Morrissey is mad that HMV put “one per customer” stickers on The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead” vinyl single:
This sticker was not requested by the Smiths, and cannot be found on any other HMV stock, and therefore exists for “The Queen Is Dead” only.
But why is it there?
An attempt to freeze sales is, of course, an overwhelming insult to the Smiths … as if artistic freedom must struggle in our current culture of banality … as if only counterfeit emotions may apply.
Or maybe it’s so someone doesn’t buy a bunch and put them on eBay and fans can’t get them in stores? I dunno, just a guess.
Morrissey’s show in Arizona was cut short after the singer lost his voice mid-set:
Sumberg said a Morrissey band member told the audience from the stage that the singer could not finish the show. Morrissey’s spokesman Gustavo Manzur posted on Facebook that the singer’s voice was “reduced to a whisper.”
“My heart is broken but if this is the worst, thank the Lord. We’ll take care of him,” Manzur wrote. “He tried … he would have NEVER come out if didn’t think he could have. He tried. His voice is gone. But he’s not. Just a bit of rest for his voice. Please understand. He is human.”
OK Go have covered Morrissey’s “Interesting Drug.”
We recorded a cover of Morrissey’s ‘Interesting Drug’ — it seems like the right soundtrack for this moment. No matter how anxious or angry you are, try to turn your passion into something good for the world. We’re in this together.
Morrissey has canceled the rest of his North American tour. Shocker.
Morrissey speaks out via True to You about the Bank of England’s new non-vegan £5 note.
If it had been revealed by the Bank of England that the new British Five Pound note contained slices of cat or dog, the country would be in an uproar. But because we have been trained to accept the vicious slaughter of cows, sheep and pigs, the UK media can only make light of the use of tallow in the new British fiver because animal slaughter is thought to be outside of the human grasp and concern. However, whether you care about animals or not, the use of their sliced bodies in the new five pound note evokes a mood and a vibration that displays a gaping hole in human intelligence and in the human race as a compassionate idea. It also tells us that the Bank Of England has no understanding of doing anything in our time that revives the human image from basic savagery. If you feel that the use of animal flesh should not be a moral issue, then you should assert your conviction by donating your own body to the Bank Of England for decorative use in future five pound notes.
Morrissey has written a letter asking General Motors to begin offering vegan leather in their cars. You can read that below.
Morrissey has added some more US tour dates. You can find those below.
Morrissey covered the Ramones’ “Judy is a Punk” live at Brooklyn, NY’s King’s Theatre.
Morrissey-Solo has published what is reported to be Morrissey’s 2016 technical tour rider. I always find these interesting to read through.
It looks like Morrissey plans to re-release his latest album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, and the new artwork can be found on True-to-You.
Morrissey has announced some more shows for this year. Dates can be found below.
Sean Nelson, writing for MTV, all about Morrissey:
If you were born after 1990 or didn’t grow up in London, Manchester, or Los Angeles, there’s an excellent chance your only knowledge of Morrissey consists of music blog news dispatches about cranky statements he’s made on the subject of animal rights or British immigration policies or the music business. Or perhaps you’ve seen the odd mention of an aging English singer with a reputation for being a “miserablist” whose robust cult audience would happily follow him into hell while the rest of the world cheered their departure. This is unfortunate, because, while all those things are true, Morrissey and his former band The Smiths have a legitimate claim to having transformed the culture and sound of indie rock and pop in far-reaching ways.
In what is still confusing-as-fuck, Morrissey has confirmed that he will be playing Chicago’s Riot Fest.
Morrissey turned 57 yesterday and today posted on True to You that he has not yet confirmed he’s part of Chicago’s Riot Fest this year. So that’s weird. I reached out to Riot Fest to see what’s up with the king of mope.
Morrissey, writing on True to You:
Although a long-serving vegan and a strong advocate of the abolition of the abattoir, neither of these points was mentioned in the one hundred television reports that I witnessed yesterday as they covered the enchanted life and sad death of Prince. The points were not mentioned because they are identified as expressions against e$tabli$hment interests, therefore we, mere galley slaves, aren’t allowed to know. Prince has influenced the world more than is suspected, and somehow the life of his music is just beginning, and he would be thanked not only by humans but also animals for living his lyrical life as he did. Humans, you see, are not the world.
Ali Jaafar, writing for Deadline:
Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay has joined the cast of Steven, the Mark Gill-directed biopic of iconic British singer Morrissey. Findlay stars opposite Jack Lowden in the lead role of the movie that follows the character from his early life in the 1970s before he went on to become the lead singer in seminal 1980s band The Smiths. She will play Linder Sterling, an English visual artist, performance artist and musician from Liverpool who became a close friend of Morrissey.
Morrissey would like everyone to know that The Smiths account that showed up on Twitter yesterday is not sanctioned by him.
A Smiths/Morrissey Google alerts/Twitter account has been opened by Warner UK. Morrissey would like to stress that this account has not been sanctioned by him and has no connection to him. Follow it at your peril.