Despite Morrissey not playing the Jimmy Kimmel show yesterday, he decided NOT to spend the evening answering my interview questions, but he HAS given an interview to a girl named Amy Rose (a sign?) for a teenagers website called RookieMag.com. Here are the highlights:
On the subject of his books on James Dean and the New York Dolls - "Those weren't books, just juvenille essays, and thoughtless rubbish at that. I had no creative process, ust pain, which I mistakenly assumed might be creative process. Well, it wasn't..."
On the subject of loneliness - "Everyone is, in fact, alone. Being contractually tied to another person - in marriage, for example - accentuates the loneliness, because you have effectively allowed the state to determine your obligations to someone, as if you can't trust and manage your own feelings by yourself. Anyway, I see humans as essentially solitary creatures, and this is not changed by surrounding ourselves with others, because they, too, are solitary. Life is a very serious business for the simple reason that nobody dies laughing." (It should be noted that only a couple of months ago, Our Mozzer discussed this subject on twitter in great detail, and then TRM discussed it during one of his recent concerts. Where our Mozzer leads, Morrissey follows!)
OUR MOZZER - LEADER
On the subject of aspirations - "My greatest aspiration was to make it through the coming week. As a teenager I found life to be inevitably disgusting, and I could see no humanity in the human race. When my time in music began, I found all my goals were reachable. For the first time ever in my life, I spoke and people listened. I had never known such a thing previously. My life as a teenager was so relentlessly foul that I still can't believe I actually survived it. Perhaps I didn't..."
On the subject of political causes - "War, I thought, was the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality. If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men. They even get medals for it. Women don't go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies. The most political gesture you can make is to refuse to eat animals. It was so when I was a teenager, and is still the case now."
On the subject of the music industry - "The arts have diminished, because we are now living through a time when we are encouraged not to think." (THIS IS AN OBVIOUS REFERENCE TO MORRISSEYSWORLD AND I AM USING CAPITAL LETTERS TO EMPHASIZE THE POINT!) "No one making music wants to waste time struggling with art. A group like the Sex Pistols would never again be allowed to slip through, and there is no such thing in 2013 as a popular artist who sets their own terms for success. Whether it be Beyonce or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk offstage clutching three Grammys in each hand." (It is very interesting to see Moz mention Justin Bieber, another regular subject matter for Our Mozzer. The fact that Morrissey has mentioned Bieber in this interview would also open the way for him to walk on stage tonight 'ironically' wearing a Bieber t-shirt.)
JUSTIN BIEBER - "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO OFFER" - SEEN HERE AUDITIONING FOR A PART IN DUCK DYNASTY OR IS HE TRYING TO BECOME A HETEROSEXUAL MEMBER OF THE US ARMY?
On the subject of fans trying to get on stage - "In recent years I saw McDonna live, and no audience member reached up toward her to try to touch her. I see this so often with artists whom we're told are global stars. It is a big lie. Or else, you might possibly be a big star, but you are not loved. My audience has an urgent need to touch, to shake hands, to move out of their seats, to defy so-called security, to make physical contact. They don't simply sit and observe, but feel the urge to act. It's a great compliment for me, and one that most Grammy winners could probably never imagine."
WOULD MADONNA HUG A MAN WITH HAIR LIKE THIS? I THINK NOT!
On the subject of 'the book' - "I think autobiography is mostly self-worship, or personal mythology. In my case, self-disgust is the spur, which doesn't mean it isn't poetic or elevated or even funny."
On the subject of the future - "I have no vision of the future. I never have. There is nothing to consider other than today. I'm saving tranquility for when I'm dead."
AMY ROSE: "If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?"
MORRISSEY: "I am still my teenage self. If you think that we al step through a door marked Adult, or that we sign a Grown-Up Document, you're quite wrong. We remain as we always were, and that, alas, is one of life's many nasty tricks."
I have to say, I think Amy Rose's interview was very good, and she managed to get some great responses from Moz. Perhaps I should attempt to interview him via email, like all these other people do, but WHAT is his email address? Perhaps I should ask his PR representative Lauren Papapietro, who incidentally posted this tweet a couple of days ago:
I had a little chuckle to myself and sent back the following:
I have NO idea who runs Morrissey's facebook account, but interestingly, it has been used in recent days to advertise new tour dates, whilst there has been NOTHING written about them on True To You. Despite no mention on TTY about Moz playing the infamous Hollywood High School, a statement was placed on the site yesterday, announcing that the show sold out in just 12 seconds!
Yesterday I wrote that I had NO idea as to why Our Mozzer had used the title 'All Eyez On Me' on his latest blog entry, but my thanks go to 'GirlWithout' and 'HeatherCat', who both left comment to say that it is the title of an album by 2Pac. And not just any old album, but an album that according to google is "frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music." It also happened to sell 566,00 copies in the first week of release, went 9 times platinum within three years, went to Number 1 on the billboard album chart, and featured two Number 1 singles. It would appear that it is a rather BIG album..... but it still means nothing to me, and what is more, it still doesn't explain why Our Mozzer used it's title, unless it was purely his response to my blog entry of last Tuesday entitled 'All Eyes On San Diego.'
HUGE ALBUM, BUT I'LL GIVE IT A MISS
And on the subject of the charts and dead pop music, my Number 1s collection really, really seems to have come to an end. 'Thrift Shop' by Macklemore hit the top spot in the UK a few weeks ago but there is NO physical release in either the US, UK or even good old Germany. There isn't even a promo cd. This time, it really is over, or does it count if I buy the Macklemore album that contains 'Thrift Shop' on it? And if I DO buy that album, thus keeping the collection going, does it then mean I have to buy the One Direction cd that is at Number 1 this week, or am I just dragging it out? Perhaps it is time to just let go.
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY, THAT IS THE QUESTION
As I write this, 'ConMorrissey Theorist' has added the following comment on my blog of yesterday:
So now we wait for tonight, and the return to the stage of Morrissey after his enforced break. Will he sing 'Hand In Glove' to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the recording? Will there be any 'signs'? Will any BLUE ROSES make it to Moz? And what will 'Vulgar' (@vulgar1mkela) do with the 'Blue Rose Ring'? The wheels are back in motion.....