Long-term Morrissey/Smiths fan indie DJ (and TV bloke from the 80s), Gary Crowley, played River Clean on his BBC Radio London show a couple of nights ago. Said "I love this track" and was alerted to it by a couple of people (implying he hadn't bothered with the album). At the end he said (paraphrase) "that's a great track... if you can ignore all the other stuff about him".
Radio 4 comedy show tonight 6:30pm - comedian talked about how we breathe in billions of atoms in our lives. Probably the same ones that made up Oscar Wilde and Adolf Hitler - "that would explain Morrissey" (cue the biggest laugh of the evening).
That's where we are folks in 2020. Morrissey has become a cultural byword for the far right and racism. And when presenters do dare to play his latest songs, they apparently need to issue a disclaimer. Bit odd to think that some people claim he's turned a corner...
Ricky Gervais opens a live FB broadcast with The Smiths (very brief):
Robbie Williams via an IG live broadcast (March 31) he's calling Coronaoke - he 'sings' Suedehead. Chopped out of the hour long broadcast by myself - it's not really worth the waiting to upload it all to vimeo - so just the relevant part:
Owen Hatherley reflects on the generational divides that have emerged over the course of the last two UK general elections by charting the musical evolution of The Smiths. Comparing Morrissey’s political trajectory to those of many voters throughout the North of England, Hatherley investigates...
The Atlantic (one of America's few sane media outlets these days) has a short piece about 13 songs to help get through the pandemic, and includes this great write-up (by James Parker) of "My Hurling Days Are Done":
Forgive him his trespasses, as he might—actually probably wouldn’t—forgive yours. A yodeler on the Alp of himself, calling in his lost sheep, his black sheep, his whipping boys, in that rich and curling tenor, this, ah, complex individual is still in magnificent voice, and still capable of writing superbly, as demonstrated by this cut from his new album, I Am Not a Dog On a Chain.
I'll stick my neck out and suggest that "A yodeler on the Alp of himself" is my favourite description of Morrissey, ever.
This was posted on The Smiths 'official' YouTube channel this past Thursday. Apologies if this was posted previously, í never saw it.
It says it's available in 4K, which is clearly bollocks, as it's BBC videotape which is probably barely HD, let alone UHD.
But still a nice clean, 'live' version. Unlike the 'Complete Picture' version.
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it praises the songs' melodies and his "absolute freedom to enjoy his privilege of fools that produces wondrous flowery effects".