STEVE BARNETT - CEO CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP
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
Capitol Music Group
Capitol Records Tower
THE ICONIC CAPITOL BUILDING - "BUZZING"
Before I move on, this is an interesting interview that Barnett gave just after taking over at Capitol: http://la-confidential-magazine.com/personalities/articles/steve-barnett-chairman-ceo-capitol-records-changes
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: http://followingthemozziah.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/following-mozziah-day-190-thursday-22nd.html
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 COCTEAU MUSEUM IN MENTON
The most likely place therefore for the recording is 'La Fabrique Residential Recording Studio' - "The Creme de la Creme", approximately 100 miles away: http://www.miloco.co.uk/2012/introducing-la-fabrique-residential-recording-studio-france-the-creme-de-la-creme/
LA FABRIQUE RECORDING STUDIO - NEAR MARSEILLE
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:
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)
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.
JE SUIS JEAN COCTEAU
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWzY1qXBVMM
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. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4485/the-art-of-fiction-no-34-jean-cocteau
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': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S9mrMpD_pM
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: