Recent content by Mike Rourke

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    Sam Esty Rayner / YouTube: Morrissey Interview 2022. (Premiered November 28, 2022)

    The radio airplay issue is easy enough to clear up here in the UK at least. He had his new songs (at least first one off the album) played by four or five stations reliably ever since Vauxhall including by Radio 2 (used to claim to be Europe's biggest) right up to and including Spent the Day in...
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    Morrissey Central "Rebels Without Applause" (November 25, 2022)

    It's a v pleasant melodic jangle. Really surprised that Boz wrote it. I think it would have been a pretty big radio hit when Radio 2 and the indie stations were still playing his new stuff (pre 2019).
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    Sam Esty Rayner / YouTube: Upcoming Morrissey Interview (Premieres November 28, 2022, 5:00 AM GMT)

    The thing that worries me most about Big Pharma? He might have Big Tractor.
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    Morrissey Central "Rebels Without Applause" (November 25, 2022)

    Do we know that this is a Boz song? First I'd heard...
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    Morrissey Central "Prince George" (November 19, 2022)

    He wasn't hung from the rafters as such, Amy. Morrissey just wholeheartedly endorsed a brand of politics that was (and still is) anathema to a large chunk of his fanbase. That was the problem. A massive clash of worldviews. It doesn't really matter what anyone thinks of the politics involved...
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    Oakland, CA - Fox Theater (Nov. 18, 2022) post-show

    A little harsh I'd say. The setlist is often changed a little from night to night, and quite a bit when there's a month or two's gap. Some acts don't alter a single song in a whole tour. And, yes, Telephone Rings is dreadful. It's down there with Kids a Looker and People are the Same. Worrying...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Well I Wonder"

    This song is also the only Rick Astley Smiths cover I can bear to listen to. The others that he's done are just a bit unsubtle, but this one's pretty good. Nice falsetto.
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Well I Wonder"

    Alain's best Smiths cover?
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    Morrissey Central "THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME …" (November 11, 2022)

    Confused young Argentinian fellow. The fan loss has been by far the greatest in the UK. It's why the 2022 UK tour sold 21,000 tickets, yet the 2018 one sold 62,000. It's why High School sold 40-50,000, yet Dog on a Chain little more than 5,000. His support/sympathy/endorsement for Nigel Farage...
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    Morrissey Central "Release" - Bonfire release details (October 29, 2022)

    Actually, some of the lyrics do have a bit of an 'arms around Paris' vibe. "It's hard to believe that there's nobody out there It's hard to believe that I'm all alone At least I have her love, the city, she loves me Lonely as I am, together we cry" Could be true...
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    Morrissey Central "Release" - Bonfire release details (October 29, 2022)

    Until 2020 at least, Morrissey always sold more copies of his new albums in the UK than in the US. He might be able to attract a slightly larger live audience in the US though. As a general rule of thumb, a third of all his album sales are in the UK, so around two thirds in the rest of the...
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    Morrissey Central "Release" - Bonfire release details (October 29, 2022)

    All quite believable until that very last detail!
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    Morrissey Central "Release" - Bonfire release details (October 29, 2022)

    Worth noting that Morrissey's fanbase has diminished a lot more in the UK than it has elsewhere in recent years (due to the toxic stories about him repeatedly appearing in the mainstream UK media - overseas, they were only ever reported on specialist music sites), so in some respects it's not...
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    Years within a decade when new Morrissey or Smiths albums have been released

    0 - Dog on a Chain 1 - Kill Uncle 2 - Your Arsenal 3 - Bonfire of Teenagers 4 - The Smiths, Vauxhall, You are the Quarry, World Peace 5 - Meat is Murder, Southpaw, 6 - Queen is Dead, Ringleader 7 - Strangeways HWC, Maladjusted, Low in High School 8 - Viva Hate 9 - Years of Refusal, California Son
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    Morrissey Central "Release" - Bonfire release details (October 29, 2022)

    I think it's Ha Ha Harlem, although I can't remember where I read this. Morrissey UK album sales usually account for about a third of all worldwide sales.
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