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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Day 871 - "Fitted heaven like a glove"

I didn't intend to blog today, as I am extremely busy, but if I don't catch up with some of the backlog of things I want to mention, then Monday's blog will be about 232 yards long.

Firstly, here is Heather's excellent response to Fire's Cocteau revelations:

Merci beaucoup Fifi, for these intriguing possible Cocteau connections - they give us much to think about. Your contributions are always welcome and needed. It might also be worth mentioning the Cocteau quote that you tweeted recently: "Sun, I am black outside and rose inside which is the metamorphosis." You implied that this quote may have inspired the beloved lyric, "I wear black on the outside 'cause black is how I feel on the inside."

I'm also interested in the 'Hand in Glove' mention because that song was already on my mind lately, as it defines the BRS for me, so I'm intrigued by the Cocteau connection. You had already pointed out the artwork as being reminiscent of Cocteau's naked blue man, and now there's the apparent glove connection. I've noticed that the sun seems to be a recurrent theme in Cocteau's work (e.g. the black sun in the Crucifixion mural at Notre Dame de France as well as the quote I mentioned above and other pieces). Would it be too far-fetched to wonder if there could be a possible connection with the lyric, "the sun shines out of our behinds"? I'm having more trouble following the connections in This Charming Man (what specifically suggests the Trilogy ring?), but there is a bicycle accident in Orpheus, which might possibly explain the "punctured bicycle" lyric.

I apologize for the length of this comment, but because I didn't have time to post a full comment on the previous entry, I just wanted to say what blue rose represents in my eyes. Rats had mentioned that it could represent humasexuality, which is a great thought, but for me it's more all-encompassing than that. The point of humasexuality is total freedom to be ourselves, free from societal constraints and expectations, so for me blue rose extends that idea to all aspects of our beings. No matter what makes us unique and different from others, the message of blue rose and all of Morrissey's music is that it's OK to be you, regardless of what the world thinks. Hand in Glove screamed this message to me when I first heard it 30 years ago and it's been my theme song of personal salvation ever since. Therefore, I think it has a special connection with BRS, which Ratty has previously blogged about, and the possible Cocteau connections make it even more special. 

The whole Hand in Glove connection is really exciting, and as Heather has written, it does feel like a BRS song, although I would guess, that to both Morrissey and Marr, it will always remain their song, probably alongside There is a Light That Never Goes Out. Here is a reminder of what Fifi wrote about the glove:

The glove is very present in Cocteau's art (see 'La belle et la bete' movie - The glove is a character by itself. It is magical and full of meaning) and Cocteau once said about Radiguet (after he died) that he "fitted heaven like a glove" and "Radiguet was a glove from heaven" or something along those lines, I am sure you can find exact quotes somewhere.
My 'theory' is that 'Hand in Glove' was maybe inspired by this...?
And like I mentioned before, the sleeve reminds me of the Cocteau tapestry at Villa Santo Sospir but it might just be coincidence or plain wrong.

The trilogy ring is also a very exciting association to This Charming Man, but WHO was the 'she' who said, "return the ring"? Was it Francine Weisweiller?

Another Cocteau connection to re-surface (thanks to anon posting it yesterday), is the Morrissey poem entitled Poppycocteau, that was written and released on the flip side of the Smiths song London, which came free with Catalog magazine, although actually it was more of a case of the magazine coming free with the record/poem. The poem is hilarious and reminds me of Kenneth Williams. Fifi has informed me that the poem "was not written in a drunken hour at all." Here is my copy of the poem, which rather surprisingly DOESN'T feature in the Top 100 Smiths rarities, as published today by Record Collector magazine. I suppose, technically, it isn't a Smiths release, well certainly not Poppycocteau at any rate.
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Yesterday, I also promised to post the photos that Fire had emailed me from France. I have had to photograph my pc screen, as I am a technophobe, and can't work out how to copy them from the email!

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I also wrote yesterday, that I wanted to make mention of a 'retweet' that Fif posted, which was originally posted by Morrissey's new record producer, Joe Chiccarelli. The fact that Joe's tweet of Jan 6th might well have been referring to the fact that he will soon begin working with Morrissey ( starting today?) is one thing, but it is made even more interesting by the fact that he says, "Back into the Fire", with Fire being the name that we have recently given to Fifi (aka a Morrissey pessoa). Jigsaw, jigsaw, jigsaw. Here is Joe's coincidental tweet, which on this occasion, really IS a coincidence:

2014. Back into the Fire. Except I'm in Nashville and it's 7 degrees!


I have asked Fifi WHY she thinks Joe was chosen for the new album, and I am hoping to receive a reply. Fifi has also informed me of another Cocteau link in Morrissey's solo work, and I hope to write more on that on Monday. I shall leave you with the clue that Fifi has left me... it's on Your Arsenal.

That's it for today, I shall return on Monday. I should very quickly mention that as of today, FTM has received over 376,000 hits, which I think I am right in believing, is now more than MorrisseysWorld, but seeing as MW is closed for around 11 months a year, that is hardly a surprise. Most of my hits are from me and a spam bot in Russia.

And very finally, Morrissey offered Marcus the opportunity to remain in the Blue Rose Society, and he has politely declined via a video posted to myself and Broken on twitter of 'No, thank you' from Cyrano de Bergerac. Here are Morrissey's other decisions regarding bans following this week's 'Fall Out':

Ban against Sabine - upheld, permanently.

Ban against LizzyCat - upheld, for a minimum period of 3 months.

Ban against Chuck - upheld, for a minimum period of 1 month.

All rise.

'R' - magistrate to the eminent artiste Judge Morr-ee-say QC.

*Goes off singing* My love, wherever you are, whatever you are


  1. "Chuck Smith1 February 2014 16:18

    The parody piece was very accurate. All I do in there is ask/shriek/cry for evidence, which is true, and so is the fact that he brought me to tears.

    Also, there were witnesses that night, one was on Broken's side, one was on mine, one was neutral, but I won't name them because nobody should be forced to speak up.

    But to be honest, I'm almost fed up with this discussion myself now lol. We could start a debate over what's worse - Sabine's or Broken's behaviour. Or we could just leave it like that and agree to disagree and move on. And didn't I promise to leave earlier? Sigh, sorry, I'm so bored and I love debate. I'll give my best not to visit this site again today!"

    The facetiousness here is astonishing. Chuck is quite sincerely comparing homophobic abuse and mocking comments about Broken's suicide attempt to a bullying episode affecting Chuck contained within a parody piece!

    Judge Morr-ee-say QC has advised me to inform you that this is the last comment pertaining to 'Biker-Gate' and that ALL future comments by Chuck should be immediately deleted on the grounds that they have such little substance as to be entirely without meaning.


  2. I'm not sure whether this is a reference to Cocteau, but the provisional title of "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", from Your Arsenal, was "French Epic", according to Mozipedia.

    1. Good work Willow, you have the correct answer. Now we await Fire with further 'theories' on this "masterpiece" of a song. I have my own theory on it, which I may share on Monday, but it depends on Fire.

    2. Yay! Do I get a gold star?!

  3. Fascinating and truly remarkable so many connections to Cocteau I find it comforting how artists can stay alive in memory or in the work of other artists. Thank you Fire you're always my favorite element.

  4. It's not like any other love this one is different because it's us

  5. Harps, I am so, so sorry, I deleted your fascinating comment and research by mistake. Rest assured, I will find a copy in my email box and re-post it later. I was particularly interested in the article you linked about Cocteau's 'The Blood of a Poet', which I still haven't found time to watch yet.
    The more I read about Jean Cocteau, the more obvious it becomes JUST how big an influence he has been on Morrissey's life. It would be interesting to know at what age Morrissey discovered Cocteau's work. M must have found Cocteau's works as the answer to all his prayers, or at least felt great comfort in being able to get a grip on how he felt about the world. Having said that, the world of Cocteau's (and therefore Morrissey's) was far removed from what was 'acceptable' to the outside world, so although Morrissey may have found comfort, the world (in his eyes) would certainly not have allowed him to be the REAL him, so perhaps it just caused more pain. The very fact that this is all coming out now, and Morrissey has found an accepting group of people in his life, may mean that finally, finally, the pain might start to be aliviated for M...., although of course, he would fight against such pain relief with every last bone in his self-deprecating body!
    Viva Cocteau

    1. I noticed my comment deleted just before dinner and, having finished my Not Burger sandwich and watched MKR, I was about to tweet you, wondering if I had transgressed or if it was a mistake. I accept your apology. Thankyou for letting me know.

      It's all rather mysterious and baffling, but I agree that M, in his veracious reading, would have come across Cocteau as a godsend so help him scrape through. How much he more than identified with Cocteau and got into the esoteric nature of his work, I don't know, but we are starting to discover the depth of the impact of his work and life. It's exciting.

    2. comrade harps has left a new comment on your post "Day 871 - "Fitted heaven like a glove"":

      Re heathercat's observation about the visual connection between the Cocteau murals, Hand In Glove and other Smiths over art, I find that several of the cover stars poses are similar to the poses in the murals. Head down or eyes down, especially. Look at The Smiths LP cover, William It Was Really Nothing and How Soon Is Now singles, for head down. See Strangeways or Sheila Take A Bow for eyes down.

      Then look at the Viva Hate cover, Every Day Is Like Sunday, Your Arsenal.

      The Live in Dallas DVD cover pose is an echo of a pose in the Judith et Holopherne mural.


      Obviously not Truman Capote on The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, though.

      Line of sight was important in Cocteau's murals:

      I haven't figured it out yet, but there is something about an "inversed 'M'" mentioned at - another M reference in a Cocteau mural? Indeed, "inversion" appears to be associated with the artist as a theme (not surprisingly ), but there's probably more to it - and Morrissey would, I'm sure, have read up on it. Sexual inversion is a theme of Coctaeua's Blood of a Poet

      Come to think of it, a few of the mural figures are looking up, too. And side ways. So, maybe nothing, but I do see echos in Moz/Smiths covers to the poses that Cocteau illustrated in the murals.

      Posted by comrade harps to Following The Mozziah at 1 February 2014 23:54

  6. More fascinating Cocteau connections, thank you all for your contributions.
    Heather you have expressed so beautifully the definition of blue rose. As I have said previously I have always felt safe within our community to be myself. This is a rare experience for me & one I will always treasure.
    We have something so unique & special here. Let us embrace it with the love & care it deserves.


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