damning condemnation of US foreign policy and its attacks on Muslim populations for their oil."

MORRISSEY: So, am I anti-American? Am I pro muslim? Do I hate jews? Do I love jews? What does this critic conclude, Mikey?

BRACEWELL: "You can't help concluding this is Morrissey presenting himself as alternative statesman, of the people, for the people."

MORRISSEY: Perhaps old webb features isn't as thick as he portrays, but I'm not just presenting myself, I am, and always have been, an alternative statesman of the people.

GUSTAVO: And a statesman for the anee-mals.

MORRISSEY: Quite, er...

GUSTAVO: It's Gustavo, Mister Morr-ee-say.

MORRISSEY: Yes, quite, Mustapha. I didn't notice you sat there, thanks for bringing over the drinks, but shouldn't you be getting back behind your bar, old son, I think you've got some customers waiting.

BOZ: Gustavo's with us, Moz. He's our keyboard player, the geezer who sings that end bit of Speedway.

MORRISSEY: I thought that was Solomon.

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BRACEWELL: Shall I read the final two paragraphs, Morr-ee-say?

MORRISSEY: No, I've tired of Giblet, and don't wish to hear any more of his ebullient chansonisms.

BRACEWELL: He does eventually end up calling the album "powerful".

MORRISSEY: Which it is, but just like the reviewer for Uncut, Giblet marks it down based on his dislike for my politics; even though once again he doesn't actually know what my politics are. These aren't album reviews, they are cheap-shot character assassinations. Have you got any reviews there from people who actually just want to review the record?

Bracewell picks up Q magazine.

BRACEWELL: How about Andrew Perry, writing for Q magazine? His headline is "A Class Above - Music's most contentious figure maintains his artistic standards". He gives it 4 stars.

MORRISSEY: He obviously has one finger more than Giblet.

At this point, Matthew Walker emerges from the toilet.

MATT: I'd give it five minutes....actually, better make that ten.
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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Day 2328 - Reviewing the Situation (Part 2)

The setting is a bar, somewhere in LA. Present are Jesse Tobias (Guitarist), Martin 'Boz' Boorer (Musician, second-hand record shop owner and wine maker), Michael Bracewell (former novelist), Gustavo Manzur (multi talented musician), Mando Lopez (bass player), and Morrissey. Matthew Walker (drummer) is in the toilet. It is present day.

Michael Bracewell is reading a review written by Stephen Troussé for Uncut magazine

BRACEWELL: "From the very start he was putting a laugh on a song about the Moors Murderers, singing about molesting students, celebrating 13 year old cop killers and lamenting the failure of the IRA to assassinate Thatcher"-

MORRISSEY: -You could have edited all of that out, Mikey, move on to the section after Mr Pencil dick mentions my, "vile politics". It never ceases to amaze me how these people think my political views are vile. I hated Thatcher, just like everyone else, I hate Trump, just like everyone else, I despised the pig-fucker, Cameron, just like everyone else.... where is the vileness? Where? Everyone knows that I don't vote, and I also never give my backing to politicians....although actually, now I come to think of it, I have mentioned in recent years that I have an admiration for Corbyn and Sanders. This man Troussé is obviously a Daily Mail reader. Let's move on, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: "Listening to Low In High School, his first record since he broke his own land speed record for alienating labels with 2014's abortive World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Morrissey rolls his eyes), you wonder if the bilious rhetoric becomes more emphatic as his artistic power wanes"-

MORRISSEY: -What would this cunt know of artistic power? His autistic power grows by the sentence. Carry on.

BRACEWELL: "Whilst that earlier LP showed renewed gallows intensity, this is in many ways his weakest since Kill Uncle."

MORRISSEY: He's all over the place. He starts off by saying my career is in decline, and yet he seems to have liked World Peace.

BOZ: He gave World Peace eight out of ten. He loved it. I guess he must mean that your career has been in decline since then.

MORRISSEY: My career is your career, lest you forget that, Boz old son. If I go down, you're coming down with me.

JESSE: But there has bean no album seence World Piss, so how can the career be in this decline that he mentions? We 'ave been selling out concert halls all over the world.

MORRISSEY: "We?" I think you'll find it's my name on the posters.

JESSE: Yes, yes, forgive my, how you say, insulin.

MANDO: This reviewer knows nothing, I should have his house razored to the ground. I know people who will do this, Morr-ee-say, just say the word and this bastard will be 'istory.

MORRISSEY: It's a thought. Perhaps we could have your friends give Joyce's pre-fab a visit too.

MANDO: I shall get on the phone right now.

BRACEWELL: I believe Morr-ee-say is just joshing, Mando. Shall I carry on with this review.

Morrissey licks his lips, and nods

BRACEWELL: "Spent The Day In Bed is certainly an inauspicious lead single. Though the Roxyish keyboards are refreshing, the chorus "Stop watching the news!" feels symptomatically artless"-

MORRISSEY: -Move on, Mikey, although before you do, just remind me what Hodgkinson said of Spent The Day In Bed for The Times.

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WILL HODGKINSON


Bracewell puts Uncut Magazine down on the table and sifts through the other newspapers and magazines until he finds a copy of The Times from September 20th.

BRACEWELL: "Pop review: Morrissey: Spent The Day In Bed. The new single is funny, maudlin, slightly ridiculous and has the kind of rebellious outsider spirit that made us fall for him in the first place"-

MORRISSEY: That'll do, Mikey. No mention of decline or artlessness in The Times. Thank goodness there are still some journalists out there who don't need someone else telling them what to think. Back to Uncut, Michael, let's see if we can't put Stephen Trouser-press right on a few other things.

Bracewell puts down The Times, and picks up Uncut.

BRACEWELL: "Confusingly, the LP is often musically splendid"-

 -Boz, Gustavo, Jesse and Mando all look at each other, smile, and start high-fiving.

BRACEWELL: "After a decade in a chugging rut"-

JESSE: -Cunt!

BRACEWELL: -"producer Joe Chiccarelli brought new colour to the Moz sound world on World Peace, and here he impressively marshals contributions from four co-writers in the Morrissey band. The album rumbles in with brassy swagger on the Mando Lopez co-write "My Love, I'd Do Anything For You", like The Sweet chancing their arm at a Bond theme"-

MANDO: He sez I 'ave written a Bond theme. Perhaps 'e isn't so much a fool after all.

BOZ: He says it's like The Sweet writing a Bond theme.

MANDO: "The Swit"? Who is this Swit?

BOZ: Little Willy? Ballroom Blitz? Fox On the Run? All big hits in America.

MORRISSEY: And all written by Chinn and Chapman, NOT The Sweet, which once again goes to show that Troussé knows nothing about songwriting. How the fuck did this cunt ever get given a job as a music journalist, I ask you! Carry on, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: "It feels like it should be a statement of intent à la 'You're gonna Need Someone on Your Side', but instead of squaring up for a scrap, Morrissey announces himself with "Teach your kids to recognise and despise all the propaganda filtered down by the dead echelon's mainstream media"-

MORRISSEY: It's a shame this no mark didn't have any parents teaching him! The poor sod's believed every negative thing he's read about me in the past few weeks, and it has clearly influenced his thinking. Move on to his thoughts; or rather his mainstream media influenced thoughts, on Bury The Living.

BOZ: Hold up. You can't miss out I Wish You Lonely, he likes that one.

MANDO: Yes, he sez my bass playing eez like something from the first Magazine album. This eez better than The Swit, yes?

MORRISSEY: Judith Chalmers was better than The Sweet. Move on, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: With Bury The Living or I Wish You Lonely?

MORRISSEY: Neither. I'm bored of Etienne Trestle table, move on to the Mojo review. Let's see if we can put that misguided fool right on a couple of things too.

BOZ: Can't we just hear Uncut's bit about All The Young People? The geezer calls my writing "cute" in that one.

MORRISSEY: Boz, we've already ascertained that Troussé thinks you are the greatest talent in the Morrissey band, and that in itself speaks volumes. Mojo, Mikey.

Bracewell puts down Uncut, fingers through the pile, and pulls out Mojo magazine.

(To be continued...possibly)

Friday, 20 October 2017

Day 2327 - Reviewing the situation (Part 1)

The setting is a bar, somewhere in LA. Present are Jesse Tobias (Guitarist), Martin 'Boz' Boorer (Musician, second-hand record shop owner and wine maker), Michael Bracewell (former novelist), Gustavo Manzur (multi talented musician), Mando Lopez (bass player), Matthew Walker (drummer) and Morrissey. It is present day.

Morrissey is gazing out the window. Bracewell is flicking through a magazine, and has other magazines and newspapers on the table in front of him. The others are supping their pints of lager.

MORRISSEY: Mikey, read that review to me again.

BRACEWELL: Which one?

MORRISSEY: The one that starts with the heading, "Sham 69 meets David Icke!". Obviously what it should read is, 'The Ramones meet David Lynch', but one has long since given up on the English music press.

BRACEWELL: Why do you want to hear it again? We've already concluded that the whole review is a waste of ink and paper.

MORRISSEY: You know why, Mikey, you know why.

Boz Boorer sinks the remains of his pint, wipes his chin, and burps. Morrissey looks towards Bracewell, screwing his face up in disgust.

BOZ: Right then, I'm ready for another? Whose round is it?

MANDO: I think it must be mine.

BOZ: Good man. I'll give you a hand.

GUSTAVO: I'll help too.

MATT WALKER: I'm going to the John.

Boorer, Lopez and Manzur head to the bar. Walker heads to the toilet.

Bracewell fingers through the magazines until he finds Uncut. He opens it and flicks through to find the review of Low In High School by Stephen Trouseé.

BRACEWELL: Here we are. Do you want me to read it all?

MORRISSEY: I'll leave the editing to you, although the last time I did that was with my autobiography, and we all know what happened there.

BRACEWELL: Autobiography was, is, a very successful seller.

MORRISSEY: Thanks to the content, Mikey, thanks to the content, not the editing. I'm still not convinced you ever even read it through. Anyway, let's be having that review.

JESSE: I think I shall go and help the boys weeth the dreenks.

MORRISSEY: I'm sure the three of them can manage.

JESSE: Then, I shall go and 'ave a kweek smoke.

MORRISSEY: You've just had one. You should listen to this review, it's not just about me you know.

JESSE: But you 'ave already 'ad Mr Bracewheel read it half a dozen of the times already. I don't really want to 'ear eet for a seventh time. Eeet eeze a shit review that says I chugged. I 'ave never chugged in my life. The man who wrote this review eez retarded.

MORRISSEY: I wouldn't go using words like that if I were you, old son, the luvvie press will hang you out to dry, although of course, the ordinary man in the street, like you, are still free to say what you like, it's only A listers like myself and, and, er.... (turns to Bracewell) what other A listers are there like me?

BRACEWELL: There is nobody like you, Morr-ee-say.

MORRISSEY: Quite. Jesse, if I were to refer to someone as a retard, even if they were in fact a retard, then the press would have me walking the plank. I can't even offer up surprise at an election result these days without chastisement. How I dream of being able to refer to someone as a retard.

BRACEWELL: I don't think you've ever let the views of the press hold you back before, Morr-ee-say.

MORRISSEY: You'd be surprised, Mikey. I'm actually very restrained. Shall we get on with the reading of the will?

BRACEWELL: Eh? Oh, er, yes, ok. Headline - "Sham 69 meets David Icke! The work of an artist in blinkered decline"-

MORRISSEY: - if the definition of decline is coming up with an album that is set to storm into the Top 3; my fifth top three in a row, then I hate to think what old pencil case thinks is happening to the career of Podgy Williams. What is more, how many seats would Williams sell in Portland, Phoenix or Denver? And as for blinkered, my eyes have never been more wide open. Cunt. Carry on.

BRACEWELL: ""By not dying young, Morrissey robbed the world of a great artist." One tweet in the aftermath of the latest outrage - noting the failure of UKIP to elect Anne Marie Waters as leader - captured the feeling of a generation of betrayed fans. If only he had been struck down, you sense the devout wish", blah blah blah-

MORRISSEY: Ah, the editing has kicked in.

BRACEWELL: "the legacy would be untarnished and he might be fixed in the same iconic aspic as Ian Curtis."

JESSE: What is an ass pick? Is this journaleest saying that Eon Curteese would pick 'is ass? I do not understand what is iconeak about someone who picked their ass.

BRACEWELL: An aspic is actually a jelly made from meat stock, which in turn makes it a quite ridiculous word to have used.

MORRISSEY: Curtis was a jellied lump of meat, so perhaps not quite so ridiculous after all, but if having an untarnished legacy means being on the same level as a man who is remembered for just one song, then tar me, tar me, tar me. Carry on, Mikey.

BRACEWELL: "Truth is, Morrissey's career has been all about sailing too close to the wind, a long provocative courtship of offence."-

MORRISSEY: -a courtship of offence or a courtship of truth?

The band members return with the drinks

BOZ: The only sailing close to the wind I know about, is when we're in the tour bus after a night on the curry. Have you got to 'I Wish You Lonely' yet? I believe I'm described as sounding great. In fact, I quite liked this reviewer.

(To be continued)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Day 2326 - No go Bow

It was one month ago today that Spent the Day In Bed hit the airwaves, and although the song hasn't managed to break into the Top 100; which is full of songs streamed by the kids, it is getting lots of radio airplay, and the two videos (lyric and official) have so far amassed over 1 million views between them. The 7" version is being released next week, which will no doubt be Number 1 in the Vinyl Chart. All in all, the single is a huge success, and all bodes well for the LP; although the first review of the LP to have hit print, is by a fuckwit called Stephen Troussé, whose opening sentence in Uncut magazine is, "By not dying young, Morrissey robbed the world of a great artist." I didn't bother  to read the rest of the review, after all, why would I care what this dullard thinks? Why would I care what anyone thinks? Everyone's a critic, but only I am I, and only I will decide what I like and what I don't like.


The Queen is Dead gets a re-issue tomorrow, with there being a range of products included with the five LP vinyl box set, including a tote bag and a turntable slip mat. Morrissey is obviously fully involved in the Warners issue, as the etching in the runout groove of Side 1 reads, "CUTS? AXE THE MONARCHY" - the past embraces the present.



The only sign of Morrissey in The Wrong Arms this past week, was at 1am yesterday morning, when Alf tweeted a reply to a question I had asked last Friday. Whilst in conversation with Jaz last Friday, I tweeted about the uniqueness of Morrissey secretly tweeting and blogging, and said that if it were to now be discovered that Bowie had done such a thing, there would be unbelievable excitement. Jaz then informed me that Bowie did converse with fans via his website, BowieNet, and linked me to an article about it.

The BIG difference between BowieNet and what Morrissey has done with his various blogs and twitter accounts, is that Bowie's was all official, whereas Morrissey's is anything but. The two can't be compared - what Morrissey is doing is totally unique, and one day, when the world finally realises what has happened, it will be quite some story.

Jaz was interested to know if Morrissey had ever posted on BowieNet, so I asked him. The reply that came, five days later, was one of the shortest tweets that he has posted since starting out on this unique and incredible experience....."No."

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Day 2324 - Spent the day in Peckham




Morrissey has released the official video for Spent The Day In Bed, which features both the currently banned footballer, Joey Barton, and the 'anti-drag queen', David Hoyle.
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DAVID HOYLE - VIDEO STAR

It had previously been mentioned by Barton that Alan Bennett was also supposed to be featuring in the video, but that didn't transpire.

The video is set in Peckham Liberal Club, and starts with Barton wheeling Morrissey into the club in a wheelchair - a modern day Lou & Andy - before then cutting to the ceiling of the club, which has the words Spent the Day in Bed written on it. The square ceiling tiles have instantly made me think of Johnny Marr, as he uses such imagery in a lot of his work, so I am pretty certain that this is a Morrissey nod to Marr.


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PECKHAM LIBERAL CLUB, WITH IT'S SQUARE CEILING TILES - A NOD TO MARR?

For the majority of the video, Morrissey is sat on a stool singing, whilst his band play their instruments. David Hoyle enters the stage for the, "time do as I wish" section, and does a little dreamy dance watched by Morrissey and a peanut eating Barton. Towards the end of the video, the band and Hoyle push Morrissey around in the wheelchair, whilst Barton sips coffee - it isn't a video that will have broken the bank!


BARTON AND MORRISSEY - A LOU AND ANDY FOR THE MODERN ERA

Presumably Alan Bennett was supposed to play the character in the wheelchair, but perhaps he didn't like the idea of it, or perhaps he was never actually going to be in it, and Barton mixed him up with Hoyle!

My favourite part of the video is when Morrissey sings the line, "no castration", when a small smile comes across his face, much like that of a naughty schoolboy.


NAUGHTY SCHOOLBOY

There has been no sign of Morrissey in The Wrong Arms (which looks remarkably like Peckham Liberal Club) since my last blog entry, but there has been some tweets from the official Morrissey twitter account. On Saturday evening an old photo of Morrissey was posted, which has him covering one eye with his hand. This photo instantly reminded myself and a couple of the other BRS members of the MorrissysWorld blog, which also featured such photos.



The other two tweets from the official twit account came yesterday. The first was announcing that Morrissey would play KROQ on December 10th, and the second was a coded tweet, "NW1/90048".

It has this morning been announced by the NME that there will be Pop-up Morrissey shops in Camden and LA when the new LP is released next month, so that postcode tweet was a clue to this. The very fact that the official twitter account is posting clues, and not just making announcements, is further evidence that the account is being run by Morrissey himself, and NOT by some BMG bod, but just as with MorrisseysWorld, the fact that this has been 'officially denied' is enough to convince most people.

Morrissey has announced details of 'Low In High School' pop-up shops in London and Los Angeles

Friday, 13 October 2017

Day 2320 - "No wages, no light, no heat, no food...oh"

Yesterday I made mention of the lyric change made by Morrissey in Berlin at the end of Spent the Day in Bed - "No wages, no light, no heat, no food...oh". Morrissey (as Morfessa) had hinted on Twitter yesterday morning, that there was a reason for this lyric change, but all I could think of was the song from the film Oliver! that I had tweeted last week. It was a very flimsy connection, and it turns out that I was very wrong.

Following on from me publishing yesterday's blog entry, Heather left this comment:

"Morrissey's "no wages" comment reminded me of this part of Review of the Reviewers, referenced in your previous blog entry:

"Besides, with winter coming, I need the coppers, what with the ever-rising overheads and severe levels of true inflation. At least Penguin Classics will guarantee a certain old pop singer, and now major author, won't have to switch the lights off early on his next self-financed South American tour, won't have to truncate set-lists, won't have to shiver, yet again, in the house all January."

I think M's comments (in Berlin) about the band members being expensive, when he introduced them, may have been related to that as well."

Eureka! I immediately asked Morfessa to let us know if Heather was right, and yesterday evening received this message:

"Clever Heather".

What genius! I had written and linked to the hilarious parody piece Review of the Reviewers on Tuesday, and then Morrissey, who had obviously re-read his own parody piece, referenced it live on stage in Berlin on Wednesday - Again, genius!....and yet NOBODY noticed it happen...except the vigilant Heather! If only people knew what was going on. This is art.



I again urge anyone reading this to read/re-read the Morrissey written parody, Review of the Reviewers, which was originally written on October 19th 2013, and posted on Day 764 of FTM. You must also read all the comments underneath - there is some comedy gold in there, plus this comment from Broken in reference to the MorrisseysWorld blog and Authobiography:

"The Blog is the Carry On to the book's Shelagh Delaney meets Oscar Wilde's slightly less witty younger brother. I personally think The Blog will be remembered long after the book fades into a distant memory!"
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I really aught to dedicate a whole blog entry to those comments posted back in October 2013. I would have done it at the time, but events took over, and it just never happened.

The amended version of Review of the Reviewers can be found on Day 767 and a polished and re-edited final edition on Day 768.

Here is this week's chart, which I presented to a completely empty Wrong Arms at 5pm today:


THE WRONG ARMS CHART

1. SPENT THE DAY ON BED (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR_QDQuiOYA

2. ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE MUST FALL IN LOVE (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s7sEgKnrVI + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7KeprfYdoo (Jools Holland)

3. MY LOVE, I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7brnCxujRo

4. I WISH YOU LONELY (LIVE ON JOOLS HOLLAND 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB5hAT-R4GY

5. HOME IS A QUESTION MARK (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ejitec3YJc

6. JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE STAGE (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6_Ohi2qvM

7. WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR LEGS (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJrlijyXJOE

8. BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEUFkt1m32k&t=6s

9. ALMA MATTERS (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hs6xRIOlvU

10. WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4z40natC7Y

11. GANGLORD (LIVE AT MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt9T_AK2ylU&t=3s

12. JACK THE RIPPER (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF1BuTZ-2dA

13. I'M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziU3MVEgDc0

14. THE BULLFIGHTER DIES (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98ed-g_M8Po

15. ISTANBUL (LIVE IN BERLIN 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8zjtO210tQ&t=3s

16. NEWS OF THE WORLD - THE JAM (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO3_Udn3hYA

17. SPEEDWAY (LIVE AT MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 8) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_m5yiEkNPk

18. BEAUTIFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL (LIVE IN BRIGHTON 2017) - WOLF ALICE (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO7OmNxOOqs

19. YUK FOO - WOLF ALICE (DOWN 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a_AigNZYZc

20. UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY - THE SMITHS (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E18rTJF4mkM

21. YOU HAVE KILLED ME (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 11) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkhAjAKB6Yo

22. ROOM IN MY HOUSE - SHED SEVEN (NEW ENTRY)

23. IT'S NOT EASY - SHED SEVEN (DOWN 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2usDsbNAhIg

24. JOURNALISTS WHO LIE - MORRISSEY (DOWN 10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdfTFN7gZ98

25. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN - THE SEX PISTOLS (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqrAPOZxgzU&feature=youtu.be

26. MY GENERATION - THE WHO (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5zw04WxCc&feature=youtu.be

27. THIS NIGHT HAS OPENED MY EYES (LIVE ON Y.E.S 1984) - THE SMITHS (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKKiFqc1Ijo

28. IN THE COUNTRY - CLIFF RICHARD (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPo-e7lUFak

29. I'D DO ANYTHING - THE CAST OF OLIVER! (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey0D53Dxl3M

30. CLEVER TREVOR - IAN DURY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiulgP9kR7c

NOWHERE NEAR THE CHARTS

ALL TRACKS ON BOWIE'S LOW ALBUM, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SOUND AND VISION, WHICH ALTHOUGH NOT ONE OF BOWIE'S GREATEST SONGS, IS BY FAR THE BEST SONG ON THIS DIRE ALBUM, WHICH BITCHY BOBBY NEVILLE THIS WEEK STATED WAS HIS FAVOURITE OF ALL TIME. I HAD NEVER LISTENED TO LOW BEFORE, BUT AFTER SUCH A STATEMENT FROM BBN, I FELT COMPELLED TO LISTEN, SO ON WEDNESDAY I DID, AND WAS SHOCKED AT JUST HOW SHIT IT IS. WHY AM I TYPING IN CAPITALS? WHY AM I EVEN MENTIONING THIS CRAPPY ALBUM?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Day 2319 - Good morning campers

Berlin... WHAT A SHOW!

Yesterday evening's show in Berlin was streamed live, which was the next best thing to actually being there. The venue was a nightclub called Schwuz; which is billed as Berlin's Number 1 Gay club, with  an audience that were clearly up for having a good night - the polar opposite of the lifeless, left wing luvvies who made up the crowd at Maida Vale last week.

Former BRS member, Chuck, was in the front row at Schwuz, and the TV cameraman seemed to like her, as he kept focusing the camera towards her.



The opener in Berlin was Alma Matters, which has always been a song that the BRS associate with; not only for the numerous MorrisseysWorld related hand gestures that Morrissey has made during the song over the past six years, but mainly because of it being the song that Morrissey accepted a blue rose during, at Hollywood High School in 2013. There were no hand gestures on this occasion, and no blue roses for Morrissey to accept.

The second song was one of the new ones, I Wish You Lonely, which having been played at both Maida Vale and on Jools Holland, has already become very familiar, very catchy, and very likeable. Morrissey there in a lyric change, exchanging, "and you want and you need" to "and you want a new knee". The fact that both myself and Heather have mentioned having dodgy knees is purely coincidental, of course.

Speedway was up next, and it is one of those songs you could NEVER tire of. Another lyric change saw a "scrape so low" come in. Speedway was followed by I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris, and that too had a lyric change....His Mozzness was in a playful mood! 'I travel all over the place' became, "I'm a slag all over the place". It made me smile.

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SLAG

Following Istanbul; which sounded a little different to normal, we were treated to Spent the Day In Bed, a song that I just cannot get enough of. It is on the 'A' Playlist of both BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6, and it's catchy start just sets it up for what it is - a cracking pop song. I have read a number of tweets this week from random people saying that despite not wanting to like it, they can't help themselves. Morrissey introduced the song saying that it was currently at Number 168, and that Britain was right behind him.

At the end of Spent the Day in Bed, Morrissey sang, "no wages, no light, no heat, no food...oh". I took to twitter this morning and tweeted that this reminded me of Eminem's Stan, as the reality hit home, but it obviously had another meaning, because Morfessa then appeared to say, "Or...". The only thing that I can think Morfessa might mean, is that it is a reference to the film Oliver!, as the other day I played I'd Do Anything on the jukebox. I'm probably barking up the wrong tree, and that "or" means something completely different, but what?

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OLIVER! - NO WAGES, NO LIGHT, NO HEAT, NO FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD, OR...

Home is a Question Mark followed, and although it was only the second time it has ever been sung live, it again feels like a song that I have known all my life. And next, a debut for the opening track of Low in High School, My Love, I'd Do Anything For You. I have to admit that on the very first listen, it didn't grab me in the same way that the other new songs have grabbed me, but as I write this, having now heard the song half a dozen times, I can see that it is a perfect album opener, and with the opening lyrics of, "Teach your kids to recognise and despise all the propaganda filtered down by the echelons of the main stream media", it sets the whole album up nicely.....and once again reminds me of those words of Morfessa's, "Do you still believe everything you read, everything you don't read?" . The song also has some wonderful manic screeching at the end - you can't beat a manic screech!




The anthem World Peace Is None of Your Business was played next, and it got me thinking how much of a stronger message it would have been if it had been in the hands of BMG and not the incompetent Harvest. I have written before that the message in the song is as strong as Meat is Murder, but unlike meat is Murder, which has turned many people to vegetarianism, WPINOYB probably won't get many people to open their minds.

Whilst on the subject of opening one's mind, yesterday I took the time to find out a little bit more about the woman whose very name, when mentioned by Morrissey last week, had both him and her being accused of being racist - Anne Marie Waters.

I had never heard of Waters before Morrissey mentioned her name just over a week ago, but with the media all TELLING me that this woman was a vile, evil racist of the worst possible kind, my instant reaction was to believe it to be true. As I am not remotely interested in UKIP now that the party no longer has anything to say in British politics, I didn't really give Waters another thought until yesterday, but the fact that Morrissey had mentioned her made me curious about her beliefs, especially as the fact that he mentioned her could mean that he supported her.

My brief investigations have left me believing that Waters ISN'T racist at all, but is merely vigilant, particularly towards those in the Muslim community who want to impose Sharia law. I dislike ALL religion, but aspects of Islam are undoubtedly more dangerous than most, and we need the likes of Waters to remain vigilant. Calling her racist is noting other than left nonsense. These fools claim,  'We MUST embrace and love everything and everyone, and sod the consequences.'

Waters has left UKIP since last week, and set up a new party called For Britain - I think I suggested such a thing last week!


Having done my research on Waters, I tweeted that she wasn't a racist, merely vigilant. My tweet has been 'liked/favoutited' by.....Morrissey (@AlfsButton).


Anyway, back to Berlin. After WPINOYB, a short woman next to Chuck started shouting, so Morrissey handed her the microphone to let her have her say. The woman hysterically screamed, "Fuck the nazis in Germany, nazis fuck off, racists fuck off." Chuck looked rather perplexed.

Morrissey replied, "Anybody else? Before then adding, rather humorously, "Do you like Angela Merkel? Yes you do, don't pretend to be rebellious. I've seen your type before...all very well on a Friday night but on a Saturday, a nice chair and a nice book..."



The Bullfighter Dies was followed by the wonderful All The Young People Must Fall In Love, which HAS to be the follow-up single. I love it.

We then had When You Open Your Legs, which is another gem. And on the subject of gems, the previously mentioned Meat is Murder was then sung, and it...was...sublime. I really hope it remains on the set list.



The concert was concluded with Back On The Chain Gang, which is another that I really hope stays on the set list.

I was pleasantly surprised to have a visit early this morning from Morfessa, in the toilets of The Wrong Arms. I spend a lot of time in there....I have a weak bladder!

Here is an edited version of our conversation:

MOZ: Good morning. I almost want to tweet Good Morning campers. I must be in a good mood. This will not do.

ME: And well you might be in a good mood, WHAT a show. You should play more of these small venues, it brings out the very best in you.

MOZ: I quite agree....If I may. The only let down were the few undesirables in the audience.

ME: The audience looked chic. Is Berlin a nice place?

MOZ: You've not been? I must encourage you. Berlin somewhat feels like Manchester...possibly as it is built on a swamp.

ME: I went to Köln in the 90s and visited a couple of very exciting clubs. Lots of transvestites as I recall.

MOZ: You pretend like you barely remember this outing. Bloggers that lie!

ME: I recall one very dear old queen who had a ferret on a lead.

Morfessa then left the cloakroom, and headed to the main bar of The Wring Arms, where she tweeted:

"What next, what next, what next?"

I replied, "Prague", and then Alf appeared and replied, "No ferrets in Prague old chap."

I asked if he had been eavesdropping in the cloakroom, and got the reply, "She reads audibly."

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Day 2317 - The Unjust Judge John Weeks

Today I was intending to write about something that I recently stumbled upon, which made me believe more than ever that Morrissey was stitched-up at his Supreme Court trial in 1996, but I have this morning realised that my discovery isn't a revelation, as I had thought, but something that is already known, particularly to Morrissey.

My (non)discovery is that Judge John Weeks; who resided over Joyce vs Morrissey & Marr, is a hunt supporter, and therefore was always going to be prejudice against the writer of 'Meat is Murder' before the case even began....but I'd forgotten that Morrissey had mentioned that in his Autobiography.

I had also forgotten, until I re-read it in Autobiography this morning, that Weeks was appointed to the position of circuit judge under Margaret Thatcher, so the fact that Morrissey had also written a song called 'Margaret on the Guillotine' was ALWAYS going to mean Weeks would rule against Morrissey, WHATEVER the evidence, and as Autobiography has also reminded me this morning, the evidence in Morrissey's favour was HUGE. Stitch-up is an understatement. That court case in 1996 was nothing other than Judge John Weeks's opportunity to give a kicking to somebody who represented every polar opposite to himself and the establishment, and boy did Weeks kick, and kick, and kick.

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Anyway, as I am here, I may as well share my discovery about Weeks - if nothing else, it lets people know what the old "pile of untouched sandwiches" is up to these days.
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JUDGE JOHN WEEKS - AS DEPICTED ON THE MORRISSEYSWORLD BLOG CIRCA 2012


At the time of the trial in 1996, Weeks lived in Brympton d'Evercy mansion house in Yeovil; which as Morrissey mentions in Autobiography, is considered to be England's most beautiful manor house. Public records show that Weeks sold the house in 2008, at the height of the financial crash, and purchased the much less impressive Westover Manor in Calbourne on the Isle of Wight for £4,650,000. Was Weeks hit badly by the financial crash? The timing of the sale of his pride and joy home would certainly seem to suggest so. Shame.

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BRYMPTON d'EVERCY - ENGLAND'S MOST BEAUTIFUL MANOR HOUSE


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WESTOVER MANOR IN CALBOURNE

One of the first things Weeks did on moving to the Isle of Wight was to host the opening day of the Isle of Wight Hunt. He again hosted the hunt the following year at Westover Manor, and was photographed for the Isle of Wight Gazette handing out drinks....which is the photo I stumbled upon.





Interestingly, one of the hunters is named as Romiley Weeks, but looks remarkably like the ITN political (and formerly Royal) correspondent, Romilly Weeks, who is married to a kebab shop owner. Is Romilly Weeks the daughter of Judge John? Quite possibly.
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ROMILLY WEEKS - DAUGHTER OF JUDGE JOHN?

The latest mention of John Weeks on the internet, is in the form of a letter he wrote a few weeks ago to the Isle of Wight County Press, in which he bemoans the ferry companies taking too much of other people's money.... oh, the irony.

It really is no wonder that Morrissey dedicated nearly 50 pages of his Autobiography to the court case of 1996. Many people have described it as a rant, but it really is quite easy to see why the case marked Morrissey so badly, and continues to haunt him to this day - it was all just so, so wrong. The fact that The Smiths accountant, Patrick Savage told Weeks, "Andy Rourke told me "we get 10 percent"" should have been enough on it's own.

I wonder if Morrissey blames Weeks more for the result of the court case than he does Joyce for bringing it? Despite Joyce always claiming that it was never about the money, it is clear for all to see that it was ALL about the money. Joyce would have been desperately short of money after The Smiths split up, and desperate men do desperate things.

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MIKE JOYCE OUTSIDE COURT 1996 - DESPERATE 

Joyce's biggest mistake since 1996 has been his continued failure to recognise that by suing Morrissey, he shot the goose that laid the golden eggs. I gave Joyce the opportunity to apologise for suing Morrissey back in 2011, but instead of taking the opportunity he wrote, "in my opinion, I wasn't wrong to take up proceedings in the first place, nor will I ever be." Instead of unscrewing the coffin, Joyce added some extra nails.

Perhaps I should approach Joyce again, to see if he has changed his mind following a further six years of there not being the reunion he has always dreamed of....but why would I do that, when Morrissey continues to make such great records without him. Silly old Joyce...the goat.

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THE JOYCE GOAT - AS DEPICTED BY THE MORRISSEYSWORLD BLOG CIRCA 2012

As I have mentioned Morrissey's Autobiography today, I feel that I must also make mention of the superb parody, Review of the Reviewers,  Morrissey wrote exclusively for FTM, first appearing on Day 764, with a revised edition on Day 767, and another revised edition on Day 768. Review of the Reviewers remains one of my favourite pieces, and the comments section of Days 764 and 767 are probably the very best parts of this entire blog. Comedy genius, worth it's weight in gold.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Day 2316 - A Journalist who lies, one who doesn't, and one who doesn't do much at all

There has still been no further sign of Our Mozzer since his tweeting of last Thursday, although I have noticed that the AlfsButton account 'liked' a tweet I posted regarding the officialMoz twitter account posting a picture of Oscar Wilde just a couple of hours after I featured an Oscar photo on my blog - as I reported on Day 2312 of FTM. The masses, as ever, failed to put two and two together, although in fairness the masses don't actually read my blog, so how would they know that there was any meaning to Morrissey posting an Oscar photo? Our secret society remains just that, secret, with the Unofficial Morrissey twitter account having just 101 followers, of which probably only 20/30 have any idea that it is actually the real Morrissey.

The OfficialMoz twitter account; which now has 99,926 followers, has been in action over the weekend, posting a Morrissey photo from the archives.



And on the subject of archives, Our Mozzer still hasn't posted an old MorrisseysWorld classic, as recently hinted by Morfessa, nor indeed a new parody piece, which was hinted at by Alf. You do sometimes have to wonder if Weeks was right....Oh, that reminds me, I discovered something VERY interesting the other day, which could explain why Morrissey lost his court case in 1996, and it has NOTHING to do with what was right and wrong, and all to do with Judge John Weeks and his 'hobby' - I shall dedicate a whole blog entry to it tomorrow.

The full 'three song Morrissey set' from the 'Later with Jools Holland' show was broadcast on Saturday, with I Wish You Lonely and All The Young People Must Fall In Love joining the previously broadcast, Spent The Day In Bed. The new songs already feel like old friends, and it is incredible to think that we only heard them for the first time a week ago today. All six of the new songs that were aired in Maida Vale last week (along with Back on the Chain Gang) have been on my iPhone since they were uploaded to Youtube last Monday. I can honestly say that I love each and every one of them, which I haven't said about an album since, well, World Peace Is None of Your Business.



MOZZER, DONNIE AND DAMON OUTSIDE THE BEEB LAST WEEK


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Last Thursday I wrote about the ridiculous bollocks that was being written about Morrissey by; the media, the public and his own fans, following his mention of the UKIP leadership vote being rigged. Unfortunately this drivel has continued, and on Saturday, the Morrissey-Solo website highlighted a piece in the Irish Times by a particularly sad little bald man who goes by the unadventurous name of, Donald Clarke (@donaldclarke63). Clarke obviously has a long-time dislike of Morrissey, and his piece is merely propaganda. It starts with the headline, 'The game is up for Morrissey the reactionary', before then laying into Morrissey with all that Clarke's got...which isn't much.

Clarke lays the foundations for his onslaught by repeating the following quote from Morrissey given in 2007, "The higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears". If this was Donald's way of loading his gun, then his ammunition was soaked through, as that observation of Morrissey's from 2007 was just that, an observation; although even if it was an observation which he supported, it is hardly an unpopular one, as open border immigration was one of the main reasons that the UK voted to withdraw from the EU last summer - the British identity is changing. This isn't a racist statement, or an anti-immigration statement, it is an observational fact.
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NARBOROUGH ROAD IN LEICESTER - SHOP OWNERS FROM 22 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

Anyway, I won't bother to repeat the rest of Clarke's bullshit, other than this one quote from his article, "he (Morrissey) said the Ukip leadership election was rigged to ensure an anti-Islam activist did not win". This is an outrageous lie, Morrissey said no such thing. He made no mention of Islam whatsoever. I was so annoyed by this lie that I searched for Clarke on twitter and asked him if Morrissey really had made this statement. Clarke replied, "Yes", and with that, any credibility he may ever have had was gone.



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DONALD CLARKE - A JOURNALIST WHO LIES

Morrissey-Solo - a one time Morrissey fan-site which in recent years has become an online Morrissey hate club - was quick to promote Clarke's bullshit anti-Morrissey propaganda, and yet NOWHERE on So-low is there mention of the piece written for the Telegraph by James Hall, which has NO agenda, and gives a balanced and honest account of Morrissey's set at Maida Vale. Hall, a slightly receding and rather attractive man with a good solid name writes, "a cracking set of songs that brought to mind the best of his 30-year solo career." He added, "I Wish You Lonely proved that he has lost none of his political bite... Spent the Day in Bed was jaunty, almost funky.....When You Open Your Legs has the kind of soaring chorus not heard since First of the Gang to Die back in 2004.... It all suggested that next month's new album, Low in High School could be classic Morrissey: musically adventurous, witty and political."

As to Morrissey's comment about the UKIP leadership battle being rigged, Hall wrote, "Was he being sarcastic? Genuinely concerned? Are we meant to have known this? Is it even true? Do we care?". No interpretation of Morrissey's words for his own agenda, just a report of the facts. I'm not sure that I've ever actually complemented a journalist in my blog before, but congratulations, James Hall.
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JAMES HALL - A JOURNALIST WHO DOESN'T LIE...AT LEAST NOT ON THIS PARTICULAR OCCASION

I must make mention of one other journalist today, Andy Greene from Rolling Stone magazine. Andy has managed to bag himself a Morrissey interview, but his five questions are dreadful, and we learn absolutely nothing. Andy should perhaps read one or two of my Morrissey interviews.


Right, that's it. I shall be back tomorrow with my revelation about Judge John Weeks.
Morrissey today plays on a French TV show and then next up is a show in Berlin on Wednesday. Will anyone offer him a blue rose?




*Goes off singing* Little men, typing things out, points of view, remember their views are not the gospel truth. Don't believe it all, find out for yourself, check before you spread, News of the World

*LATE ADDITION:

Friday, 6 October 2017

Day 2313 - The chart returns

There is no sign of the new parody piece we were promised by Alf, and no sign of any old classics as hinted by Morfessa. There has also been no sign of either Alf or Morfessa in The Wrong Arms, but as the tour approaches, and as the TV work hots up (a Graham Norton recording yesterday and a Berlin show next week), I guess it's only to be expected that we will lose Moz from The Arms.

So, with no news to report, I shall publish a chart instead. Back on Day 2265 I wrote that Bitchy Bobby Neville had taken over as the new DJ in The Wrong Arms, but he keeps forgetting to produce a chart, so today I took it upon myself to countdown a chart on Twitter; after all, we have all these wonderful new songs that need a chart placing. Here it is:

THE WRONG ARMS CHART

1. SPENT THE DAY IN BED  - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwRa6QRAf-Q (Maida Vale) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eya0JhBP0ZI (Jools Holland)

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2. HOME IS A QUESTION MARK (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAGOx23k28
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3. ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE MUST FALL IN LOVE (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObmsUlEg4lU

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4. WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR LEGS (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTw4w0KFNK4

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5. JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE STAGE (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDjuGuausYM

6. I WISH YOU LONELY (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jcltr-ssrQ

7. BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmzFnbdPIsY

8. JACK THE RIPPER (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATsu41F2x0o

9. SPEEDWAY (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09K6KHoezLU

10. YOU HAVE KILLED ME (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgopHtUGSx4

11. THE BULLFIGHTER DIES (LIVE IN MAIDA VALE 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej9H_mAQY_A



12. ALL YOU NEED IS ME (LIVE ON THE LATE LATE SHOW 2008) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXj3yEn2oBc

13. NOBODY LOVES US (ACOUSTIC) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC6uvNV3BMY&feature=youtu.be

14. JOURNALISTS WHO LIE - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdfTFN7gZ98

15. BEAUTIFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL - WOLF ALICE (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etn4P80K5WU

16. YUK FOO - WOLF ALICE (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a_AigNZYZc

17. IT'S NOT EASY - SHED SEVEN (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2usDsbNAhIg

18. SOME GIRLS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS (LIVE IN BRIXTON 1986) - THE SMITHS (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BegKo0RvZIE

19. VICAR IN A TUTU (LIVE IN ONTARIO 1986) - THE SMITHS (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtpD9YOffhg

20. I AM WHAT I AM - SHIRLEY BASSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFRfbFbuAdU

BUBBLING UNDER... NOT QUITE MAKING THE CHART

KIT - BOZ BOORER

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Day 2312 - Dread, dread, dread

I have at last managed to work out what Morrissey meant when he tweeted the words, "Do you still believe everything that you read, or everything that you don't read?"

It was spelt out by Morrissey (@AlfsButton) himself yesterday afternoon on Twitter, when he told Heather:

"It really is not too hard to work out. They (the words) are an act of publicity."

I asked, "So, was the UKIP mention a purposeful act to create a media storm, to see who would scream "racist" yet again?". I got the following reply:

"Do you still believe everything you read? I never mentioned my support did I?"
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The fallout from Morrissey's recent comment at Maida Vale about the UKIP leadership battle has gotten quite ridiculous. The media, all rather predictably, have accused Morrissey of everything under the sun, but what is quite amazing, and incredibly disappointing,  is that people who have previously dismissed the media's dross as, well, dross, have started to turn on Morrissey, believing everything that they read...or in many cases, believing it on hearsay, without even reading it... everything you don't read!

Here is a reminder of what Morrissey actually said:

"I was very surprised the other day, it was very interesting for me to see Anne Marie Waters become the head of UKIP... oh, no, sorry, she didn't, the voting was rigged. I forgot."

No support for UKIP in that statement. Certainly no mention of Islam, and yet the media, the general public, and Morrissey's have taken to calling him a Nazi and a racist.





Here are just a few of the many, many misguided comments on twitter:

Deborah Whatford (@4eyedcow): "Oh Morrissey. I can't believe you said you support racist Tommy Robinson. I can't support you. Sadly, I'm boycotting you." - Where, oh where, has Morrissey ever even mentioned the name Tommy Robinson, let alone given him support.

Stephen Marsh (@puddletown_tom): "Sorry but I can no longer read this racist crap and justify buying anything by Morrissey." - It really is quite incredible, and rather worrying, that Stephen has made this decision based on something they he has read, written by a writer whose name he probably don't even know.

Ruth Pearce (@NotRightRuth): "Pretty unpleasant to see all the fawning over Morrissey on the 6 Music website after his racist outburst" - Racist outburst? WHERE? Did Ruth watch the show, or has she just read the bullshit in the Grauniad; which was written by Stuart Heritage - are all Guardian writers particularly ugly ginger-haired men?
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Taymar (@TaymarHoughton): "Why is Morrissey a horrible racist, why is he ruining all my fave songs by being a shit person?" - a comment that was again linked to Heritage's Guardian piece...people really do believe EVERYTHING they read. Had Taymar even heard of Stuart Heritage before Monday? I certainly hadn't. Why trust the word of a person you don't know? What makes Heritage's view the right one? If Taymar had written his piece on a toilet wall, she wouldn't have given it a second thought, but because it is in a 'respectable' (?) newspaper, then it must be right.

Luke Turner (@LukeTurnerEsq): "Dear music business/press/radio...please stop enabling Morrissey & his racist views just because you once loved The Smiths."

Claire Butler (@CLButler76): "Quick note: there's no defending Morrissey. Please don't even try. The Smiths were amazing but he's a racist idiot & out of touch."

Zack (@rayza_ramon): "Right Morrissey, I think that's me done. You helped me from 12-18 but you're a racist backwards bellend now and I can't deal with that."

Even former Liberal Democrats leader, Tim Farron (@timfarron) joined in: "Jools, please don't interview him. Please just let him sing and leave it at that." Farron was picked up by Morpheus (@reddkatt) who replied, "Yeah please don't let him be proud of expressing his northern working class roots. You're a prat farron." Farron replied, "You assume that all us working class northerners spout racist drivel, we don't. And I love Morrissey by the way." - Firstly Farron states that Morrissey spouts racist drivel, and then he says he loves him! You couldn't make this up!

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TIM FARRON - LOVES PEOPLE WHO SPOUT RACIST DRIVEL

Simon Price (@simon_price01): "Morrissey declares support for (UKIP candidate, Tommy Robinson collaborator) Anne Marie Waters on 6Music. Remind me how he's "not a racist"?" - Perhaps Simon could remind me where Morrissey declared support.

@Morrissey23rd: "Those making excuses or defending Morrissey's support of sectarian and racist bigots are only making a tit of yourselves." - ....and yet this guy still has the name Morrissey as his twitter handle!

Roberto Ferdenzi (@RobertoFerdenzi): "I think those 'we' who like him are diminishing when it comes to his verging on racism views, I'm sad to say." - Roberto Bore-densei is yet another who has believed what the newspapers have told him, i.e. that Morrissey's views are racist. Where is the racist view, Roberto? And like Tim Farron, if you truly believe Morrissey to be a racist, why oh why are you still buying his records and watching his concerts? Have some conviction, please.




Morrissey also made an appearance on Twitter yesterday wearing his Morfessa (@trueMorfessa) coat, and tweeted the following:

"I'm hanging by a thread."

In reply to me tweeting, "Do you still believe what you read?": "Or everything you don't read?"

"Dread, dread, dread."

In reply to Heather asking what Morfessa dreaded: "All will become clear."

"I must return to my bed of rust."

Morfessa also made mention of the "archives", which may mean we'll be getting an old MorrisseysWorld parody piece on the TrueMorrissey blog. Alf has also contacted me to say that there may be a new parody piece on its way, which is rather mouthwatering.... there's certainly enough material about to write one.

And finally, just a few hours after I posted my blog piece of yesterday, in which I likened the latest Morrissey witch-hunt to the one Oscar Wilde had to endure in 1895, the official Morrissey Instagram account posted a photo of..... Oscar Wilde. Just a coincidence, nothing to see here...



Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Day 2311 - "What we create is what we have become"

There was one solitary tweet posted by Morrissey yesterday. The AlfsButton account tweeted at 2.44pm:

"What we create is what we have become"


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There has been a lot of media coverage following Morrissey's appearance at Maida Vale, although most of the coverage had focused on Morrissey's comment about UKIP, rather than the songs. Nothing changes. The artist becomes the art. It was the same in 1895 for Oscar.
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Last night's Later With Jools Holland TV programme saw Morrissey singing Spent The Day In Bed. The song really is very catchy, and I already sense that it will be a real hit amongst live audiences. Last night's rendition seemed to have more buses than bosses, and again there was a lyric change, with, "your mind" not being your own becoming, "your life".



And finally, both Heather and Nat have informed me that Alf has previously tweeted the same phrase that Morfessa tweeted on Monday, i.e.,  "Do you still believe everything you read?" - WHAT IS IT A CLUE TO?

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