News Archive :
Aug 02 - 27, 1998
- Morrissey and Marr reunion rumors
- Morrissey interview on KCXX radio (San Bernardino, CA)
Another mention in the Riverside Press Enterprise (Aug. 23): "Flock of Morrissey fans was out in
full force". Thanks to Debi for the submission. An excerpt:
...Afterward, "it took us 20 minutes to get from the door to the car," which
was only a few feet away. "It was just like the Beatles," he said. Girls were
screaming, guys were crying. DeSantis, two other staffers, a sizable bodyguard and three
police officers struggled to get the English singer into the vehicle. "I found myself
pulling people off Morrissey. He was just getting pummeled." But of course, in a
First with the mention in this week's Melody Maker's "Hit
List" (the writers' chart, written by Dave Simpson incidentally) is Naomi:
"This is not my country" (sic,
A B-side burial for a timely comment on the Irish problem and the best thing His Nibs has
done in a decade.
MEBY release party - San Francisco, Sept. 17
This event is organized by Marilyn:
Celebrate the release of My Early
September 17, 1998
at The Blarney Stone
5701 Geary Blvd.
9:00p.m. - 2:00a.m.
These Charming Men details
Some details/history of the Smiths
cover band These Charming Men, from David Collins:
...please find details of THESE
CHARMING MEN, playing in London and the South-East, always looking for places to play to
hard-core Smiths fans, willing to travel, any publicity welcome!!
|KCXX transcripts, new pictures
A full audio transcript is now available on the newly created "Morrissey at KCXX" page. RealAudio player required. Thanks to Melinda Hsu for providing the audio tape. Only a few
seconds at the beginning is cut off but I don't think anything was really missed.
Thanks also to Melita and Debi for new
pictures of the event, inside and outside the studio.
A full text transcript of the interview is also available courtesy The Comtesse DeSpair:
I finally finished transcribing the
KCXX interview and its available on my site at:
I cut out a lot of the extraneous, redundant DJ commentary to make it a bit less boring
but otherwise its virtually intact. I would love to add some pictures to the page
that were taken by fans at the taping, but alas, I have none so if anyone is kind enough
to offer a nice image to me, I will be immensely grateful. Thanks!
Myra Hindley play
Im not sure if this has made it
onto the board recently, but following is a BBC Online piece I found on a new British play
about Myra Hindley...
play causes a stir
Smiths fans will of course recall Myra and her cohort Ian Brady from the ill-fated tune
"Suffer Little Children" (but still a personal favorite of mine).
Craig Gannon with Roddy Frame
I dont know if this is of
interest to anyone but I post it for old times sake: Yesterday (20th August) I went
to see my pop hero Roddy Frame, ex-Aztec Camera, now solo, in Edinburgh. I was surprised,
and should I say moved, to see Craig Gannon as his guitar player!! Of course, Craig used
to be in Aztec Camera before joining The Smiths but the last time I saw A.C. three years
ago in Manchester he was not with them. Hes changed a lot... Actually my boyfriend
who is also a huge Smiths fan, hardly recognised him! Hes sort of bigger and he
doesnt look at all like a "piss-head" (see Rogans book). On the
contrary, he looked very shy and his playing style is the same as it was on the stage with
Moz and Marr...
Mention in Arab Strap review
In the Rolling Stone (September 3rd
Issue) Arab Strap review (Philophobia, Matador Records) by Joe
"...while "I Would've Liked Me a Lot Last Night" (Morrissey, your
solicitor is on line one) sums it all up with "I fell out with my lover, I fell out
with my friends / I'm still trying to work out where the weekend ends."
||My Early Burglary Years
Here's a look at a low-res b/w scan of the sleeve from a press/catalog listing. The photo is taken circa 1990 by Kevin Cummins I believe.
Electronic album status
From Dave Simpson:
...following the intriguing article
posted re: the Mercury exit and a possible Marr reunion, I can give you some details re
Electronic. There was an album scheduled for very, very soon (about a month ago I was
promised tapes "any day"), but this has now been taken off the schedule and is
thought unlikely to appear before next year. Apparently there is some debate over the
tracks listing etc. The material is said to be "very guitary, a lot harder".
Given Bernards re-activity with New Order (and gigs are being pencilled in beyond
Reading) it would seem a reunion with Mozzer may not be entirely out of the question for
Johnny (give or take a lost million quid). Although Id say the chances of Rourke and
Joyce being involved are about as slim as Rick Witter.
(Rick Witter is the singer of Shed Seven by the way. Check the first
article in the April 17 - 30 archive.)
"Britain's all time pop 100"
From Gemma Wearing:
British Marketing Research
Bureau for Mojo magazine... asking 5,000 people to name their favourite recording
artist of all time". It was called "the largest ever [British] poll of musical
tastes". Sadly, neither Morrissey nor The Smiths were in the list. Heres the
relevant bit of the article:
<<The biggest surprise, according to Mr Snow [Mojos editor], was not those
who were in, but those who were not. He could find no reason for the exclusion of the
Smiths, for example. Where were the teenage boys that hung on Morrisseys every word?
"For a generation of white rock fans and sensitive young people, the Smiths were the
No 1 act. Perhaps the fans started listening to other things which are more on their
The Smiths are not the only surprise omission. Precious few 1980s acts appear, nor do the
Who, the Sex Pistols, T Rex, or the Clash.>>
It was disappointing to see that the
article reinforced the stereotypical image of a Moz fan.
A small black and white picture of Morrissey was included, I think from around 1992.
Rather predictably, the Beatles were number 1. If anyones interested, you can e-mail
me for the full list.
|Morrissey and Marr reunion rumors
Rumors floating around radio stations probably originated from the
following article, "Morrissey
To Finally Kiss And Make Up With Marr?" from muzic.com:
Mercury Records were curiously vague when we called to ask them the unthinkable
question (in our book anyway): Did they really drop Morrissey? Three weeks ago, the label
assured us that he was still in the stable, but now news has leaked out that they have
opened the barn door -- and cut the venerable -- but very difficult -- artist loose after
what must have been the courtship of the century.
The former Smiths singer's deal with Reprise ran its course back in 1996, and the big-wigs
at the Mercury, certain that Warners were in a rush to resign him (they weren't), rushed
in and swept him off his feet. They not only reportedly offered him 4 million dollars for
a two-record deal, but they also took him out to lunch with former New York Dolls singer
David Johansen. Why? Because when Morrissey was a mere teen, he was the president of the
UK Chapter of the original glam-rockers fan club. Apparently everyone was aghast when Maladjusted
did so poorly -- especially Morrissey, who reportedly harangued label president Danny
Goldberg with constant phone calls until the latter just stopped taking them. It didn't
even cut any ice that the singer had recently snared UK's coveted Ivor Novello Award.
Enough -- or should we say not enough -- was enough.
For Mercury at least. Morrissey's old home team, Reprise, is releasing his tasteful
collection of B-sides and odds and sods titled My Early Burglary Years, which will
be on shelves September 15. According to our sources, Morrissey is both without a manager
and a label, but hopefully that won't be for too long. Rumors abound that he has been
trying to patch up his decade-long feud with Smiths' co-founder and guitarist Johnny Marr
with an eye to putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Now this is the reunion we've all been waiting for -- and if it's indeed true,
Morrissey's timing couldn't be more perfect, since Marr's partner-in-crime in Electronic,
Bernard Sumner, recently took a leave of absence from the band they formed back in 1988 to
play with his old band mates in New Order last month at Manchester's Apollo. It was the
band's first gig in five years -- and it was such a magic moment that they all decided to
get together and enter the studio to record some new material -- leaving poor Johnny to
fend for himself.
Thanks to Morizey for this
picture of Morrissey and mob at the radio station last Sunday (click to enlarge):
When asked at the KCXX interview what the weirdest thing he has been
asked to sign (that he could say on the radio), Morrissey said "...probably the back
of somebody's neck. And the next day I see the same person and it's tattooed... that
happens very frequently."
Thanks to Asher Luisi, subject of the previously mentioned
picture in Tattoos For Men for the scan (click to enlarge):
browsing the news and I saw that some one put up a story about a Morrissey tattoo. Well
that tattoo belongs to me. My name is Asher Luisi I live in Orange County, CA. The tattoo
was done by my neighbor and very good friend Jason Martin who works currently out of Tattoo
Magic in Garden Grove, CA. If you have any feedback about the tattoo, you want
one by my friend or just want to say hi e-mail me at [email protected].
I hope all you Moz fans like my tattoo because I do.
And from Norm
|"Still vaguely alive", Goodbye Mercury, and
"How soon is now?"
Thanks to Josh for the following:
...Im a DJ here in Dallas and we
get a daily fax of alternative news. Today had news on Moz.
He says hes doing a few interviews "to remind people... that Im still
vaguely alive." The fax also states he HAS left Mercury and will not record anything
until a new home has been found. What he would "like to do now" is go on the
road. Not a "really big and important" tour though. He said hed like to
play "colleges and universities... wherever people would like to see me, and go to
the strangest places, the oddest places." How soon will that be? "Thats a
critical question. How soon is now? I still dont know."
...slowly coming in.
Thanks to Roger Shannon for the (long) log of the KCXX
And thanks to Jason G. for the article which
appeared in the Riverside, CA
Press-Enterprise, Aug. 9:
...Stay home, tape it (9-11
p.m.) and use it to torture your friends and Morrisseys Internet cliques.
Paul Kelly in Pulse!
...in the July 1998 issue of
Pulse! (Tower Records music magazine) there is an article on Paul
Kelly (written by Bill Forman) which contains a Morrissey reference:
"Some of Kellys favorite artists show a similar willingness to walk the
line between the brilliance and embarrassment. 'Its what I like about Neil Young.
Its what I like about Morrissey. I think that when they sort of tip over the edge,
theyre really bad, but when theyre right on the edge, theyre really
great. Nick Cave is like that too. He can be great, he can be just awful. I mean, all of
us can be like that. I dont mind people over-reaching.'"
Johnny Panic in Melody Maker
...in the latest Melody Maker
(issue for August 15). Its on page 19, under the title "THE HIT LIST:
Advance tapes, promo CDs... and the odd office favourite". Heres the text:
When I Drink I Love You More
Full marks for the title, half marks for the song. More Smiths-like than The Smiths, but
excused as Alain Whyte was in Mozzers last band.
They seem more well-informed than Uncut, spelling Alains name right (Uncut had
"White"), but Mozzers "last" band? What, if anything, are they
Ah well, best not to bother wondering I suppose...
Mikel Erentxun in Eres
...While Im flipping through the
issue (the Spanish mag Eres, July 16, Year 11, # 14, w/ Garbage on cover)
I come across an interview with Mikel Erentxun. This is the artist who
has covered the Smiths There is A Light and Mozs Everyday is Like
This is the translation of the question asked by the interviewer Alberto Rojas Eguiluz.
Note how They mispelled Morrissey, with one S:
Q: In "Naufragios" there was a cover of The Smiths and now you do
one of Morrisey, why are they so special in your music?
A: Thats right, I recorded "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and I titled it,
"Todo es igual siempre" (Everything is the same always). I admire Morrisey a lot
and it was more of a coincidence, I know that its a bit crazy for one to have two
covers by the same writer in three albums, but I did it thinking more in the song than the
author. I identify with this song a lot.
He also goes on to say how the challenge of being known for his own versions of such
strong tracks, as difficult as it may be, attracts him.
|The KCXX interview...
...went off last night as planned. If anyone has any stories, photos,
or any more details please send them in. I'll try to digitize the interview soon but first
I need a copy. Did anyone get a good recording? Here's a short summary for now:
- Basically to promote the forthcoming compilation, every track off of My
Early Burglary Years was played during the two-hour interview. Morrissey gave some
background on just about every track and took questions from callers.
- Morrissey said that he wanted to tour "as soon as possible"
and ideally it would be a "college tour".
- The turnout at the small station was larger than expected, perhaps
150 to 200 people I would say. Several people got autographs during his arrival and
throughout the interview items were sent in and autographed. During station breaks,
Morrissey could be seen from outside walking the hallways and posing for pictures. The
crowd did get a little out of hand as Morrissey was leaving the station, reportedly some
fans jumped on him and police actually had to use mace or pepper spray on one of them.
Some cars and station property may have been damaged also.
- Contest winners got to meet with Morrissey in a separate room during
the interview for about 10 or 15 minutes.
|KCXX interview - more details
Station address (map):
740 W. 4th St.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
On the station's playlist page:
"Don't forget... Morrissey will be live on the Sunday Night Music Meeting, August
9th. Tune in and join the chat!" I've been told Morrissey won't be in the chat - it's more of a place for people just to
talk while the show is going on. However, they may take a few questions from the chat.
(Someone please save me a log).
I have heard from a couple of people who won some sort of contest I assume was put on by
the radio station. 5 people were chosen to join Morrissey in the studio for the interview.
That's about it. I'll try to digitize the interview for the site if I get a copy.
Morrissey mention in The Guardian
From Andy Stanhope:
...Morrissey is mentioned in
todays Guardian [Aug. 7], in the Friday Review section. The article is about Glam
Rock and the Velvet Goldmine film and Moz is mentioned in one paragraph. This extract
"What has endured from the period (glam rock) - as well as the legacy of
neo-dandyism that later found its figurehead in arch-Dolls fan Morrissey - is some
extraordinary music, and not just the Top 10 stuff"
There's a surprise, Moz associated with the New York Dolls and Glam!!!!
I was browsing at a local mag rack and
found a great tattoo of Morrissey. Someone in Newport Beach, Ca. tattooed a bust shot of
Morrissey on his calf...
the mag is "Tattoos for Men", Issue #20
sorry no scan....
Billy Bragg again
From Jonathan Seinen:
Billy Bragg performed last night here
at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and in the middle of a great set, put his guitar down
and danced around during "California Stars (?)". After the song, he commented on
his dancing moves (which included swinging arms, bending over, clapping of hands and just
general strutting around) by saying, "I was taught to dance especially by
Morrissey". The three Morrissey fans in the crowd screamed, and Billy said "You
shouldnt scream like that on a cool night like this - Youll get a sore
Can I get a headcount of who's going to the studio on Sunday? I know
it's a bit hard to believe that Morrissey is doing an interview in San Bernardino, but you
have my word that this is not some hoax or late April Fool's Day joke.
Also, can I get a volunteer to tape it for the site?
||My Early Burglary Years - advance
promo sleeve scan
Thanks to some of my coworkers for securing me a copy of the MEBY
promo. Click here to see
scans of the front and back, and the inlay text.
Gear's "Ultimate Record Collection"
I just received the premiere issue of
the new magazine called "Gear" (a cross between Details and
Interview) and in their records section, there is a column called "Ultimate
Record Collection". Its purpose it to tell you all the records one
should have to "elevate your collection to greatness." As should be, Hatful
of Hollow is the first listed! The writer proclaims the album, "a
defining moment in British music." as well as the "scalding anguish" of the
Morrissey/Marr duo "a bitter recrimination to a drab and selfish decade..."
...Two other albums are mentioned, Document by REM and Autobahn by
|Report: Morrissey to appear on KCXX radio, Aug.
Thanks to Ben for letting the cat out of the bag. Here's the info:
On Sunday, August 9, Morrissey will be at KCXX 103.9fm (website: http://www.x1039.com) sometime between 9 and 11 pm (PDT).
KCXX "The Inland Empire's Alternative Rock" serves a relatively small population
of Southern California (San Bernardino, Riverside, and Lake Arrowhead), which is about 45
minutes outside of L.A. (I had never heard of the station myself before this, and I
live in L.A.)
Looking at the website, this matches the time slot for the show called "The
Sunday Night Music Meeting" with host Dwight Arnold. It is also mentioned on
the website that people can interact with the host and guest during this show with IRC
chat. Instructions are on the X103.9 X-Chat page.
I am not sure what the station has planned for this event, however. If anyone finds out
more info during the week please let me know.
The station is said to make the formal announcement on Monday. Also, I've been informally
asked if anyone has any good suggestions for questions to be asked during the interview.
If so, e-mail it to me with the subject
"KCXX question" by Thursday and I'll forward it on. Again, I have no idea what
the station has planned.
Smiths tribute: I Know It's Over, Oct. 27, 1998
A Smiths Tribute
"I Know Its Over"
Release Date: October 27, 1998
Rain Still Falls: "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
The Gloria Record: "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One
Mid Carson July: "How Soon Is Now?"
Only Airplanes Count: "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I
Tuesday: "Still Ill"
Pinko Pinko: "Half A Person"
The Blacktop Cadence: "Well I Wonder"
The Potatomen: "These Things Take Time"
Hand On Heart: "I Know It's Over"
Pop Unknown: "Shoplifters of the World Unite"
Braid: "This Charming Man"
The Get Up Kids: "William It Was Really Nothing"/undecided
At The Drive In: "This Night Has Opened My Eyes"
Compound Red: "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"
Stalag Seventeen: "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
Far Apart: "A Rush And A Push"
Miracle of 86: "Ask"
Lazycain: "Handsome Devil"
Samiam and Green Day: "Cemetery Gates"
Smiths in August "Total Guitar"
From Stephane Daigle:
I just thought Id mention that
the August 1998 issue of Total Guitar magazine (from the UK) comes with a
cd with "Back To The Old House", the instructions inside on how
to play it acoustic, and a few words on the band.
Martin McCarrick of Therapy?
From Sven Keiselt:
I´ve just a read an interview with Martin
McCarrick of Therapy? in the German Punk-magazine "Wahrschauer" in
which he was asked about their "Vicar in a Tutu"-version on "The Smiths Is
His answer (re-translated :-)):
"Vicar In A Tutu was the first song which we played in the new
band-formation. We are fans of The Smiths but we wanted to sound our version not like the
original one and so we recorded it with much more guitars and an even different
"Everyday Is Like Sunday" - anti-summer song?
This I what I saw in the major Finnish newspaper
today, in the weekly supplement about the best ever summer songs. Morrissey's
"Everyday Is like Sunday" was listed with John Travolta & Olivia
Newton-John's "You're The One That I Want", Gyllene Tiders
"Sommartider", Bananarama's "Cruel Summer", Madonna's
"Holiday", Don Henley's "The Boys Of Summer", Diana King's "Shy
Guy" and some Finnish songs that you'll never hear about.
The text about Morrissey is as follows: Everyday is like Sunday / Everyday is silent and
gray./ translated: The king of depression's melodramatic sketch about the seaside town
that they forgot to bomb is an anti-summer hit. It's sad to say that in the Finnish
weather conditions one can relate to this song embarrassingly often.
Boz pic on "That Crazy Beat" site
I found this pic of Boz on "That Crazy
Beat" (Dutch rockabilly bands site). Boz did the engineering for their
latest record. They talk a little about Bozs reputation in the rockabilly world. All
bow and revere the great BOZ!!!
The url is: http://users.bart.nl/~straycat/walls.html
Billy Bragg mentions Morrissey
I attended the Billy Bragg show last
night [7/30] in Chicago during which Billy did a funny little dance to one of his songs
that involved turning his back to the audience, lying his hands against his lower back
(palm side up) and wiggling his fingers (as if they were feathers). Later, in between
songs, he said to the audience "I know youre not sure if you can dance at a
Billy Bragg gig, Im not sure myself, How does one dance to Billy Bragg?, I just did
that little thing there, Morrissey showed me how to do it."