I will explain WHY I had to play this record later on, but first, I have news to report from the Twitterdilly Arms; first of all, Parody Moz apparently made an appearance yesterday, and secondly, Astraea has gone!
The reason I have written 'apparently', is because by the time I sauntered into the 'World's Number 1 Online Morrissey Theme Pub', Parody Moz (and all traces of his twit account) had once again disappeared, and the only reason I was even aware that he had been in, were the remnants of conversations that various people had had with him. I have since learnt from my sources (Heather!), that Moz was only around for a very short period of time, but he mentioned that the new album recalls The Queen is Dead, and that he expects it to chart at Number 2 in the UK, and Number 7 in Australia!
Bearing in mind that Morrissey's highest ever chart position in Australia is Number 12, with Your Arsenal, I would guess that it is fair to say, he is in an optimistic mood. And on the subject of Your Arsenal, the reissue/remaster came out on Monday, although I have to admit, I haven't yet bought it, mainly because there doesn't seem to be enough difference from the original (which there was with Kill Uncle). Is there enough difference?
YOUR ARSENAL - REISSUED. MORRISSEY'S MOST SUCCESSFUL RECORD DOWN UNDER
I expect I shall buy the new Your Arsenal, if nothing else than for the bonus DVD of a 1991 concert from the Shoreline Amphitheatre:
MORRISSEY SINGING AT SHORELINE IN 1991
And on the subject of concerts in California, this billboard has recently gone up, although according to True-To-You, the concert (along with a number of others) has ALREADY sold out!:
And on the subject of concerts with legendary supporting artists, Sir Cliff Richard has been very keen to stress that he was joking when he previously mentioned meat eating in relation to his Morrissey concert. He has now stated, "I made a joke of it", and has blamed the press for twisting his words. Hmm. Cliff has also stated that he and Morrissey have never met, although previously Cliff had stated that they met in a hotel in Kent in 2011. You just don't know what to believe with Sir Cliff. Perhaps Alzheimer's is setting in. It would be dreadful if Cliff were to walk on stage in New York and sing, "When I was young la la la la la".
CLIFF - JOKER
And on the subject of Alzheimer's...... no, I can't do it! I would dearly love to now write about a hilarious exchange of emails that I had this morning with Morrissey (which included something about Alzheimer's), but I can't. As I have previously written, Morrissey emailed me a few weeks ago, under the guise of Fifi, and we have continued to exchange fairly regular emails ever since, with Morrissey's words being incredibly witty and sharp, and mine being particularly sycophantic and dull. He has even sent me the odd (odd as in occasional, not strange, although actually, they are quite strange too) photograph of the place he is currently staying. I really wish that I could share Morrissey's emails here, in my online diary, but I just don't think I should.
I suppose to a certain extent, the dynamics of my blog have now changed, in that it is no longer a case of me thinking it might be Morrissey behind the whole MorrisseysWorld phenomenon, I now KNOW it is him, although, in truth, I knew it was him from the very beginning, and I DEFINITELY knew it was him when he quoted "toothbrush" last January. The main difference now, is that I believe (deludedly, of course) that Morrissey and I have become friends, so I can no longer just publish anything and everything, I have to think about what I share..... but I may perhaps share the odd one liner from those emails, after all, they are just too good not to share.... and after all, it isn't really him, is it!
Many people reading this will presume that I am once again behaving like a fantasising bullshitter, and to be honest, that suits me just fine, and in fact, it adds to the fun of this whole journey, and WHAT a journey it has been. Over the past two and a half years, so much has happened, and so much has changed, particularly the personnel in the Twitterdilly Arms. So few of the initial crowd are still around, with the only constants who have truly believed and been around ALL the way through, being EARS, Heather, myself and Loughton Lil. MancLad, Lizzy Cat and Girl Without have stayed with it, although not always with full belief, and MANY others are still lingering and watching, but again without conviction.
THE OLD GUARD OF THE TWITTERDILLY ARMS: L TO R: LOUHGHTON, MANCLAD, ME, HEATHER, EARS AND GWO
But let's put aside the old guard and MorrisseysWorld, it is time to concentrate on the Blue Rose Society and the future. Blue Rose members continue to swell, and the BLUE ROSE SOCIETY is set to grow and grow as the US concerts approach. This year, the BRS will REALLY take off. The two latest recruits are Nicole (@Bunnygal833), who latched on to the end of yesterday's chart countdown, and Jack Shet (@TheeOtherBill), who describes himself in his Twitter profile as a "retired rockabilly god", and has already tweeted his ideas on how to smuggle roses into the concert venues. Jack is going to the concerts at Atlantic City and Hershey. This is going to be a fun year for the BRS.
JACK SHET - LATEST BRS MEMBER, AND RETIRED ROCKABILLY GOD
I've somehow managed to completely side track myself. Today's blog was supposed to be about Parody Moz's appearance in the Twit Arms, and Drive-In Saturday. I really shouldn't let my mind wander, it is most unprofessional, and I am a professional blogger, although as professions go, the pay is shit.... but the rewards are worth more than money could buy. Let me get out of this current paragraph and back on track.
Parody Moz apparently also re-tweeted two old tweets from drummer Matt Walker yesterday, which I am told are these from 2012:
matthew walker @mwBATTERY
A MATT WALKER SELFIE FROM TWITTER - NOT RETWEETED BY THE MOZ
I have no idea why Moz chose to retweet those two Walker tweets, but I would guess that he has been pulling Matt's leg about them. I would also guess that initially the whole MorrisseysWorld 'thing' was Morrissey's own private joke, but now, all his band members are aware of it.
Astraea's departure from the Twit Arms has left a huge hole, and the BRS are already in mourning. Hopefully it will only be a temporary departure. Before leaving, Astraea posted me a photo of an unsmiling Serge Gainsbourg with Brigitte Bardot. The unsmiling photos of Gainsbourg are by far the best. He looks far more french when he isn't smiling. Gainsbourg is a man who looks as though he should have had a cigarette permanently hanging from his mouth..... actually, I think he did, which is probably why he died at just 62. Here is the photo Astraea posted, along with a couple of other photos that I have chosen to post for no reason other than I like them:
BRIGITTE & SERGE
JANE BIRKIN AND BRIGITTE.... OH SERGE, YOU LUCKY, LUCKY MAN
GAINSBOURG (SLIGHTLY SMILING.... BUT COMPENSATED BY THE CIGARETTE) AND BIRKIN
And now to Drive-In Saturday. As I rebuild my music collection; which by the way, has greatly benefitted from yesterday's introduction by a new FTM contributor called 'CC' to 'Little Jimmy Scott', who has INSTANTLY become my new 'on repeat' singer, with the two songs that I placed in yesterday's Twit Arms Top 10 being my particular favourites.... although I have plenty more to yet discover..... this sentence is becoming very long and is full of commas, where was I? Oh yes:
As I rebuild my music collection, I have been listening to a LOT of Bowie, and I have to admit, that at LAST, I am getting him. 'Five Years' is just the most perfect song ever, and as I listen to each Bowie song and album, I feel compelled to use Wikipedia as my guide. It is ALL so fascinating, and something that in 1972, I couldn't possibly have hoped to understand.
Anyway, this morning, as I sat in bed watching the last ever performance of Ziggy Stardust at Hammersmith Odeon on Youtube (FROM 1973), I suddenly had this urge to try and find out why Morrissey had particularly chosen to cover Bowie's 'Drive-In Saturday'. I firstly listened to Bowie's version, which is SU 'FUCKING' PERB, and then I watched/listened to Morrissey's version, which if I am honest, I hadn't really paid much attention to before, but now, having finally found out what it is about, I realise not only do I LOVE it, but it has slightly different words to Bowie's version. I immediatley leapt out of bed, grabbed my Mozipedia, and quickly realised that, just as with 'Jeane', it DIDN'T have the answers! Simon Goddard quite rightly notices that Moz sings "Chris the wonder-kid" instead of "Twig the wonder-kid", but he is unable to tell me why!
My own thought is that "Chris the wonder-kid" is Chrissie Hynde, but of course, it is just a guess. I think the only reason I particularly have Chrissie on my mind, is because yesterday, I was playing some old vinyl on my Dansette Conquest, and one of the records I played was the brilliant 'b' side to 'Kid' (wonder kid?), a song called 'Tattooed Love Boys'; so, does anybody know who Chris the Wonder-kid is? Fifi, are you still with us? Can you enlighten me?
(And just for good measure, here is the mesmerising last song from that Hammersmith Odeon concert, where Bowie announces the end of Ziggy, before singing my NEW favourite song, 'Rock n Roll Suicide'. Note that somebody manages to jump on stage right at the end and hug DB. It is ALL so Moz like.... but would Bowie fans STILL try to stage invade, like we Moz fans do?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLZNBbxJ2xo)
And finally Esther, and finally Cyril, Morrissey will NOT be playing Bestival this year, as I may have previously mentioned, the headliner is.... Nile Rogers! Hold on, that means that Fifi must be Nile, and NOT Morrissey! I'm getting emails from Nile fuc**ng Rogers! Actually, let me re-write Fifi's actual words regarding Bestival, "drop your anchor at the Isle, make your way to Robin Hill. Johnny Marr will be there, I will be there and maybe good old friends will be there too." Fifi never actually said Moz would be playing at Bestival, but perhaps he WILL be there!
*Goes off singing* A good time was guaranteed for one and all, the tattoos did target practice in the hall while waiting, for their number to get called out, I, I, I found out what the wait was about.