News Archive :
May 05 - 18, 1998
- Birthday celebrations
|Niagara Falls Moz Fest '98 reminder
Lots of Morrissey get-togethers this week. Check the calendar for the others. From Moz Worshipper:
Fest 98 on May 22nd at the Highland Tap -British Pub on Lundys Lane Niagara
Falls Canada. Admission free, wear Moz/Smiths ts, music and videos for
ambience! Check Wide To Receive
for more info or contact me at [email protected]
"Everybodys Staring" - new fanzine
From Jessica McMillan:
number one of Everybodys Staring is finally finished! Included in this issue is
loads of Morrissey related writing, photos, and stories. It is promised to be an
interesting experience, especially since this is the first issue. From now on I will be
publishing every two months. I am taking contributions for issue number two due in the
beginning of July.
To get a copy of issue 1, please send three dollars or two pounds to:
c/o J. McMillan
1100 Queen Anne Ave N. #408
Seattle Wa. 98109
checks (made out to J. McMillan), Money orders, and well hidden cash. All postage is
included. Any questions can or contributions can be mailed via email or send a S.A.S.E.
and I will reply!
thankyou very much.
How Soon, Not Now!
More on the Inner Sanctum cover reported a few weeks ago, from JJ McIntyre:
a note to inform you of one of the greatest crimes against music to be commited for many a
year. This week a band called "Inner Sanctum" have released a
single entitled "How Soon Is Now". Despite the lack of a question mark at the
end this is indeed the well known song accredited to S. Morrissey and J. Marr in the
sleeve. The song is a dance version of the classic which in some mixes samples the famous
Marr guitar work (especially THAT piece) but in others does not. While the lyrics are not
changed Mozs voice is replaced by that of a whiney male and the speed and intonation
is changed somewhat.
Buy it and weep, then go and listen to the original. No one really needs six versions of
this musical diatribe.
"The Leather Boys" on UK TV, May 22
Coincidentally or not. from Naomi:
Leather Boys" - as featured in the "Girlfriend In A Coma" video -
is being shown on UK TV on Friday night (or possibly very early on Saturday
morning). As its on Channel 5 only about 3 people will
have the opportunity to see it, but it might be worth mentioning nevertheless.
* The site has been down a few days due to server problems (if you
want to blame someone, blame spammers), hopefully it will become reliable again soon.
Still not a whole lot going on at the moment. One item worth noting is the imminent buyout of PolyGram,
the parent company of Mercury Records. From what I understand, artists considered less
important to the labels are usually cut when buyouts like these happen. Normally I
wouldn't be too worried, but considering that to this day Morrissey is not included in the
list of artists on either Mercury's or Polygram's websites, one has to wonder. This is all
highly speculative on my part - I have no idea how the contracts are worked out, etc.
|Chicago Morrissey night
From Daniela Ferri:
21st from 9pm - 2am !
The festivities will take place at Delilahs (upstairs - downstairs
they have their regular soul night, so be sure to go upstairs), located at 2771 N. Lincoln
Ave, at Diversey and Racine. Cover is $3 and (so sorry) its 21 and over. They
dont have a video screen, but hey, with so many Moz impressions, we wont need
one. If you need it, their phone number is (773) 472-2771.
|Boston celebrates Morrissey's
the 22nd, Boston Morrissey fans will be coming together to celebrate his
birthday! Come and join us at the mod/britpop/60s night THE PILL at the
Upstairs Lounge above the "Penalty Box" bar across from the Fleet Center at the
North Station T-stop. This is located in Boston at the corner of Causeway and
Lancaster st. Djs Ken and Jennifer start spinning @ 9 and then Ken and I will begin
spinning solid Smiths/Moz songs starting at @ 11 PM. This will go on until 2 AM... Drinks
are cheap and its always a good crowd. See you there!
P.S. 5 bucks at the door, 3 bucks if you wear a Smiths/Moz T-shirt. There is also the
possibility of a few giveaways, etc... were still working on this.
Manchester (UK) birthday celebration
Star And Garter Pub/Late Bar/Club (incidentally the oldest Punk venue in the UK)
is holding its quarterly Moz disco again in MANCHESTER. Tickets around £2:50
normally. Starts at 10pm, ends at 2am/3am.
Brilliant and seamless Moz/Smiths playlist with many requests and amazing rarities played.
Many Moz/Boz lookalikes too. Good attendance too normally, about 150-200 devout fans.
Were trying to sort out excellent tribute band These Charming Men to play as well.
Last time I went it was fantastic. There is a desk with a table next to the DJ where one
can write a message, or a request for any song they want to be played. Also, of note,
there is a projector at one end of the venue which has many slides which are worth
watching. Many old Moz pics, James Dean/Elvis stuff, old single covers, etc. Nice touch.
Friday 22nd May. The day of
Morrisseys birthday. Address: Star and Garter, Fairfield Street, Manchester Town
Centre. Its very near the town centre, so if you dont know
youre way around Manchester, Id advise getting a taxi from the centre as
itll be very cheap, only about 2pounds. See you there.
San Diego birthday tribute (?)
I don't know about this one... From Cicely Voigtlander:
found this flier for a "tribute to Morrissey and the 80s decade"
being held May 22, 1998. There are a few pager numbers, I called and asked about
it, but the guy didnt know the details yet. He said to call back a few days before
the event, but they hope to make it 18 and up and about 6 dollars for entry.
At the bottom it says "Fashionable Attire Requested"? Here are the numbers
(The 619 #s have a scary rave-ish
sound in the background that makes me wonder what this will be like.. the other two have
Morrissey playing so loudly in the background you cant understand what the message
* completely unrelated - tomorrow, May 14th, the 180th and final
episode of "Seinfeld" will be broadcast.
I have been a fan since the show began in 1989 and although somewhat saddened, I'm glad to
see it is going out with such style and class. I doubt if it will ever be topped.
|Birthday Bash in Las Vegas
From Michael G:
party will be at
4755 W. Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas Nevada
from 9pm till ?
May 22nd - Friday night
The manager said yes today to allow
four Morrissey or Smiths cds, of our choice, to be in his already cool juke box. Also I
will play boot concerts and promo vids on their 10 tvs.
I have several local established fans
who are assisting with me with this.
For the love of Morrissey
...and a big party in Athens
Friday, the 22nd of May, the Greek Smiths\Morrissey fan club "Still
ill" will organize a big party, celebrating Morrisseys birthday. The
party will be held at the club planB, the most historic "indie"
club of Athens.
Harvey Danger influence
Thanks Liz Rodriguez
for the following:
was listening to Loveline on KROQ radio in Los Angeles, and they had the band Harvey Danger on, and when they asked them who
their influences were, they instantly said the Smiths, which of course endeared them to me
:) So, nothing earth-shattering, but you know...
...and Oasis, again
Hewitts book about Oasis, "Getting High", there
is a Smiths reference:
"Noel kept writing lyrics, putting together chords. He even
replied to an advert in the Manchester Evening News. It read musician wanted for
co-songwriting, must be into The Smiths. Thats me, Noel thought, and he got on
the phone and, without telling a soul, went to meet this guy who was about the same
"Robert, It Was Really Something"
Thanks to Hewstun for this reference:
White, in his review of the current James Toback film Two Girls and a Guy
(New York Press, 5/6):
"...Two Girls makes the slyest, most compacted math of ambisexual
motives since the Smiths William, It Was Really Nothingand
Tobacks conclusion is just as much of a cliffhanger. Tobacks not part of a
scene but, like Morrissey, he has lusted and that candor makes Two Girls and a Guy
more recognizable than the superficially relevant dysfunctional playtimes purveyed by Love
Jones or As Good As It Gets.
* Thanks to Stefan Sahlander
for a minor correction to the tentative release date of My Early Burglary Years
noticed on the Reprise site - Aug. 14 to Aug. 11.
* Not a whole lot going on... Server problems are causing error messages around the site,
I'll look into it.
|No Roskilde Festival
Thanks to Lisa Murer
for the news that Morrissey has been removed from the
list of artists scheduled to play the Roskilde Festival.
The rumors of a summer European festival tour have proven false - no touring in the
Some imaginary novels
Thanks to Gunnar
Haereid for the following:
List, the Glasgow and Edinburgh event guide, had an article about Douglas
Couplands Girlfriend In A Coma in last weeks issue.
Under the Headline Reader Meet
Author, the magazine also described some more (imaginary) novels named after Smiths
Bigmouth Strikes Again by Salman Rushdie
A self-referential work describing a brilliant but controversial author who publishes a
novel in which Buddha is shown shagging a witch, keeping a harem of prostitutes and
chatting with Satan. Shy, bald, Buddhists reflect and plan to murder Rushdie. Doh!
Shoplifters Of The World Unite by Irvine Welsh
Two radges with gladioli hanging out the back of their shellsuits tear up and down Princes
Street nicking Oscar Wilde plays to the manic sounds of Sandie Shaws Puppet On
A String. The novel climaxes with an armed robbery on Burger King, where they
liberate the Woppers.
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others by Helen Fielding
A thirtysomething career woman makes desperate attempts to slim down, cut the booze
n tabs and have a proper relationship by obsessively recording her weight in a
diary. She finally adopts a live and let live philosophy with the epiphany that love
handles are relative.
Frankly Mr Shankly by Nick Hornby
A trendy teacher is inspired by Liverpool legend Bill Shankly to quit his job and spend a
lot of time down the pub watching footie. His girfriend chucks him, but comes to realise
the error of her ways and surprises him by turning up in the dole office wearing the
Liverpool away strip.
This one's real
From Lawrence Renee:
Parsons (estranged ex-husband of Julie Burchill) put in an appearance on Channel
5s Jack Docherty Show on Thursday night. He said that hell be calling his
forthcoming book Bigmouth Strikes Again.
Smiths included on upcoming CD compilations
We will probably begin seeing more of these now. From Stefan Sahlander:
found these when I searched Amazon.com:
Vol. 1-18 New Wave Classics
Smiths, Inxs, Berlin, Abc, Erasure
Label: Jci Records
Released: January 1, 1999
Vol. 2-18 New Wave Classics
Frank Zappa, The Smiths, Inxs, Devo, Brian Ferry
Label: Jci Records
Released: January 1, 1999
Reed, Talking Heads, Smiths
Label: Beloved Recordings
Released: May 19, 1998