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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Day 2382 - Stupidity, Despair, Giros, Teresas, Fence-Sitters and Legal dreams

Morrissey (as @TrueMorfessa) made a brief appearance on Twitter yesterday, tweeting:

"Stupidity sells and intelligence repels."

The tweet was obviously aimed at the recent hysterical headlines, and is a tweet that our Mozzer has posted on various other occasions. FTM records show me that he tweeted the same thing to Justin Bieber on Sunday June 24th 2012, whilst on Wednesday May 14th 2014 he tweeted, "Stupidity sells and intelligence repels. Except in Morrissey's World."

Morrissey's only other tweet was in response to Heather, who had pointed out that the "stupidity sells" tweet was even more true now than when first tweeted. Morrissey replied, "I despair."
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Although Morrissey's visit to the public bar of The Wrong Arms was brief, I did spend a few hours, on and off, chatting with him via Twitter's DM - or The Wrong Arms toilets as I prefer to call DM.
I won't give a report of all we talked about, as much of it was idle chit chat, but here are some highlights:

MOZ: Jon the Con is NOT a pessoa. This needs correcting. The band wearing turquoise is a fabrication.

ME: Oh, ffs! I've spent ages looking for those f***ing turquoise shirts! If Jon isn't a pessoa, then he is definitely from within your 'camp'.

MOZ: They most certainly are not! Jon the Con is absolutely not my creation. You only need to ask. I'm always forthcoming with the answers.

I have to say, I burst out laughing when I read that last sentence. "Always forthcoming with the answers"? Yeah, right!
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I can't believe that I spent so long looking for an old MorrisseysWorld article that referenced the Morrissey band wearing turquoise suits, when there never was one. That rotten old Jon the Con has a lot to answer for....whoever he is!

Here are some more highlights, beginning with Moz making reference to the Der Spiegel dispute:

MOZ: I have written another statement of retaliation - it's a page full of expletives.

ME: Bollocks! Cunty bollocks. Wanky cunty bollocks!

MOZ: I feel like being generous. Give me accounts and aliases you wish to uncover. Ask and I will reveal.

ME: Dawn.

MOZ: Shared.

ME: Astra.

MOZ: I believe Nicole. Do you remember them?

ME: I remember Nicole. Whatever happened to her? And Willow? And I don't believe you. Astra is you. Why am I asking, you just pluck names at random. They're all you, you, you.

MOZ: They are not all my creations. I assure you.

ME: What about Broken?

MOZ: I can't deny Broken.

ME: I love Broken.

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MOZ: I notice you've not asked who Dawn was a joint effort alongside. Are you not intrigued?

ME: I didn't expect an answer. Go on then...

MOZ: I'm bored of this already.

(This made me laugh)

ME: I'm off to the post office now. Do you want anything bringing in?

MOZ: Is this a new career move? Postmaster General.

ME: I'm flattered that you hold me in such high regard. I would have thought you'd suggest I apply for the position of stamp licker...

MOZ: Giro day? Surely no one works on the Isle of Wight? 

3. TERESA, TERESA

On Tuesday I published a list of all 286 of Morrissey's songs. Whilst compelling the list, I came across a few titles that I had never heard of before, including one called Teresa, Teresa. It is highly unlikely to be a song about the current UK Prime Minister as: A) It was recorded in 2007, and B) Theresa May has an 'h' in her name.
The reason I am mentioning this song is because Morrissey obviously prefers the name Teresa without an 'h', which coincidentally, so does the 'fake' Morrissey who interacts with our merry little group on Twitter. Back in March; with Westminster in a state of lockdown, 'Fake Moz' (as @AlfsButton) tweeted, "As long as Teresa May is safe and the royal family remain secure then that is all that matters. People of England, you do not matter." 
It's only a little coincidence, but I shall add it to the list. I added the song onto the list of ones that I would like to hear live, but as it's never actually been heard by anyone, anywhere, so I shan't hold my breath.
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4. THE MORRISSEY GANG

Yesterday I wrote that the audio of Morrissey's interview with Der Spiegel had been released, and following the release, surprise surprise, all the ex-Morrissey fans once again took to social media and Morrissey-Solow to stick another knife into old Mozzer. We are now at the point where every time Morrissey says anything about anything, these ex-fans come out to shout how they hate him even more than they did the last time he said something. But not only have we got these simpletons who have been bought by the headlines of the media, we also have the fans who just can't make up their mind if they want to stay a fan or not - the fence-sitters.

Yesterday a number of these fence-sitters took to Twitter to say how they needed to hear the audio so they could decide if Morrissey really did say what Der Spiegel printed...even though Morrissey has never denied saying what he said. When it transpired that he did say what everyone already knew he had said, the fence-sitters then started to tweeting things like, "it is testing to remain a fan" and, "I wish he wouldn't open his mouth." These lily-livered morons are just as bad as the simpletons.I decided to take a few of the fence-sitters to task, and tweeted, "After 35 years, you surely must have decided whether: A) Morrissey is a balanced individual who you will stick by whatever is said or B) He isn't and you won't.

A tweeter called, Steven Tallach (@steventallach - it does exactly what it says on the tin) replied to me by saying, "Why do you have to be in or out? We're talking about music appreciation here. Nobody's obliged to support Morrissey today just cos they did yesterday." I responded thus:

"No, it's more than just music appreciation with Morrissey. Everyone knows Morrissey fans are different. We're like a gang. And when in a gang, you either roll together or get out."
I added, "I'm actually enjoying this pruning of the tree."

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I'm not holding my breath that anything will change. If tomorrow Morrissey states, "Britain is always wet", the media will print the headline, "Bigmouth strikes again - Morrissey blames climate change on immigration", at which point the simpleton ex-fans will again scream, "I can't believe the man who helped me through my teens is such a nazi. This latest outburst proves it more than ever.... I always had my worries after Bengali in Platforms and The National Front Disco, and let's NEVER forget that he called the Chinese a sub-species and likened mass murder to KFC. I am so glad that Morrissey is no longer part of my life"......although of course, he very much IS, whilst the fence-sitters will ask the opinion of all their muesli eating mates on Twitter, before then stating exactly the same thing as last time, i.e. , "I gets harder and harder to defend Morrissey, I do wish he'd just sing his songs, and not say anything." Arghhh!
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AND FINALLY

And finally, my eye was caught by this quote posted on Twitter yesterday - it comes from List of the Lost:

"...and the flashy Maserati swirled from kerbside and home to the cosy ecstasy of Issac's inner climate, where all of his dreams were perfectly legal..."

What is it with legal dreams?

*Goes off singing* Spent the day in bed, it's a consolation when all my dreams, are perfectly legal

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Day 2381 - A dark world aches for a splash of the sun...

I am continuing to search through my drawers looking for an old MorrisseysWorld blog article that references the band wearing turquoise outfits; as mentioned by Morrissey pessoa, 'Jon the Con' on Sunday. I haven't yet been able to locate the said article, but I am certainly having some fun re-reading some of the old MW classics, and have also stumbled across a few FTM entries that were never published. One such FTM entry is Day 1098 from September 17th 2014, which it would seem I didn't publish at the time, because I was disillusioned at the lack of interest or interaction with both Morrissey and FTM. I have now published Day 1098, along with a few others.

And as it is a dull, rainy day, here is one of those old MW classics to warm your cockles. It is from late August 2011. Enjoy:

Mozzer's Perspective: A Dark World Aches For a Splash of the Sun, Def Leppard grease balls and other topics
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Dumb ass teens with fixed grins fall out of buses and fast food death shops clutching their energy drinks; armies of cloned skinny boys in rakish-cut jeans, with Bieber-mops and imitation 70s satchels over a pointy shoulder laze here and there with The Strokes on their iPods; and then there's the sorry pale wretch with long fuzzy hair, a leather jacket and personal hygiene so poor Bob Geldof is Liberace by comparison, skulking around some street corner, wishing he was somebody else entirely - no, not Russell Brand, silly - a Def Leppard fan, friendless and pathetic; this, my friends, is modern Britain. And where does Old Mozzer fit into this crass multi-cultural meat parade? Oh, nowhere - nowhere at all.


Welcome to the world's least successful celebrity blog. Cowering politely under the shield of quasi-anonymity, holding for grim life on to the sword of irony that has served me so well these years, Old Mozzer has fashioned himself a small voice in the pixelated wilderness of what George W. Bush once referred to as 'the internets.' In a world where the planet's least articulate man is charged with arguing the case for perpetual war, talent contest winners publish their memoirs before embarking on life, Sir Elton John is considered a recording artist, and people - in their utter desperation - turn to a mystical 230lb benefit-scrounging slob called Buddha for lifestyle advice, failure is the ultimate vindication of one's talent.

And so, as if to confirm the mind-warping madness of this world we quietly or not-so-quietly inhabit, our gaze turns inexorably towards Peter Mardles' excruciatingly bland review of Young The Giant's debut album. Beginning with the de rigeur dig at Old Mozzer's post-2004 output, before moaning his way through the aforementioned masterpiece with all the flair and deftness of touch of a hod carrier down the local building site, and finishing arguably the dullest review I've ever read with a back-handed compliment to the singer - how Mardles actually finds work is the biggest mystery of all.

Mardles can't even impress the English teacher when he returns to the old school to bore the boys with anecdotes from his life among letters, leaving - as he does - his comma dangling outside of his inverted commas. Oh dear, what is journalism coming to? They can't even manage basics these days, it seems. My, how standards at the broadsheets have fallen. But then this is the Guardian/Observer we're talking about, home of Petriditis and Empire. C'est la vie. Glancing back over Mardles' previous reviews, one finds the same snotty I-wish-I-had-been-a-proper-writer angst permeates all of his 'contributions,' the same studied pretension of disinterested good taste, the same nauseatingly middle class pseudo-humility, and the odd grammatical howler. What? His name is Paul? Well, Peter/Paul - it matters little. If he's lucky his family will remember him when he's gone. Regards art critics as useless and dangerous, said Filippo Tomaso Marinetti; had he lived to witness the living car crash that is Mardles' journalistic career he may well have added the word 'irritating' to that list. What is truly extraordinary is that we allow such talentless, uncreative souls to stand in judgement of anybody at all. Why must mediocrity constantly seek to undermine genius? Jesus, Galileo, Oscar Wilde, Anne Frank, Neil Hamilton, Morrissey and now Young The Giant... will the persecution never end?

Speaking of the talentless, following on from my entirely reasonable critiques of Dep Leppard's singing moron and one-armed wife beater of a drummer (it's always the drummer...), according to the site stats, we have been flooded by angry, long-haired Def Leppard fans from board.defleppardnow.com, and facially tattooed maniacs more generally from forums.metalsludge.tv. Most of the criticism seems to relate to my comments about the supreme cowardice of a one-armer taking out his bitterness at having only one upper limb by using said arm to give his wife a good slap around the face. Quite honestly, I don't understand the anger. Whatever next? One-legged man on mobility scooter takes time out during trip to the library to stamp on unsuspecting homeless person sleeping in the gutter? Man with only two fingers tries to strangle his life partner to death while he sleeps? Elton John attempts to say something witty/insightful? Come now. We all have our limitations. Learn to live with them, and don't take it out on everyone else.

As for the dreary dullards writing libel about Old Mozzer in the metal sludge forums, I strongly suggest you CEASE AND DESIST immediately. If those comments continue, I shall contact my lawyers and sue you, using legal coercion to have you named and shamed, regardless of your delusions of anonymity. You have been warned. I strongly suggest that if you value the roof over your head, you rein in your fingertips. And do please stop bringing over to my ironic homepage the stench of body odour and self-pity. The whole pity-me attitude of those heavy metal ponces makes me sick, quite frankly. You've got your health, you're not Elton John. What is there to whinge about really? Over here in Morrissey's World our focus is global: the cancellation of third world debt; tackling the blight of starvation in Africa; and strategies for preventing Elton John ever having a number one record again...

Incidentally, don't think for a moment that the band pictured above would fear bumping into those hard rock gurly boys Def Leppard at the Grammy's, or indeed elsewhere. Morrissey's band is the hardest band around - there's Boz with his steel toe caps, Jesse with his street connections, and the Walkers, of course, who must be the hardest married couple in pop now that Sonny and Cher are no more. Def Leppard certainly wouldn't want to bump into us down a dark alley. I beg your pardon?.. Now that's just rude.

I'm pleased at the generally positive response to my recently announced US/Mexican tour. To those feeling dejected at my avoidance of almost all of the United Staes, fear not: the odd date is likely to be added in the not-too-distant future, TV schedule permitting. You will also see me appear with either a white rose or a red rose before Christmas, and at some point a manufactured act will adorn my breast. Another pledge. One can only hope it's not the face of Robert Smith - surely a bridge too far?

To those who noted the 'All Ages!' reference in the Santa Fe poster, and who correctly surmised the reason for the exclamation mark was the recent Aunty Mozzer's advice column - age restrictions at Mozzer's live strip shows - well done. I'm thrilled any of you still bother to scour my symbolism for hidden meaning, particularly after I forced you all to endure 'OK By Myself' on my 2009 tour: a song without any primary meaning, let alone secondary.. I shouldn't have played it. Some things are just wrong. Never again - possibly!

The joys of speaking freely to the intelligentsia are matchless. Thank you for listening.

Morrissey



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Last night I went to see Shed Seven at the O2 Academy in Boscombe, Bournemouth. The venue was originally called The Boscombe Grand, and is a very intimate venue that both Bowie and Bolan have played. I must confess, that until last night, I had never heard of the place.  I would LOVE to see Morrissey play here. I put the idea to Morfessa on Twitter earlier today, and got the humorous reply, "This would of course depend on their cancellation policy..."....at least, I think it was a humorous reply, it could quite possibly be very serious!


SHED SEVEN AT THE BOSCOMBE GRAND

And finally, on Monday I reported that Morrissey had issued a statement regarding his recent interview with Der Speigel. In the statement Morrissey wrote that he would:
1. Never Kill Donald Trump
2. Never Support Kevin Spacey's private proclivities
3. Never Support abuse of children
4. Never Never support sexual harassment
5. Never support rape

Morrissey also added that Der Speigel didn't convey his views fairly, and that he would never speak to the print media again.  He signed off by reporting that he had requested an unchopped, un-fiddled with audio of the interview, which had been refused.

Yesterday, in response to Morrissey's statement, the interviewer, Juliane Liebert released the audio. I haven't personally bothered to listen to it, but funnily enough, it has been confirmed that ALL FIVE of the above points are correct. Yes Morrissey gave a view on each of the five subjects, but he DIDN'T give support; just as he DIDN'T give support with his statement about the UKIP leadership election. Der Speigel could have used a whole number of positive headlines for the interview, but they went with:

""The person who is called a victim is only disappointed""

and then added a sub-heading of:

"Morrissey praises the Brexit referendum, defends Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein and calls Berlin a "rape capital" - because of the open borders. Seriously?"

Der Speigel purposely looked to sensationalise Morrissey's views, in the quest for worldwide publicity.... and it worked, with the mainstream UK and USA media picking-up on the interview, and making sensational headlines of their own. As the headlines got more and more ridiculous,  Juliane Liebert took to Twitter - as reported on Day 2368 of FTM - to state that Morrissey HADN'T supported the killing of Trump, and HADN'T supported abuse of children, but her original headlines had already caused the damage. Oh, Juliane!




There really is nothing left to say about the Der Speigel interview. Those Morrissey fans who have decided to believe the sensational headlines, and who now spend all day every day chastising him, should just move away from The Mozziah, and get on with their lives without Morrissey. They will probably feel like it is a bereavement, but they have brought it upon themselves. If only they had opened their eyes.  Those of us who can see through the bullshit media, will continue to enjoy listening to Morrissey's music, will enjoy attending his concerts, and will enjoy reading his views on various subjects. The world is FULL of crashing bores.

And now to far more important matters, looking for that 'turquoise' reference, and watching the remainder of The Promise.

*Goes off singing* Oh, he said he'd cure your ills, but he didn't and he never will....and I'm not happy, and I'm not sad.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Day 2380 - Lists of the live

Since 'Jon the Con' mentioned on Sunday morning that the new Morrissey video for Jacky was a "loveletter to Blue Rose Soc.", and that there was an old MorrisseysWorld blog article that made mention of getting the band to dress in turquoise, I have been trying to find the MW article in question, but as yet I still haven't managed to find it. What I have found though, is an old MW article from August 2011, which states: "Operating through Youtube, Twotter and Blogger and Facebook, my intention is to be the new Justin Bieber." And here we are in 2017, and Morrissey now has an official Youtube channel, Twitter and Facebook - who's have thunk it? The blogger account remains somewhat, unofficial! My search for all things turquoise continues.

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THE NEW BIEBER

As I mentioned in Sunday's blog, on Saturday I decided to go through the set lists of all seventeen Morrissey/Smiths concerts I've attended, and make a list of every song I had ever seen Moz sing live. I then decided to make a list of all the Morrissey songs that I haven't ever seen live. I was rather surprised to find that there are more songs that I haven't seen/heard, than I actually have.

In total I have seen 145 songs, of which 138 are Morrissey compositions, and seven are covers. This list of 145 includes two songs - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others and Sorry Doesn't Help - which I  didn't technically see, and actually heard them from outside the venue at Great Yarmouth, as I had been ejected for invading the stage during I Keep Mine Hidden....an invasion which resulted in me rather unceremoniously grabbing Morrissey's left knee as I lay face down on the stage.

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MORRISSEY HEADING UP GREAT YARMOUTH PIER IN MAY 2009, WHERE HE WOULD THEN ENCOUNTER A LUNGING RAT

I forgot to mention in my blog entry of last Sunday, that whilst in the toilets of The Wrong Arms on Saturday night, Morrissey asked me if there were any songs that I would particularly like to hear live. I said that there were - plenty - and that I would list them, so I have highlighted them in my list of the songs that I haven't seen/heard live - there are SEVENTY SIX! As old Mozzer reckons he plays an average of, "40 masterpieces" per show, he should be able to get all seventy six shoe-horned into the two shows that I'll be attending in March....or maybe not! I'd settle for just hearing songs from Low In High School, although if one or two others from my list of seventy six were to be included, it would certainly be a lovely gift, and also something to add to the 'Coincidence List'. Roll on March.

Whilst on the subject of Low In High School, Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage was released on 7 inch vinyl last Friday, with the b side being a live recording of You'll Be Gone from Hammersmith Apollo, which I was there to hear.



Right then, I'm off to watch Part Three of The Promise, and then tonight I'm heading to Bournemouth to see the marvellous Shed Seven. I watched Part Two of The Promise last night, and it was just as gripping as the first episode. I haven't, as yet, seen any obvious links to any of the four Israel related songs on Low In High School, but maybe something will hit me in the final two episodes.

Here are those lists:

SONGS THAT I HAVE SEEN/HEARD LIVE
(Cover songs marked with an *) 

1. Action Is My Middle Name (London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Ed Sullivan Theatre NYC 2013, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
2. All The Lazy Dykes (RFH London 2004)
3. All You Need Is Me (Roundhouse 2008, Bergen 2016)
4. Alma Matters (London Forum 1999, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
5. Alsatian Cousin (Ally Pally 1992, RAH 2002)
6. Ask (Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009)
7. Asleep (London O2 2014)
8. At Last I Am Born (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006)
9. Barbarism Begins At Home (Portsmouth 1985)
10. Because Of My Poor Education (Salisbury 2009)
11. Bigmouth Strikes Again (Earls Court 2004)
12. Billy Budd (Portsmouth 1995, London Forum 1999, Roundhouse 2008)
13. Black Cloud (Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009, Manchester Arena 2012, BAM 2013)
14. Boxers (Portsmouth 1995)
15. The Boy Racer (London Forum 1999)
16. Break Up The Family (London Forum 1999)
17. The Bullfighter Dies (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
18. Cemetry Gates (Salisbury 2009)
19. Certain People I Know (Ally Pally 1992)
20. Come Back To Camden (London Palladium 2011)
21. Death At One's Elbow (Salisbury 2009)
22. Death Of A Disco Dancer (Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009)
23. Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice (RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004)
24. Earth Is The Loneliest Planet (London O2 2014)
25. Everyday Is Like Sunday (RAH 2002, London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, BAM 2013, London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
26. The Father Who Must Be Killed (Portsmouth 2006)
27. First Of The Gang To Die (RAH 2002, RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004, Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth - from outside having been ejected, Salisbury 2009, London Palladium 2011, BAM 2013)
28. Friday Mourning (Earls Court 2004)
29. Ganglord (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Salisbury 2009, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
30. Girl Least Likely To (Ally Pally 1992)
31. Girlfriend In A Coma (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Gt Yarmouth 2009)
32. Glamorous Glue (Ally Pally 1992)
33. Hairdresser On Fire (London Forum 1999, RAH 2002)
34. Hand In Glove (Portsmouth 1985)
35. Handsome Devil (Portsmouth 1985)
36. Have-A-Go Merchant (Portsmouth 1995, Bergen 2016)
37. The Headmaster Ritual (Portsmouth 1985, RFH London 2004)
38. He Knows I'd Love To See Him (Ally Pally 1992)
39. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Portsmouth 1985)
40. Hold On To Your Friends (Portsmouth 1995)
41. How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? (RFH London 2004, Gt Yarmouth 2009)
42. How Soon Is Now? (Portsmouth 1985, Earls Court 2004, Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
43. I Have Forgiven Jesus (RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004)
44. I Just Want To See The Boy Happy (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Roundhouse 2008)
45. I Keep Mine Hidden (Gt Yarmouth 2009 - ejected half-way through for stage invading)
46. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday (Ally Pally 1992, RFH London 2004)
47. I Know It's Over (London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013)
48. I Like You (RAH 2002, Earls Court 2004)
49. I Want The One I Can't Have (Portsmouth 1985, RAH 2002, London Palladium 2011)
50. I Will See You In Far-off Places (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Manchester Arena 2012, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
51. I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now (London Palladium 2006)
52. I'm Not A Man (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015)
53. I'm Not Sorry (RFH London 2004)
54. I'm OK By Myself (Gt Yarmouth 2009 - from outside having been ejected, Salisbury 2009)
55. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris (Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009, London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013, London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
56. In The Future When All's Well (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006)
57. Irish Blood, English Heart (RAH 2002, RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004, Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009, London Palladium 2011, Long Island 2013, Bournemouth 2015, Bergen 2016)
58. Is It Really So Strange? (London Forum 1999, Salisbury 2009)
59. Istanbul (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
60. It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small (Bergen 2016)
61. Jack The Ripper (Ally Pally 1992, Portsmouth 1995, RAH 2002, Bergen 2016)
62. Kick The Bride Down The Aisle (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015)
63. The Kid's A Looker (London Palladium 2011)
64. Kiss Me A Lot (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
65. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys (Roundhouse 2008)
66. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (London Forum 1999, Earls Court 2004, Manchester Arena 2012)
67. Late Night, Maudlin Street (RAH 2002)
68. Let Me Kiss You (RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004, Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Gt Yarmouth 2009, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013, Bergen 2016)
69. Life Is A Pigsty (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006)
70. Little Man, What Now? (RAH 2002)
71. The Loop (Ally Pally 1992, Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009 - from outside having been ejected, Salisbury 2009)
72. Lost (London Forum 1999)
73. Maladjusted (Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
74. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed (Roundhouse 2008, Hammersmith 2015)
75. Meat Is Murder (Portsmouth 1985, London Forum 1999, RAH 2002, London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013, London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
76. Mexico (RAH 2002)
77. Miserable Lie (Portsmouth 1985)
*78. Moonriver (Portsmouth 1995)
79. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get (Portsmouth 1995, Earls Court 2004)
80. Munich Air Disaster 1958 (Earls Court 2004)
81. The National Front Disco (Ally Pally 1992, Portsmouth 1995)
82. Neal Cassady Drops Dead (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015)
*83. No One Can Hold A Candle To You (RFH 2004)
84. November Spawned A Monster (Ally Pally 1992, London Forum 1999, Earls Court 2004, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
85. Now My Heart Is Full (Portsmouth 1995, London Forum 1999)
86. Nowhere Fast (Portsmouth 1985)
87. Oboe Concerto (Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
88. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell (Roundhouse 2008, Salisbury 2009, London Palladium 2011, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
89. One Of Our Own (Bournemouth 2015)
90. Ouija Board, Ouija Board (London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
91. Panic (London Palladium 2006)
92. People Are The Same Everywhere (Manchester Arena 2012, BAM 2013)
93. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (Manchester Arena 2012, BAM 2013)
94. The Queen Is Dead (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015)
95. Reader Meet Author (London Forum 1999)
*96. Redondo Beach (Earls Court 2004)
97. Reel Around The Fountain (Portsmouth 1985)
98. Roy's Keen (London Forum 1999)
99. Rubber Ring (RFH London 2004)
100. Rusholme Ruffians (Portsmouth 1985)
*101. Satellite Of Love (London Palladium 2011)
102. Scandinavia (London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Bergen 2016)
102. Seasick, Yet Still Docked (Gt Yarmouth 2009)
103. Shakespeare's Sister (Portsmouth 1985, RFH London 2004)
104. Shoplifters Of The World Unite (Portsmouth 1995, Earls Court 2004, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
105. Sister I'm A Poet (Ally Pally 1992, RAH 2002, Roundhouse 2008)
106. Smiler With Knife (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015)
+107. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Gt Yarmouth 2009 - from outside having been ejected)
108. Something Is Squeezing My Skull (Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009)
+109. Sorry Doesn't Help (Gt Yarmouth 2009 - from outside having been ejected)
110. Speedway (Portsmouth 1995, London Forum 1999, RAH 2002, London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013, London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
111. Spring-Heeled Jim (Portsmouth 1995)
112. Staircase At The University (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
113. Still Ill (Portsmouth 1985, Portsmouth 2006, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
114. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (London Palladium 2006, Roundhouse 2008, Bournemouth 2015)
115. Stretch Out And Wait (Roundhouse 2008)
*116. Subway Train (As an intro to other songs) (RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004)
117. Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference (Ally Pally 1992, RFH London 2004)
118. Suedehead (Ally Pally 1992, RAH 2002, London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
119. Sweet And Tender Hooligan (Long Island 2013)
120. Teenage Dad On His Estate (Salisbury 2009)
121. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (Portsmouth 1985)
122. That's How People Grow Up (Roundhouse 2008)
123. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (RAH 2002, RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004, London Palladium 2011)
124. This Charming Man (Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009)
*125. To Give (The Reason I Live) (Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013)
126. To Me You Are A Work Of Art (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006)
127. Tomorrow (London Forum 1999, Roundhouse 2008)
128. Trouble Loves Me (London Forum 1999, Portsmouth 2006, London O2 2014)
129. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful (Ally Pally 1992)
130. We'll Let You Know (Ally Pally 1992, Portsmouth 1995)
131. What She Said (Portsmouth 1985, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015)
132. Whatever Happens, I Love You (Portsmouth 1995)
133. When Last I Spoke To Carol (Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009, Manchester Arena 2012)
134. Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself? (Portsmouth 1995, Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009)
135. William, It Was Really Nothing (Portsmouth 1985)
136. The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores (RAH 2002, RFH London 2004, Earls Court 2004, Roundhouse 2008, Gt Yarmouth 2009, Salisbury 2009, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
137. World Peace Is None Of Your Business (London O2 2014, Bournemouth 2015, Hammersmith 2015, Bergen 2016)
138. Yes, I Am Blind (Hammersmith 2015)
139. You Have Killed Me (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013, Bergen 2016)
140. You Know I Couldn't Last (Earls Court 2004)
*141. You'll Be Gone (Hammersmith 2015)
142. The Youngest Was The Most Loved (Portsmouth 2006, London Palladium 2006, Long Island 2013)
143. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side (Ally Pally 1992, London Forum 1999)
144. You're The One For Me, Fatty (Ally Pally 1992, Portsmouth 1995, London Palladium 2011, Manchester Arena 2012, Long Island 2013, BAM 2013)
145. You've Got Everything Now (Portsmouth 1985)

SONGS THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN/HEARD LIVE
(The ones that I would dearly love to see are in bold)

1. Accept Yourself (Not played live since 1983)
2. All The Young People Must Fall In Love
3. Ambitious Outsiders (Not played live since 1997)
4. America Is Not The World (Not played live since 2004)
5. Ammunition (Never played live)
6. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together (Not played live since 1991)
7. Art-hounds (Only played live once, in 2011)
8. Asian Rut (Not played live since 1991)
9. At Amber (Not played live since 2002)
10. Back To The Old House
11. Bengali In Platforms (Never played live)
12. Best Friend On The Payroll (Not played live since 2009)
13.  Black-eyed Susan (Never played live)
14. Blue Dreamers Eyes (New song - not yet heard anywhere)
15. Born To Hang (Never played live)
16. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
17. Brow Of My Beloved (New song - not yet heard anywhere)
18. Children In Pieces (Never played live)
19. Christian Dior (Never played live)
20. Dagenham Dave
21. Dear God, Please Help Me
22. Dial-A-Cliché (Never played live)
23. Diana Dors (New song - not yet heard anywhere)
24. Disappointed
25. Do Your Best And Don't Worry
26. Drag The River (Never played live)
27. Driving Your Girlfriend Home (Not played live since 1991)
28. The Edges Are No Longer Parallel (Not played live since 1999)
29. Fantastic Bird
30. Forgive Someone (Never played live)
31. Found, Found, Found (Never played live)
32. Frankly Mr Shankly
33. Get Off The Stage (Never played live)
34. Girl Afraid
35. The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel (Never played live)
36. Good Looking Man About Town
37. Half A Person
38. Hand That Rocks The Cradle
39. Happy Lovers At Last United (Never played live)
40. The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye (Never played live)
41. He Cried (Never played live)
42. Heir Apparent (Only played live once, in 2000)
43. Home Is A Question Mark
44. Honey You Know Where To Find Me (Never played live)
45. I Am Hated For Loving
46. I Am Two People (Never played live)
47. I Bury The Living (Never played live)
48. I Can Have Both
49. I Couldn't Understand Why People Laughed (New song - not yet heard)
50. I'd Love To (Never played live)
51. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me (Never played live)
52. I Don't Owe You Anything
53. I Knew I Was Next (Never played live)
54. I Know Very Well How I Got My Name (Never played live)
55. (I'm) The End Of The Family Line (Not played live since 1991)
56. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
57. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
58. I Wish You Lonely
59. I Won't Share You (Never played live)
60. If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
61. In Your Lap (Never played live)
62. I'm Playing Easy To Get (Only played live once, in 2004)
63. Interesting Drug
64. Israel (Never played live)
65. It's Not Your Birthday Anymore (Only played live once, in 2009)
66. Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage
67. Jeane (Not played live since 1985)
68. Journalists Who Lie (Never played live)
69. Julie In The Weeds (Never played live)
70. King Leer (Not played live since 1991)
71. Kit (Never played live)
72. Lazy Sunbathers (Never played live)
73. Let The Right One Slip In
74. Lifeguard On Duty (Never played live)
75. Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning (Never played live)
76. London
77. Lover To Be (New song - not yet heard anywhere)
78. Lucky Lisp
79.  Margaret On The Guillotine (Never played live)
80. Michael's Bones (Never played live)
81. Mountjoy
82. Mute Witness (Not played live since 1991)
83. My Dearest Love
84. My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye
85. My Love, I'd Do Anything For You
86. My Love Life
87. Never Had No One Ever
88. The Never Played Symphonies
89. Nobody Loves Us
90. Noise Is The Best Revenge (Never played live)
91. Now I Am A Was
92. Oh Phoney (Never played live)
93. Oh Well, I'll never Learn (Never played live)
94. On The Streets I Ran (Not played live since 2006)
95. The Operation (Not played live since 1995)
96. The Ordinary Boys (Never played live)
97. Oscillate Wildly (Never played live)
98. Our Frank (Not played since 1991)
99. Paint A Vulgar Picture (Not played since 1997)
100. Papa Jack (Never played live)
101. Pashernate Love (Not played live since 1991)
102. Piccadilly Palare  (Not played live since 1992)
103. Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (Never played live)
104. Pregnant For The Last Time (Not played live since 1991)
105. Pretty Girls Make Graves
106. The Public Image (Never played live)
107. A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
108. Safe, Warm Lancashire Home (Never played live)
109. Satan Rejected My Soul (Not played live since 1997)
110. Shame Is The Name (Never played live)
111. Sheila Take A Bow (Only played live once, in 2012)
112. Sing Your Life (Not played live since 1991)
113. The Slum Mums (Never played live)
114. Sorrow Will Come In The End (Never played live)
115.  Southpaw (Never played live)
116. Spent The Day In Bed
117. Striptease With A Difference (Never played live)
118. Suffer Little Children (Only played live once, in 1982)
119. Sunny
120. A Swallow On My Neck
121. Sweetie-Pie (Never played live)
122. The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
123. Teresa, Teresa (2007 song. Never played live - not yet heard anywhere)
124. There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends (Not played live since 1991)
125. There Speaks A True Friend (Never played live)
126. These Things Take Time (Not played live since March 1 1985 - 2 days before I saw The Smiths)
127. This Is Not Your Country (Never played live)
128. This Night has Opened My Eyes (Not played live since 1986)
129. This Song Doesn't End When It's Over (New song - not yet heard anywhere)
130. Tony The Pony (Never played live)
131. Treat Me Like A Human Being (Never played live)
132. Unhappy Birthday (Never played live)
133. Unloveable (Never played live)
134. Used To Be A Sweet Boy (Not played live since 1995)
135. Vicar In A Tutu
136. Well I Wonder (Never played live)
137. What Difference Does It Make? (Not played live since 1984)
138. When I Was Young (2007 song. Never played live - not yet heard anywhere)
139. When You Open Your Legs
140. Who Will Protect Us From The Police?
141. Wide To Receive (Not played live since 1997)
142. Will Never Marry
143. Wonderful Woman (Not played since 1984)
144. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby
145. You Must Please Remember (Never played live)
146. You Should Have Been Nice To Me (Never played live)
147. You've Had Her (Never played live)
148. You Were Good In Your Time (Never played live)

And as if there weren't already enough lists and stats for one day, here is......

THE WRONG ARMS CHART

1. YOU'LL BE GONE (LIVE IN LONDON 2015) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cToLKtHv9ng

2. JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE STAGE - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZuB5TWrSv4

3. IN YOUR LAP - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jumNAMAy3M

4. TROUBLE LOVES ME (LIVE IN LONDON 2014) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L9W-27XWEM

5. HOME IS A QUESTION MARK (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=er5j6tnhpis

6. ISRAEL - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCKjotJEWjo

7. HOW SOON IS NOW? (LIVE IN LONG ISLAND 2013) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAweuiHZQN0

8. IT'S HARD TO WALK TALL WHEN YOU'RE SMALL (LIVE IN BERGEN 2016) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=issfdiq16p8

9. YES, I AM BLIND (LIVE IN SANTA ANA 2014) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sTDWGqBdfo

10. HAVE-A-GO MERCHANT (LIVE IN BERGEN 2016) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hWMv6vWtck

11. WHO WILL PROTECT US FROM THE POLICE (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 7) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTHS-KuH6Ms

12. NOBODY LOVES US (LIVE IN LONDON 1995) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqCTvimkPz4

13. I KNOW IT'S OVER (LIVE IN MANCHESTER 2012) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4U0IZ4q8TA

14. OBOE CONCERTO (LIVE IN LONDON 2015) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gxhiemV8A

15. STILL ILL (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2012) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPqwwA0ZQiQ

16. LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME (LIVE IN SINGAPORE 2012) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwJjeUMvbww

17. I'M NOT A MAN (LIVE IN BOURNEMOUTH 2015) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_e5PKxZXrg

18. I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE - PETULA CLARK (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWTun8B1lHg

19. NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH - SPARKS (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haf5s0b--zw

20. MUNICH AIR DISASTER 1958 (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (DOWN 13) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQ5gV7Twjg

21. LET ME KISS YOU (LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD 2017) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=UEwBOl9IOW4

22. THAT'S ALRIGHT MAMA (1968 COMEBACK SPECIAL) - ELVIS PRESLEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJd-av4HgRw

23. THE BULLFIGHTER DIES (SPOKEN VERSION) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=OrQTxeLPMEg

24. COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU - FRANÇOISE HARDY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7wIzUOaJ4I

25. ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS SONG - GERALDINE MCQUEEN (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2A-wYBDRv4

26. THESE DAYS - NICO (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTb4404YOFg

27. EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY (LIVE IN HELSINKI 2014) - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSpWK19XscQ

28. SURFIN' BIRD (LIVE) - THE CRAMPS (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb1bTiu4fW4

29. COWBOYS AND ANGELS - GEORGE MICHAEL (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTCJIrHiue4

30. BODY TALK - IMAGINATION (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KnYAVjraEo

Monday, 11 December 2017

Day 2379 - Oesophagus found

Yesterday I wrote that 'Jon the Con' had left a couple of comments on FTM, the first one informing us that an old MorrisseysWorld blog entry had made mention of Mozzer getting his band to dance in turquoise - as they are in the new Jacky video - and the second comment mentioning that Barrett's oesophagus was mentioned in an old MW blog article before the condition had ever been made public.

As yet, I haven't managed to find the 'turquoise' reference, but Our Heather has managed to find the article that mentioned the oesophagus, albeit that there is no mention of old Barrett.

It was January 31st 2013 that Morrissey first made it public that his oesophagus was being treated, but 'coincidentally', there was an MW article nine days earlier (January 22nd 2013) titled, 'Why I Love 'Years of Refusal' by Broken' which mentioned 'oesophagus' in the opening sentence. I wrote about this 'coincidence' on FTM Day 510 (February 5th 2013), but I had completely forgotten about it until Jon the Con mentioned it.... well, it was nearly five years ago. We forget so much, but then again, SO MUCH happens around here, it is easy to forget.

The 'Why I love YOR' article wasn't reproduced in full on Day 510, but I have found a full copy in my secret drawers, so here it is (sorry about the light type, but it was white writing on the MorrisseysWorld blog):

TUESDAY, 22 JANUARY 2013


Why I love Years of Refusal

Why I love 'Years of Refusal' by Broken




Some albums help you through a particular period; some push hay down your oesophagus; others slip away like dusky green needles from tall, wispy Scots pines. Years of Refusal helped me through.

2009 was a desperate time. I had nothing except obligations and no one but myself. The Sadness I felt was beyond melancholy, despair, or apathy, and it was beyond mere medical assistance. I was a walking coma with a smile on my face. The Sadness squeezed my spirit into one small corner of my mind, like a needle of conscious unwilling, and warped everything I touched and everything I held, which was nothing at all. 

Music was the one escape; the 'get out of jail free' card for my restless, screaming heart. Those cold mornings, when the breeze ate into my cheeks and sucked the life out of my lungs, never gave way to the candle of the afternoon. I walked, and I walked, and I walked. I walked to the tube station and sat on a bench. I breathed like a man with broken ribs. Tears fell but no one could see them, no one could smell them, and no one - not even I - could taste them until my eyes were cracked windows of safety glass

North London was grey and concreted with pitiless efficiency. The skies seemed barely to offer the hope of rain, let alone a beautiful ray of sunshine; they seemed to be little more than an extension of local planning regulations. Cars beeped. Trains whirred and rattled. The human spirit forgot itself and acquiesced.

Years of Refusal was injected directly into my ears, bypassing the usual acoustic filters. The first moment was vital: something is squeezing my skull, something I cannot describe, there is no hope in modern life. A cat stalked a starling and pounced on thin air. The sentiment awoke me. It made me smile. Finally a truthful song.

Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed floored me. The spite in Morrissey's voice reassured me just as the doomed romance frightened me. This was love MY WAY. Bailiffs with bad breath, I will slit their throats for you. Life is nothing much to lose. It was clear to me already that this album was more than a collection of songs: it was a home for the emotionally bankrupt, impoverished and disabled; it was a love letter from a man with no heart to persons hoping quite soon to join him; it was a suicide note written in blue ball-point pen as a tasteless joke during another drunken birthday afternoon alone. It seemed just then that the perfect album had been born. It was, of course, far from perfect; however it kept me company during those sad nights and listless days without forcing me, like most music these days does, to forget precisely who and what I am.

It dawned on me quite suddenly that no other artist in pop history could have opened an album with these two songs. 

Black Cloud tested my patience and the final two songs drained away my joy, such that I quite soon stopped the album after track ten, where God probably intended it to end. But the first ten songs are an album of shocking truth, romantic, loveless, hopeless optimism and flower-like simplicity. Only - the flower got sprayed with black ink (or was it blue?). 

When I listened in the dead of night in my festering bedroom, I sighed and wished to be anyone else but who I was. I felt a void, which filled my heart and emptied my mind and took me to that emotional tenement block called togetherness, for many of us are quite hideously alone, and togetherness is something tall and high in the sky, without charm or freedom. Many of us have nobody and will never have anybody or any body. We few beautiful-ugly cripples hide from the light of the Sun and pray for the pouring rain. We are Morrissey's Home Crowd. 

We cheered and sang his name and watched him storm off stage in Liverpool and we were glad. We were glad that Morrissey was brave enough to be Morrissey. 

I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris was that camomile smile rippling like distant thunder under nicotine eyes: it drove us through the city of Paris at between 3 am and 4 am on a scooter. We saw the stone, the steel, the mad poets and the sullen prostitutes. 

It's Not Your Birthday Anymore and You Were Good In Your Time sighed like an unexpected kiss in that long tunnel (do you remember?) and contained a Gulag of loneliness. It's Not Your Birthday was that little red light I used to see in my childhood bedroom when I played the songs I loved in the dark-smothering-dark of an early night in the bottom bunk. The words comforted me and they seemed to caress me with an empty hand. 

Soon I was transported to a northern village, just walking round and around. I listened still. I walked in the snow and wondered what would become of me.

Without Years of Refusal, 2009 would have been the worst year of my life. Instead, the album helped me find a certain beauty in my predicament and taught me that suffering can be lifelong. We need to kiss it and seduce it and learn to adore the intimacy ofhaving ourselves. It is, after all, a miracle that we are anything at all; why, then, does it often feel like a curse?

I apologise from the bottom of my heart for this stream-of-consciousness rant. I just wanted to say to Morrissey that WE STILL LOVE YOU, WE STILL NEED YOU, WE STILL CARE. SOME OF US HAD NO PARENTS, NO FRIENDS AND NO HOPE. YOU GAVE US SOME HOPE.

Years of Refusal is my favourite Morrissey or Smiths album. It stands with The Queen is Dead, Viva Hate and You are the Quarry as his most beautiful work.

May I just say that I want to hold someone's hand tonight? 

THERE IS A BLUE ROSE IN THE FIELD THAT WANTS HIS FINGERS UPON ITS STEM.

'Broken'

Thank you to Broken who submitted this short review on 20.01.2013 at 4.21 pm.

In other news, this morning I watched the first episode in the four part series, The Promise, which I wrote about yesterday. I was totally gripped from the very start, and sobbing within ten minutes. I can't wait to watch the second episode either later this evening or tomorrow.
I am sure that Morrissey has pointed me towards The Promise because it was the influence for one or more of the songs on Low In High School, and when I tweeted words to this extent earlier today, Morrissey (as Morfessa) favourited my tweet. If nothing else, The Promise is helping me understand more about the history and complexities of Israel.

In other, other news, Morrissey has taken to Facebook to make a statement about his recent interview with Der Spiegel:



Tomorrow I shall publish my concert lists.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Day 2378 - The Promise(s)

I had quite a lot of spare time on my hands yesterday, so I decided to create a list of all the songs I had seen Morrissey sing live, and also a list of the ones I hadn't seen; including the ones that I would really like to see/hear. When I had completed my list, I tweeted to ask my followers how many songs they thought I had seen, giving the following options:

A) 85
B) 95
C) 105
D) 135
E) 145
F) 165
G) 205



Only a couple of people bothered to humour me by having a guess, but there is a reason I am mentioning it here. I shall explain why later.

Meanwhile, both the Morrissey show in Boston, and tonight's scheduled headline performance at KROQ have been cancelled due to the ongoing illness within Camp Moz, so the US tour is now officially over. Blue Rose was not accomplished in 2017, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the BRS is over, and in fact a comment left on my previous blog entry earlier today, has given me the impression that the BRS is not only very much alive, but has received a BIG nod in Morrissey's video for Jacky's Only Happy - more about that later too. I for one will attempt to get a blue rose to Morrissey at both Brighton and London in March.
Image result for blue rose on stage morrissey mozziah

As to whether or not it is Morrissey himself who is ill, or one of the other members of the band, we do not know, although if Moz is ill, the good news is, he definitely isn't laying in a coma somewhere, and he still has the ability to laugh. How do I know that? Well, let me explain.

Last night, old Mozzer paid a visit to The Wrong Arms, and after a brief exchange in the public bar, we sidled off together, and continued our chat in the private, and rather squashed compounds of a toilet cubicle. I can't give the full transcript of our conversation because: A) Part of the conversation needs to remain private - at least for now, although I am hoping all may be able to be revealed next week if a certain someone keeps a promise they have made, and B) Much of the transcript has been deleted, without me having copied it - I had NO IDEA that The Arms had employed a cleaner - how annoying.


THE WRONG ARMS REST ROOM - PRE-CLEAN UP

The reason Moz appeared in The Arms was because Twitter user, @YouAreTheMeadow, had brought to my attention the following Morfessa tweet from June 26th: "I dedicate track 8 to @TheRatsBack".
I wrote about this tweet on Day 2213 of FTM. It was in relation to Dawn's album track list (see FTM Day 2206 ). I have no idea why YouAreTheMeadow decided to retweet that tweet of June 26th, but having been reminded of it, I tweeted Morfessa to ask, "So, the real track 8 is The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel - is it still dedicated to me?"

Morfessa replied, "The real Track 8 from where?". I wittingly (?!) replied, "Lou In High Heels", and got the not-amused reply of, "Hilarious". I could tell that Morrissey was in no mood for a half-witted rat, and tweeted to tell him as much. He replied by saying, "Half-cut rat would be preferable". It was nearing midnight, so I decided that as Moz was in no mood for me, I would head to bed.

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Just as I was about to turn off my iPhone for the night,  I saw that Morfessa had replied to another of my tweets, the one in which I asked people to guess how many songs I had seen live. Morfessa had guessed, "365". Even with cover versions, Morrissey hasn't sung 365 different songs live in his entire career, let alone in the seventeen concerts I've attended, so I tweeted, "I haven't been camping outside your shower, you know", to which he retorted, "I'd be very afraid to drop the soap if that was the case." I immediately hit back with, "Rubbish, you'd be dropping it on purpose".

My flirting obviously worked, because Moz grabbed me by the Heinz baked beans, and whisked me into those toilets, where he announced, "That made me laugh out loud." 

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He then asked how many songs I had seen live, and wanted to know if I would be publishing the list. I replied that I would publish the list on Sunday, but actually, now that I am writing this blog entry, I will publish it tomorrow instead. I asked Morrissey to guess how many songs he thought I had seen in the seventeen concerts. I pointed out that; Irish Blood, First of the gang, Paris and How Soon is Now had all been played at least ten times each. Morrissey's reply made me laugh out loud:

"I average 40 masterpieces each with engaging and topical audience participation between each."

He then added, "Are you including the Letterman show in this? He was a fat ugly cunt. I couldn't bare him. Well I'd like to say 205 songs. But I fear I could be grossly incorrect."

I replied, "Yes, grossly over. 145", and got the reply, "The average isn't looking good is it?"

Moz then asked, "Do you watch TV. I can recommend something of interest". He then posted this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Promise_(2011_TV_serial) with the words, "I believe it is available on UK telly."

He then felt the need to correct himself, tweeting the word, "Tele", and then disappeared. What's wrong with "telly"?

The link is to a four part TV series from 2011 called The Promise. It is based in Israel, with two stories, one set in the 1940s and one in modern time. Could this series be the influence for one or more of those Israel/Tel-Aviv tracks on Low In High School? The programme is available on the Channel 4 website, so I now have to find five hours to watch it. I shall start tomorrow.

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CHRISTIAN COOKE - LEN IN THE PROMISE. DESCRIBED BY WRITER/DIRECTOR PETER KOSMINSKY AS A '"JAMES DEAN TYPE GUY".

And finally,  another of the (presumed) Morrissey pessoa's, Jon the ConMorrissey theorist, took to FTM at 11.40am (3.30am LA time/6.40am New York time/Goodness knows what Morrissey time) today and posted this:

Jackys Only Happy video seems to be a loveletter to "Blue Rose Soc." 

Red/blue lighting references Twin Peaks 

The dancers do v signs over their eyes referencing MW blog 

One dancer is in a blue rose shirt 

The band wear turquoise shellsuits, as made famous by David Icke, another blog legend. 

The video is done in the "pop style" as the blog always said Moz wanted to steal Bieber's thunder. 

Th blog posted an article once in which MW said he would get "the lads" to dance in turquoise and hure backing dancers to break thr charts! 

Amazing 

Jon 



I had previously mentioned that I thought the Jacky video was a nod to Twin Peaks, but hadn't seen it as a "love letter to 'Blue Rose Soc."". WOW! It gives me the belief that the BRS lives. I now need to find that MorrisseysWorld article that mentioned the lads dancing in turquoise. Ws that really true?

Jon also added this:

Barretts oesophagus was even mentioned in an old blog article before anything became public... can anyone find it? 


Is this true too?

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Day 2374 - "Hidden recordings"

Last Thursday Morrissey (as @TrueMorfessa) tweeted, "Hidden recordings may surface oh so soon." There was no further clue as to what this could possibly mean, but yesterday I discovered that Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) have six new Morrissey/Boorer songs listed on their website.

The titles of the songs (and BMI reference numbers) are:
LOVER TO BE (25804753)
I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE LAUGHED (25804754)
BROW OF MY BELOVED (25804755)
DIANA DORS (25804756)
BLUE DREAMERS EYES (25804759)
THIS SONG DOESN'T END WHEN IT'S OVER (25804760)

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DIANA DORS (SMITHS COVER STAR) IN THE FILM YIELD TO THE NIGHT, WHICH DEBUTED ON MY FAVOURITE TV STATION, TALKING PICTURES TV ON MONDAY NIGHT AND IS BEING SHOWN AGAIN THIS COMING SUNDAY AT 10PM

It initially struck me as rather odd that there aren't Morrissey songs listed on BMI for numbers 25804757 and 25804758, but it could just be that another BMI employee was registering other songs on a different computer at the same time. Low In High School tracks don't have consecutive reference numbers either, so I would imagine they were registered at quite separate times. They are as follows:

I BURY THE LIVING (25447242)
GIRL FROM TEL AVIV WHO WOULDN'T KNEEL (25447724)
ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE MUST FALL IN LOVE (25447787)
SPENT THE DAY IN BED (25447798)
MY LOVE I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU (25447928)
WHO WILL PROTECT US FROM THE POLICE (25448177)
WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR LEGS (25448251)
ISRAEL (25448568)
IN YOUR LAP (25448629)
JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON STAGE (25449432)
I WISH YOU LONELY (25449488)

Rather interestingly, HOME IS A QUESTION MARK (7761019) is registered under it's original 2003 listing, with Alain Whyte as Morrissey's joint composer. There isn't a second listing for the new Morrissey/Lopez song.



Morrissey has a total of 305 listings on BMI, including two listings for HAIRDRESSER ON FIRE (516906), which is also listed as HAIR DRESSER ON FIRE (17360738).

STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE (1414118); which is registered to Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey, is also rather bizarrely listed as STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE (21086028) by John Martin Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey. Not all of the 305 Morrissey listings are songs that have been released, and they also include songs where other artists have sampled.

Morfessa took to Twitter yesterday at 11:18pm (UK time) and teasingly tweeted me to ask, "What does it mean?"

I can only presume that these are tracks for a deluxe version of Low In High School, but it would be strange for all six tracks to be Boz Boorer written songs, with none from any of the other members of the band....although actually, now I come to think about it, eight of the nine songs on the deluxe version of You Are The Quarry were written by Alain Whyte, so is it really so strange?
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In other news, Morrissey had been scheduled to appear on The Late Show yesterday, but it didn't happen - presumably due to the illness which cause the Philadelphia concert to be cancelled.

There is one date left on the US tour - in Boston tomorrow - plus a headline appearance at KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Christmas' on December 10th and a 'Saturday Session' at CBS on the 16th.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Day 2373 - Chart

The concert that was scheduled for yesterday evening in Philadelphia was cancelled due to illness.
I have nothing else to report.

Here is this week's charts. The first chart is once again the ten most viewed Morrissey clips uploaded  to Youtube in the past seven days. The second chart is the favourite songs of the BRS from the past week.

THE OFFICIAL YOUTUBE  CHART - DUE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE IN THE WRONG ARMS TODAY AT 2PM....BUT NO ONE CAME, SO IT WAS CANCELLED.

1. JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE STAGE (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (160,837 VIEWS IN 4 DAYS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51p58z8RyqI

2. SUEDEHEAD (LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjRCEhAexSA

3. HOW SOON IS NOW? (LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA1LoK-lcdc

4. WHO WILL PROTECT US FROM THE POLICE? (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS2tpUHLqwo

5. I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN'T FINISH (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTH3dB8kVEo

6. EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhVTfhZZd1Y

7. GLAMOROUS GLUE (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51p58z8RyqI&t=54s

8. TRUMPSHIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE (LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_-X-qXQMVI

9. MUNICH AIR DISASTER 1958 (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQ5gV7Twjg&t=12s

10. BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG (LIVE IN DETROIT 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVpVjXCeQLw&t=74s

THE WRONG ARMS CHART

1. HOME IS A QUESTION MARK (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8LzP0Nc5LY

2. JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE STAGE (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of8BiSoay48

3. I THINK I LOVE YOU/SUEDEHEAD (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFf4d6Dhk2I

4. WHO WILL PROTECT US FROM THE POLICE? (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017)  - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS2tpUHLqwo

5. I'M NOT SORRY (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgOGltX2Y9E

6. MY LOVE, I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNwbzsNi2Zs&t=104s

7. MUNICH AIR DISASTER 1958 (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQ5gV7Twjg

8. WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR LEGS (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Vj8O9-4s8

9. HOLD ON TO YOUR FRIENDS (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xQYiFr9Y3o

10. EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51tpc0IeggY

11. YOU'LL BE GONE (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-7tj31--Go

12. I WISH YOU LONELY (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q43nFL_UsPU

13. GLAMOROUS GLUE (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51p58z8RyqI

14. SPENT THE DAY IN BED (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=iQWKPi3uifQ

15. WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS (LIVE IN NEW YORK 2017) - MORRISSEY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUCh8-X_oW8&t=248s

16. I THINK I LOVE YOU - THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIDDEIWhuRU

17. LOST - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7qng4m8P9o

18. IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY - MARY LANGLEY (RE-ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNlL5rYWzNI

Monday, 4 December 2017

Day 2372 - Shrivelled and lost

At 12:45pm (New York time) on Saturday, Morrissey took to Twitter (as @TrueMorfessa) and tweeted:

"Make it happen in New York. Blue rose could and should be accepted. I want a front row full of roses."




WE WERE ON!

I excitedly took to Twitter myself, and tweeted, "If Morrissey doesn't accept a blue rose tonight I'll run around The Wrong Arms naked."

The thought of me naked obviously repelled old Mozzer, as he again took to Twitter at 5:32pm (NYC time) to reply, "I retract my first tweet now. There is no need to see a shrivelled and grotesquely bald male appendage."

I pointed out that I would only be naked if he DIDN'T accept a rose, and therefore asked that he accept one for everyone's sake, but at 7:51pm - just 50 minutes before he went on stage at Madison Square Garden - he responded with a rather blunt, "Do fuck off."
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Were we still on, or was that, "fuck off" more than just a bit of playful banter?

As I turned off my television set on Saturday night; having finished watching Saturday Night and Sunday Morning on my favourite TV channel, Talking Pictures TV, I headed up the wooden hill to bedfordshire, with two quotes spinning around in my head: the one from Morfessa about blue rose being accepted, plus this Albert Finney (as Arthur Seaton) one from the film I had just watched:

"But I'm not barmy, I'm a fighting pit prop that wants a pint of beer, that's me... but if any knowing bastard says that's me, I'll tell 'em I'm a dynamite dealer waiting to blow the factory to kingdom come - I'm me, and nobody else. Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody thing about me.... God knows what I am."




Would I wake up to find Morrissey had accepted a blue rose for the sixth successive year in a row, or would I wake up to find that he had been as unpredictable as ever, and had done exactly the opposite to what was expected?

I woke early on Sunday morning, and having first checked the score in The Ashes - which I wish I hadn't! - I began piecing together the events of the concert at Madison Square Garden.

It didn't take me long to realise that a blue rose hadn't been accepted, and what is more, Morrissey had worn a cardigan, yes, a fucking cardigan, which is the one thing in the world that our old nemesis, MerryAnne, loves more than anything in the world - what a fucking rotter!

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MORRISSEY IN A CARDIGAN AT THE MSG WITH HIS ANIMAL RIGHTS MILITIA....IT LOOKS LIKE THE BOYS HAVE BEEN DECORATING THE TOUR BUS!

Incidentally, I hadn't read old cardigan woman's blog for months and months, but having just read it whilst looking for that cardigan link, I see that Moz also shook MerryAnne's hand at the concert in Seattle - what a double fucking rotter! I guess if Morrissey has forgiven MerryAnne for denying him; which he obviously has, then who am I not to forgive and forget. MerryAnne is hereby unbanned from posting on FTM. Her blog is actually quite interesting....although a little too sycophantic, even for me.

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MERRYANNE - UNBANNED 

Back to Madison Square Garden. I contacted Father Brian to see if perhaps he hadn't been able to get close enough to Moz with his blue rose, but it transpires that during Spent the Day in Bed, Morrissey walked right over to where Brian and Kyle were stood, and despite the rose being virtually shoved up his nose, Morrissey ignored it, and instead shook hands with someone else.




So that's it - on Saturday night we got 'Unpredictable Moz' and not 'Blue Rose Accepted For the Sixth Year in a Row Moz'. Unless there is a miracle at one of the two remaining concerts on the US tour; at which no BRS members will be attending, then that run of roses being accepted will have come to an end. Astra told us on Friday that, "Everybody kills what they love most." Was this a warning that Morrissey was going to kill off the BRS? Is the BRS now dead? I guess we shall just have to wait for some sort of sign.

As for Saturday's concert, it was incredible - as Billboard agree. For once there is tons of Youtube footage, and there are many highlight songs, which for me were: You'll Be Gone, I Wish You Lonely, Glamorous Glue,  Jacky's Only Happy (which features Boz Boorer doing the dance from the video),  Munich Air Disaster 1958, Who Will Protect Us From The Police?, Hold On To Your Friends, World Peace, My Love, I'd Do Anything For You (with a rather humorous missed cue at the beginning), Astra's song - When You Open Your Legs - which we are informed is about, "human sexual love",  Everyday is Like Sunday (with the In Your Lap/Trouble piano intro and a stage invader), I'm Not Sorry, and my favourite of the night, Home is a Question Mark.

BRS President, Kyle, made it onto the stage with his blue rose in hand during the first encore song, Suedehead, but he was whisked away before Morrissey could see him or his rose. We will never know if Moz would have accepted it.


MORRISSEY SINGING SUEDEHEAD (WITH A NOD TO DAVID CASSIDY IN THE FORM OF A LITTLE BIT OF THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY'S I THINK I LOVE YOU SUNG A CAPPELLA AT THE START) - KYLE ENTERS THE STAGE AT 1 MIN 52 WITH HIS BLUE ROSE, JUST AS MORRISSEY IS EMBRACING ANOTHER FAN. BOTH KYLE AND THE ROSE ARE UNSEEN BY MOZ 



In other news, Morrissey continues to have things written about him by brain-dead luvvie 'lefties' who have completely and utterly bought into some mad notion that Morrissey has turned into a monster, whereas in reality all Morrissey has actually done of late, is what he has always done, i.e. question EVERYTHING.

Two of these brain-dead lefties are: former musician, Martin Rossiter - who I have previously written about - and some complete non-entity called, Michael Calderbank. Rossiter has again taken to Twitter to try and convince anyone who will listen, that Morrissey is racist - this time saying that Mozzer would have a problem with Meghan Markle because she is of mixed race! Rossiter has seriously lost the plot.  As for Calderbank, he is yet another of these former fans, who has decided that he needs to tell the world why he has denounced Morrissey, and has written an article for Red Pepper.

It isn't often that I agree with anyone who writes on the Morrissey-solo website, but this piece by someone called Daniel Maher; written in response to the Calderwank piece, is spot-on:

"I must say, I'm getting increasingly bored by all these identical 'I used to love Morrissey when he was fantasising about Margaret Thatcher having her head cut off, but now he has dared to say things not approved of by me, I hate him' articles.

Why should anyone be in the remotest bit interested if you have decided for whatever reason that you don't like a pop singer? That's your prerogative but it's not interesting to anyone but yourself, surely?  

Personally, I find the use of words like 'toxic' and 'problematic' to describe Morrissey's views, deeply sinister. Fair enough if you disagree with Morrissey, but there seems to be a vague suggestion that Morrissey is committing some kind of offence or wrong doing for what he says, and should be censured, silenced or otherwise shut down.

The indignation that a singer doesn't agree with what you think (even though perhaps they never did) is pathetic. Morrissey owed you nothing when you were a disaffected alienated adolescent, and he owes you nothing now. You have not been betrayed. Buy his records or don't. Go to his concerts or don't. Like him or don't. Agree with him or don't. No-one gives a toss."
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MICHAEL CALDERBANK

When someone else on Solo pointed out that all these anti-Moz articles seem to be plagiarising each other, and are just re-jigged, Maher added the following rather amusing observation, in the form of an anti-Moz article:

PROBLEMATIC BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN/GET OFF THE STAGE/HEAVEN KNOWS HE'S TOXIC NOW (choose one)  

By A. Bigbaby  

I used to like Morrissey when I was 16 and girls didn't fancy me. His songs about loneliness were obviously sung directly to me, for my benefit. When he was saying all sorts of crazy stuff that was sort of against the things I didn't much care for, I thought it was great! But these days I am a forty-something who works in the media and I have fully subscribed to a list of approved opinions on all sorts of things, like:  
UKIP - racists, and everyone who supports them also racists 
BREXIT - bad and everyone who voted for it is racist 
ISRAEL - Baddies. Everything to do with Israel is really bad. Shouldn't go there in case anyone thinks that you don't think it's bad. 
ANYONE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL IMPROPRIETY - is a criminal, who should be imprisoned, or at least have their career destroyed, regardless of the scale, context, or evidence. 
NOTIONS OF NATIONAL CULTURE - racist to even go there.  

It's true, Morrissey has said some things I like, like killing Donald Trump, that ones alright. But the fact that Morrissey, when asked about certain things, has chosen to express his own opinions that do not chime 100% with these above approved views has shocked me. I did listen to his album, and it's really good and he sounds great. But calling a song Israel is a personal insult to me and as such I'm throwing it in the bin. So there. 

And now I must go and throw Olympian by Gene in the bin.... except I won't, because it happens to be one of my favourite albums of all time, which I guess is why it hurts me to see Martin Rossiter lose Moz - it's the equivalent of a lifelong Pompey fan turning their back on Portsmouth, and going off to support Southampton. Hopefully, one day Martin will see what a fool he has been. It isn't his fault, he, like so many others, has been sucked-in by the media. Politics is also to blame, as it seems to me that once someone has decided that they are either 'left' or 'right', they lose all sense of balance and reason - it's all very sad to see. As for Michael Calderblank, he can go fuck himself, the illiterate cunt.



MORRISSEY WITH THE FORMER LEAD SINGER OF GENE, MARTIN ROSSITER, IN THE DAYS BEFORE ROSSITER BECAME LOST.

I don't have anything else to add today, other than to make mention of the fact that I have gained a new Twitter follower - it's a rare occurrence, usually the only Twitter activity I have is when people unfollow me. My new follower has the handle, @YouAretheMeadow. I have no idea who this person is, but this morning at 2.43am they tweeted this rather lovely tweet:

"You are the meadow. You are every flower in the meadow and the meadow."

This was followed up at 3.50am with:

"What I love most, I will cherish and protect until the non existing end."

And finally, it has been pointed out by a number of people that Morrissey's new video for Jacky's Only Happy is a clear nod to one of the pre-show videos that he has been playing at his concerts - It's The Same Old Song by the Four Tops. The main difference being, that the Four Tops didn't have those those lovely blue suits.








*Goes off singing* I wanted to be there with you, for I can only be normal with you, I, I've given my all for you....

*Changes song* So if I see you, and I tell you how I've watched you, don't make fun of me later, 'cause I'm just lost.

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