ran into Spencer Cobrin on Mott St. in New York City over
the weekend. He is definitely not in the band anymore. He
wouldn't really give me all of the details, but... he said
that it was a very bad situation... and that he was
disappointed that he wasn't going to be on this tour. He
alluded to a lot of inner turmoil in the band, and that he
was at least partially glad that it was over. He has a new
band called SONNENBLUME, which means
"sunflower" in German. They will be playing at Acme
Underground In NYC on September 4th.
I was listening to Y107
in Los Angeles and one of the DJs was talking about how he
saw Morrissey in a restaurant in LA. He and some of his
friends decided to send Mozzer a bottle of wine so they
asked the waiter what their most expensive bottle of wine
was and they sent it to him. They told the waiter, 'tell him
it's from fans and friends.' Morrissey apparently did not
respond to anything, didn't say a thing. The DJ (don't know
his name) started talking about how rude Morrissey was and
kept saying he wanted Morrissey to pay him for his wine on
the radio. I think Morrissey just doesn't like wine.
an e-mail to Boz last week asking him about the next Moz
record. He replied saying that he can't see Morrissey going
into the studio before next year. He also said they've
written a few songs but he doesn't know what the album will
this in a Placebo chat (from Placebo Online) that
David Bowie hosted. Here it goes:
Chat - Placebo with David Bowie 29/03/99
Bowie: Another question "any Smiths influence?
Your cover of Big Mouth on the tribute album is
Steve: Yeah, Smiths influence, definitely. We still
listen to them now. I remember discovering the Smiths when
"How Soon is Now" came out, it blew me away.
Brian: I don't think there's a particular sonic
influence, but I think there's a kind of lyrical one
Morrissey was also very confessional.
Stefan: What was it like to tour with them? I mean,
Bowie: I wouldn't know! [laughter] I was terribly
disappointed, I really wanted him to complete that tour.
Morrissey started work with me a couple years ago, whenever
it was two, three years ago? He did a couple of shows, then
got ill, and we never saw him again, which is a shame. I
really admire him very much.
Brian: So there is an influence, yeah. The Smiths
were often a soundtrack to every rainy teenage afternoon. I
grew up in Luxembourg, where it rains quite a bit he even
wrote a song about Luxembourg.
Not that it really
matters, but I thought some people may be interested in the
fact that "How Soon Is Now?" was played
over the loud speakers at Woodstock between acts. I
was not there, but my friend told me. They also sold
Morrissey merchandise. I got a nice sticker. They also sold
pins... I'm not sure if there was anything else. This is a
little late, but since it isn't of much importance I guess
it doesn't matter*l*.
...Chuck D once
shouted the socio-political odds in slam-bang sportscaster's
style, but now he sounds bitter and out of the loop,
lambasting the vicissitudes of the record industry like a