Not all of his albums are perfect but I think there's real gems in even his 'weakest' albums. And I actually think his new songs are really good, Action is My middle Name and Scandinavia in particular. Art-Hounds is spectacular, but I think he only sang it once live which worries me a bit.
Author appears confident Morrissey is due, shall we call it, a 'third wave'. I hope he is right, because as the article said "“Action” is too much like “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” and “People” is just pure laziness." ---- Any more of that tripe and there won't another resurgence. What he must give up is acting as a caricature of himself and then he might find out again who he is. But in his mid-50s time is not on his side for another comeback, he better either give up or get writing something good.
A fantastic article- as a Moz lifer (with a great tattoo, thank you), I totally get the highs and the lows and I was the first to book tickets for the upcoming film showing here in Sheffield, England. His solo output has been brave and varied- I will never get bored of the majestic Your Arsenal, and, although it's technically a compilation, Bona Drag is never less than astonishing. His gigs have always been brilliant because it's where he is happiest, I sometimes think- not in a recording studio, or, god forgive, on tv being interviewed. I think this is crunch time for him- reorganise the band, embrace some new media, and, dare I say it, have a quiet word with Johnny Marr...
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Southpaw Grammar is a brilliant album. Maladjusted is also great and it contains imo some of his best songs, 'Maladjusted', 'Alma Matters' and 'Trouble Loves Me'. We'll have to agree to disagree.
"occasionally becomes a flaming racist." I stopped reading at that point. Anyone who has any common sense knows that Morrissey has never been even remotely racist. He was accused of racism in 85 for saying that "reggae is vile", first of all I think it's actually rather racist to assume that simply not liking a particular genre of music means that a person is racist. Also Morrissey later said that he didn't mean it and he only said it to piss off the NME. Of course the media ho were hounding him conveniently forgot that he had already said that he was greatly influenced by many black artists, for example one of his favourite songs of all time is Young Gifted and Black by the Jamaican duo Bob and Marcia (he is also a huge fan of The Cats, a reggae band and was greatly influenced by The Shirelles, The Crystals etc.) He was also accused of racism because his song Panic was wrongly construed as an attack on disco music due to the associations of the word disco. This is ridiculous. He was accused again of racism when he launched his solo career and released the songs 'Bengali in Platforms' and 'Asian Rut' and by now of course it is easy considering his history for the mindless sheep to assume that these songs have racist meanings despite them not containing any degree of racial hatred whatsoever, I rather think that most people just read the title of the songs and jumped to the ridiculous unsubstantiated conclusion of racism. The song that caused him the most trouble though was 'National Front Disco' a song that describes a young man's descent into a the far right group. The line which is always picked is 'England for the English', a line which Morrissey did NOT MAKE UP. This is a quotation, and if Morrissey had as he had always previously done included a lyric sheet would have been known (his only mistake where this is concerned). But of course that wouldn't have helped his case against the imbeciles who only read the title of the songs and not the content. As Morrissey once said, 'I was stopped by many journalists who obviously raised the topic in an accusatory way. And I would say to them, "Please, now, list the lines of the song which you feel are racist". And they couldn't. Nobody ever ever could, and that irked me. Even though, simply in the voice on all of those songs one can plainly hear that there is no hate at all. 'But you soon realise that they are out just for you and it doesn't matter what you say or do'. He was also accused by the NME (surprise surprise) of racism after wrapping himself up in the Union Jack at the Madstock festival, yet couple of years later the Union Jack was embraced by the British music industry (Noel Gallagher and Geri Halliwell used the flag when performing) and for having a fascination with skin head imagery, even though the roots of the Skin head culture is Jamaican. Morrissey has also been accused of racism regarding his views that 'You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies', which is recited by those who accuse him of racism very conveniently outside of the context in which he made the statement. When Morrissey said that he was talking about the nations general appalling mistreatment of animals, if this level of animal abuse was going on anywhere else in the world instead you can bet that Morrissey would have directed this statement to that place instead. As Simon Goddard said, 'It has surely been dumbfoundingly obvious that Morrissey, the outsider's outsider, is by his very Morrisseyness entirely incapable of racism'. Apologies for writing a comment nearly as long as the article itself. As for you being disappointed at Morrissey 25 Live, I'm sorry to hear that. I was at the show and in all honestly i thought it was an amazing gig, one of the best I've been to and I've been to many of his gigs since the early 90's. I suppose it doesn't come across as good in the cinema.
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What upsets me most about On the Edge, is it did not, in fact mean anything to Francine Pascal since in a latter book, she brings back Regina as though IT NEVER HAPPENED. Way to scar kids and then forget about it Francine.
Love Roy's Keen!
Its nice that younger people are now appreciating vinyl. Sadly though, records that should be selling for 1 to 2 dollars are now fetching 12-15 bucks!
Tonight, my wife and I went to Henry's Public. what a waste! How did they get a good review for oysters?! The owner must be a personal friend, because it was horrible. It was a weird 75 degree night at 8pm in August, and they had the AC on full blast! (Some story about the bldg layout and the front of the house- a bar and 3 tables, being too warm)
$16 for 6 oysters won't bring the crowds in.
Neither will the one-shot Jameson's for $10.
Yes this is not a great thought anyway......
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Also, by the time Contra came out, Vampire Weekend was no longer new or particularly hot.
"He asked me (it was less like a question and more like a test) what kind of music I liked. I almost rolled my eyes. Who even asks that anymore?"
Better question: who still chronicles the rise and fall of a relationship with pretentious music references? Nick Hornby owes you a painful kick up the arse.
Please come party and say farewell to Jackie's with The Buzzard's Banquet this Thursday, August 15th at 8pm. We share stories, poems, play music, and drink buckets of nips. This month it's all in the name of the best bar in Brooklyn...
For me Laura's theme trumps every other piece on TP
Im tired of hearing about this stuff. E Cigs have saved my mothers life, she went from 2-3 packs a day heavy smoking addiction chain smoking all day. Doctor said she would die if she didnt stop in a few years and she picked up a e cig. She has been smoke free for 3 months. her coughing has gone down so much and she doesnt have problems walking. quit messing with e cigs please! and about the flavors who wants to smoke e cigs flavored with smoke? really?
"It's not ideal, of course, ..."
How are e-cigarettes not ideal? I guess that statement assumes that the nicotine is a problem, but is it? Why do we assume that getting nicotine from a Nicorette is OK and not a problem but getting nicotine from an e-cigarette is a problem and not "ideal".
In fact e-cigarettes are ideal because ...
1) Nobody has a cogent argument as to why ingesting nicotine is bad.
What is the problem with being addicted to nicotine as compared to say caffeine?
2) Zero impact on others.
3) No known long-term health effects on the user.
4) No cogent arguments or evidence that vaping e-cigarettes leads to other
health affecting behaviours like smoking.
Anyway, I don't understand why they are seen as not ideal.
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