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HMV Responds to Morrissey’s “Queen Is Dead” Singles Sales Complaints - Pitchfork
By Jazz Monroe, June 20th.

Retailer says they wanted to “give genuine fans as much chance as possible to buy a copy”

HMV has responded to Morrissey’s Facebook post accusing the store of trying to “freeze sales” of the Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead” single reissue. Morrissey complained Saturday that the store was limiting the 7" and 12" singles’ sales to one-per-customer. (He encouraged fans to wear false noses, clip-on ears, nurse outfits, stilts, or “variable wigs” to fool cashiers.) In a statement to Pitchfork, HMV says they wanted to “give genuine fans as much chance as possible to buy a copy” of the limited-edition single, and that, by Saturday, it had nearly sold out anyway. Read their full statement below.

"Our stores are encouraged to use these stickers where a...
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COLT STUDIOS FOUNDER JIM FRENCH DIES - Antebellum Blog

I don't know if this will interest anyone, but Jim French died recently at the age of 85 (the link includes some NSFW images).

His work graced the cover of "Hand in Glove", its model still (apparently?) shrouded in mystery.
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The Smiths: My Story – An Evening with Mike Joyce - Light House


A rare chance to hear the story of Mike Joyce, drummer of legendary band The Smiths, on his first visit to Light House.


After the audience event with Mike live in cinema one, we will have an after show party featuring Mike as a guest DJ, with local comedian / Smiths DJ Andrew McBurney.

Event Timings
Lock Works bar open all day pre-event.

8.30 – 9.30pm
Mike Joyce – his story, live in Cinema One.

9.30pm – late
After show party featuring DJ spot from Mike Joyce plus Andrew McBurney’s Smiths Disco

Late bar in Lock Works.

Do you have a question for Mike? Submit it to julie@cohesionltd.co.uk and we’ll send the best through to him.

We can’t wait to welcome Mike and a...
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Designed and shipped from Manchester, UK.


This poster print released a couple of weeks ago goes deep into the vast and eclectic jukebox of Morrissey favourites. It includes:
  • 80+ artists that influenced or had an impact on Morrissey like Timi Yuro, The Crystals, Jimmy Jones, Klaus Nomi, Ramones and Billy Fury
  • Morrissey's favourite LPs such as Nico's Chelsea Girl and Smoking Popes' Born To Quit
  • Morrissey's favourite singers such as Dawn Upshaw, Al Martino and Melanie Safka
  • 350+ songs that had an impact on...
Listen to Super Furry Animals cover The Smiths’ ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ - NME
Jun 19, 2017

Super Furry Animals have released a cover of ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ – and it couldn’t be any more different from the seminal Smiths track.

The Welsh band are gearing up to re-release 1997 album ‘Radiator’ – and are releasing a whole load of bonus material to go with it.

As part of this, they’re including their extremely unique cover of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side – which was initially recorded by the band for the cover CD of a French music magazine.

Describing the track, frontman Gruff Rhys said: “We wanted to translate the lyrics of the Smiths track into French, so I spoke to a French friend of mine, who was actually working in Manchester, hence the half-French, half-Mancunian accent on the spoken...
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Ok, we've gone up a notch:

He's 'officially' annoyed now despite any notice or attempt to market the item in a transparent, reasonable way.
Regards,
FWD.

"In our consumer culture, the Smiths new release of The Queen is Dead single was oddly racked at HMV with a sticker on the front that states:

Limited To One Copy Per Customer.

not unlike a Smoking Will Seriously Damage Your Health warning.

This sticker was not requested by the Smiths, and cannot be found on any other HMV stock, and therefore exists for The Queen is Dead only.

But why is it there?

An attempt to freeze sales is, of course, an overwhelming insult to the Smiths ... as if artistic freedom must struggle in our current culture of banality ... as if only counterfeit emotions may apply.
The Queen is Dead is also the only song currently in the UK top ten that has not been played on radio, and yet still sits at #4 on today's sales chart. Over thirty years since their...
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Brooke Candy's 10 Queer Music & Visual Inspirations: Mykki Blanco, Morrissey & More - Billboard

Excerpt:

Morrissey
Basically Morrissey is the coolest human. But I had a friend who went on tour with him, and one of his favorite things to do after a show, Morrissey would go to a dive bar and he would sit at the bar, and he would get really drunk, and he would wait for some macho, meathead f—er to come in and sit down next to him and then he would start a conversation. He would throw a little bait on by hitting on whoever was sitting next to him, and he would wait to see, "Is this person going to be homophobic? If this person is going to call me a ‘f----t’ or they do anything homophobic, I’m going to take them outside and beat them up," and it was like every night. He would like to bar fight homophobic bros, which I think is so fun. I think...