Sep 11 97 - Thursday
Maladjusted another #1
Thanks to William Davis for the news:
On the "Charts"
page of the October 2, 1997 issue of Rolling Stone, it lists Maladjusted as
NUMBER 1 on the Alternative Albums chart. The issues alternative chart was based on sales
at Arons Records in Los Angeles.
Suedehead - Best Of, more info
From John Levon (website: It May All End Tomorrow, btw):
Got the CD today.
Morrissey has abbreviated two songs in his handwriting : "WHIWOFB Successful"
and "TLOTFI Playboys".
The inner sleeve has a listing of the tracks, and "The Parlophone Years" where
theyve had the cheek to put the new awful cover of Viva Hate instead of the
beautiful old one.
No sign of any limited CDs, so I suppose thats settled it.
And from Naomi
(website: All Over Battersea...,
OK, OK, so perhaps I was
hasty in saying that the weekly press wouldn't review Suedehead - Best Of. NME
gives it 8/10 today, and the Melody Maker gives it their highest possible rating: (ahem)
"Bloody Essential", concluding that "Existing fans will find this an
irresistable opportunity to paddle in his glory once again. For those yet untouched,
consider this a blind leap into his genius."
Also, the double vinyl version of the LP will be released on Monday (the 15th), but
without the now-mythical extra tracks.
Glad to be the purveyor of good news for once...
Yet more album reviews
Thanks to Andrea (I personally
liked the fine whine part....), a review from USA Today, 9/9/97:
(out of four)
Heres a fine whine that has mellowed without developing any engaging complexities.
"Its my own life to wreck my own way," the British singer moans on Alma
Matters. The sorrow and defeat on He Cried and Trouble Loves Me prove poignant, but
Morrisseys brooding self-absorption never seems less relevant than in the title
tracks grating melodrama or the bleak Wide to Receive ("I dont get along
with myself, and Im not to keen on anyone else"). The humor in closing track
Satan Rejected My Soul comes too late to disentangle Maladjusted from its depressing
* From Joseph Whitcher,
a review at Hub Music.
* And from *josh*filan*, a review in the California State
University at Northridge newspaper.
Sep 10 97 - Wednesday
Thanks to those who sent info - first was Israel De La
Mora: "I just heard on 91X that tickets for the Morrissey concert on October
10th at Hospitality Point in San Diego will go on sale Saturday, September 13th
at all Ticketmaster." Additional info from Mike
ZeMans: "Tix $27.50 GA - includes parking... I do not know the
exact capacity of Hospitality Point but would guess around 2,500. Its an outdoor
venue (actually just a grass field) right on the bay just north of downtown."
Famed Swede talks about Moz
Thanks to Eric Olsson for the
Author, poet and
screenwriter Peter Birro appeared on Swedish Radio, P3, yesterday. P3 is Sweden´s number
one national station and is heard throughout the country. Birro was described as "The
biggest Morrissey fan in Sweden" and was interviewed for nearly 20 minutes. The
station played "Roy´s Keen", "He Cried" and "Shoplifters Of The
World Unite". Birro was asked questions like "When did you first hear
Morrissey?" and "What does he mean to you?" But, most interestingly, he was
asked about the racist accusations that have been made against Morrissey. "That´s
bullshit", Birro said, "No one is as honest as Morrissey. He has touched upon
the subjects just because he wants to inform us about the prejudices that do exist. No one
is as naked as Morrissey. There isn´t any other artist in history of music that has come
close to him. He makes art out of pop music." All-in-all, I was really glad that
Morrissey songs were aired and it was great fun hearing someone as intelligent as Peter
talk about the greatness of Morrissey. Peter Birro has written two novels and a play
called "Hammarkullen", which has been filmed and will be televised on November
10 in Sweden. The play is about an Swedish suburb and focuses on it´s segregated
population. It´s a profound tale of the struggles amongst class and racial prejudices.
Birro is currently working on two new scripts.
Montreal - venue did NOT change
Thanks to those who were quick to confirm that the venue did not
change. From Fabrice Bessaguet: "I just
called the Théatre Saint-Denis to know if the concert has been moved to another venue and
they told me that there has been no change, that it was still to be there, as
And from Stepane Daigles: "...If
anything, unlike what the rumour says, tickets sales are not better than expected, but
worse. A few hundred tickets are still available for this concert, one of the few still
not sold out on the new tour. I then called the Metropolis and they have heard nothing to
do with Morrissey. I guess it must have been wishful thinking on some fans part.
Metropolis would be the ideal venue for a Morrissey concert."
Marc Bolan TV Documentary - Sep. 16 (UK)
Thanks to Rachel Mckeon for
Next Tuesday (16th
September) at 9pm, Channel Four is broadcasting Marc Bolan:Dandy In The
Underworld in which Morrissey (and others) talk about Bolans work.
"That's Entertainment" - Sep. 22 (UK)
I overlooked this note earlier from Stefan
Krix: "According to my record dealer, "That´s Entertainment" will be
released as a single on September 22 in the UK on 7, 12 and CD5. He has no
information about possible B-Sides."
Sep 09 97 - Tuesday
Suedehead Best Of - released yesterday
Thanks to Naomi for clarifying:
It definitely was
released today (Monday) and, scarily enough, seems to have more posters around Bournemouth
promoting it than "Maladjusted" did. The packaging is nothing special, with the
rejected "Glamorous Glue" shot, the tracklisting in Morrisseys handwriting
and nothing else of any note whatsoever. It just looks like the fairly superfluous
money-grabbing exercise that it is. It has the EMI 100 logo on it (like "Viva
Hate" did) which is a bit of a giveaway in that respect. Theres an ad in the
new issue of Q (with Radiohead on the cover) if you really need to see it. But no review
has been granted, as in the weekly press.
If anyone hears Morrissey has shown up in Toronto please let me know. I
don't mean to scare anyone or anything, but that bit of info will definitely put to rest
some rumors I have been hearing...
San Diego - Oct. 10?
I heard today on The
Flash radio in San Diego that Morrissey will be in concert on Oct 10. No news when tickets
will go on sale yet.
Vegas / L.A. notes
More tickets were released and still available for the Las Vegas show,
info from Robert. And apparently L.A. sold out
in 3 minutes, according to Candace.
Another Maladjusted review
Thanks to Aaron Schofield for the link to the review that
appeared in the University of Michigan newspaper. 3 1/2 stars.
Sep 08 97 - Monday
"Roy's Keen" - next single
BXR was first with the info from www.sirencd.com:
Roys Keen 12",
2nd single from "Maladjusted" includes non-lp bonus tracks
"Lost" & "The Edges Are No Longer Parallel". Release Date:
Roys Keen 7"
B/W "Lost". Release Date: 29-Sep-97
Suedehead Best Of - postponed or cancelled?
From Christian Arvidson:
of" limited edition version is cancelled. I was informed on this matter from the
Swedish EMI and I also called the well known record store Sister Ray in London. They had
the same news.
It was supposed to be released today, but the above-mentioned
sirencd page is listing a date one week from today.
Las Vegas - sold out in less than 5 min.
Thanks to Robert for the
Maladjusted reviewed in People
Thanks to Amy Franklin
for the news that there is a review in the Sept 15 issue of People magazine.
Sep 07 97 - Sunday
TFI Friday (UK) - postponed or cancelled?
From Andy Stanhope:
I read in this weeks NME that Morrissey was supposed to be guesting on
todays TFI Friday [Sept. 5] on Channel 4. Due to all of the
coverage of the Princess Diana event it has been put back to next Friday instead.
As this will only be on air on British television obviously
you wont be able to see it, but some of the people which read your web pages living
in England may be interested. I would guess that he would perform one song and then be
interviewed by Chris Evans, the presenter of the programme.
As Morrissey is scheduled to begin the tour in Toronto next Friday,
I would assume the appearance is cancelled.
L.A. / The Greek - sold out in less than 6 minutes
Thanks to Josh Filan for
the news. Perhaps another will be added. In an ad (scan) from the Sep 5-11
L.A. Weekly, this show was advertised as the "only area appearance". Thanks to Jonathan Tronson for the ad.
Seattle - brisk ticket sales
From Seamus Campbell,
"Tickets went on sale this morning for the Seattle show. The general admission floor
seats (800-900, Id say) were gone inside of five minutes. General admission balcony
seats were still available when we left 15 minutes later."
Italian TV Special - Sep. 8
From Fabio D'Antonio: "Next
Monday 8 September at 1 a.m. (just 9 Sept.) the Italian channel TMC2 (musical channel)
will be airing a special about our Moz and Smiths called "Tutto In Una
Notte" (All one night only) about 2 hours long. I can't say more at the
moment but surely there will be all the recently videos and TV appearances... I cant
www.radioairplay.com - a site devoted to
Alternative Radio station statistics. The charts this week list Morrissey as number 75
with "Alma Matters" and 282 with "Satan Rejected My Soul". I wonder
what his peak position was...
Another LP review
From ?, a positive review at westword.com (Denver, CO).
Sep 05 97 - Friday
Chicago - 2nd Show Scheduled
Thanks to everyone who e-mailed with info on the scheduling of a 2nd
show in Chicago, unfortunately on the same date Milwaukee was scheduled. First was Scott: "bad news for those in
Milwaukee...Ticketmasters website lists a second show in Chicago at the Riviera
on the 27th of September."
Also, from Scott Stegenga: "According to The Chicago Reader, a second show has been added...
The 9/26 show at the Aragon is sold out second show on 9/27 will be on sale on
Saturday 9/6 at 10am.
#157 in the US
Thanks (again) to Craig Parker
for the chart update:
"Maladjusted" continues to slide down Billboards Top 200 Albums chart. For
the week of Sept. 13th it drops 41 spots to #157.
Maladjusted hanging in the top 200 for a third week.
Smiths Salute in San Francisco - Sep. 6
From Jeffery Kennedy:
San Francisco dance club New Wave City hosts a Five-Year
Anniversary Party and Smiths Salute on Saturday, September 6. Location: King Street
Garage, 174 King St. (between 2nd and 3rd Sts.). Doors open at 9
p.m. Cover is $10. 21+ only. Fun includes a Morrissey lipsynch contest and "giveaways
for exclusive collectors items from Mercury and concert tickets for Warfield Oct.
8." For more details, check the New Wave City web site at www.newwavecity.com.
The tour will be starting in exactly one week, that's right -- one
week. Things have been quite busy around here lately and although I am a bit tired,
I hope things will become even more busy with reports from each tour stop.
Sep 03 97 - Wednesday
Live on JamTV?
From Steve Cutter:
I was just listening to
the Smoking Popes live broadcast from Chicago on JamTv (JamTv.com)
and the djs hinted that the Morrissey Chicago show may be broadcast (audio and video) over
One of the djs from JamTv also mentioned that it is rumored that The Smoking Popes will be
opening for Morrissey on a few of his European tour dates. Just a rumor though.
Las Vegas update
From Michael McDaniel,
"The Mozz tickets go on sale Sat. the 6th for 30$.
Seating is general add. and the cap. is 1400 people. Ticketmaster is selling the tickets
Boz Boorer guests on Edwyn Collins
From Aidan Twomey:
I bought the new Edwyn
Collins (ex Orange Juice) LP, "Im Not Following You", to find that Boz
Boorer makes a guest appearence. He plays Outro guitar for about 30 seconds on
"Sophisticated Cat". Very good it is too. Hardly news to make the world stop
turning on its axis, but I thought Id mention it anyway.
#1 in German critic's charts
From Andy Gambka:
In the top 100 of the
German album charts "Maladjusted" fell down from position 76 to this weeks
But a big surprise for me was MOZZERs position in the September-issue of the ROLLING
STONE GERMANY. After a brilliant review (4.5 of 5) of "Maladjusted" and position
10 in the top 20 of the Critics' charts in August he now entered this months number
1(!!!). In the readers charts he didnt reach the top 20 yet.
A Review in Australian Rolling Stone
Here's the review,
with a scanned photo from strachan. (thanks)
Sep 01 97 - Monday
Who Really Broke Up The Smiths
The first Morrissey TV
interview since the South Bank Show!
On 27th September, at 9pm a 5-part documentary series on 60s "Brit Girls" starts
on Channel 4. At some point during the series, Morrissey talks about his love of
sixties-style Girl Power and blames Cilla Black for causing the break-up of The Smiths
(because Johnny baulked at recording "Work is a Four-Letter Word", of course).
According to the director of the series, John Piper, "He's a huge Lulu fan and has
quite a lot of theories about her and her songs. "Genius gibberish" was how he
There's more about this in the October edition of Select. "Suedehead" is also
reviewed, getting 4/5. "Striptease" et al are not mentioned, which seems to
confirm that the extra disc has been ditched.
What else? The November issue of Select will carry a free CD on which Morrissey will be
featured. And that really is it.
From Anthony Skinner:
"Moz will be at the Moore theatre Oct 3. Tickets go on sale Sep 6.
Radio and flyers confirm."
And from kitty: "The Moore Theater in Seattle holds 1419 and the URL is http://www.themoore.com/ the style is gothic and the
lobby is done in solid onyx and marble."
From Jessica Tragasz: "FYI,
the Chicago venue has been moved back to the Aragon."
From Scott Shelley: "...just a quick note
about the Portland, Oregon venue - La Luna... it is the smallest venue on
the tour by far. I cannot imagine that more than 600-800 people fit in the entire
Maladjusted plummets in the US
"Morrisseys Maladjusted plummets down to #116 in its 2nd
week on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart."
Unlike the UK charts however, it may rebound and reach higher ground later.
from Sven Keiselt: "I
just got informed that Maladjusted entered the German Charts at 76, which is
alright because Southpaw didn´t make it into the Top 100."