And on the subject of the stage, surely the stage invasions will also have to stop soon, as all of us Moz fans reach 'a certain age'? I mean, after all, it ain't so easy anymore, getting the old legs up on those raised stages, not with arthritis setting in and all. On the stage rampage, at our age? The only people likely to be attempting stage invasions soon, are young student types, who all us older ones will look down our noses at, saying things like, "they don't 'really' understand him like we do."
Maybe The Mozziah could adopt two different types of concert, the raucous ones when he feels up to it, and the Sinatraesque torch ones, for when he doesn't? The 'torch' concerts could allow him to save on costs, by just having a guitarist and piano player, although occasionally he could invite a full orchestra to join him... at no cost to him, of course! He could convince the Orchestra that he is doing them a favour by allowing them to play with him.
How about an ITV Saturday night, 'An Audience With'? That'd send their ratings flying..... down! The audience would be full of fans like; Gervais, Baddiel, Walliams, Burke(Kathy, not Michael, although, you never know), Rowling, Cameron, Brand, Gallagher, Joyce etc. It would be great tv, well, for some of us at any rate.
For somebody like The Mozziah, who still wants to use an old retro label to show off his genius on vinyl, you sense that this 'new world' isn't for him, but there must be a compromise! Perhaps he could approach a record company to use a label, of his choice, on licence. He could then get four or five thousand seven inch singles pressed, and sell them directly from his own website. Liam Gallagher's band, Beady Eye do exactly this; they announce on their website the date that the single is going to be made available, they then inform the fans that it's limited to just 4,000, to raise the sense of want, and then, on the day of release, they sell out straight away!
The formula obviously works, because Beady Eye had three, of the top four best selling 7' singles of 2011, with only 'Glamorous Glue' by The Mozziah stopping a clean sweep. If The Mozziah were to adopt this approach, he could release a 7' single say, every six weeks for the first thirty weeks of the year, with each one eagerly anticipated by us vinyl collectors, whilst at the same time, releasing a download version of each of the songs, for those who don't collect vinyl. No record company or label would be needed for the download versions, thus meaning The Mozziah gets all the revenue. In week number thirty six, he could release a sixth single, with four bonus tracks available free of charge for those who have downloaded the previous five, thus completing an album. A vinyl copy of the album could then be produced at the end of the year, again for those who crave vinyl. It would be like having a 'Greatest Hits of the Year' album, every year. As I write this, I can't actually believe that nobody has come up with this idea before, perhaps it's just that established artists aren't getting their heads around what is happening to the music industry. It wouldn't work for unknown artists, but for established ones, with a large fan base, it makes perfect sense. Coldplay are another band who have grasped the use of the internet as a selling tool, as their 'Paradise' video proves, with 68 million hits to date.
For those of us who have been eagerly awaiting The Mozziah's 'new' songs (that were first aired last June), I can't help thinking that if they had been released one at a time, over the past eight months, six weeks apart, we'd have all been very happy, with each of the releases providing a new buzz. You never know, with this concept, the odd single may even get picked up by some of the radio stations and be given some air play.... or perhaps I'm hoping for too much!
And finally Cyril, and finally Esther, there were no comments left about Rustle Brind yesterday, so I have to believe that nobody else believes that 'JodyRoad' was really him. I probably just lost the plot, but then again, most people still don't believe 'MorrisseysWorld' is The Mozziah. Hmmm.