The Cult rocker Billy Duffy on beating prostate cancer, introducing Johnny Marr to Morrissey... and becoming a Real Housewives star - Manchester Evening News

The Cult rocker Billy Duffy on beating prostate cancer, introducing Johnny Marr to Morrissey... and becoming a Real Housewives star


"Billy, who has played guitar since the age of 14, inspired The Smiths legend Johnny Marr to start performing as a guitarist after the younger musician overheard him rehearsing with his high school band across the street from where he lived on Altrincham Road in Baguley.

In 1978 at a gig at the Manchester Apollo Billy introduced Johnny to his friend and fellow fan of the underground New York punk rock scene Stephen Morrissey, who he performed with in the short-lived punk band the Nosebleeds.

Johnny and Morrissey...
Darren writes:

Friday, Sept. 20th, Hotel Cafe, 11pm…..mark that date/time in your cal.

Alain Whyte show (ex Morrissey songwriter)….has a (semi) all star band. Alain (gtr/voclas)…Greg Camp on GTR (Smashmouth) and Darrin Pfeiffer on drums (Goldfinger, The Dickies).

FB event page:

Hope you all can make it.


In the 40 years I have known him, Morrissey has never made a racist comment to me.
Ever, Simply, it has never happened.

Wilde, despite tremendous popularity in the the late 19th-century, was jailed with hard labour.
And, now, a similar fate befalls Morrissey who did not tow the far-left, revisionist Orwellian line of 2019 politics.
The cost is the necessary destruction of a unique voice.

I have to ask you one question:
if Morrissey retires and never records another song or album — does that make your world happier? x "

He ends by linking to:


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Full show/podcast here:

Boz starts at about 18 minutes in and it runs for almost 2hrs, choosing some tracks (played in full) and chatting.
Some Morrissey mentions.

Audio file (M4A) to listen to on the go:

Behind the Meteoric Rise of Merck Mercuriadis' Hipgnosis and Why He'd Like to 'Abolish the Word Publishing': Q&A - Billboard

has just published another interview with Merck, about his Hipgnosis venture, which includes this exchange:

Q: When you buy them [songs] outright, are there stipulations in the contract, like you can't license them to an anti-abortion campaign? Do you honor those type of things?

A: Yes. If someone says to me, these are things in life that are important to me -- because again, at the end of the day, first and foremost, I'm a member of the artists' community. For example, if I was buying Morrissey's catalog and he said, "You're never going to advertise meat with my songs," first of all, I'm a vegan, so I'd be very happy to follow that path. I'll never use any of these songs to sell meat. But if someone had...