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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Day 2296 - "I am the voice"



NEW PHOTO - BY SAM RAYNER (ED - I'M LOVING THE ADDITION OF GERMAINE 'I LIKE THE C WORD' GREER'S NAME TO THE T-SHIRT)

This morning was a rather busy one in the world of Morrissey. Not only did we get the first radio plays of the new single, Spent the Day in Bed, but also: the pre-order bundles for the album were released on MPorium, the track titles of Low In High School were released to the public, and a lyric video of STDIB was uploaded to Youtube - The BMG promotion machine is in full swing.
What is more, yesterday evening the official Morrissey twitter account posted it's first tweets, but more about that later.

Spent the Day in Bed is a sing-along pop song with humour, a message and a link with MorrisseysWorld. Here are the lyrics:

Spent the day in bed
Very happy I did, yes
I spent the day in bed
As the workers stay enslaved
I spent the day in bed
I'm not my type but
I love my bed
And I recommend that you

Stop (stop) watching the news!
Because the news contrives to frighten you
To make you feel small and alone
To make you feel that your mind isn't your own

I spent the day in bed
It's a consolation when all my dreams are perfectly legal
In sheets for which I paid
I am now laid
And I recommend to all my friends that they

Stop (stop) watching the news!
Because the news contrives to frighten you
To make you feel small and alone
To make you feel that your mind isn't your own

Oh, time do as I wish
Time, do as I wish
Oh, time do as I wish
Time, do as I wish
Oh, time do as I wish
Time, do as I wish
Oh, time do as I wish
Do as I wish

I spent the day in bed
You can please yourself, but
I spent the day in bed
Pillows like pillars
Life ends in death
So there's nothing wrong with being good to yourself
Be good to yourself for once!

No bus, no boss
No rain, no train
No bus, no boss
No rain, no train
No bus, no boss
No rain, no train
No emasculation
No castration
No highway, freeway, motorway
No bus, no boss
No rain, no train
No bus, no boss
No rain no train
No bus, no boss
No rain, no train

The song begins with some light-fingered keyboard, which instantly made me think of Roxy Music's Editions of You, before then becoming all about the lyrics. I love the humorous throwaway line, "I'm not my type", and the line, "In sheets for which I paid, I am now laid" also made me titter.

The main message to the song is, Stop watching the news! The words, "make you feel that your mind isn't your own" have made me think of MorrisseysWorld, when Our Mozzer would post things about the Illuminati. And on that theme, BRS member, Jaz, recently posted on FTM that she thinks the reason there is an apparent full stop in the word 'Monarch.y' on the front of the Low In High School LP cover, is because Monarch is part of the New World Order. Could the repeated lyric in STDIB of, "Do as I wish, do as I wish, do as I wish" also be a nod to this Monarch mind control too?

As I write this, Spent the Day in Bed is at Number 111 in the UK iTunes Chart. The Official UK Singles Chart is all about streaming these days, and the majority of Morrissey fans aren't from the streaming generation, so even if STDIB was to shoot up the download chart, it still wouldn't touch the upper reaches of the main chart. A Top 100 placing would be a massive achievement in this day and age. SpentTheDayInBed has, however, been one of the highest trending topics on Twitter this morning, which just goes to show that a new Morrissey record is still BIG news. The single has also received rave reviews, including from the Telegraph and Times.

The 7" vinyl is to be released in late October... and will DEFINITELY go to No.1 in the Official UK Vinyl Chart. There is also a promo CD single, which I should have in my grubby mitts by the end of the week.


SPENT THE DAY IN BED LYRIC VIDEO - TOGETHER WITH A WINKING MAX, LYRICS WHICH SCROLL DOWN THE PLACARD, AND A CHOPPING AXE

Varying Low In High School bundles have been made available on MPorium, and I have purchased the 7" box set (all 12 tracks on six singles) + CD + Cassette. I will buy the actual LP from a record shop when it comes out... I still like the experience of such things! The titles of the 12 tracks are as follows:

1. My Love, I'd Do Anything For You
2. I Wish You Lonely
3. Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage
4. Home Is A Question Mark
5. Spent The Day In Bed
6. I Bury The Living
7. In Your Lap
8. The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel
9. All The Young People Must Fall In Love
10. When You Open Your Legs
11. Who Will Protect Us From The Police?
12. Israel

There is a T-shirt available with one of the bundles, that has My Love, I'd Do Anything For You written on it, so I am guessing that that particular song might be a single. There is also a Who Will Protect Us From The Police tee, so perhaps that will be a (controversial) single too.

I can't wait to hear all the songs, and am already trying to think what or who they could be about. For instance, is the Jacky who is only happy when she's up on the stage about the Irish singer, Jackie 'Jacky' 'Emma Rede' Lee? Our old friend, Kerry Boozey has contacted me this afternoon to say that the two Israel related titles have gotten her excited, mainly because she went to Tel Aviv this year on Mozzer's recommendation - a genuine coincidence, I'm sure.

The title Home Is A Question Mark has been around since the Quarry days. It was an Alain White composition, but as to whether or not it's that song, who knows. More recently, Moz used the term in a 2012 interview with me!

Also included in some of the Moz LP bundles on MPorium is a t-shirt with another boxer on - this time a German from the 1928 Olympics called Ernst Pistulla. Goodness knows where Moz finds these people!
Image result for ernst pistulla german boxer

Anyway, enough about the music, and more about Twitter.
The Official Moz twitter account (@officialmoz) now has 73,000 followers, and just hours after I wrote yesterday that the account would just be used to promote records and tours, it posted it's first two tweets.... to promote a record and a tour! Here are the tweets:

"Spent the day in bed..."

"OR WA CA AZ UT CO MO IL MI DC NY PA MA"

The use of the '...' at the end of the first tweet has made me wonder if Morrissey himself is typing the tweets, but today's tweet is definitely the work of the record company:

""Spent The Day In Bed" is yours by pre-ordering "Low In High School" https://morrissey.lnk.to/LiHSTW"

Meanwhile, the 'Proper and Real Tweeting Moz' is still with us, and has paid a couple of visits to The Wrong Arms in the past 24 hours, as AlfsButton. Alf has also set up a new Chatroom for us at Chatroll.Com/MorrisseysWorld, and has also collared me a couple of times in the toilets of The Arms. Here are his words:

YESTERDAY
(In reply to me tweeting that Official Moz was being run by the record company, and that his only official mouthpiece was Sam's Facebook page) "Rum c*nts"

(In reply to me tweeting to Alf that people were saying that the new official Moz account would finish off my lies) "Just like the last time? And all the other times? Truth is not a fallacy."

TODAY

"I've died once or twice. Such glorious failure."

(In reply to me asking if he felt alive today) "Why? What's happening that is so ridiculously special about today? Did Olly Murs release a new song?"

Related image

"New Morrissey album to be kept off the number one spot by an audio book of Joyce reading the court transcripts."

Alf also retweeted a tweet from Dan Abnormal (@nothappysad75) which linked to the Guardian's article about the new single. Alf has also taken to the comments section underneath the said article to, "right the wrongs of the misinformed", as he told me in the toilets. The comments are well worth reading, as Alf takes a swipe at Kasabian, plugs FTM, hints at a UK tour next year, and generally, well, rights the wrongs of the misinformed! Here are a couple of my favourites:

"In a world full of know-nothing popstar-nonstars I am the voice. I would rather have been a non-relevance for years than a non-relevance for my entire life. Goodbye Kaseem3000."

"Sometimes the most radical thing of all is saying anything at all."

(In reply to someone writing, "No rain, have you been somewhere else all summer?): "One has been holidaying abroad"

That's enough from me for one day. It's all starting to get rather exciting.

*Goes off singing* Spent the day in bed, very happy I did...

14 comments:

  1. I have to say I started smiling as soon as the intro started and the smile stayed there.

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  2. Wow, my head is still spinning from all the excitement today. I'm really loving the single and its message, and I agree that it's reminiscent of Roxy Music and MW. I think the main message of the song is very similar to that of MW, that we need to take control of our lives and minds, and stop allowing ourselves to be controlled by the media and others' expectations. I personally interpreted the 'time, do as I wish' lyric to be about us taking control of our time and lives rather than being enslaved to our jobs, but your illuminati interpretation is interesting too and it all ties in. I got quite a kick out of Alf's comments on the Guardian article - I'd love to see him do that more often. Now I wait with bated breath for tour dates to be announced and very impatient to hear more of the new material. What a day!

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    1. I didn't see your comment when I logged in. Seems we share that head spinning sensation!

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  3. Its been a head spinner of a day.
    It was lovely to feel the buzz & excitement on Twitter.

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  4. Also what a grand photo of Moz looking so well. Great T-shirt design.

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  5. Spent The Day In Bed is a thundering opening salvo by Our Moz from Low In High School. I'm thinking this Album is going to be a real stunner. Kudos to Joe Chiccarelli for helping to bring out the best in Mozza.

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  6. Do the bundle pre-order sales effect chart positions at all?
    What kind of B-sides can we expect?
    My head is full of questions.
    The song titles are what get me excited most of all, imagining their composition both lyrically and musically.
    I was holding my breath for a #14 only to laugh in relief that there wasn't one, maybe there never was one at all and someone was just being cheeky. Being cheeky is always useful.

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    1. Shame there is no track 14. Morfessa dedicated track 8 to me (from that track listing on Day 2206 - Tried Love (In order to become a man) ) but I'm happy to take the actual track 8... although I've never actually been to Tel Aviv!
      In answer to your question, yes bundle orders count towards the charts.

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  7. So excited I could die. Actually, no. I'm an immortal. Those who are ambivalent about death live forever. Nevertheless Morrissey has made me happy. One of the only people places or things that still hold the power to make me feel good inside.

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  8. Ditto what Heather said -well done my dear !

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  9. I keep thinking back to that WINK 30 second interview. At the end Morrissey says "my bed. I love my bed."

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  10. stuck in work as usual.. cant read thru yet

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    1. You should be spending the day in bed!

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  11. I have it on good authority (THERE IS NO SUCH THING, thanks MW) that this is the actual list of song titles:

    2) Patti, Bun, Pickle, And Cheese

    3) Spent The Night On Twitter In My Boxers

    4) Drinking Genderfluid

    5) I Knew A Boy From Chongqing Whom the Chinese Government Considered Barely More Than A Thing

    6) I Held A Buttercup To My Chin (And It Wilted)

    7) Who Is Responsible For The Creation Of The "M" In Cremation?


    P.S. In protest against the deplorable, almost conspiratorial lack of media attention given to Morrissey's latest best ever album, there is no Number 1.

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