News Archive :
Jul 17 - 31, 1998
- More on "Uncut"
|Moz mention in Clash bio
Thanks to Al Young for the following item:
Little interesting thing that I found,
that connects two of my favorite bands together...
In Marcus Grays Clash bio, "Last Gang in Town",
there is a brief Moz mention.
Around 1975, Mick Jones and future Clash Manager Bernie Rhodes had a band called
the London SS which ran several ads in the Melody Maker looking for musicans into the
Stooges, Mott, the MC5 and the New York punk scene. The London SS eventually included or
auditioned several of the key players of what became the London punk scene (including
future members of the Damned and Generation X);
As Moz fans may guess, knowing his pre-Smiths history, and Gray reports:
"...A rabid Dolls and Mott fan and would-be singer called Steven Morrissey
contacted Mick and started a brief correspondence, but as he was based in Manchester, it
was not possible for him to contribute in a more practical way."
The London SS eventually evolved into the Clash, and recruited a singer named Joe
Strummer, but it wouldve been different, wouldnt it?
Thanks to Natalie for the
Just a little thing...
In an interview with Manchester band Puressence in this weeks NME,
the journo, Stuart Bailie, describes the band as following in the paths of
Manchesters finest namely - Joy Division, Stone Roses and The Smiths. The band
comment on Moz by saying that "Everyday is Like Sunday" was
"uplifting". Nice to see its cool to namedrop The Smiths again...
Fanzine Contributors Required... please
Dont leave it all unsaid...
Dear fellow Mozmaniacs and assorted weirdos,
I am interested in starting a brand new UK publication dedicated to Morrissey and all
those who worship him. The fanzine (and, if I can work out how to goddam do it, website)
is not going to be a news service (what a task - Ill leave that to that nice man
David at Morrissey-solo, thank you), but simply a good old-fashioned fanzine where you can
air your views in public and, if you like, have great big arguments. Letters, articles,
reviews, trivia, stories (I bet some of you have great ones to tell), pictures, poems,
whatever you like. Please e-mail me with anything you think could be suitable. Those of
you who are on AOL, feel free to IM me if you see me online. If any of you know any other
Morrissey fans online that I havent tracked down, Ill be your friend forever
if you could forward this message to them.
I am intending to concentrate on Morrisseys current work, and to dedicate lots of
pages to his (highly underrated) backing band, but we can of course celebrate his Smiths
and early solo work (well, why not, isnt that what everyone else does?).
For the first issue Id like to feature articles on last years wonderful show
at Battersea Power Station and also, sadly, the court case. Any thoughts?
Well, I had better go. My taxi is here, my dears.
Kiss my shades
Alison ([email protected])
* I know there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on right now,
but I've been hearing things that are supposed to happen within a week or two. Will post
here with anything definite. By the way, I'm really not a nice person, as some people
Thanks to Vana for the
Not sure if this is from too long ago,
but following is a story that a pal of mine found on the Matador Records bulletin board:
"I also saw Pavement in May of 97. This small, sweaty, feisty girl ran up in
front of me and began dancing like she was on speed right on top of me during "Cut
Your Hair." My friend made fun of her, gasping, "Ah! I heard this on MTV!!"
She then proceeded to invite her friend to come and dance on top of me as well. Her
friend, I swear to God, weighed 400 lbs. Becoming highly claustrophobic, I tried to edge
my way around them and back up to my friends. However, small feisty girl had other plans.
She began punching me repeatedly in the stomach. Fortunately, it didnt hurt much.
In any case, I was mentally preparing (with the help of my friends) to kick her ass after
the show. Granted, Ive never been in a fight before, period, but felt I needed to
put this girl in her place. Malkmus said, "OK, this is our last song," and I
dont really remember what they launched into, but it may well have been Shady Lane.
The band left the stage, and I began scoping the crowd for small feisty girl.
Suddenly, the band appeared back on the stage. Malkmus grabbed the microphone and, with a
little instrumental help, began singing "How Soon Is Now?" by the Smiths. His
voice was so obviously imitating Morrisseys, we began to wonder if he practiced the
song all the time. As suddenly as he started, he stopped and exclaimed, "That is the
stupidist f**king song." They launched into "The Killing Moon," and my eyes
became all watery, and by the end of the song, I had forgotten about beating anyone up.
Inappropriate photo in the Guardian article
From Michael Legge:
Was it just me who noticed the big
error in the Guardian article last week? The full colour photo of Edwyn Collins
was nice but strangely inappropriate. Perhaps one of Morrissey to go along with the piece
might have been better?
Why Bis etched "F**k Dave Simpson"
Thanks to Dave Simpson himself for the answer to the question brought
up in the last update: the review of Bis that
appeared in Melody Maker, 1996.
|The Trouble - at it again
Thanks to Boston
Ruffian for this item:
Last night I tuned in to WMBR MIT
college radio 88.1 to hear Bostons The Trouble play yet again.
After a set riddled with tech difficulties they did an interview with the DJ of Boston
Pipeline, an all local radio show. The DJ said that they insisted that "this
song" be played in the background during the interview, much to his dismay, as it was
supposed to be local music only. Morrisseys "Speedway"
was played as the questions were asked and answered. The entire band became rather
defensive and a bit upset, when the DJ threatened to turn off the song because the band
wasnt quite paying attention to the interview, and instead SINGING ALONG. It became even
more hilarious when the DJ asked them a 15 or so minute long question about how their
music reflected 80s punk, and ended with "So tell me is this all something you
have in common?" Mike, the drummer, completely oblivious, responded with: "What,
Morrissey? Id say its the only thing our band has in common". With
this the DJ hit stop on the CD and the band went into an uproar of "Morrissey,
Morrissey, Morrissey" and "awwwwwwwwwwwww!! Cmons!" Rather funny... cheered
me up. I guess their CD is coming out in September on GMM records, they said they just
finished recording it...
Morrissey mentioned in sociolinguistics paper
Thanks to Elbowless for the following:
Morrissey is mentioned in the paper "The
Color of His Eyes: Polari and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" by Ian Lucas,
published in Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender and Sexuality, a
compendium of papers in sociolinguistics published by Oxford University Press, 1997:
"Polari now occupies an almost mythical place in modern British gay culture ...
Polari can be marketed by androgynous and noncommittal pop idols such as Morrissey in
titling an album Bona Drag, but his lyrics also ultimately alienate the language and
culture: "The Piccadilly palare / was just silly slang / between me and the boys in
my gang ("Piccadilly Palare" by Morrissey, from the album Bona Drag)."
The paper also gives a large Polari glossary, and describes the "canonisation"
of Derek Jarman (the late director of the film "The Queen Is Dead" for the
Smiths) by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an international group of gay male nuns.
Note that Polari and Palare are both valid spellings.
Moz party in Belgium - Sep. 26
26 September 1998
With giant video screen and maybe a live act
Contact for information:
Still on Mercury
From John Routh:
In talking with a public relations
worker, today, at Mercury/Polygram records, Morrissey is still on the label. When I asked
if they could divulge any other information relating to the "Uncut" article,
they said they could not. I also asked if Mozzer would be recording anymore albums for
them, he said he did not know.
|Uncut cover - scan
Thanks to Fabio
D'Antonio for the scan of the August Uncut cover.
Bis on Dave Simpson
...while in Glasgow I picked up a used
copy of a split 7" single between Lugworm and Bis
(yes, I am a sad Bis fan..) "Refereed By Pink Cross". Generally one of the first
things I do after buying vinyl is to look to see if it has any etchings..well on the
lugworm side it says "Wow, go easy on the sugar, lady" and on the Bis side it
says... 'F**k Dave Simpson'!... don't know the story behind it but I thought it was rather
|Court case postponed
Thanks to Danny for the news:
The court case has been postponed, no
surprise to anybody familiar with the vagaries of the British legal system... its
now set for October, same time as an appeal by Myra Hindley. Now
theres an irony.
Thanks to Darren McCloskey for the following:
...received a message from a UK music
list that had a link to Bozs homepage. It
shows a picture of Morrissey standing next to a woman in wedding dress with the caption "dont ask!"
Thought it was mighty interesting.
Statuesque - another Morrissey/Smiths influenced band
... or so it seems. Thanks to Jason G. for this review of the album Arbiters Anonymous, by the
band Statuesque. From the L.A. Times sometime last week.
Ray's Organ (is Andrew Paresi?)
From Mark Deveney:
I'll keep this brief, as It may not
mean much to US Moz fans, but for us here in the UK, this was unreal!
I was listening to Simon Mayo, UK DJ & TV guy, on his Radio 1 10am show, RADIO 1 - UK
He was playing "Everyday Is Like Sunday", then at the end of the record said
"what a briiliant record" and turned to a guy in the studio and said "and
here's Andrew the man who played the drums on that record!" at which
"Andrew" said "yes that's right. It was me."
Now that doesn't sound too dramatic, BUT he spoke in the voice of a character from the
Morning Show called RAYMOND SINCLAIR who has a funny comedy spot called and you will love
this... RAY'S ORGAN!!
So Andrew Paresi (?) is RAY'S ORGAN (English Punullar humour!!!)
Again, this may not sound at lot in the States, but if you have heard the Ray's Organ slot
(Not another pun!!) you will be ABSOLUTELY blown over.
Q - August 1998
Thanks to Fabio D'Antonio for a scan of Morrissey's
previously mentioned #68 placing
in the "100 Richest Stars In Rock'n'roll".
William Reid / Cramps
From Fabricio Muller:
Two quotations from the
latest edition of Showbizz (Brazil):
1) William Reid (Jesus and Mary Chain) words: "I have always hated
The Smiths. Indie masturbation."
2) About the next visit of the Cramps in Brazil, one of the "ten
reasons to like" them is that Morrissey participated at the 1st Cramps' fan club in
Wasn't it the New York Dolls?
"Everybody's Staring", Issue Two...
...out now. From Jessica
Ah-hah! Someone said It wouldnt
happen! Issue two of EVERYBODYS STARING, will be printed this weekend. Featuring all sorts
of interesting bits. The Kray Twins, Elizabeth Smart, stories, poetry, editiorials, etc.
Its a bit of an upstart from the first issue, if youve seen that one at all, its a
bit quicker, a bit louder and a bit more wonderful, of course.
So everyone write in and order issue TWO of EVERYBODYS STARING now!
send two dollars or three pounds or equivalent to:
c/o J. McMillan
1100 Queen Anne Ave N. #408
Seattle, WA 98109
cheques and money orders made out to: J.McMillan please if you send cash hide it well, and
never trust the post office!
|The Guardian (UK) article
Thanks to all for the news of today's article in The Guardian by Dave
Simpson. Ahead of Wednesday's court case appeal in which Morrissey is said to appear, the
article is basically a summary of the recent Uncut feature.
From Mike Rice:
Today (Friday) The Guardian,
a UK newspaper, has an item on Morrissey...
Fortunately for those who cannot rush out to buy a copy of The Guardian, the article is on the
From Robbie Le Blanc [Guardian Newspapers Ltd.]:
There is a two page article on
Morrissey in the Review section of the Guardian today. The only breaking news was that he
is due back in court on Wednesday to appeal the Mike Joyce 1.25 million decision from last
From a feature in todays
"He lives with his mum, hes been dumped by his label and hes going to
court. Finally, Morrissey really has something to be fed up about."
that about sums the article up, really.
More Dave Simpson
Morrissey may not be the only one headed for the courts... I have been
informed that I have violated his copyright and may be chased with a lawsuit, or possibly
a wet plimsoll, unless I recommend people buy the magazine (with unpublished photos). I've
always thought that my recommendation for buying the original source was a given.
Check out the e-mails I received from Dave in the e-mailbag.