News Archive :
Jan. 01-07, 1998
-Year-end award mentions
-More reports on The Jack Docherty Show
|Wednesday - Jan
|New York City
(Central Park) - tour info
Thanks to Jason Endicott, Naomi Colvin, Laura Kruter, Mike
Scalare, Shadi R. and Emily Sistek for their info/reviews/photos
on the Central Park show from Sept. 17. There was a lot of press coverage on this one.
"Trouble Loves Me" - #1 song of the year in
Morrissey is still indie? From John Bug:
"Trouble Loves Me" was named the number one song of the year by Dallass
94.5 The Edge. It was the number one song on the indie radio show. The number 16 song on
the regular radio "Top 100 songs of the last decade" was the Smiths "How
Soon Is Now?".
"How Soon Is Now?" - perennial favorite
From Lisa Murer:
local radio station in Indianapolis had listeners vote for the top alternative songs of
all time. All in all, a pathetic showing that seems to accurately reflect people from
Indiana... but "How Soon Is Now?" was voted #5.
NME Miller Genuine Draft Awards nomination
From Eddie C.:
is nominated for best-solo artist in the NME awards. It is on the NME
"Satan" chart commentary on Dotmusic
From Christian Arvidson:
is the UK Singles Chart Commentary from the Dotmusic chart index:
Week 1 1998
39 SATAN REJECTED MY SOUL (Morrissey)
Strange indeed to relate that it is now almost ten years since Morrissey stopped being
part of the Smiths and became a solo star. Sadly these days he is a prime example of how
the mighty can fall, his fanbase diminishing to such an extent that he spent most of 1997
having the unusual experience of seeing singles miss the Top 40. Indeed I suspect it is
only due to the post-Christmas lull than 'Satan...' sneaks in at the bottom end, his first
Top 40 hit since 'Alma Matters' made Number 16 last August. The followup 'Roy's Keane' [sic] missed out altogether. Needless to say that 'Satan Rejected My
Soul' is probably one of his best singles for mant a long while [?]
but in an industry where the most important thing is to be 'in', Morrissey is most
You can also go to this site to vote on
the best album of the year and best single of the year at this address http://www.dotmusic.com/dotvote97.html
Thanks to Rachel Mckeon for
In case youre interested,
heres the concluding part of the legal kerfuffle that caused the postponement of the
Brit Girls series:
Cilla settles out of court
Cilla Black has settled out of court with Granada Television over a
Cilla sued for a reported 70,000 pounds after it emerged a one-hour documentary about her
formed part of a series instead of a one-off special as she had believed.
Granada said it was making unspecified donations to two of Cillas favourite
charities in lieu of damages.
This news item appeared on
teletext in the Granada TV region.
Harvard Smiths Tribute
From Emily Donahue:
Boston area fans:
I just got off the phone with the Harvard Radio Station, and the 12-hour Smiths tribute we
heard about is starting on January 22nd at 7pm. Yay!
The original posting about the tribute is here.
Hearing aid debate
Also from Emily Donahue:
you happen to see the review of the new Johnnie Ray compilation album in Details magazine?
The first sentence describes him as "the one who inspired Morrisseys hearing
aid chic". Please. I thought we all knew by now that a letter from a hearing-impaired
fan inspired that!
|Jan 06 98 -
Matters" video online
For those who missed it when that one time it was played on MTV,
I have encoded "Alma Matters" in RealVideo format.
Unfortunately, you will still need a relatively high-speed connection (56k+) to really see
The Jack Docherty Show (Dec. 30) - a differing report
From Stuart Harvey:
only just got back to university after the xmas holiday and was surprised to see the news
section contain an article about Moz performing Satan live on Jack Docherty. I
can only presume this was very much a case of wishful thinking on the part of the sender.
Ive been to a lot of concerts, and on no occasion can I remember the singers
voice still being heard clearly, even though the microphone is quite a distance from his
mouth and facing in the other direction.
The Queen Is Dead voted #21 all-time in Q
From Stuart Harvey:
Queen is Dead was voted 21st best album of all time by the readers of Q. It gave a
short overview of the album, and how out of step it was at the time with the cheesy Euro
dance thing that seemed to be so popular. It also had There Is A Light...
cited as the key track on the album, describing it as absurd but touching. Lastly, it had
a voters view of it, along the lines of Modern life is rubbish. Let Morrissey
tell you why.
|Jan 05 98 -
Thanks to Christian Arvidson for scans of photos from the
Swedish concerts (5 total) that appeared in Swedish newspapers. The additions have been
made to the Gothenburg (4) and Stockholm (1) tour reports.
"Satan Rejected My Soul" enters at #39 in the British
music charts. Thanks to Stefan Krix
(..."disappointing") and Naomi
(..."better than the third single taken off a Morrissey album usually manages")
for the info.
And by the way, happy birthday to Naomi!
We take what we get, I suppose..., from Steven Boz:
local radio station in Toronto Ontario, Canada (CFNY 102.1) Just voted Morrissey's latest
album Maladjusted in the top 100 best albums of 1997. It placed 91.
|Jan 02 98 -
|"Pop Stars Of The
World Unite & Take Over"
|click on drawing to enlarge
Thanks to Aaron Conley (Orlando,
FL) for the drawing of his four favorite pop stars, sent on a postcard. Do you recognize
all of them?
The Jack Docherty Show (Dec. 30) - another report
Report from hAzArD:
in UK, and saw the Jack Docherty show with Morrissey playing "Satan Rejected My
Soul" the day before New Years Eve.
Morrissey sang totally live and, to be honest, the band were great on the guitars, all of
them were really going for it. Morrissey was very accomplished - voicewise, as well as
looking the part in a dark pinstripe suit. It all sounded amazing. all 2mins 53 secs. They
were all really polished and professional and perhaps surprisingly, after all this touring
hes been doing - he looked in great shape.
A great start to 1998 for him.
|Jan 01 98 -
|The Jack Docherty
Show (Dec. 31) - another report
Thanks to Donald H Hartley:
performed "Roys Keen" on the New Years Eve Jack Docherty Show
on channel 5 last night. The whole thing was a monumentally pathetic affair. There was no
audience - just Jack Docherty alone in a theatre.
It was really sad to see Morrissey
limply mime his way through the song on this pre-recorded nightmare nobody watched (apart
from those recording it cause somebody they liked was on) which incidentally included the
Cure playing more than one song and the hated Robert Smith giving a lengthy interview.
Frankly the band looked embarrassed to
be there so why they did it I have no idea. Perhaps it was recorded the same day they went
in to do "Alma Matters"? However, they were all wearing different clothes (Moz
in Battersea/TFI outfit) and Morrissey's hair looked different and so I reckon it was done