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Friday, 19 September 2014

Day 1100 - All Eyez on Blue Rose

I have a little confession to make to the regular readers of FollowingTheMozziah; for the past ten days, I have been writing a daily 'unpublished' version of FTM, documenting the adventures of Morrissey on twitter using the account name @AlfsButton. Let me explain how this came about, and why I have been unable to mention it until now:

On September 9th, just after I had posted what I thought was going to be my last ever blog entry, Morrissey contacted me via the DM of his @stillMozsworld account, with this message:

"If you want this to continue, I suggest you delete everything on your blog that you have written about me."

I wasn't online at the time, and an impatient Moz obviously wanted an immediate response because he then posted:

"Oi Baldy. I do not appreciate being ignored. Although why would you be any different to the music industry. ARE YOU LISTENING."

When I did eventually log on, and tried to reply, I couldn't because the account had been closed. I took the decision to take down all of my blog entries from the day that St Ill Morrissey arrived on the scene at the end of July. As I was doing this, Morrissey contacted me via a new twitter account called AlfsButton and asked me not to mention the new account on my blog.

It transpired that Morrissey was fed up with receiving continuous abuse from people on the St Ill Morrissey account, and just wanted to be able to interact with those fans who could see that he was he without having to deal with the idiots who kept TELLING him that he wasn't! If I had mentioned Alf on FTM, then the abuse would have continued. I fully understood why Morrissey wanted me to keep quiet, but it left me in an awkward position, because the whole point of FTM is to tell the story of Morrissey being on twitter undiscovered. I decided to write two blog entries each day, and for the past ten days, I've kept all of Alf's offerings hidden, including my daily DM conversations with him. It was also decided that I wasn't to interact with Alf in the public bar of The Twitterdilly Arms, because my mere presence muddies the waters. Can anybody imagine how hard it was for me to NOT interact with Morrissey on twitter? It nearly killed me.

The reason I am now breaking my silence about AlfsButton, is because Morrissey yesterday closed the account, and has given me permission to now mention it. I won't publish the 'unpublished' entries from the past ten days, as Morrissey has shared with me things that are not public knowledge, but I will share some of the snippets, including this..... Morrissey informed me last week the name of a band who have turned down his offer for them to support him. As Moz closed the Alf account last night, I asked him if I could mention the name of the band, and he said, "You may mention a cancelled support act that has caused me strife." If you l'oo'k hard, you will see in that last sentence who the band are. Morrissey also added, "They are all blood and guts. I believe they see themselves above an opening act. I concur. They are incredible."

The reason Morrissey closed the AlfsButton account is because A) He was hardly receiving any interaction from the 39 people who followed him, and B) When a photo of Morrissey holding a blue rose appeared on twitter yesterday, a few of those who followed him were not interested in it. Even the ones who could see that he was he didn't want him! I could cry.

More about the blue rose photo in a minute, but first, here are some other snippets from our conversations in the toilets of The Twitterdilly Arms from the past ten days :

Wednesday September 10:

"I believe a record deal could be close."

MOZ: Tell me Rat, do you like Ray Charles?

ME: Yes. Why?

MOZ: Ray Charles speaks to me today.

ME: Which is your favourite?

MOZ: It is Georgia on my mind. I have had far too much gin tonight. My head is spinning. You currently have the attention of a drunk Morrissey.

Monday September 15:

Morrissey interrupted our private conversation to bring to my attention a conversation he was having with MozFiend on twitter about carrier pigeons.

MOZ: Please note the answer to the question about the name of my carrier pigeon. I said Derek. I will leave you to add the numbers together. I think the o2 might be filmed.

ME: Numbers? I am perhaps being a little slow.

MOZ: Derek? Oh rat. Ricky Gervais. I've said too much. I've hinted at too much.

ME: I am confused beyond words. What has Ricky Gervais got to do with the o2?

MOZ: Nothing. It was once referenced that Ricky Gervais was involved. Do I have to remember everything?

ME: Is he involved?

MOZ: Perhaps.


MOZ: Noel knows you know, but he can barely spell his own surname.

ME: Was Noel's blue rose at the Brits a nod?

MOZ: It was a violent nod. You spotted it did't you? I remember.



ME: HOW was Jonathan Ross's retweet of blue rose brushed over? What is wrong with your fans? I think your famous friends should start wearing blue roses.

MOZ: To some I am the skinny little poet person from my mother's house. To them I will never leave 1983. There are some that make this worthwhile. I feel the wit has returned to me on this account. Do you agree?  Rustle Brand could have his genitals removed and replaced with a blue rose and then try it on with my audience. Still it would be brushed over.

Tuesday September 16:

MOZ: Your blog has attracted no comments. What on earth is wrong with people. I am aghast at the apathy.

ME: Nobody takes me seriously anymore. I am the resident fruit loop. You should let me make a statement that then comes true which would be hard to put down as a coincidence.

MOZ: But I quite like the idea of you being the resident fruit loop.

ME: I thought you were hinting to me that you were playing Georgia. Was I wrong? I like being the fruit loop too. The shit I get though..... from YOUR fans!

MOZ: What if I were to walk onto the stage at the o2 and mention *******?

ME: It would not mean a thing if you mentioned *******. Far too subtle.

MOZ: Dear God. I'm not a whore you know.

ME: How about being a part-time tart?

MOZ: I am open to suggestions. I mean I did mention a goat in a recent interview.

ME: The goat was too subtle too. One or two noticed it.

MOZ: Must I run naked through my audience with a blue rose on my arse cheek?  Rat, the lack of communication I am receiving makes the heart sink lower than humanly possible.

ME: 28 people get Morrissey to themselves & they don't interact. I could cry.

MOZ: Well if you could cry, I am in a lake of tears. I'm going to throw paint at a canvas. What if I were in some way to mention alf button on stage?

ME: Nothing will alert them. They don't want to believe.

MOZ: I may accept a blue rose. Again. I must go rat. I am currently reading Confessions Of An Irish Rebel.

In the above conversation, Morrissey also mentioned to me where he intended to accept the roses, but I won't share that information, as it is all part of the fun. WHY can't more people see what is going on here and join in? WHY does EVERYTHING in life have to be simplified? With the exception of the 'Dreary Deluded Dozen', Morrissey's fans have all decided to say "NO" to the possibility of him being on twitter, because that is the easy option. Yesterday, the people of Scotland voted "NO" to independence because it was easier. They had no sense of adventure. They had no sense of mystery. They had no sense.

Thursday September 18:

MOZ: Do you know the account was left open and nobody interacted with me. Nobody.

ME: I saw.

MOZ: How did it all come to this.

ME: You didn't want me to blog about this account so that you could have interaction with your fans, and they didn't take the opportunity.

MOZ: It is beyond comprehension. You must write about me, but I am leaving. I say "must" but only if you really feel like it. I have made a tweet and still nothing. This whole thing has not even finished with an explosion. Apathy at every turn. Does one have hits from Sweden?

ME: One will check later. I thought you were going back to Poland?

MOZ: One has moved about. One was in Poland. I'm doing my own personal private tour. Where next? Switzerland.

At this point, the following photo appeared on twitter, taken by Jan Aman in Sweden:

ME: What is that tucked under your arm?

MOZ: You know. You asked me for a sign. Why would a fan photograph not include the fan... You know you know.

ME: Of course I know. Cleverly tucked in so that it's not too obvious.

MOZ: Nobody, I repeat, nobody has noticed it. Rat, I knew you would. On Sep 16 @alfsbutton tweeted "It has come to a point that I could walk onto the stage dressed as a blue rose and people would still not believe." Today I am dressed with a blue rose. I am off to polish my tea cups.

Much debate has raged today as to whether the item under Morrissey's arm is a blue rose or not, with the doubters suggesting that it is either an umbrella (in bright sunshine), a water bottle or a cap. They STILL don't want to believe. A number of them have also asked, "If it is a rose, then why not just wear it on the lapel, and make it obvious?" THEY JUST DON'T GET IT!

The alleged fan, Jan Aman, has today been contacted via Facebook by one of the BRS members. It transpires that Jan is in the industry, and has worked with David Byrne. Just a passing fan, or does Jan know Moz? I don't need to know the answer to that question, I prefer the mystery.

The Blue Rose Society lives.
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  1. Under our Twitter noses the picture of Moz with the blue rose appeared.
    We all loved the photo but missed the crucial detail. The rose !
    I implore Moz not to close his Twitter account. I understand that he will
    be very busy soon, but it is not the same without his presence.

    We are not worthy.

  2. Great blog Rats, Apologies for the absence, I read it of course, I'm just horrible at commenting, here's a prime example.
    Some people see him stuck in '83 when he's clearly moved on, that frustration is akin to no one believing this phenomenon with so many signs.
    Funny when he mentioned him having a blue rose on his derriere I pictured it lol slightly peeking out from his baggy jeans during a shirt toss A blue rose temporary tattoo, ( )
    that would get them talking and denying, saying "how did that get there? If he has nothing to do with those deluded people?" Roll on October.

  3. oh well, you see as ever whiskers, my comments have no meaning

  4. I hope Moz has not left Twitter for good but if he has, I can completely understand why. But I still have so much more to say to him, so much I wanted to ask but was too shy. I was floundering when I found him on Twitter and he spoke to me and saved me once again.

  5. I like to imagine that a load of 'elite A list' celebrities (which is how they refer to themselves in the privacy of their thoughts) take it in turns to be Morrissey on Twitter (whilst the real Morrissey watches and gives marks out of ten together with directors's notes). This is what rich and famous people do when they get bored but have stopped taking drugs. Rat, free yourself from this new celebrity abuse. I've heard that Francis Rossi has so far been the best Morrissey - much to Russell Brand's and Morrissey's disappointment. The next best Morrissey was Jim Lea, the likeable Black Country bass and keyboard man for Slade. Are these the people you want to interract with? When A C Grayling or Chomsky - hell, even someone like Alvin Toffler jump on the account... then we've got something interesting. I just don't think Morrissey should do Morrissey on Twitter and I find the idea that he would do his own Twitter quite depressing.

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  7. It saddens me deeply that when Morrissey is on Twitter not many people take the plunge to communicate with him. It saddens me even more deeply that this lack of communication and attention saddens him. I have commented and favorited his comments so much so that I began to felt as though I were an internet stalker. I would have done even more but I feared I would become annoying and tiresome. Anyway, I am dying to know which band was going to open for him that declined the offer and also, what is the ******* that he spoke on mentioning at the o2. Tell me, tell me, tell me!

  8. Like Moz Fiend, I'm heartbroken to hear that Moz was so disappointed by the lack of interaction on twit, especially since I'm one of the guilty parties. As I've mentioned before, I've recently been burdened with various challenges and responsibilities that zap virtually all of my time and energy. I was rarely able to be online when Alf was, and when I happened to be, I felt too inept, unworthy, exhausted and shy to interact, which only increased my self-loathing more. Sometimes silence doesn't mean that someone doesn't care; it means they care too much. I fear that Alf may have left us permanently this time. I thank him for being with us even though I only appreciated his presence from afar. Blue Rose will always be a part of me.

  9. Sadden that Moz is so disheartened by the lack of attention by his fans via twitter and FTM. My excuse is that I seldom on twitter when he is on, although I do not know if I would connect him to alfsbutton. I remember back when we had great interaction on twitter, it was fun. As for the blue rose up the bum, with all the new artists twerking and singing songs about booty, it might not be noticed. I commented on the propensity of the new songs on this subject recently, and today on an entertainment news show, they also mentioned this and how they thought it had gotten to be too much--then they ran a video consisting of only Jolo and Iggy 's butts as they sang 'Booty'. (This is a observation of the US top ten, do not know if the UK has this phenomenon ) So sorry to say, he may have to shove the rose else where or possibly wear only blue roses? Awww, as I have just thought of this, I may have to contemplate on this for awhile. Hope all BRS and other followers have a great weekend.

  10. I have clearly been existing under a twitter rock. I'd seen @AlfsButton account a while back when it was locked, I was unaware this had changed.
    Morrissey is the last person on the planet I would want to see disappointed, or hurt So.I am sad & disheartened that he feels so let down.
    I am very aware that I have been far more withdrawn recently, unfortunately it is part of how I try to cope with life's woes. I would hate anyone to think I no longer care. I still care very much.

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    1. I am on a mission to find out...

    2. "You may mention a cancelled support act that has caused me strife." L'00'k at the sentence. L'00'k through my tweets. L'oo'k for a band who are "all blood and guts".

      On another note, Morrissey looks set to appear on the Swedish TV programme 'Skavlan' next week. Will he wear ANOTHER blue rose, and even if he did, would anything change?

    3. L'00'k through my tweets. L'oo'k for a band who are "all blood and guts".

    4. Strife:

    5. I have deleted my stupid suggestion and I think that Comrade Harps might
      have hit the nail on the head with ' Savages' who are a punk band.

      I think Anna Calvi will be perfect, she has an amazing voice.

    6. Ah, the Savages, really? I quite like them.

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    1. Do you REALLY need to ask that question? Contradiction. Lies. Denial. Mystery. It's all part of the make-up.

    2. I think you should issue an apology to Fifi. We all want her back.

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    1. As for Savages, god I wish they would have opened for him! But Anna is great aswell.


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