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Far Out Magazine - Jack Whatley (January 2, 2020)

The Story Behind The Song:
The Smiths lay strong foundations on ‘This Charming Man’


"The story goes that The Smiths were enjoying a two-week break from the road which led to Morrissey sitting down in front of his television ready to take in some of Britain’s finest programming. He happened to land upon the late night showing on BBC1 of the 1972 film Sleuth. The film starred the acclaimed pairing of Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine and it was an exchange between the two which would spark the wheels of the song in motion."

A look at some formative factors around the song.
A new channel popped up yesterday with a premiere for a demo of these things take time I asume to be the Troy Tate version because of the length

Added by joe frady:

They are pretty ropey, but then history often is.

"Slowly degrading in a box since 82/83"...well, haven't we all?

So, Mr Demos is 'premiering' "These Things Take Time" on the 1st of June 2020...

Birthday Gift from Joyce, Michael...?

Since the UK vinyl singles chart seems to be so important to Morrissey, here's a list of the best-selling singles (and albums) released last year. Wedding Bell Blues is at #11 and Lover-To-Be at #30. Plus there are even some other songs first released in 2019 here! Curiously though California Son is nowhere to be seen at the album #40 -- it might be because some real people might actually buy vinyl albums.
I'm actually surprised that they haven't photoshopped product into these photographs:

Norma Tanega, died December 29, 2019.

Kenny Lynch, died December 18, 2019.

Morrissey Central January 3

Roy Orbison manages to find a copy of "It's Over" in Lexington, Kentucky. He immediately pours a double brandy, as one would.

Uncredited artwork by Iron Bridge.
December 31, 2019.

READERS’ POLL RESULTS: Your All-Time Favorite Album by The Smiths Revealed.

A brief poll article - approx 3k people took part in.
I kind of like how odd this is - fey snark at his record company, a retro camp single & some working-classness. He still knows his roots, even if he's not savvy at pitching it to the media class.

January 2, 2020

It is now reported that the official BMG release date for Morrissey's "It's Over" is January 24th, by which time "Morrissey will be 116 years old" (secret source.)