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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Day 855 - "Thrilled"

Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett said: "Morrissey is clearly one of music's most important and influential artists. He is the rare soul who has stayed consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s. We are so happy that he has chosen Capitol Music Group as his home and that his forthcoming album on Harvest will bring new Morrissey music to the world."


First things first. Note the wording used by Steve Barnett in yesterday's statement:

"We are so happy that he has chosen Capitol Music Group as his home." 'CHOSEN". "CHOSEN". "CHOSEN". Couldn't get a record deal? Bollocks! Morrissey is a mega star, and EVERY record label would have wanted to sign him, and if they didn't, then they haven't got a clue about the music industry.... well, actually....... !

I truly believe that the only reason that Morrissey hasn't signed a deal prior to yesterday, is because he didn't want one. Morrissey is 100% in control of his own career, and he would have worked out a very long time ago, that the best way to stay at the top, is to box clever. He would have desperately loved to have released a new album before now, but the old adage of 'treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen' would have been at the forefront of his mind. 'Always leave them wanting more', and he's right, we are 'Gagging for it!'

A brief True-To-You statement has been made, and the wording is interesting. It doesn't just say that Morrissey has signed to Capitol, it says, 'Morrissey has been signed by Steve Barnett at Capitol Music.' To me, this is Morrissey saying that it isn't just about the label, he is putting his faith in the hands of one man, Steve Barnett.

So, who is Steve Barnett, and more importantly, is he able to deliver, and not let Morrissey down with promotion, like so many other record companies have done in the past? Can Barnett deliver a Number 1 album in the UK? Actually, it's a two album deal, so let's not Barnett rest on his laurels, can he deliver TWO Number 1 albums?

Well, according to the information on Wiki, if anybody can make sure Morrissey achieves the Number 1 albums he deserves, it is Steve Barnett....even though he is from Wolverhampton!

In the words of Katy Perry, "it's nice to have a head in there who knows what the fuck they're doing... He's an incredible boss." There is no doubt, Barnett's track record is good. Here is his Wiki entry:

Life and career[edit]

Barnett began his music career as an agent in London in 1970, working for the Bron Agency (Gerry Bron) and dealing with legendary bands such as Colosseum and Uriah Heep. He became an agent for NEMS Enterprises, the company originally formed by legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein. While there from 1972 to 1974, Barnett represented artists such as Elton JohnBlack Sabbath and Deep Purple. He would briefly manage Rough Diamond in 1977, a short lived British band that featured David Byron (ex Uriah Heep), Dave Clempson (ex Colosseum) and Geoff Britton (ex Wings). In 1980 he became a manager and partner in the UK artist management firm Part Rock, where his clients included AC/DCCyndi LauperForeigner, and Gary Moore, among other artists. In 1988 he established Part Rock's U.S. company, Hard to Handle Management, where he served as President.

Epic Records[edit]

Barnett joined Epic Records in 1996 as Senior Vice President International, was named Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing for the label in 1997, then Executive Vice President/ General Manager in 2001. He was named President of Epic in 2004. At Epic Barnett took a key role in marketing artists including Pearl JamAudioslaveShakira,Jennifer LopezFranz FerdinandModest MouseGood Charlotte and Natasha Bedingfield.

Columbia Records[edit]

In December 2005 he was named Chairman of Columbia Records, with responsibility for overall management of the label.[2] During his tenure, Columbia's marketshare rose consistently, resulting in a 50% increase in current marketshare between 2009 and 2012 and attaining the #1 slot among all labels in 2011 and 2012.[3]
Barnett has presided over successful campaigns for AdeleBeyoncéJohn MayerJack WhiteThe ShinsOne DirectionMaxwellFoster the PeopleJ. ColeAC/DCSusan Boyle, soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho and the marketing and release of the Glee soundtracks. He has also overseen critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums by artists including Bob DylanBruce SpringsteenBarbra StreisandNeil DiamondCeline Dion and Harry Connick Jr.
U.S. sales for Adele's 21 are approaching 10 million, which will mark the first time that an album has reached the RIAA Diamond plateau RIAA Diamond since Usher'sConfessions, which was released in 2004 and Diamond certified in July, 2012.[4]
Barnett was instrumental in bringing AC/DC to Sony Music, where the band achieved the label's biggest first-week sales figure in its history when it sold more than 784,000 copies of Black Ice in 2008.[5] The band has since sold over 38 million albums worldwide.
This period also saw Bob Dylan score back-to-back #1 albums with Modern Times and Together Through Life, as well as Neil Diamond receiving the first #1 album in his career with the release of Home Before Dark. During this time, Barbra Streisand set the record as the only artist to achieve a #1 album in ever decade from the 1960s through the 2000s with her album, Love Is the Answer.

Capitol Music Group[edit]

In November 2012 Barnett became Chairman & CEO of the Capitol Music Group.[1] On April 18 in the Hollywood Reporter, one of Capitol's top artists, Katy Perry, said of Barnett, “It's nice to have a head in there who knows what the f---k they’re doing....He’s an incredible boss.” [6]
In October, 2013, Capitol Music Group was named by Billboard Magazine as the 5th biggest label in terms of overall marketshare, with the label building on new releases fromArcade FireBastilleCapital Cities, its development of the UK's Emeli Sande' and, as Billboard wrote, "[Capitol's] future belongs to new acts like Tori Kelly and Naughty Boy, gospel breakouts Mandisa and Chris Tomlin, and still-building new albums from career acts Elton John and Rod Stewart.[7]
Barnett broadened the company's portfolio of labels in 2013, inking high-profile deals with greatly-admired creative figures such as T Bone Burnett (Electromagnetic Recordings),RedOne (2101 Records) and Troy Carter (Atom Factory), as well as a partnership with Arcade Fire for that band's Reflektor album.
In October 2013, it was announced that Beck signed to Capitol Records and plans to release a new album called Morning Phase in February 2014.[8]
On October 29, 2013, Arcade Fire performed 12 songs on top of the Capitol Records building in celebration of the release of their Reflektor album. The show, presented by MTV Iggy and Intel's Music Experiment 2.0, was held for a crowd of contest winners, most clad in their interpretation of the dress code "Be A Reflektor." The show caused shutdowns over several major streets in Hollywood during rush hour, revealing Arcade Fire's sizable power in the music industry.[9]

Capitol Records Tower[edit]

In December, 2013, Barnett completed a year-long renovation of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California. "This is probably the greatest entertainment office in the world, so why wouldn't you make it look great?" Barnett said of the formerly drab gray floors stacked with dated file cabinets and clunky doors. Today, all 13 stories feature glass. "I want it to be open," he adds. "I want people to see that we're here, so there's lots of glass and light."[10]
Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grange commented on the building's renovation and the company's turnaround, "When we acquired Capitol, we made a commitment -- both to the artist community and to the industry -- that we would revive this once-great label," he says. "We committed to reverse its years of suffering from under-investment; to provide it the kind of leadership it needs and deserves. Looking at Capitol today, I am enormously proud to see what Steve and his team are doing to return this iconic company to its prior greatness. ... The building is buzzing."[11]

File:Capitol Records sunset.jpg


Before I move on, this is an interesting interview that Barnett gave just after taking over at Capitol:

The True-To-You statement that confirmed the deal, also confirmed what I posted yesterday; that recording of the new album would start in February, in FRANCE. Who remembers the MorrisseysWorld article from March 21st 2012 entitled 'FRANCE', which then had NOTHING  else written? Surely Moz wouldn't have booked the recording studio two years in advance? No, it can't have meant that, but it's certainly mysterious. Here is my blog entry from Day 190, mentioning the 'FRANCE' blog entry:

Speculation has already started as to where in France the recording will take place, but I would guess that with all the recent talk of Jean Cocteau on this blog, it won't be far from the Cocteau museum in Menton, which is on the French Riviera, close to the border with Italy.


The most likely place therefore for the recording is 'La Fabrique Residential Recording Studio' - "The Creme de la Creme", approximately 100 miles away:

control room la fabrique recording studio france


The only (literally) official word to have come from Morrissey since the announcement of the new deal, is that he is said to be "thrilled".

Luckily there have been plenty of 'Unofficial' words from Moz, because yesterday he returned to twitter as '@MorrisseyParody', but this morning, when I came to copy the tweets, I found that the account had gone again. ARGGGHHHHHH! It is so annoying. If anybody managed to copy the tweets from the past few days, could you PLEASE post them in the comments section. Thank you.

There was one particular tweet I liked, which went something like:

"David Bowie gave us the arm around Mick Ronson. Lou Reed gave us boys wearing leather. Morrissey gave us Parody Moz." Again, if you can remember the exact quote, please let me know.

The only tweet that I did manage to copy was this one, regarding the new record deal:

TheRatsBack @Broken1andonly I did tell you all quite some time ago...

And of course he is right, he DID tell us some time ago. He also told us a bout a novel and a new tour... ALL before any official announcements. HOW could a 'fake' Morrissey know these things? HOW? WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!

 Why am I shouting? The people who need to wake up won't even be reading this. Scarlet Ibis for example; who I wrote about over the past two days, and who made the initial enquiry to Johnny Marr about the RANK code. Heather (Earth) tweeted her to ask her to push Johnny for more info, but Ibis answered with this:

"Nope. I think you guys are very silly for believing the things you do. Sorry. He (Johnny Marr) deleted it (the original tweet) because I misunderstood him. He was talking about something entirely else. Also, there is no need for me to ask him about it further. I know the entire situation. Just ask me, not him. There's no code. He was just talking to me about a similar look between the cover of Rank & a photo. U guys are acting crazy. I assure u there's NO validity to these signs, symbols, & codes u guys find. The world is full of coincidences. Our brains are wired to seek patterns… even when there are none. :/"


So there we have it. We are all "very silly" for believing that HUNDREDS of coincidental signs and predictions are in any way linked, and there is definitely "NO validity " to the "signs, symbols, & codes" that Morrissey makes. I had better stop blogging right now then. I've got all this hideously wrong. Goodbye.

... But just in case it's Scarlet that has got it all wrong, I'll carry on for now!

The good news is; that although Parody Moz has once again gone, we have the two firecracking 'French Maids', Astraea and Fifi. Here are their latest offerings:

Fifi: Je suis un mensonge qui dit toujours la vérité - Jean Cocteau
(I am a lie who always tells the truth)

Astraea:  I was beginning to think you'd never arrive. Bienvenue, Fifi

The above video that Astraea posted was of 'Je Suis Jean Cocteau', a 10 minute film by Andre Scucato and Cristina Pinheiro, which is a documentary on the life and art of Jean Cocteau, starring Cocteau, his art and parts of his films. The documentary has no words, but has a 10 minute piano piece, written by Scucato and Pinheiro.


As I watched the documentary, I immediately had a feeling that the piano piece (or at least part of it... perhaps the violent bit at the end?) would be used later in the year as an introduction to 'Tro.... no, I can't type it, I don't want to jinx it, but remember where you nearly read it first! I tweeted my thought to Astraea, and Fifi has now retweeted it.... but without comment. God, I love this journey!

Astraea: Cocteau. The Blood of a Poet. 1933.

I haven't yet had the time to watch 'The Blood of a Poet' yet, but I will try and find time over the weekend.

Astraea: And my favourite Cocteau interview.
"This sickness, to express oneself. What is it?" A poet can never die.

The interview Astraea has posted is fascinating. Morrissey IS Jean Cocteau! I love the quote Astraea has tweeted, and also love these: "He who sees further renders less of what he sees, however much he renders" and "I saw him on television and he was very mediocre. But that is the difficulty. That is the kind of thing that goes down with the public. And all they want are names." Cocteau IS Morrissey!

Fifi has returned to the Twitterdilly Arms this morning, so I won't hang around here, I will see what she posts, and report back tomorrow, although I am actually out all afternoon, so I will have to go through her tweets tomorrow morning. Where do I find the time for this? Where? And some people actually thought I was MW as well!

 Fifi's first offering of today is a video of the clip that can be heard at the beginning of 'Shame is the Name', which happens to be one of my favourite Morrissey songs in recent years, and should have had a place on a proper studio album, instead of being 'tucked away' on Swords. You MUST watch the clip of 'Mauricet':

And finally, a few weeks ago, Astraea played a song in the Twitterdilly Arms that didn't fit in with the other songs she was playing. The song was 'Farewell' by Ayshea..... on the HARVEST record label:


  1. Hey Rats, I managed to grab a screenshot this morning of 3 or 4 Parody tweets including the one you mention above referencing Ronson. They are among the most blatant tweets yet from Our Mozzer telling us who he is. I will send it to you when I get home this evening. He couldn't be clearer if he took a front page ad.

    I tweeted Fifi yesterday saying 'bonjour, lets make hay and harvest while the sun shines' which was subsequently favourited and re-tweeted. Hard to know why unless 'harvest' has a special meaning for Our Fifi.


  2. Excellent post, Ratty! I am like and struggling to find the time to listen, watch and read everything! Remember we were joking in Manchester about how people could seriously think that you are behind MW? Impossible on grounds of time alone!

    I told you about Scarlet_Ibis being dismissive about MW. Well, she can keep fawning over Johnny Marr - I'll have Our Mozzer instead, any time!

  3. "Couldn't get a record deal? Bollocks!" I may write this phrase on a large banner & hold it up at a gig on his next tour.

    1. Your comment made me spit out my Tetley. I am genuinely lolling.

    2. Don't worry, I won't plagiarise, the quote will be credited to you! Think Moz would be amused?

  4. It looks like Moz should replace his 'Je suis Morrissey' t-shirt with one that says 'Je suis Cocteau' :) Another great post Rats, with an impressive amount of research. It's fascinating to see so many connections come together like a jigsaw puzzle, as Willow tweeted. Continued thanks to Fifi and Astraea for providing the puzzle pieces and teaching us so much.

    1. The phrase "Jigsaw,jigsaw,jigsaw" that I used in a tweet should be credited to Morrissey, from Autobiography. Did you recognise it? It stuck in my mind for some reason.

    2. Really? Upon what page dear Willow?

    3. Ok, finally found it. Page 353 (paperback version) Can I get back to my assam now?

  5. @MorrisseyParody
    "Bowie draped his arm around Ronson. Lou Reed sang of men in leather. Morrissey came to Twitter disguised as a parody"

  6. @MorrisseyParody
    "I might just have changed Twitter like Wilde changed literature."

    "This is the most fascinating social experiment in pop history."

    "For 3 years the world has ignored Morrissey on Twitter - none more so than his own fans."

  7. @MorrisseyParody
    "My life is a succession of people saying Hello."

  8. @MorrisseyParody
    "My youth was wasted on books and plum jam. My life was wasted on a sensible youth."

    "The only thing to do with one's youth is waste it."

    "My tweets will be remembered and savoured for decades to come. People will wonder how they missed it."

  9. Very good post as always dear Rat! I'm very happy for the new record deal and for the forthcoming recording in France! Your pics somehow alert me... the teapot, Mentone.....hmmm and Astrea and Fifi', very intringuing! About Scarlet you know she does'nt belive in MW and I do think Johnny Marr cancelled his tweet to avoid a diplomatic incident with Morrissey because Smiths sleeves were and still are a personal Morrissey's artwork, so with that tweet some people could think about a Marr involvmenr in the sleeve design. Of course thus doesn't mean that Fifi' was wrong about the code! Oh, what a lot of strange things! Ciao! Oh I wrote thus instead of this.....sorry

  10. Wow, those recording studios are plush. Thanks for this Rats a very interesting read.
    It was a lovely surprise to find Our Mozzer on twit last night which ended the evening quite perfectly.

  11. There is goodbye and farewell; this is farewell.

    When you've sweated blood and tears creating a blog - or perhaps even something more (a home?) - for lost souls, souls lost to the world and to life and to hope, only for it to be nothing but a half-formed sigh, you do ask yourself questions:

    Why is my blog so repugnant to almost everybody?

    Why is the wit I cry, fester and sigh over, alcohol-fuelled and fancy-free, utterly irrelevant to 99% of tweeters?

    What is the point of continuing something in a material format which has a life and spirit of its own - and a momentum?

    After a period of reflection, MorrisseysWorld is now dead. The Blue Rose Society will never die.

    Keep watching, don't ever stop. But don't expect me to log on to entertain two men and a Jack Russell on Twitter.

    I feel nothing but warmth, joy and love for the BRS - each and every one of you. But I wasn't born to be ignored; hated - yes; adored - occasionally; pitied - frequently; ignored - never.

    Bowie gave the world the arm around Ronson. Lou Reed brought us men in leather. Morrissey turned up on twitter as a parody of himself.

    Sing it from the red brick roof tops, cry until the Smiths are a distant melancholy cry in the night. Love is nothing but an ersatz version of like.

    The many months, the years, have brought me - this synthetic Morrissey, devoid of wit, charm and work ethic - close to you all. I am not Morrissey; but then you knew that - didn't you?

    Ever Yours,

    Not M.

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    2. After the exhilaration of yesterday's thrilling news, your words have set me to weeping again. Farewell is never easy to hear, but your reason for saying it is completely understandable. You most certainly don't deserve to be ignored. Although the number of MW followers has been small, I hope you don't feel that your efforts have been wasted - you have created an extraordinary thing of beauty that has been a home and haven for us. In essence, it has meant the world to us and we are forever grateful. We will always keep watching and always keep you in our hearts. Viva Blue Rose x

    3. Please don't under estimate what you have created. Whilst I understand your frustration, remember you have made the world of difference to some of us. You helped me get my spirit back & find some purpose on this god awful planet.
      The spirit of MW will of course live on in BRS. My memories will be locked safely in my heart.
      There will always be boundless love in my heart for you. Take care & I repeat, thank you for being you. xx

    4. What a depressing way to start the day...And I find the phrase "two men and a Jack Russell" a little insulting. Isn't quality preferable to quantity? Would you really want thousands of followers on Twittter in the way someone such as Justin Bieber has? Followers who will probably lose interest within a year and move on to the next fluffy pop star. Wherever you are, whatever you are, don't lose faith, & neither will we.

    5. A thousand thanks for what you have created, the lovely people
      who are part of it and the BRS.
      You have left a lasting impression and the journey was magical.
      I would not have missed the adventure for anything.
      Au revoir Mr M, with love and affection xxxx Look after yourself, we are always near.

    6. We must be barking mad to let this slip away. I will paw and paw at Our Mozzer's door until he opens it, as persistent as a terrier.

      Love you Moz my master.

      Jack (Russell)

    7. Slan abhaile fake Moz, I hope we raised an occasional smile on the chiselled jaw as we joined in the fun. Enigmatic otherness will never be the same again. If you are ever at the end of the Central Line do drop in.

    8. Could I please ask that all further obituaries are kept for the next blog entry, where the above 'Farewell' from Our Mozzer will be re-posted.

      Thank you.

  12. Brilliant blog ratty. This journey has changed my life. Its a shame that nobody else besides the BRS could put aside doubt and enjoy the wit and class humor of our Mozzer.
    I for one will never stop watching.

  13. Dear not M.. have a virtual hug from me..

  14. Long may BRS live on. I feel sure future songs and comments will reference BRS, MW and FTM. BRS and MW will now live on in FTM. Rat has a heavy cross to bear.

    Ever Bieber's,


  15. Christ! This is funny. Please watch this - it's probably the funniest youtube video ever.

    1. Oh fuck, I am crying. The throwing bottles bit is superb. I would happily pay to watch this video. Somebody should make a Moz one. There actually isn't that much difference between Moz and Bieber!

      Bermondsey Billy

    2. Oh, that's put a smile back on my face! Brilliant!

    3. Seen it before:

  16. If anyone interested, here's the @MorrisseyParody tweets, from day 1:


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