Why his 2011 UK tour of Hawick and Dunoon is in everyone’s best interests
A snapshot of any Morrissey gig at any given venue at any point in his career paints the same (vulgar?) picture. From the bequiffed to the balding, via gladioli and vegetarianism, a congregation of grasping hands reach and strain towards the stage where the Pope of Mope stands at his electronic pulpit offering up something unseen, be it confirmation or salvation - or simply a reason for his followers to keep the faith.
"Oh, and one other thing. I recently met up with a certain Mr Morrissey for the first time in nearly 20 years. I think we were both apprehensive about meeting but after 5 minutes we were getting on so well it was truly a magical moment. I am so pleased to have met up with someone who has been such a big part of my musical journey after a prolonged period of time and I hope we can stay true friends for ever."
Working in all mediums from music, to collage to film to theatre to pure art, Linder Sterling first rose to prominence in 1976 as one of the main players in the fertile and vibrant Manchester punk scene, and helped to define the aesthetic which helped make Manchester the key punk city alongside London. But although her influence on that scene and beyond has been enormous, it often gets overlooked to the extent that she seems to have been consciously written out of Manchester’s musical history. For instance, there is no Linder in Michael Winterbottom’s film of all things Mancunian and musical; 24- Hour Party People. But hopefully, Linder: Works 1976–2006, the recently published and definitive anthology of her artistic output should help...
I was reading The Radleys by Matt Haig, a novel about a vampire family who are “abstainers” living in suburban England not far from York, trying to blend in incognito with their human neighbors. Up cropped a Smiths reference and a Morrissey reference. Moz is in excellent company, other names dropped included Bowie, Nick Cave and Joy Division. Good book, and the author obviously has good taste too!
"Nathan Willett has a new tattoo -it's something of a record-release gift to himself. The Cold War Kids frontman even tweeted the news recently, making sure to include a picture of the fresh ink. It reads, "Sing your life," across his forearm, a reference to an old Morrissey song.
"I got it five days ago," the singer reveals over the line from California, before recalling how it happened.
"It's funny," says Willett, who used to have a friend who was a tattoo artist. "I told him I wanted that tattoo 10 years ago." The friend, however, refused to indulge him . . . because Willett wasn't a singer -yet.
Times have changed, obviously. Willett's band has a new album, Mine Is Yours, out Jan. 25, and that's him urgently belting on the Cold War Kids' two previous releases, Robbers and Cowards (2006) and Loyalty to Loyalty (2008), as well..."
We're very happy to say that Gary Day is returning to DJ at HDIF at the Phoenix in central London this Saturday. Gary was due to DJ for us in December but was snowed in, so we're pleased and relieved that the sun is shining and the weather forecast for Saturday is - hurrah! - scattered showers. Gary's a brilliant rock'n'roll DJ who had the club hopping on the two times he's DJ-ed for us before.
How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
Saturday March 19th
The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP, three minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station, 9pm-3am, £4 members, £6 non members. Membership is free from www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk
Guest DJ: Gary Day
The Smiths * The Supremes * The Go-Betweens * Dusty Springfield * Belle & Sebastian * Love * Tammi Terrell * Aztec Camera * The Ronettes * Orange Juice *...