Archive : Feb. 19- 27, 1998
- "Suedehead" 10 year anniversary
- "Friends II" soundtrack
- What's Johnny Marr up to?
27 98 - Friday
10 year anniversary
released 10 years ago
On February 27, 1988, Morrissey's
first single "Suedehead" was
released in the UK, thus beginning his solo
career. Today is the 10 year anniversary of
this first release.
For this occasion, thanks to Carson Bording
for sending a scan of the souvenir Fairmount
Historical Museum guest list,
signed by Morrissey and crew (including Tim
Broad) while they were in Fairmount shooting
the "Suedehead" video.
Here's that "Suedehead" video in RealVideo
format, taken from the "Hulmerist"
videotape. I know you all have the video
already, but this is for nostalgia...
modem version (.5 fps)
modem version (5 fps - fast
single sleeve scan and release date reference
taken from Stephane Daigle's website, "Passions
Just Like Mine".
Erentxun covers "Everyday Is Like
Erentxun has a new record with a
Morrissey cover. His new record is called Acrobatas
and the song is "Everyday Is
Like Sunday". He already
covered "There Is A Light That Never
Goes Out" in his last record and now
"Everyday Is Like Sunday".
Thanks to Pedro
Martel for correcting the spelling of
Mikel's name and for letting me know Mikel is
Vanian of The Damned likes Moz
on Mon. Feb 23rd, I went to see one of my
fav all time bands - THE DAMNED.
It was a very good show, and it made me feel
like I was 16 again. Anyways, after the
show, I hung around outside with a few
friends waiting for the band to come out the
back door. It was pouring rain, but we stuck
it out anyways, and it was well worth it. We
met band, then Dave Vanian came out and said
hello, gave us hugs, told me my duck tail
haircut was nice, then he noticed the MOZ
shirt. He said "OH WOW!!!
Morrissey!!" and I said "Do you
like him?" Then Dave replied "F**k
yes I do!" Just thought you’d like to
know this tidbit.
(Sleepytime Trio) influenced
received something really interesting from Drew
Ringo <guitar player of the
infamous hardcore-punk band called Sleepytime
trio> some days ago; get this:
"...if it wasn't for Johnny Marr
and seeing the Smiths when I was in 7th
grade I would have never been inspired to
learn to play the guitar, I'm very serious,
check the Sleepytime
trio web site
Ginoli (Pansy Division) influenced
From Zach Braun:
another appearance by Morrissey in an
American punk song. "Homo
Christmas", a song by
outspoken gay pop-punk band Pansy
Division features the following
"Don’t be miserable like
Morrissey / Let me do you underneath the
The tune appears on a 1995 7", and
their singles CD Pile Up.
Guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli
has repeatedly mentioned how Moz was an
influence on him, and how The Smiths are one
of his favorite bands. This isn’t really
significant news, but it’s something.
Smiths fans should also check out their
labelmates The Potatomen,
who have a jangly sound quite similar to
of The Potatomen...
Hayes, the owner of Lookout
Records (home to such acts as
Avail, Mr T Experience, Green Day), is in a
band called The Potatomen.
They are sooo good. they are similar in
sound to The Smiths / Morrissey (although
there are differences, and no one can sound
as good as The Smiths or Morrissey). Anyway,
they do a cover of "There Is A light
That Never Goes Out" on their new
album. Also, they have a song called "Geoffrey"
and the lyrics are:
"he was a boy from Southern
always wanted to look so forlorn
it’s not that life for him was oh so bad
but his aesthetic sense required he feel
so he moped his way from day to day
and tossed his head in a most languorous
and though Jeff was his name
he found it far too mundane
to spell it with a ‘J’ in the
so in the spirit of his hero MORRISSEY
he spelled it with an English ‘G’
and everyone soon knew him as
...there’s more, but that is the
part where they directly speak of Morrissey.
It is a really good song, not to mention a
really good album... sounds like Morrissey,
The Smiths, with a hint of influence from
the Ramones... sounds weird, but it’s
The cover of "There
Is A Light..." was previously
mentioned back in December.
Early Burglary Years release date pushed
Thanks to Michael
Fellows for the news that the Reprise
site is showing that the tentative release
date has been pushed to June 23, from May 12.
Is this the standard delay, or maybe there are
some last-minute changes?
tour - not confirmed, not before Autumn
friend of mine has spoken to Alain Whyte
concerning the European Tour (Germany,
Austria, Switzerland) and he said, that the
tour isn't confirmed and IF it will happen,
then not before Autumn!
- Nobel Prize consideration?
talk about giving the Nobel Prize
for Literature to a pop lyricist.
The two mentioned are Bob Dylan and of
course our very own MORRISSEY. Just a couple
of weeks ago there was an article in the
Swedish newspaper "Svenska
Dagbladet" where the
journalist almost demanded that Moz should
get the award.
Could we see Morrissey
Morrissey: Britain's Top Light
Well, almost. This is one of the
more bizarre pieces of news I've come across
so bear with me.
As I'm sure you're completely unaware (why
shouldn't you be?), one of the BBC's current
roster of popular early-evening sit-coms is
a programme called "Goodnight
Sweetheart" in which the main
character Gary , played by the narrow-headed
Nicholas Lyndhurst, lives a double life in
London in two different eras - during the
1990s and also during the Blitz - "with
hilarious consequences" as I'm sure you
All well and good, but why am I wasting your
time with this trash? Well, I saw the
trailer for next week's episode, and the
Nicholas Lyndhurst character suddenly
launched into a rendition of "Heaven
Knows I'm Miserable Now",
complete with what I must assume is an
impression of Morrissey ... "with
I was quite surprised too, I have to admit
Anyone sufficiently interested can tune into
BBC 1 on Monday at 8.30.
But that's not a recommendation!
Kray: future collaborator, perhaps?
to (Tuesday's) Daily Mail, Reggie
Kray could be released from prison
within ten weeks, after a psychiatric
report, commissioned by the Parole Board,
declared him to be a 'minimal risk' to the
Reggie will have served his minimum tariff
of 30 years in prison on 9th May this year
and the psychiatrists say there is no
medical reason why he should be detained any
longer. Many others within the prison
service also believe that Kray should be set
free, a view shared by Leonard Read, the
former Scotland Yard detective who helped
catch Reggie and Ronnie.
Reggie is said to be a changed man who
regrets his crimes, likes poetry and gets
upset by bad language on TV.
When and if he is released, he plans to run
a recording studio at a country house in
Norfolk. The psychiatric report states:
"He describes wishing to set up a music
studio, as having written lyrics and having
been in touch with several pop stars."
A future Morrissey collaborator, perhaps?
Thanks to Caroline
for the MP3 "Feel
Like Morrissey" (3.37 MB zip
file) by the punk band 30 Foot Fall.
In case you don't have one yet, an MP3 player
is available here.
Additionally, from Caroline:
came across this silly punk song while
looking for MP3s recently, by a band called
"30 Foot Fall"... the song is a
kick to listen to...
A comprehensive 30
Foot Fall page ... it says the song is
from a '96 7" (called "Jr. High
Sucked", Twistworthy Records). I don't
know if it is old news or such, but I
thought to send the lyrics just in case.
"Feel Like Morrissey"
I was a happy idiot
I didn't know what pain meant
thanks for showing me the deal
I hurt so bad that I can't feel
I was a happy idiot
now I'm in a world of shit
thanks a lot, I needed that
now will you stop kicking my ass?
now I feel like morrissey
bandaids on my nipples 'cuz
I feel like morrissey
everyday is like sunday
I wish I would have just stayed home
I wish you would've left me alone
and now look at what I've got
I had a joy division attack
now all I wear is black
opened my heart, you kept yours shut
and now you left me on my butt
now I'm a lonely idiot
hope I don't always feel like this
hurt me so bad that I can't see
and now I feel like morrissey
last night I dreamt somebody loved me
I will never marry
sing me to sleep, 'cuz I feel like morrissey
girlfriend in a coma
never had no one ever
is it really so strange?
I know it's over
there is a light that never goes out
please, please, please, let me get what I
angel don't take your life
some people have got no pride
they do not understand
the urgency of life
but I love you more than life
Well, I'll Never Learn" - to appear on
"Friends II" Soundtrack
Thanks to Joey for
wrote to Reprise records
about my disappointment with the new Moz
compilation and I suggested a few choices of
my own. One of the tracks I suggested was
"Oh Well, I’ll Never Learn". On
the reply I got from Reprise it said that
track was to be included on the compilation
but later dropped in favor of the new live
version of "Cosmic Dancer".
It went on to say that the track is gonna
appear on the next "Friends"
According to the Reprise
Records website, the soundtrack has a
tentative release date in August. "Oh
Well, I'll Never Learn" is a rare track,
released only as a b-side on the CD-single
version of "Suedehead".
From Troy James:
the March 19th Rolling Stone
"Raves" section, Matt
Pinfield of MTV lists this as his
2nd "Rave" :
"Pretty Girls Make
Graves" - The Smiths
"What a great title, and the lyrics,
just about a person realizing that the
person they're with is so codependent that
it doesn't matter who picks up their hand -
if you're not there, someone else will fill
- voted 5th best in Brazil
From Fabricio Muller:
magazine) best-of-1997 edition, Morrissey
was chosen as 5th best in the "International
Lyricists" category. The first
1. Bob Dylan
2. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
3. Richard Ashcroft (Verve)
4. Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
And "Alma Matters" had a vote for
Wilde photo questioned
figured it might be of interest to someone,
NEWS SOURCE: PlanetOut NewsPlanet - http://www.planetout.com/
SUMMARY: Is the real Oscar Wilde standing
up? It looks like him, but nothing else
about the almost-auctioned picture adds
Maybe old news to
some, but not to me. From Paul (Rusholme):
recently read Trainspotting
by Irvine Welsh, in the
book there was a chapter named "There
Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
In that section there is a passage that goes
"A few months ago, Nicola had
been talking to him as they walked from a
party at Sighthill to one at Wester Hailes.
They had been having a good crack, becoming
detached from the rest of the group. She had
been very responsive, and Spud had chatted
freely, high on speed. In fact, she seemed
to be hanging on his every word. Spud wanted
to never get to that party, wishing that
they could just go on walking and talking.
They went down into an underpass and Spud
thought that he should try to put his arm
around Nicola. Then a passage from a Smiths'
song, one he'd always liked called:
"There Is A Light That Never Goes
Out", came into his head:
and in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God my chance has come at
but then a strange fear gripped me
and I just couldn't ask
Morrissey's sad voice summed up
Some changes -
* new logos are around the different pages of
the sites and rotating on the front page. In
the future, different logos will appear in the
* front page is a frame now - let me know if
there are any problems with your browser.
Thanks to Paul
Armstrong for his design tips.
has been added to the people
section. Thanks to Seiji
Toyota for the Jobriath info from her
Marr update - he's producing Marion
Thanks to all those
who e-mailed to let me know. This was
originally in the news about 7 months
ago so I was hoping to hear of something
new since then. Johnny Marr solo a
possibility? Thanks to the senders for more
details on the forthcoming Marion releases:
were wondering what Johnny Marr is up to
now? I do know that his production of the
Marion album The Program
is complete and the first single ‘Miyako
Hideaway’ is due out Feb.
23 in the UK. The single features
Johnny playing guitars as he co-wrote the
song. The album should be due out in April.
A Marion site mentioned that Johnny is
currently working on the next Electronic
album as well as some solo stuff?!?
Magazine’s website says (under Reviews
- Singles, you can also listen to a sample):
Miyako Hideaway (London)
After interminable time spent in and out of
the public eye in various rehab-type
establishments, Marion have returned and
recruited fellow Manc Johnny Marr to produce
their fitter, happier product. Which,
funnily enough, sounds not unlike Cyndi
Lauper’s I Drove All Night on the
choruses. Starts off a bit like Weller’s
Changing Man, then succumbs to Jaimes
Morrissey-y vocals. "Even though I/Know
everything I need to know about you/You
still hide away" trills the
increasingly fucked-looking Harding, making
absolutely no sense at all. If he knows
everything then he knows why she’s running
off so why is he banging on about it, eh?
an interview with Marion’s
vocalist Jaime (with the "i"
gone awry...) in this week’s NME
"He came down to a rehearsal and
the first ten seconds was like (whispers),
"Johnny Marr! Johnny Marr!" and
then it was "WORK!". When you’re
buzzin’ it’s so easy. We swap clothes
and records and he’s got loads of dead
rare promotional videos, Stones and stuff.
"I know we really fired Johnny up and
we got some really good stuff from him and
he buzzed us up. It whizzed by because we
were having such a good time. It was a
conscious decision to make this album have
grooves and a swagger that made people
feel good when they listen to it.
"The Program" is
three-dimensional whereas "This
World..." ["... And Body",
their rather thin and gothique debut] was
I must admit, I’ve not gone out of my
way to hear any of the new material, but
their first few singles were pleasant
enough. Well, alright, I quite liked the
first one ("Sleep") which featured
a "Hand In Glove" - style
harmonica part and seems to have been
adopted for half a dozen car ads. But I can’t
help being difficult to please...
clip on "Daria"
snippet of "Alma Matters" was
played on MTV’s "Daria" season
premiere on Monday 2/17. Not major news, but
press is press for Mozzer. Who knows maybe
one day MTV will actually play his videos.
Washington DC - tour info (1997)
For those of
you just joining us, I'm still trying to
finish up all the documentation for last
year's tour. Thanks to those who took
the time to contribute their excellent
info and photos.
Sept. 19: Svenja, Jason McEnaney,
Chris Jackson, Jeff Rioux, Joseph
Massey, Jough Dempsey, and Keith Vanetta.
DC, Sept. 20: Mario, Edwin, and
These Charming Men
gig - Alain Whyte appearance
Regarding the cover
band mentioned previously.
...they did a short set of 1/2 an
hour, but the highlight was the appearance
of Alain Whyte! He was with a tall blonde
woman wearing glasses and another guy
wearing a baseball hat... Alain was
extremely nice and he let me get a pic of
him and he was nice enough to give some
people autographs including myself... He is
going to release an album of his own soon,
so people should look out for it...
Johnny Marr up to?
With no disrespect
intended, what has Johnny Marr been doing the
past year (or two)? Anything at all slightly
interesting? From Steven
Ivan Dalfey Anderson:
you know Johnny Marr is currently with the
group Electronic which consists of himself
and Bernard Sumner (lead singer of New
Order). Well both men had said in
interviews, after releasing their second
album, that they would both be working
exclusively on material for Electronic and
would not do any side gigs for a while...
Well, yesterday I went on Ceremony
and they had this announcement:
"[2/16/98] Today, BBC Radio One
has announced that New Order HAVE
re-formed. There is to be a new album, and
a one-off gig at the Phoenix Festival at
Stratford upon Avon on 18th July 98. No
info on tickets yet."
So what is Mr. Marr up to now?