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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Day 525 - A Dozen Deluded Questions

On the last Sunday of February 1983, Morrissey, along with the other members of the Smiths entered Strawberry Studios in Stockport, and recorded his first ever single, 'Hand In Glove.' With this Sunday marking the 30th anniversary of Morrissey's first vinyl recording, I have decided to try and exclusively interview Morrissey for the small but loyal readership of 'Following The Mozziah'. Wish me luck as I ask a dozen deluded questions.

Dear Morrissey......

1. Knowing that you love nostalgia, and that you are an old romantic at heart, does the 30 year anniversary of your first vinyl recording bring any mist to the old Moz eyes?


MIST FOR THE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECORDING OF 'HAND IN GLOVE' ON FEB 27TH?


2. And here you are, 30 years later, having released not only sixty singles, but also thirteen studio albums, ALL of which reached the Top 8 in the UK, with eleven of those thirteen albums going Top 5 and four of them to Number 1. Putting self deprecation aside for one minute, you've done OK over the past thirty years, 'haven't' you?

3. And now for the next thirty years. Tony Bennett has recorded a further seventeen studio albums since he was your age (he's now 86), can you possibly imagine the same happening with you?

4. Having managed to avoid death in the past month, do you ever wonder how the Morrissey legend would have been if you had died early, for instance, do you think your tomb would have been filled with posthumous awards, despite the fact that the music industry have generally chosen to ignore you whilst you still draw breath?


MORRISSEY - IVOR NOVELLO AWARD WINNER IN 1998, BUT GENERALLY IGNORED BY AN INDUSTRY THAT HANDS OUT AWARDS TO NOBODIES WHO DO NOTHING


5. So, having avoided death, and awards, let's get back to the present. During your enforced break from touring, you have been spending time in Hollywood, did you choose to recoup in LA because it still feels like some sort of home, or was it the medical care you were after?



6. On the subject of LA, 'All The Lazy Dykes' has recently crept it's way into my all time Top 10. It is a stunning song that I 'missed' the beauty of when it was released. Which of your songs do YOU think are greatly underrated, and are there any in particular that you have recently listened to and thought, 'Wow, that song's bloody good'?

7. You have recently described your concert last month in Brooklyn as one of the best nights of your career. It has been reported that Tony Visconti was there, did you manage to catch up, and have you discussed working together on the next album?

8. Your bleeding ulcer has no doubt put everything else on hold, but now as you look forward to returning to the stage next week, what are your plans for the rest of 2013?

9. I shudder to ask, but where do you go next with your negotiations for a record deal?

10. And whilst on the 'always asked' list, any news on the autobiography?


BOOK RELEASE?


11. Aside from the indecent books that you have recently stated you have been reading, what were the last three songs/albums you bought?

12. And finally, have you a message for the Blue Rose Society?


Foot Note - My previous interview with Morrissey was ignored by the masses and loved by the few. It can be read here: http://followingthemozziah.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/interview-with-morrissey-conducted-on.html

30 comments:

  1. ah to be in sunny LA.. rat you could have asked if he minded buying an old fool a drink or two

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  2. Exellent questions Rat! Truly hoping for the Real Morrissey could give you all the answers. By now I got to say that the number 4, written as IV in Morrissey's statement, in Bingo's numbers is "Knock on wood" and, if I'm not wrong, knock on wood is a scaramantic sign like in Italy we touch iron or doing the horny sign or men, only men, softly touch their testicles (oh naughty italian!)...So I think Morrissey is escaped from a very dangerous situoation for his health and, thanks God, by now he is quite healty for joking about his trouble! Viva morrissey and Viva Blue Rose Society and Viva Rat to! Ciao!

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    2. No, please, do'nt change your Twitter name I like it! I like the Log's Lady connection to and the image of Morrissey desperately trying to avoid to sending signs! I do wishing for a European Tour, but more whishing for Morrissey on top form. Ciao.

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    4. By now I'm killing myself laughing and imagining Morrissey laughing to! Bye.

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  3. I applaud you Rats for taking the time to compose these questions
    and I really hope that the leader of the Blue Rose Society will
    be able to reply to all or at least some of your questions.

    It is a fantastic achievement for Morrissey to still be touring
    30 years down the road.
    He is still a handsome, blue-eyed man if I may make so bold !!

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  4. I would love for Our Mozzer to answer all your questions Ratty! Oh I would love to have drinks with him...Great blog dear Ratty...
    Viva BlueRoseSociety! will keep eyes open in San Diego! cheers!!

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  5. Gosh, I wouldnt know what question to pick? Their all so good! But I would love to have drinks w/ him..I did say that right?

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  6. Morrissey's finest songs about drinking (e.g. Stop Me, Tony the Pony, At Amber, A Swallow on my Neck). I really need a drink, he stresses me out abit

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  7. I love the two updates on True To You and the glimpse into
    Moz's world. Funny and charming.

    It is SO good to have him back amongst us again.

    Hand In Glove was playing on my CD when I drove to work today.
    What a great song.

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  8. The latest TTY statement (RE: Kirk Douglas) feels more like he was blogging instead of a regular news.

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    1. I had to laugh at this comment from the unmentionable place: "So Morrissey's a blogger now? Didn't see that happening ever, but I didn't think he'd ever wear cargo pants and yellow-tinted Bono specs either." Their minds seem blown by seeing this different side of Moz.

      The recent TTY communications have been absolutely splendid and much appreciated. This latest one is so charming and endearing, it made my heart melt. Thank you Mozzer, we're looking forward to seeing you back on stage soon!

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    2. As a result of not mentioning names, one of my sentences above may be unclear. 'Their minds' refers to multiple commentators at the unmentionable place, not just the one quoted above. There seems to be a collective sentiment of surprise, but also appreciation, at the latest TTY posts.

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  9. Agree with Heathercat, the recent TTY postings have been very nice to read. I am glad he is keeping us updated on his situation and it appears he is enjoying his break and getting the rest he needs. I knew Kirk Douglas was an idol of his, but hadn't realized they'd never came in contact with each other, so it was nice to read that this wish of his has been achieved and that he can get as flustered and excited to meet an idol as most Morrissey fans would if they ever met him.

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  10. Hello Rat, yes, Morrissey, by now, is blogging in an official way on "his" official "fanzine" and it's not strange, not at all. First: Morrissey, due to serious health's problems, was forced to cancell and postponed many concerts, second he's recovering so he's going out for a walk and for a dinner and this could be misunderstood, third: the unofficial site, not the fanzine site, still posting bad comments about him, (I'm not expressing an opinion about that), so what he could do? Simply communicating with his fans, because he loves and cares about us, and he's missing his audience and, also, he is a fine writer. Ciao Rat!

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  11. The recent statements on TTY have been a treat. Morrissey's style of writing is absorbing & unique.
    The piece with Robbie Keane set me thinking, as I have some distant relatives knocking around in Ireland.
    I must shamefully admit I have not seen any of the 3 films mentioned with Kirk Douglas. Morrissey's description of seeing his idol was so charming.

    I can't wait to see Moz back on the stage again, even if it is on You Tube.

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  12. The Blog came back and a new 2013 tour diary appeared but seems to have disappeared just as quickly.

    Did anyone else get chance to read it

    JMH

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    1. Not me but I can see it in my dashboard: "ALL EYEZ ON ME - MY LIVE TOUR JOURNAL, 2013"

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    2. Thanks for the heads-up, JMH! I just managed to read it on Reader - hilarious stuff, as always. I hope the blog comes back soon.

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  13. Pity, it was a very funny piece! Now all that is left is the aroma of Donnie's Boots aftershave and the aroma of cheap plastic from the synthetic blue rose, lingering in the air....

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  14. How lovely to read about Morrissey and one of his heroes Kirk Douglas on TTY.
    What he wrote was truly touching, but I wish he had spoken to Kirk.
    TTY now seems to have become the way for him to blog to his fans/followers.
    It would be nice if there was a way to comment via this site, but perhaps he doesn't
    want to offer that facility.

    I am going to try and read the MW 2013 blog update which is on my dashboard.

    It just shows that being famous like Our Moz doesn't stop you from being in awe
    of your idols, just like we would be if we were ever to be in Moz's presence !

    Kirk Douglas is No.17 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male American
    screen legends of all time, making him the highest-ranked living person on the list.
    I have to say that his son, Michael, was more on my radar, through films and The Streets
    of San Francisco with Karl Malden.

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  15. If you can access Moz's Tour Diary 2013 via Google Reader you are in for a treat !

    It is pant-wettingly funny.

    He is SO naughty !!

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  16. Every single one of you who believes a single word that this fucking bellend writes is themself a fucking bellend of the highest order. You're all bellends. And RAT is in for a dose of Karma.

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  17. MorrisseysWorld!!!!! wonderful, so glad

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  18. 1. Knowing that you love nostalgia, and that you are an old romantic at heart, does the 30 year anniversary of your first vinyl recording bring any mist to the old Moz eyes?

    Where the mist of nostalgia meets the fog of war is where you will find me, squinting out from behind sclerotic cataracts. But these old eyes don't cry anymore. When one's eyes dry up entirely, it is a sure sign that the heart is dead, and one must be either an artist or a doctor.

    2. And here you are, 30 years later, having released not only sixty singles, but also thirteen studio albums, ALL of which reached the Top 8 in the UK, with eleven of those thirteen albums going Top 5 and four of them to Number 1. Putting self deprecation aside for one minute, you've done OK over the past thirty years, 'haven't' you?

    Doing OK is what happens when a Car Phone Warehouse salesgirl reaches her monthly target in West Croydon. I'd like to think I'm aiming slightly higher than that. I think you'll find the word you were looking for was 'mesmerizingly.'

    3. And now for the next thirty years. Tony Bennett has recorded a further seventeen studio albums since he was your age (he's now 86), can you possibly imagine the same happening with you?

    Thirty years? That should equate to around ten 'Best Of' collections, five 'Greatest Hits,' nine hundred cancelled pop concerts and at least twenty more years of touring 'The Kid's a Looker.' Quite frankly, I can't wait.

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  19. 4. Having managed to avoid death in the past month, do you ever wonder how the Morrissey legend would have been if you had died early, for instance, do you think your tomb would have been filled with posthumous awards, despite the fact that the music industry have generally chosen to ignore you whilst you still draw breath?

    Finally a reasonable question. In the pop industry death is when one's career finally begins. It is my strong belief that when I'm dead and buried, my songs and my voice will still be heard. Specifically at your local Citizen's Advice Bureau, probably with panpipe accompaniment.

    6. On the subject of LA, 'All The Lazy Dykes' has recently crept it's way into my all time Top 10. It is a stunning song that I 'missed' the beauty of when it was released. Which of your songs do YOU think are greatly underrated, and are there any in particular that you have recently listened to and thought, 'Wow, that song's bloody good'?

    'Diamonds' by Rihanna.

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  20. 8. Your bleeding ulcer has no doubt put everything else on hold, but now as you look forward to returning to the stage next week, what are your plans for the rest of 2013?

    I intend to breathe, eat and sleep. However my plans may change at short notice. I will also be appearing live in England later this year. I fully intend to sing a cover version of a delightful little number called How Soon Is Now by Johnny Marr, if my vocal range permits.

    9. I shudder to ask, but where do you go next with your negotiations for a record deal?

    The only remaining hope is that Tom Hanks purchases Sony Records.

    12. And finally, have you a message for the Blue Rose Society?

    BECAUSE WE MUST.

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