posted by davidt on Thursday October 11 2001, @09:15AM
L'Estrange writes:

In the new look November edition of Q magazine there is an article on Morrissey. It reads:
So his response to last month's 15th Anniversary questionnaire arrived late. Oh well, it was just too witty to pass over...
(UPDATE: Oct. 12 - also from L'Estrange: the article was accompanied with a photo (dated September 2001) of Morrissey lying across a level crossing, wearing a West Ham Boys Club T Shirt. Also he looked more in trim than during Oye Esteban.) Photo added Oct. 16.

walter zanca sends the full transcription:
In L.A., which is roughly 9000 miles west of Rawtenstall. You can't miss it.

Planning 15 more Smiths albums

Being emotionally sodomised by "teachers" at St. Mary's School in Stretford

Yes, I stopped crying for half an hour

Viva Hate by Morrissey. What a lovely voice. Why doesn't he have his own tea-time telly show?

Oh stop it, you're making me blush. Otherwise, I loved Born To Quit by The Smoking Popes, and When I Was Born For The 7th Time by Cornershop

Foot and mouth. We told you so. You wouldn't listen. Watch BSE become the new AIDS. Otherwise, watching Elton John publicly metamorphose into Christopher Biggins. Our sympathies go directly to Christopher Biggins.

Sitting in a pub saying "I could've been Elvis"

That I'm racist. It's a bit like the notion that Tony Blair is a worthy Prime Minister - it could never be substantiated

Why put off today what you can wiggle out of tomorrow?

I have a very demanding cat

Probably. But are you going to tell me that the Rolling Stones aren't?

None at all. I've never been involved in any post-Rough Trade UK release, so it's distressing when people attribute those awful WEA sleeves to me - the hellish things I'm forced to suffer... this latest one must really be the final nail: horrific sleeve, title misspelt on artwork, wrong publishing information... I had to buy the CD on import in order to hear the remastering! I cried. Remarkably, no one at Warner Music was sacked! I believe it reached number 31? Too high, if you ask me.

No. The past is dead boys.

Fashionably close to the head

I don't know why they don't just call themselves The Edgar Broughton Band and get it over with


Yes. Can I expect a dreadful review from Q? Yes, oh the rhythm of life...
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  • I love cats...but sacrifices have to be made. If we kill Morrissey's cat maybe then, finally, a new album. Perhaps we only have to kidnap it for a while and pretend its dead, then when the album is released, we give him back the cat. Who's with me?
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @09:31AM (#19884)
  • ..despite the fact he obviously spends far too much time with his pussy .. cat. Which is just crying out for some 'Carry on' innuendo!! (I apologise..)

    But that explains his procastination as well.. 15 months to write his response.. Now we can imagine the problems in writing 15 new songs!!

    Ahh.. but he talks so lovingly of his 15th year of age.. amongst the smokey stacks of his industrial North.. No wonder he likes the decking around the pool and all that California dreaming.
    Ruffian <[email protected]> -- Thursday October 11 2001, @09:41AM (#19886)
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  • weren't they the band who performed an anti-Morrissey demonstration some years ago?

    did Moz miss the memo?
    carlos -- Thursday October 11 2001, @09:44AM (#19887)
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  • This is indead to funny. Moz has so much wit, I liked the ending when he sticked it to Q. Not to sure of that RADIOHEAD answer though, who the hell did he mention?
    moz_head_2000 <[email protected]> -- Thursday October 11 2001, @09:45AM (#19888)
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  • Well, its alway nice to hear from the musical genius. He's the same witty guy.

    I'm sure everyone understands why it took him so long to release his new album, he's clearly a procastinator! The Moz is a god but at the same time only human.

    I particularly love the comment he made about Tony Blair. His heart is with the people!
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @09:50AM (#19889)
  • A few things struck me when i read this:
    Morrissey knew the eventual chart position of the album, was offended by the cover star and bought it to hear the remastering and his retort on whether the smiths were overated. All of which amplifies his interest in the product; if it had been a chart topper- Morrissey would be contrary enough to slam it(whilst being secretly pleased!)
    Also he listed a Cornershop album as his favorite of the last 15 yrs.Strange that Cornershops frontman Talvin Singh has been Morrissey loudest critic on racism- he even smashed Morrissey outside the record company's offices.
    So theres no hard feelings there.
    L'Estrange -- Thursday October 11 2001, @09:56AM (#19892)
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  • Holy Jebus is that man bitter... And I LOVE IT! Muahahaha! Good to know he's alive and kicking, but if he spends any more time with his pussy (come on, I had to!) then our man Mozz will be become the crazy cat lady that all of us have encountered once in our lives....

    I wonder if he'll cover that "Meow meow" song on his next album... Oh wait, he doesn't have one.. Oops! My mistake.

    Oh so sincerely,
    DeB of the West Sider Riders ;-)
    Maplefreak -- Thursday October 11 2001, @10:45AM (#19894)
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  • Well obviously the Cornershop is another example of Moz's incredible wit...Is there a better way to put down somebody who is acting ridiculous towards you?
    Burning Morrissey's picture must have been one of the lowest pieces of publicity stunt ever.

    Great interview!
    Joemoz -- Thursday October 11 2001, @11:11AM (#19896)
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  • Nobody does it better...who's still alive that is.

    Viva Morrissey!

    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @11:26AM (#19898)
  • I love his wit! I love his dark humor! I Love Morrissey!

    So when can we expect that new album?
    BettyLuvzMoz <[email protected]> -- Thursday October 11 2001, @12:14PM (#19905)
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  • so yes, we can expect the Rhino Compilation...!
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @12:55PM (#19907)
  • Will Morrissey ever stop kicking the living crap out of magazine reporters?? He is so brilliant it
    actually makes me proud to be one of his adoring fans, to hell with Elvis Mozz, you're the King!!!
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @01:02PM (#19908)
    • I'd have called it a 'mild jibe', rather than a case of 'kicking the living crap' out of anyone.

      You must have lived a very sheltered life!
      Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @05:39PM (#19928)
  • I felt warm inside and smiled when I read the response. God, is that man witty! There is no subsitute for the original. There is intelligent life on earth. At least some.
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @01:10PM (#19910)
  • it's nice to see Moz in the papers again i just love his sarcasm such a rough childhood though.
    leedoggpimp <[email protected]> -- Thursday October 11 2001, @03:19PM (#19917)
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  • So often I thought Morrissey's wit came close to making him sound like a smart arse, but his replies to the questions are wonderful. Makes a change from all the serious po-faced bands like Radiohead who waffle on about 3/4 chord changes and breaking new ground in tradditional music timing blah blah blah. Still think he should get back to England tho.
    Librarian on Fire -- Thursday October 11 2001, @04:49PM (#19920)
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  • Thanks for the nod Moz, a little surprised you remembered. We really do miss you but could you please answer your front door next time?
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @04:50PM (#19921)
  • May I buy you dinner?
    Violeta -- Thursday October 11 2001, @05:02PM (#19922)
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    swivel and sway

  • I love the way you do what you do Morrissey. Don't ever change. You keep more people guessing than anyone!
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @05:11PM (#19923)
  • i picked up the 10th anniversary Q mag when I landed in London for the first time. It's around here somewhere....

    but i think i like the last response the best. "another dreadful review" hee hee hee....
    suzanne -- Thursday October 11 2001, @05:26PM (#19924)
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    I scare dead people.
  • He is a truly diva....who can actually think of a rock star,a hero and a god to some of us can expend his time feeding a cat????....(and dont mind to tell the world of it).
    I dont think elvis ever dreamt it.
    Anonymous -- Thursday October 11 2001, @08:04PM (#19940)
  • That's pretty ineresting. I've always thought the world of music desperately needs new Smiths. Looking at all those mediocre, to say the least, bands makes me really nostalgic for the 80's (not that I remember that much of the 80's but maybe that's the reason :-)).
    Oh, wait a second. Did Morrissey mean rock music doesn't need a new Smiths material? Well, he has the right to say it, doesn't he? And my disagreeing won't help much. Well, nevermind...
    Icy Glare -- Friday October 12 2001, @05:11AM (#19960)
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  • "I had to buy the CD on import in order to hear the remastering!" - it suggests he complains that he never had the chance to hear it *before* the release.
    I've been trying to establish some parallel between what happened because The Smiths sold the rights to their songs and the much quoted phrase "please them please them please them". I think that Paint a Vulgar Picture is a very romantic and deep song because he tells about how somebody was personally used to "please them" - how the person's contents, public image and presence on stage were used.
    Now, selling the rights of the songs led to a completely different painting, this time much more like the commercial spirit of show business: their image and presence on stage just can't be used, and much to our surprise there's a great danger there too, for how the contents can be safe at all, being so far apart (in several different ways) from The Smiths?
    I heard here that HSIN was used in a car ad, for instance. I wonder if they can even do things like keeping the melody and changing the lyrics. Even when they want to do something that eventually might sooth the spirit of the old fans, all they achieve is that horrible sleeve.
    What I am really afraid is that The Smith's songs can be reissued without their original spirit, without their soul, dramatically out of the original context to serve a broader audience, and against Morrissey's will (well, of course).
    Havfine -- Friday October 12 2001, @09:23AM (#19965)
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  • when moz expresses his love for the voice on viva hate, i bursted out with laughter, but i really wouldnt expect him to answer it any other way. viva morrissey!, now put that damn voice on a new album before we all go out and buy cats too!
    bobomoz -- Friday October 12 2001, @09:24AM (#19966)
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    hang the DJ!
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  • i love him soooo much... *sigh*
    Anonymous -- Friday October 12 2001, @11:13AM (#19971)
  • this questionaire sums up why i love this man so much. God Bless this man and his sense of humor.
    ilovemoz -- Friday October 12 2001, @01:06PM (#19974)
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  • Does anyone wonder why Morrissey sent back
    his response late.

    Anonymous -- Saturday October 13 2001, @02:50AM (#19992)
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  • Morrissey, as we say here in the South, you a nut. You a nut.
    Lon -- Saturday October 13 2001, @05:04AM (#19994)
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  • For the record (Score:1, Informative)

    'The Very Best Of...' actually got to number 24 in the Charts :)
    Anonymous -- Saturday October 13 2001, @05:29AM (#19995)
  • "Tea-time telly show"? Alliteration, British colloquialisms and mordant wit, all in a single throw-away response to a bog-standard questionnaire. And late, too. Only Morrissey, our idle idol, could be that original. Leaves me aching for the new album.
    algernon -- Saturday October 13 2001, @09:53AM (#19999)
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    Rushed to danger, wound up here
  • That just sums up the Morrissey I love very much.
    luckylisa -- Sunday October 14 2001, @12:54AM (#20022)
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  • Hey, I picked up this issue of Q and didn't see this interview anywhere. I doubled checked the page where they listed The Smiths "The Queen is Dead Album" as number 34 or something. Did you make up this entire interview?
    Anonymous -- Sunday October 14 2001, @12:05PM (#20029)
  • This is not the first time that i have heard that morrissey was in a bar drinking or similar, is he turning into a raving alky, that would explain the huge bear belly he is currently sporting.
    Anonymous -- Sunday October 14 2001, @03:26PM (#20032)
  • which Q is it in.
    the current one, or the up coming edition?

    p.s. west ham got whipped 7-1 at the weekend...haaaaaaa!
    inlovewiththepast -- Monday October 15 2001, @12:25AM (#20035)
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    truth rest your head there is more than a life at stake here..she may well sell sanctuary but she'll also sell your soul
  • i was contemplating suicide then i read this...

    just what i needed...

    and to my critics i say,
    "don't worry. i will die. eventually."

    texaho -- Monday October 15 2001, @11:24AM (#20047)
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  • Isn't anyone going to post the picture?

    Anonymous -- Monday October 15 2001, @01:11PM (#20048)
    • Re:Picture? by Havfine (Score:1) Monday October 15 2001, @01:20PM
  • all i can say after reading this interview is "clever, witty, awfully's Moz alright". Wilde is not dead, boys.
    nyxstar* -- Monday October 15 2001, @04:52PM (#20055)
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  • So the man does it again. Morrissey, you truly know how to put a smile on my face, thanks!
    Anonymous -- Tuesday October 16 2001, @04:11PM (#20107)
  • I think the L.A sunshine is getting to Mozzie the Moggie Luver! The responses to the questions in Q were hardly interesting, witty are particularly clever. Considering he had 2 langourous months to respond to this survey it was feeble stuff indeed! The answers to the questions betray the fact that he is just as jaded, bitter and twisted as he's always been. Surely a relief to many of his older fans of yester year.

    I find the "sycophantic slags" in here with their toady/fawning/ass licky messages completely nauseating. "Oh he's so witty/clever/funny/." "I've postponed my impending suicide because the smart alec answers Morrissey gave to Q magazine cheered me up no end and gave me the will to live."

    Oh Pulleassssse! Please do us all a favour...If he said "my cat has got the weasle" - some goon in here would go "oh he's just - such a genius!"

    All this toadyism/sychophancy really doesn't do him any favours. He already has an overinflated opinion of himself as it is. This unadulterated idolatry is turning him into a fat, lazy, uncompetitive beer guzzling has-been; forever sitting on his laurels on top of that huge heavy battered trunk of unburied hatchets; never mind the grudges and he bears to all the friends and lovers he used to have.

    Like Liz Taylor, Michael Jackson and his monkey he seems to be a permanent resident at Neverland - that Great Privileged Escape from everday LA reality.

    If he really wants to impress his fans (instead of giving trite responses to a not insignificant survey), he should release a toe stamping/lip smacking decent single (preferably produced by Stephen Street) with an irony-free California free way/neo-Fleetwood Mac/Joni Mitchellish kind of album to match the swinging hammock/Bounty Bar lifestyle he has now become so accustomed to. A cover version of 'California Dreamin' by the Mammas and Pappas would do for starters.

    Forget the bedsits in Wythenshaw and Whalley Range - as he said in Q "the past is dead boys!"

    His contemporaries like Alanis, Madonna, Michaela Stoop, Courtney Killed, Bono, Sting, even Elton - The Queen of Tantrums & Tiaras don't have a problem getting the finger out and going to the studio, cutting some tracks and negotiating a record contract.

    What's his problem?

    And what's with the snide remark about Radiohead? They have paid nothing but complimentary tributes to Morrissey & Former Company over the past few years.

    Could it possibly be that Thom York has got the greatest male voice in Rawk N' Rowll at the moment? Jealousy always rears its ugly head in some shape or other where Mozzer The Moaner is concerned. It gets him nowhere.

    Steven Patrick is gifted, talented, and all the other superlatives and epithets people have showered over him through the past twenty years - he just needs a kick in the ass from someone like me now and again, that's all! ;-)
    Lazy Sunbather -- Wednesday October 17 2001, @05:37PM (#20176)
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  • I agree!! Lets all gang up on the plot to cat nap
    Moz's kitty!!!:) I want a new albumn from him soooooooooo bad-I wish this new like "hits" record being released in Nov was a new albumn and I wish to God that he was coming on tour!!!!
    I want to hug and kiss that man on stage!!!!
    MOZ COME ON TOUR-RELEASE YOUR ALBUMN or your kitty will be ours!!!!
    doorstepgurl -- Monday October 22 2001, @11:27PM (#20483)
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    If your reading this then who is running hell?
  • This complete fool needs to retire and get a job! He has way too much time on his hands. Who's with me?
    Anonymous -- Friday October 26 2001, @05:32PM (#20674)
  • Nice kick in the pants to the old Rolling Stones. They rally don't deserve the publicity they recieve. Well, not for the past 20 years or so......
    threedaysofstubble -- Tuesday May 28 2002, @09:59AM (#30681)
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