Morrissey — KROQ interview (part 3/4)

air date: July 3, 1997
Interview by Jed The Fish
for KROQ 106.7, Los Angeles, CA

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(part 3 - 4:16)

JED: 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, whichever...

J: Well, I would do that without even thinking about it.
M: Right, and also you have to use real milk, you can't use the UHT fake stuff. You have to use proper milk.

J: OK, so what about the actual brewing of the tea?
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 cover-to-cover?
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 love them.
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 Brett TV
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 series.

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 house...
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.
M: Really?

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 roofs.
M: Yes, right.

J: The Queen Anne's are the ones with the turrets and porches and gingerbread-type stuff (laughs).
M: Yes...

J: 106.7 KROQ, Morrissey up here dissing my 1894 Queen Anne!


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