The best bit of Knockabout World is when Morrissey wails, "You're Ok by me", which is exactly how most of us feel about him. The song has a 60s vibe to it, and sounds as though it would fit into a movie soundtrack. If Cilla were still alive, she would have covered Knockabout World....maybe.
Earlier today I took to the toilets of The Wrong Arms to leave Our Mozzer a message on the walls, thanking him for giving us Knockabout World. Here is our conversation:
Me: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Knockabout World is simply wonderful.
OM: No it isn't you sycophant. Born to Hang is a far superior work. You have, so far, heard the worst.
If the three songs we have heard so far are, "the worst", then I can't wait for the others on I Am Not A Dog On A Chain.
OM then, rather wittingly, and frightfully cruelly, added the following:
"On the upcoming tour please look out for signed, by myself, Caroline Flack calendar 20-21. Abruptly cut short but still full price."
Can you imagine if the real Morrissey ever tweeted such a thing? Delicious to even think it.
I wrote something witty back in reply about how I would want an 11/12ths refund if I had bought a Caroline Flack calendar, and got the following back from Moz:
"I am bored of you. Migrate to an urn." I guess it makes a change from the grave he instructed me to migrate to previously.
In other news, a former Morrissey fan called Sean O'Callaghan; who goes under the alias of Fat Gay Vegan, has this week published an article titled, Steven Patrick Morrissey and the Mysterious Case of the Disappearing UK Fanbase. I previously wrote about Sean back in April 2018 when he had responded to a Morrissey Central interview titled, There Is A Light That Must Be Switched On with his own article titled, We've Lost Our Boy, in which Sean explained why he had turned his back on Morrissey - I wrote about both the Morrissey interview and Sean's piece in my blog entry of Day 2407 on April 17 2018.
In Sean's latest piece, he states that ticket sales for the upcoming UK concerts at Leeds and Wembley Arenas have been poor, and that it is all down to Morrissey's, "right wing dalliances and openly offensive statements." There seems to be no reason for Sean's piece, other than as some sort of justification to himself that he was right to walk away....although, in fact, by writing the article it shows that he HASN'T walked away at all.
"You hiss and groan and you constantly moan but you don't ever go away, that's because, all you need is me. You roll your eyes up to the skies, mock horrified, but you're still here, cos all you need is me. There's so much destruction all over the world, and all you can do is complain about me. You bang your head against the wall and say you're sick of it all, yet you remain, because all you need is me."
As for offensive statements, a statement only becomes offensive if somebody chooses to take offence. When Morrissey makes statements about meat eaters being murderers, does Sean take offence? No, because it's a subject that he agrees with. When Morrissey has a go at right wing politicians such as Donald Trump or David Cameron or Theresa May, does Sean take offence? No, because again he agrees. When Morrissey dares to question immigration policies, suddenly Sean is offended because he doesn't share the view point - freedom of speech, but only if you agree with me.
The fan base may have dwindled, and with it ticket sales, but there are still many UK based Morrissey fans left, and those of us going to Leeds and Wembley next month won't give a second thought for all the fools who have turned their backs. It's their loss.
*Goes off singing* Congratulations, and jubilations, I want the knockabout world to know I'm happy as can be....