News Archive :
Mar. 02-13, 1998
- Johnny Marr to co-write England's World Cup single
|"(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The
Torr was the first to let
me know that more
details regarding England's World Cup song are on NME.com's site:
McCULLOCH AND MARR WRITE ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP
IAN McCULLOCH, (centre in picture) singer with Echo & The Bunnymen , has beaten rival
entries from Blur, Pulp and The Lightning Seeds to record the official England World Cup
Football Squad song.
'(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World?' was written by McCulloch and ex-Smiths'
guitarist Johnny Marr five years ago and will be released as a single by London Records on
May 25. The song's chorus includes the terrace-friendly chant: "England we love
Current plans are for the track to be re-recorded next month in a 'Perfect Day'-style
collaboration with vocals from a number of different artists which The Sun newspaper today
claims will include All Saints, Cast, Jarvis Cocker, Finley Quaye, Louise, Robbie Williams
plus members of the England squad.
Echo & The Bunnymen were asked to submit a version of the track after Football
Association chiefs heard a demo. The Bunnymen had originally submitted an early version of
the song with different lyrics as the theme music for The Golden Boot, a six-week series
of programmes to be hosted by ex-England footballer Gary Lineker in the run up to the
World Cup in June. The song was written around the same time as the other material on the
Bunnymen's 'Evergreen' album.
Ian Broudie's Lightning Seeds were in the running for the prestigious official England
World Cup song with 'Three Lions '98', an updated version of their mega-successful Euro
'96 theme which hit Number One in the UK.
If the title and quoted lyric are any indication of the rest of the
song, I think I'll pass...
Douglas Coupland's book signing tour
Here is the Douglas
Coupland book signing schedule, courtesy Michelle.
Thanks to Jessica McMillan for her account
of the Seattle signing:
signing of "Girlfriend in a Coma" in Seattle, was actually last
night, the 11th. I was there. I got my book signed. He lead into the reading by saying;
"Shoplifters of the world unite and take over". Which got a minimal laugh from
the crowd. I only heard one other person ask him about the Smiths. He didnt mention
anything about them during the reading. He just chuckled a bit, when I asked him, and said
"they are great arent they?". Thats about it. Ill be doing a review
about the book and the signing in my new Morrissey zine, "Everybodys
Staring". The first issue will be out NEAR the beginning of April. Have a
|Johnny Marr to co-write England's World Cup
Thanks to Naomi for
"What's Johnny Marr doing now? part II":
morning it was announced that the England football team's official World Cup
single is to be written by Ian McCulloch and Johnny Marr. The
vocalist (s) have yet to be announced but I gather it's a mass singalong-Band-Aid type of
affair. Needless to say, Morrissey probably won't be involved.
Football singles are generally as dreadful as you'd imagine them to be, but they're
practically guaranteed to top the singles chart for a week or two. So expect some
hideously embarrassing Top Of The Pops performances -
Johnny Marr consults Bernard Butler
Thanks to Natalie for the
an interview in April's "Select" magazine, Bernard
Butler talks about the Mike Joyce trial. He says:
"Everyday after court Johnny would come round or ring me from outside the
Royal Courts of Justice. Hed just go 'What am I going to do? Morrissey is my key
witness, Im going to lose half a million quid'. Then wed go out for a meal and
come back and play some guitar."
I don't really know what that's about but it's interesting anyway!
Belle and Sebastian
Also from Natalie:
just thought I would tell you that the Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian are Smiths
influenced and covered "Reel Around The Fountain" at a London
gig last year. Its only really of interest because they are such a brilliant band which
Chino Moreno's (Deftones) mix tape
From Jonathan Bowie:
pg. 68 of the new Rolling Stone with Buffy on the cover (April 2), Chino
Moreno of the Deftones stated on his road trip favorite mix tape, that
Morrisseys "Little Man, What Now?" was his seventh
favorite song to listen to.
"We Hate It..." covered
Spanish label AUSTRO with the help of ACUARELA has released "LUJO Y MISERIA"
(luxury and misery): a brilliant compilation of melancholy, heartbreaking, intelligent,
cynical and romantic pop music. 20 songs from eight bands.
It features a cover of "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"
by Morrissey translated to CatalŠn with the title "…s Odiůs Quan Els Amics
Triomfen" with all the power of the original mutated to tecnopop.
Seattle - get your "Girlfriend In A
Coma" signed (today)
From Todd Stephenson:
Coupland will be signing "Girlfriend in a Coma" Thursday March 12 at Elliot Bay
Books in downtown Seattle. I cant be sure of the time but I think it is at 7pm.
The Smiths - not party music
I had VH-1 on while doing this update and they were doing the "Top
10 Party Songs of all time." Before announcing the #1 song they asked
sarcastically who would be number one. One of the suggestions: "The Smiths?...
no." Part of the "Girlfriend In A Coma" video was played as the lead out to
a commercial break. The number one song turned out to be "Love Shack" by the
B-52's. I don't get the sarcasm... just what world does VH-1 live in?
|"Goodnight Sweetheart" - a report
Regarding the BBC television show mentioned earlier. Thanks P:
a series on the B.B.C. called Goodnight Sweetheart, featuring Nicholas
Lyndhurst (Rodney in 'Only Fools And Horses'), which revolves around a man, Gary
(Lyndhurst), who, thanks to a (very) special time gate in a backstreet near his house,
spends his life between 1998 and... 1943! He is married with a kid and is a spy during
World War Two, and has a girlfriend and runs a shop in 1998. Cue endless gaffes, since
both ladies don't know about his 'double life'. Like, mentioning The Beatles, the internet
or wheelie bins in 1943 - I'm sure you can imagine. In last week's episode, he was at
home, in 1943, with his wife, Phoebe, and his next-door neighbour, ...NoŽl Coward (!),
when Phoebe asked him to play 'one of his lovely songs' to Mr. Coward. Gary then sat down
at the piano, and started singing 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', doing
a (lame but funny) Moz impression, even waving the flowers which were in the vase on the
piano! Needless to say, NoŽl Coward was far from impressed. Grab a copy if you can.
Looks like things have slowed down a bit so I have had a chance
to go through my mailbox, something I've been neglecting for a while. I'll try to be
better at answering mail, but I'm not making any promises.
As a lot of e-mail I receive may be of some interest to others, I have decided to start
posting some in the new e-mailbag section every so
|"Chicago Hoax" - more sordid details
I received some more details about the scam that took place
about a month ago. To sum up what happened - several people who had given letters to
Morrissey at concerts or elsewhere during last year's tour were called by people who
claimed to work for Morrissey and were organizing some sort of 'meet and greet' weekend in
Chicago in March with Morrissey. The claim was that about 30 people were chosen because
something in their letter touched Morrissey and he wanted to show his thanks for the
support during the tour. Due to inconsistencies in the information given by the callers
and the fact that the record companies had not heard of this, it was quickly determined it
was all a hoax.
Since then, nothing more regarding the matter has come forth until I received an e-mail
from a witness who would like to remain anonymous. Thanks to this person for the following
details, which I have summarized:
1. Imagine a group of half a dozen people gathered in a bar in Chicago, none of them
Morrissey fans, going through a garbage sack of letters (a few dozen or so) and pictures,
"laughing like hyenas". It wasn't taken seriously at the time, but some of them
said they were going to call the letter-writers and 'f*** with them'.
2. A member of the crew was involved, a newer member. He had all these items collected
throughout the tour. It is unknown how this person got the letters that were personally
given to Morrissey, although it was said that Morrissey read and cared for the letters.
3. The letters were from all over, even Europe. So it's probable that things were
taken from throughout the tour, to the end.
Sorry if this issue has been overblown, it is best to just move on, as the people
involved with putting on this hoax are, as the e-mailer would agree, just not worth it.
"Girlfriend In A Coma" by Douglas Coupland
The book mentioned long ago is finally out. Thanks to Ryan for the info:
just purchased Douglas Couplands
(Author: Generation-X, Microserfs, Life after God) new book entitled "Girlfriend in a Coma."
To say the least I was pleased that my favourite contemporary author wrote a book with a
Smiths title, but I was much more pleasantly surprised when after reading 50 pages of the
book Ive come across numerous Smiths lyrics fit into his writing. Including
"Bigmouth strikes again." and "We can go for a walk where its quiet
and dry, and talk about precious things."
(p.s. Coupland didnt only write Generation-X, its from his novel that the term
According to splene,
Coupland has said he borrowed the title from the Smiths song and that the book is supposed
to be a "modern day Rip Van Winkle story." Also, Coupland is currently on a book
Sandie Shaw / Twinkle releases
From Darrin Neuer:
the Feb. issue of Record Collector magazine...
"RPM (Records) have begun the year with two fine collections
culled from the BBC archives. Sandie Shaws -Live in the 80s-The BBC Sessions,
includes material taped during her Rough Trade era, some featuring members of the
It also goes on to mention a limited edition vinyl release of Twinkles "Golden
Thought this may be of interest to some.
|"Panic" covered by Dystopia One
Thanks to Mike Bazini for
letting me know his band Dystopia One did a "crazy interpretation of that Smiths'
song, 'Panic'". Download the full
song in .mp3 format (1.72 MB zip file). Here's a link to the Dystopia One website.
Andy Rourke book rumor
has it Andy Rourke is in the middle of working on a book about his time spent in The
Smiths and afterwards. Looks to be released in Dec. in the UK.
Marilyn Manson - the book signing in Los Angeles
went to the book signing yesterday (Saturday) and wore the Robert Wagner shirt. When it
was finally my turn to go into Tower, I walked in to hear "This Charming Man",
and then "How Soon Is Now?" When I met Manson, I know he looked at the shirt,
because he did a slight double take, and gave me either a glare or smirk. I couldnt
tell. Quite interesting and fun. Therea little more details on the mozziness of the
day at the site I put up
about the experience...
"The Morrissey Convention", Apr. 26 in
Just so people stop e-mailing about it, here is a link to the info on the convention being
held in April. The usual stuff... tickets are $20.
|My Early Burglary Years delay follow-up
Thanks to Jason for the
reasons for the delay are two-fold the first reason being because of the CDROM
enhancement the video for Sunny will be on the CD and the new technology they
wanted to use took a little while to acquire. Second, it took Reprise a couple of weeks to
pry the video out of the UK-which is another story altogether. Anyway, June 23 looks like
a pretty firm date.
Marilyn Manson follow-up
Marilyn Manson was interviewed on the radio station KROQ (Los
Angeles) last Friday regarding his book. From Melinda Hsu:
one of the hosts started quoting from Mansons book... when he got to the one where
"Youre gay if you listen to the Smiths, make out with a girl who likes the
Smiths...etc" he said to Marilyn Manson, "You dont like the Smiths, do
Marilyn Manson protested quickly, "No, I LIKE the Smiths. I own several of their
Moz in Sports Illustrated
the March 2nd issue of SI, writer Steve Rushin has this
to say about (Italian skier) Alberto Tomba in
his article about the close of the Winter Olympics, entitled "Joy Ride":
"And what of Alberto Tomba, who is better described by another musical
composition, a pop song, The Last of the Famous International
Noel Gallagher on Latin MTV
From Adrian Oswald Zuniga:
saw Noel Gallagher of Oasis been interviewed by this Latin VJ. And she mentioned to him
that Morrissey had said that the music movement in Manchester was dead. He didn't agree,
but didn't deny it either.
Than she asked him about a couple of Manchester bands, New Order: he said he liked a song
of theirs and that they were good, but he didn't know if they were still together.
Than she said The SMITHS: and he said, "My heroes, my idols, I grew up listening to
them. Because of Johnny Marr, I play guitar right now. I keep in touch with him, he's
really cool, my biggest dream is to play with him..."
These Charming Men - another gig in London, Mar. 6
Sikar (of These Charming Men, " the UKs only Smiths and Morrissey tribute
band as far as we know"):
got another gig coming up in London at the Royal Standard in Walthamstow,
on Friday the 6th of March, nearest tube Blackhorse Road on the Victoria
line. Doors open around 8:00 pm.
Weve got a bigger gig lined up at the New Cross Venue on the first
of May. Well have more songs rehearsed by then. We played "Alma
Matters" at the Standard and it went down well. Well be working on other
Morrissey numbers such as "Satan Rejected My Soul" and "Everyday Is Like
Sunday". Were also bringing back by public demand "How Soon Is Now?"
which we had dropped from our set list.
"True To You", accepting contributions
From Julia Riley:
forthcoming issues of the Morrissey zine True To You will cover Morrisseys 1997 tour
dates in North America and Europe.
Your experiences and impressions from any concerts you attended will be more than welcome!
If youd like to contribute, please write to the e-mail or postal address given
below. If you respond by e-mail, please include your town or city, state or county, and
country of residence.
Any information about, or recordings of, any of the songs included on the intermission
tapes played during this tour, will also be greatly appreciated.
Photographs, press clippings, audio and video tapes of the shows, etc., are always most
welcome, as well, and can be returned to you if required.
Please send any questions, comments, or contributions, to firstname.lastname@example.org
True To You
831 Beacon Street #9100-266
Newton Centre, MA 02159
Feb. 27 was also...
... the 5th anniversary of Tim Broad's passing. Thanks to Tara Anderson for the reminder, which she got from
issue 3 of the fanzine "A Chance To Shine".