Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business - Kicking the Habit

The police will stun you with their stun guns / Or disable you with tasers / That’s what government’s for / Oh oh, you poor little fool.” Wie anders kan dat met zoveel drama en tegelijkertijd overtuiging zingen? Inderdaad: voormalig The Smiths-zanger Morrissey is terug, 55 jaar oud inmiddels maar nog geen spat veranderd. Na een spoken word-video is nu de single World Peace Is None Of Your Business van zijn gelijkgetitelde nieuwe album te horen.

BronKicking the Habit.

Het nieuwe album kan hier als Pre-Order besteld worden op verschillende dragers en met diverse extra’s. Wil je alles? Kies dan de ‘UBER DELUXE BUNDLE‘ en krijg het album op vinyl, als standaard CD, als Deluxe Digital CD en als MP3 download, een litho, een luxe print van de songteksten, een t-shirt en een poster waar de namen van de pre-order bestellers op komen te staan. 

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Morrissey – ‘Satellite Of Love’ available @ RECORDSTORE.CO.UK

Morrissey – Satellite Of Love

Satellite Of Love (Live)’ will be available on two formats: picture disc 7″, heavyweight 12″ (both featuring a rare Renaud Monfourny photo of Morrissey). Formats will include ‘You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side‘, the opening track from Morrissey’s seminal 1992 album ‘Your Arsenal‘, which was produced by the legendary and hugely influential Spiders From Mars’ guitarist and arranger, Mick Ronson (whom also co-produced Lou Reed’s original ‘Satellite Of Love‘ and its parent album, ‘Transformer‘).

Lou Reed – Transformer

In addition, across all three formats there will also be four previously unreleased live tracks: ‘All You Need Is Me‘, ‘Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed‘, ‘Vicar In A Tutu‘ and a cover of Buzzcocks’ ‘You Say You Don’t Live Me‘, all recorded live in Hyde Park, 4th July 2008.

Both formats can now be ordered at RECORDSTORE.CO.UK (or click this direct link)

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The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ tops NME’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

A list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is published in this week’s magazine NME.

The Smiths’ 1986 LP came top of the list, above albums by The Beatles, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stone Roses and Pixies. You can read the full rundown in this week’s issue of NME.
The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: See the Top 100 in full

Read more at NME.COM

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The Queen Is Dead @ Wikipedia

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Curve: 20th Anniversary Post Mortem – Why Aren’t They More Popular?

I still remembered the first time I listened to Curve‘s 1991 single The Colour Hurts:

Dean Garcia Toni HallidayA blend of shoegaze, dream pop, dance, and industrial rock, bands that time simply didn’t have. It remained one of the most sublime, achingly beautiful yet darkly disturbing songs I’ve ever heard in my life. I later got their debut album Doppelgänger, which came out literally 20 years ago as well, and was still blown away by the production and assertive vision they had. Truth be told, I felt it was one of the best albums of that year, if not one of the best in the 90’s, though of course others will disagree. Their later stuff may not have matched the genius of their earlier materials, but none of them were weak, and all were well above the indie batting average in terms of quality. More importantly, they were all excellent articulations of the particular genres they belonged to (i.e. Cuckoo for electro-rock, Come Clean for breakbeat, Gift for electro-pop), something very rarely encountered even among the best bands.

Yet one thing puzzled me as years passed by. That the pop music mainstream did not include them in their radio canon is logical and understandable (though many of their songs could fit that role more than splendidly). But the fact is this bands absence in all the indie year end lists, best of decade picks, and even list of honorable mentions, in both print and online mags large and small of the 90’s and 00’s, bothered me to no end. I’ve encountered no mention of them even among the diverse online music communities I’ve came across, something that really surprised me as I thought more than a few might have kept their memories.

In retrospect, 20 years after their debut album, what explains their almost bewildering lack of presence then and especially now, when numerous other bands even more obscure have larger devotees on the Internet? Were they too early for their time? Or were their materials too dense and esoteric to be comprehended? Perhaps their quality was suspect after all?

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Morrissey autobiography pulled at last minute following ‘content disagreement’

Deal with Penguin Books collapses ahead of planned release

Morrissey in concert - Manchester ApolloThe publication of the official Morrissey biography has been pulled at the last minute following a “content dispute” between the singer and publisher Penguin.

Morrissey: Autobiography was due for release on Monday (September 16) but a statement on True To You today (September 13) confirmed that the book will no longer be available on that date and will not be published by Penguin. The statement, which you can see below, confirms that Morrissey is seeking a new publisher to print the book.

The statement reads: “Although Morrissey’s Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.”

In 2011 a spokesperson for Penguin Books said Morrissey’s forthcoming autobiography was “a classic in the making”. The publisher has said it was keen to enter discussions with the former Smiths frontman, who announced he had finished the 600 page-plus tome that year.

During a 2011 interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Morrissey said he wanted the book to come out on the Penguin Classic series, despite the book franchise normally only ever being bestowed on already-established literary classics rather than new titles.

Over the past year Morrissey has postponed and cancelled a host of tour dates because of his mother’s and his own ill health. He recently revealed that he nearly died earlier this year due to medical problems.

Source: NME

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A Selection of Great Smiths and Morrissey Covers by Female Artists

By Tom Hawking, Flavorwire, on May 13, 2013 4:30pm

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of The Smiths’ first single, the enduringly  excellent “Hand in Glove.” The song failed to chart — but it was later covered, curiously enough, by British pop singer Sandie Shaw, whose version reached #27 in the UK charts and helped a great deal in introducing the general public to the band. The idea of female singers covering the Smiths and/or Morrissey is interesting, simply because their songs are so quintessentially male in their own effete way. And so, in a repeat of the thought exercise we carried out with Leonard Cohen a few weeks back, we’ve rounded up a selection of Smiths covers (with the occasional Morrissey song for good measure) by female artists — including one particularly amazing track by Tiffany, of all people

Click this link to read the original article.

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Morrissey: “Begrafenis Thatcher wrijft zout in de wonden”

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Morrissey steekt zijn mening over de recent overleden Margaret Thatcher niet onder stoelen of banken. Naar aanleiding van haar begrafenis zei hij dat het hele gebeuren een belediging is voor “al haar slachtoffers”. Ook de manier waarop de media haar leven en werk in beeld brengt, wrijft volgens hem zout in de wonden.

Toen op acht april bekend raakte dat Thatcher overleden was, deelde Morrissey met de wereld dat ze “geen reet om mensen gaf”. Twee dagen geleden publiceerde hij een uitgebreide statement op fansite ‘True To You’, waarin hij onder meer de manier aanklaagt waarop kranten schrijven over het leiderschap van de ‘Iron Lady’. Zo verwijt hij de media dat ze niet delen hoe het er echt aan toegaat op de Britse straten, maar enkel hoe ze het graag zouden hebben.


“Ik heb geluisterd en gekeken en heb een totaal gebrek aan waarheid ontdekt, waarvan ik nooit gedroomd had dat het zou bestaan in modern Brittannië. Margaret Thatcher is niet meer en kan dus niet de schuldige zijn van de verslagen over haar dood, verslagen die zo partijdig zijn en vol dreigende onverdraagzaamheid staan. We moeten ons bijna gaan afvragen hoe we ooit nog één woord kunnen geloven uit de Britse geschiedenisboeken. Aan al wie het ‘thatcherisme’ overleefde en wie zich Thatcher nog herinnert als een ‘living hell’… de Daily Mail en The Guardian hebben een boodschap voor ons: “Jij bent niets!””, schreef een misnoegde Morrissey.

Zout in de wonden

Over de begrafenis van Thatcher was hij ook niet bepaald te spreken: “Onze gedachten worden verder gekweld door de uitdagende extravagantie van de begrafenis en de militaire groet. Ze ontdoen haar slachtoffers van alles en wrijven pijnlijk zout in de wonden”.


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