ROB POLLARD - "A LAUGHABLE CU*T"
I suggested that Rob read my blog entry from Friday August 10th, the 'History of Morrissey's Blue Rose Society', but instead, Rob chose to block me on Twitter. I think it is safe to say that Mr Pollard is ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that Morrissey was NOT the author of MorrisseysWorld, so let's presume for a minute that he is right, after all, I have to face the fact that there are FAR more who agree with Rob than agree with me, so let me try and get inside their heads. If MorrisseysWorld WASN'T Morrissey, I have three options:
A) Morrissey knew NOTHING about, or at least had NO INTEREST whatsoever in MorrisseysWorld and just ignored it completely
B) Morrissey quite liked the MW blog and Twitter account, and played along with it, or
C) Morrissey KNEW or even EMPLOYED the author of MW.
Rosy Mires, on her website 'MozWorldAintMoz.blogspot.com', suggests that the MorrisseysWorld author was either a naughty fan trying to get Moz's attention, or it was a PR stunt commissioned by Morrissey himself to counter the negative criticism in the press and on Morrissey-Solo.com.
Most Morrissey fans, particularly the Solow lot, the MozArmy leader Julie Hammil, and our friend Rob Pollard, have chosen option A. They believe that Morrissey had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the MW blog or twitter account. This would be the most logical option, because the perception is that Morrissey doesn't like the modern world, so probably doesn't use the internet much, and CERTAINLY doesn't use social network sites (more about that later). What we DO KNOW however, is that Morrissey DOES use the internet a bit, because he has recently admitted to watching You Tube.
THROW YOUR TYPEWRITER ONTO THE FIRE & GET A PC
For me, option A just doesn't add up. We KNOW Morrissey is aware of MorrisseysWorld, because he went to the lengths of OFFICIALLY denying he was behind it FOUR TIMES. Those fans who have chosen to believe option A, probably made that decision when MW first appeared, because they just couldn't comprehend that Morrissey would possibly be involved in such a thing. Alternatively, they have chosen option A because they just HAVEN'T followed the story closely enough to see the signs, clues and many coincidences that have occurred. The main reason that I can't go with option A, is because of Morrissey making the 'OO' sign on the Conan tv show last November, just after the MW blog posted a collage of famous people doing the same thing. Morrissey MUST at least be playing along.
COLLAGE POSTED ON MORRISSEYSWORLD - NOVEMBER 7TH 2011
MORRISSEY ON CONAN - NOVEMBER 29TH 2011
So, with Morrissey making that 'OO' sign on Conan, even the likes of Rosy Mires had to concede that it appeared as though Moz quite liked the MW blog, and was playing along with it, but WHY would Morrissey be making 'Freemason' signs to go along with a fan's blog? And would Morrissey REALLY go along with a blog AND twitter account of a stranger using HIS name, and making statements (not parody statements) as Morrissey? No chance. Option B is NOT an option.
So will the new tour bring new clues, and will Morrissey's fans FINALLY open their eyes? Time as ever, will tell.
ON WHY HE PREFERS EMAIL INTERVIEWS: "I haven't done a face-to-face interview with a music publication in England since 2007 when I was interviewed by the NME. In print, they re-wrote my replies and re-wrote their own questions, which was very damaging to me and I had to pay legal fees of over 150,000 dollars in order to get the NME to apologise. That incident just about turned me off for life, as you can imagine."
ON A NEW RECORD DEAL: "The horizon remains bleak. But I accept it now. I exist only in the live arena, or on You Tube, and that's the full extent of it."
ON A NEW ALBUM: "I was recently approached by Sony, but the offer was so poor that I'd end up paying for everything with my own personal finances yet splitting the profit with the label. It doesn't make sense."
ON TWITTER: "I know nothing about Twitter."
ALSO ON TWITTER: "Twitter seems useful in some ways because you are no longer at the mercy of press interpretation."
(HOW would HE know? As he says, he knows NOTHING about Twitter. Hmm.)
ON THE SMITHS: "The agents for Coachella offered a 100-per-cent vegetarian event if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths bass player or drummer...which I thought certainly said something."
ON RUSSELL BRAND: "I love Russell, but the films are a bit cheeky-wonky-daft-Dudley Moore British-pottiness for me, and Russell's voice has a higher pitch with each film - it's almost a squeal now."
(Hands up if you laughed out loud at this? *puts hand up*)
ON CURRENT MUSIC: "Lonely Day by System of a Down would be the last song I absolutely loved, and Born That Way by James Maker is the greatest single of the last decade."
(I have to say, I'd never heard either song. I have just listened to them, and quite like 'Lonely Day', but 'Born That Way' does nothing for me whatsoever.)
ON THE KILLERS: "The Killers asked me to sing with them this month in New York, but I'm not the type. I stick to my own backyard."
A YOUNG MOZ IN HIS OWN BACKYARD, TO WHICH HE STILL STICKS
I also mentioned in my blog of yesterday, that Rosy Mires (yes, her again), had tweeted to say that the mention of the number 22, in Morrissey's Pheonix interview, had reminded her of Day 70 (Nov 23rd 2011) of 'Following The Mozziah', when I wrote about the 22 MorrisseysWorld believers who had A ROSE in their twitter profile picture. So, WHO were the twenty two, and do they STILL believe? Here is the original list, with a comment about each:
Of the original twenty two dedicated followers, only eight remain fully committed, the others have either lost interest, or stopped believing altogether. Whitney Houston's death was a major blow to many of the originals, although I believe their loss of faith came from an MW tweet, not the actual demise of the drug riddled Houston. MW tweeted: "distressed to hear of Oprah Winfrey's passing." Many took this uncompassionate tweet as PROOF that Morrissey WASN'T behind MW, but why anybody should think Morrissey WOULD show compassion towards Houston is peculiar itself, particularly when he once said of her records, "I think they're vile in the extreme." Bizarre.
DEAD OR ALIVE?
It has been announced that Morrissey will be appearing next Wednesday on the Jimmy Fallon tv show in New York. I wonder what song he'll sing? I'm going to guess 'Scandinavia', although this week sees the 25th anniversary of the release of 'Strangeways Here We Come', so who knows, maybe we'll get 'Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me'. Roll on Wednesday.