Because I have the opportunity to have Steven Patrick
Morrissey walking in the studio today, I was trying to be
prepared here, because I get one crack to talk to you...
MORRISSEY: So, how prepared are you? (laughs)
J: Well, because I've been listening to this
album, I want to ask you about the first cut called
"Maladjusted". It sort of reminds me of the
melody in "What Difference Does It Make?"
M: Oh really? That never occurred to me. No, never,
J: Oh it never occurred to you? OK. I was
wondering, lyrically, what themes run consistently in the
body of your work?
M: Well, I think the overall theme, the meaning of
"Maladjusted", is my position in the great
scheme of things, within music. I don't really seem to ever
fit in. When, in the 80's, when independent/alternative
music was not played or listened to, that's
obviously the kind of music I was making. And then when
it was listened to certainly in England, I was
"box-office poison", if you like. So
"Maladjusted" really means constantly, you
know... not fitting in. And not really a bad thing, I
J: When I was listening to it I didn't take it as
you as an artist not fitting into the mainstream, but I
took it on a broader view, because you mention "when
I was 15" a couple times... A lot of teenagers,
including myself, felt kind of "maladjusted" in
our lives too, so I was relating from that point.
M: Well, I think the way you feel as a teenager stays
with you, forever. I really believe that. And we try to
change and we hope that we change, but we don't really in
big ways, in serious ways. I think the personality is
formed at that time, for the good and for the bad.
J: You try to change?
M: Yeah, yeah, definitely. We all want to grow up and
move on and appear to be different to people. And we want
people to see us in a different way. But, I don't know, I
think the personality is very, very strongly cemented,
and we just bear whatever shortcomings we have and learn
to live with it.
J: Is this a new band that you're working with?
M: No, it's the same musicians as the last time I was at
KROQ. Which was six years ago, I had the same musicians.
J: And these are the guys that came down to
Capitol Records when Richard Blade and I were down there?
M: That's right, yes.
J: Are they going to be touring with you?
M: Yes, and we begin in Toronto, on I think it's the 12th
of September. And we come to L.A. on October the 13th.
J: OK, so you're touring this fall?
M: Yes, for up to four months.
J: What happened with the other times you were
supposed to come to L.A.?
M: Well, the last time I was booked to play a place which
I think was called the Olympia...
J: ...the Olympic Boxing Arena.
M: And unfortunately it was booked without my knowledge.
It was announced without my knowledge. The tickets went
on sale without my knowledge but sold very, very well. I
was with new management and they just slightly ran away
with themselves and it wasn't a situation I could live
with. So, you can't really allow those things to happen
to you. But I think if people have the interest to
come this time, I think they'll enjoy it.
J: This Olympic gig was booked completely without
M: Completely, yes. And the same for a concert in New
York at Carnegie Hall.
J: You've kind of been reputed to not have
management and this is probably why...
M: Well, this is one of the reasons why. I think they
make a mess of things more than anything else. They do
confuse matters and you know, stand in the middle and
direct people to the wrong exits, etc. So I think so many
people who make music now, they don't have management.
And they survive quite well. I think management is
becoming a thing of the past and just as well, I think,
just as well.
J: Do you have a manager now?
M: No, not at all.
J: Oh, you manage yourself?
M: As much as I can, yes. I'm not saying it's easy, but
managers certainly complicate things.
J: Howie Klein used to tell me you didn't answer
the phone, you just had your fax machine.
M: Well... that's not a bad way to live really.
J: I must confess I've done that myself.
M: Yes, I think we all do, I think we all do.
end part 2