Do you drink tea?
MORRISSEY: Oh yes, I do.
J: Do you ever get sick of drinking tea?
M: I absolutely never get sick of drinking tea.
It's a psychological thing really, it's just very
composing and makes me relax.
J: It's just so much a part of your culture!
M: Oh yes, yes. I'm very avid, I have to have at
least four pots a day.
J: For those of us who don't know how to make a
pot of tea, what do you do?
M: Well, you really have to put the milk in
first, which many people don't.
J: Put the milk in with the water, before you
boil the water?
M: No, you're confused already (laughs). No, you
put the milk in before you pour the water in, or the tea,
J: Well, I would do that without even thinking
M: Right, and also you have to use real milk,
you can't use the UHT fake stuff. You have to use proper
J: OK, so what about the actual brewing of the
M: The brewing of the tea it's very
important that you heat the pot before you put the water
in if you use a pot, I know most people who just
throw a teabag into a cup. But in England of course, you
have to make a pot of tea. And you have to heat
the pot first with hot water, and then put the teabags
in. I can't believe I'm saying this. And then put the hot
water in and then just throw it all over yourself. Rush
to outpatients and write a really good song (laughs).
J: Do you like to read?
M: Yes, I'm very avid, I just read everything.
But I don't necessarily read everything thoroughly, I buy
about 20 books a week and I just browse through them and
throw them away.
J: What are the last books that you've read
M: Charles Dickens's stuff. Lots of fiction,
which I've never really been into, but I'm beginning to
enjoy it more. I always thought fiction was a waste of
time, but it isn't really. Because when you read a great
deal you find that the way you speak is slightly more
flu-fluid, or fluent. I couldn't even say flu-, fluent. I
couldn't even say it twice! (laughs)
J: Either word would work.
M: Yeah, so I think reading really helps. And it
almost doesn't matter what you read.
J: What about the Sherlock Holmes mysteries? I
M: I find them fascinating, really fascinating.
Very cozy and very English and very drizzly and rainy and
safe. Quite funny.
J: Did you see the Granada television, Jeremy
M: It's actually called Granäda. The
interesting thing about this program is that they filmed
one of them, would you believe it in my house. And
it's fascinating because they did an entire episode of
short films in my house. They used the house for the
J: Which episode was it?
M: It was the episode where there's a tramp, a
hobo, who is at the top of the house, and he's living at
the top of the house. For some reason he causes a fire in
this attic loft and he goes on fire. Are you familiar
with that one?
J: It's like a hidden room, on top of the
M: That's right.
J: I can't remember the episode right now... So I
take it, it's like a farm house?
M: It's just a very big old Victorian house.
It's from 1854.
J: I have a Queen Anne! 1894.
M: Not good enough. Passé, Queen Anne is passé
at the moment (laughs). But she might come back.
J: What type of Victorian do you have? There's
Italianate, there's like 4 or 5 kinds...
M: Is there? I thought there was just Victorian.
J: Oh gosh (laughs), now you're being a fool!
There's like 6 different kinds of Victorians.
J: There's a Queen Anne Victorian, Italianate
Victorian, Colonial Victorian, and then they of course
combine them. Italianates are the ones with the flat
M: Yes, right.
J: The Queen Anne's are the ones with the turrets
and porches and gingerbread-type stuff (laughs).
J: 106.7 KROQ, Morrissey up here dissing my 1894
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