Morrissey and Jobriath: Telegraph 01/04/2020

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Lots of interesting Morrissey mentions here: the career and sad early demise of Jobriath, and Morrissey's own personal link to his story. Pasted in full as it's behind a paywall.

David Bowie's arch enemy: the sad, strange saga of Jobriath - The Telegraph
Bowie and Bolan stole his act, and his manager thought he could be bigger than Elvis. Then why did “rock’s truest fairy” die in obscurity?

By Ed Power 1 April 2020 • 10:44am

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Jobriath performing on the TV show MIdnight Special, in 1974 Credit: getty

Early in 1992, Morrissey set about organising a tour in support of his latest solo record, Your Arsenal. The album was something of a...

New Morrissey song played on BBC radio (with disclaimer) + Morrissey ridiculed on BBC R4 show

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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, Robbie Williams sing Smiths/Morrissey in live broadcasts

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(originally posted in Strange/unexpected Moz references?)

Ricky Gervais opens a live FB broadcast with The Smiths (very brief):




April 1:

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:


Regards,
FWD.

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before: A Study in the Politics and Aesthetics of English Misery by Owen Hatherley - Verso

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Middle class Marxist 30-something and his attempt to understand M.

The Atlantic's pandemic playlist includes "My Hurling Days Are Done"

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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.

The Smiths ~ "This Charming Man" TOTP...in 4K?

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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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IANADOAC debuts in Billboard album sales charts (US) - #19 in Top Album Sales

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According to the Billboard weekly charts for April 4, 2020, I Am Not A Dog On A Chain debuts at:

#19 in Top Album Sales
#18 in Top Current Album Sales
#44 in Independent Albums
#17 in Vinyl Albums
#6 in Tastemakers

It did not make the Billboard 200

Billboard Chart History - Morrissey

Rolling Stone Germany review by Arne Willander - IANADOC 4/5

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has their 4/5 stars review been mentioned here before?
rollingstonegermanyreview ianadoac
it praises the songs' melodies and his "absolute freedom to enjoy his privilege of fools that produces wondrous flowery effects".

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