Rolling Stone / Sunrise Morrissey interview online
Posted on Fri, Sep 10 1999 at 9:32 a.m. PDT
by David T. <[email protected]>
From anon:

On the Sunrise website  is an interview with Moz, which is not printable before Oct. 1st

Here it is anyway:

Rolling Stone: „Were you angry about the reactions (and reviews) according to „Maladjusted“, arguably your most beautiful and accomplished solo album? Is the British press maladjusted, and what can you do about it?“
Morrissey: „If there’s one thing I’ve grown to NOT expect it’s good reviews. The ONLY thing from me that the British press will review positively is my death.“

Rolling Stone: „Are you still living in Spain? Did you escape from England?“
Morrissey: „I’ve lived for the best part of the last two years in Los Angeles, where I remain, and which I even quite like. All the awful cliches about Los Angeles are, of course true. But I feel less affected by them than most, because I happen to think that ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE are mad.“

Rolling Stone: „Will you sign a new record contract soon?“
Morrissey: „Yes. My manager (Elliot Roberts) is on the lookout for a good deal for me.“

Rolling Stone: „Will you record new records at all?“
Morrissey: „Oh, yes. I still love singing. I have a complete album ready to record, and the songs are very strong.“

Rolling Stone: „How do you work with music composers on songs? Do they work with your lyrics?“
Morrissey: „Nobody ever works with the lyrics. I just take the basics of a backing track and shout along to it for a few days, seeing where the syllables land, and seeing how the words balance out. Suddenly the lyrics form, and a configuration presents itself. I never „jam“, and almost never rehearse. I’m just very lucky that whatever it is that I do eventually becomes music.“

Rolling Stone: „Are you happy with your recent albums?“
Morrissey: „Very. Especially „ Your Arsenal“, „Vauxhall And I“, and „Southpaw Grammar“. I’m thrilled that those three albums exist. They are great Company for me.“

Rolling Stone: „What’s the reason for the current tour, and why did you give it a title?“
Morrissey: „The only true reason for the tour is because I want to sing, and because we want to play. There is no record company, there is no promotional scheme. I just want to stand on a stage and sing.“

Rolling Stone: „Which authors do you prefer at the moment? Do you read novels as well, and philosophy?“
Morrissey: „I am only a skimmer these days. I buy lots of books and flick through them backwards. Most of them are awful. This constant flux of pop music essays. Just who cares? The trouble is, most modern novels actually LOOK very interesting. Jacket design is 80% of the pull. You buy it, get it home, and it’s straight into the bin. And you sit there thinking, ‘well, what now?’.“

Rolling Stone: „Can we expect a new album soon?“
Morrissey: „Yes, as soon as I find a new record label. This has been the longest pause between recordings that I’ve ever had, only because my last label (Mercury) collapsed, and there were lots of legal wranglings as the artists tried to get themselves released. I was very lucky because some groups had actually recorded new albums which wouldn’t get released because the label was finished. But the groups weren’t allowed to take their recordings with them, and the masters were kept by the new company who bought Mercury, and by law the artists are not allowed to re-record those songs for another seven years! What an awful mess to spring on anyone.“

Rolling Stone: „Is God alive?“
Morrissey: „ I’m far too provincial to answer that question.“

(© Rolling Stone, September 1999)

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Comments / Notes

Ahhhhhh.....Morrissey speaks. =)

However, I WANT MORE!!!

Lifeguard Commenting
The Wrong Coast - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 09:52:20 (PDT) | #1

Lovely, just lovely ...

- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 09:52:38 (PDT) | #2

I thought rockers weren't allowed to be old Moz??(Get Off The Stage????)
Just hope you know where your goin kid!!

Baz <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 11:48:05 (PDT) | #3

hmmm I love this man... just because... hmmm his peculiar way of life...

Tijuana Mex - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 12:02:20 (PDT) | #4

How wonderfully marvelous! Isn't it just lovely to see/hear a new Moz interview? It is such reassurance to us fans! I have a question, and quite a silly one it is.... Will this be in the US Rolling Stone mag? I do indeed hope so!

Katlyn <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 12:23:03 (PDT) | #5


feels like a foot of snow
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 13:28:17 (PDT) | #6

oh so you knew a new album was ready to record?

Anyway I hope this is in the US mag...Moz sounds very happy! Yay

Corey <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 14:37:14 (PDT) | #7

All I know is that I'm tired as a Father.

Freddie C. <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 14:50:13 (PDT) | #8

MORRISSEY IS ALIVE!!! Hallelujah! Good news on the album front. I agree that he gets asked the same questions all the time, though. Why don't they ask him about economic globalization or cooking or something.

mysterious eel
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 15:19:31 (PDT) | #9

So, he is not happy with Maladjusted, then?


I'm sorry.

....? - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 15:58:08 (PDT) | #10

Im just glad to actually hear something from Morrissey (himself) And happy hes coming out with a new album! Long live Morrissey! Is this in Rolling stone this month???

Unruly Girl
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 16:01:34 (PDT) | #11

Well its good to see that somebody actually decided to interview him at all. His interviews are always quite a work in themselves. I for one could live on an interview or two every other month or so while we wait patiently for new material. In fact maybe he should pick up journalism when he has the time and the interest to do so.

Frankie Shankly(not Frank) <[email protected]>
Southern California - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 16:40:31 (PDT) | #12

Yes Corey, I knew that Moz had an album ready to record. And you knew I knew because I posted it on Truly Disappointed and M-solo. I'm tired of your smart-ass BS Corey. You're such a bore. I think you're journalist material.

corey sux
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 17:01:53 (PDT) | #13

Nardwuar the Human Serviette should interview Moz. Now THAT would be interesting.

the singing defective
Squaresville - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 17:03:48 (PDT) | #14

Actually Morrissey is a very good interviewer. His chat with Joni Mitchell was really interesting. I'd like him to be the interviewer more often, since it gives him more stuff to talk about besides himself.

- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 17:07:22 (PDT) | #15

hmm...well I'm glad you read into my comments that much...sorry you can not handle those little smart ass remarks. Please get a hold of yourself

Corey <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 17:59:52 (PDT) | #16

I'm still shocked to know that Morrissey has been living in L.A. for 2 years now. Anyway, it's great to see that he lives in the states and it's great to see those familiar, witty remarks from Moz. Also, it's great to hear enthusiasm from him about the upcoming tour and recording of new material. Now, will somebody please sign the man to a new record contract?!

- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 18:17:44 (PDT) | #17

Does anyone know where in Los Angeles Morrissey
lives? What city? what location? what area?
what anything? I'd like to look for him.

lalo <[email protected]>
Carson - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 19:04:20 (PDT) | #18

Hey its great to read an interview with morrissey. I can't wait for the new album, im sure its gonna be great. As were his last few albums.Hey this also means, along with a new album...a new batch of b-sides on every single released...AWESOME!!! Cant wait!!

- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 19:06:35 (PDT) | #19

How Morrissey. I loved it.

Chris <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 19:26:56 (PDT) | #20

Too provincial to answer? Come now, Morrissey, your perspectives have never in a million years been too limited to retort ("How I love all of the very simple things of life--God's good air." -or- "Jesus made me, so Jesus save me...").

There is a Living God--the Creator of the universe--who loves you, Moz, and who is unreservedly in control of all the details in ALL of our lives.

Any questions? Bring 'em on...

In His love,

Johnny O
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 20:10:17 (PDT) | #21

Thank you, Johnny O., for witnessing to Moz. He has read your message, and has professed me as his personal saviour.

If you hadn't written that message, he would have been lost to the dark side. And thanks for mentioning his pro-Jesus lyrics -- I've been worried since "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends" came out.



Jesus Christ <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 21:32:14 (PDT) | #22

Anybody proclaiming to know for sure that there is a God or that there isn't a God is surely mad. I wish I was smart enough to get a philosophy degree, but that piece of paper is as useless as the creator argument. In other words, I wish I had the answer to the god question, but it would make life useless!!!! (hey I better write this analogy down...)
There are far better arguments (or better ways to waste time) the sublimity of SOUTHPAW!! And Moz came oh so close to admitting it, although he should never be so modest when he gets a foot up in a mu@#!!!er like rolling stone. America can't deal with those uppity brits!!

Jeff <[email protected]>
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 21:40:28 (PDT) | #23

It is good to hear something from my idol and i know is goin to be a very cool album god luck moz

GABRIEL (mexican morrissey) <[email protected]>
LAS VEGAS - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 22:01:51 (PDT) | #24

corey rules. leave him alone! viva moz!!!!!!!

- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 22:27:06 (PDT) | #25

What was he doing in Spain? What town did he live in?

the cuban assassin
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 22:54:28 (PDT) | #26

Thank you, Jeff for proving that you are in fact provincial. Your perspectives are quite narrow indeed. Sad really.

How far into the future can you see? Do you know where you're going when you die?

It's all about faith; the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen, and the evidence of things we cannot yet see (Hebrews 11:1).

You were created and are here for a reason. However, you must make yourself available to God's Will to find what that is.

Now, is that useless?

Johnny O
- Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 23:37:42 (PDT) | #27

Mysterious eel,

Cooking!! Yes! Why DOESN'T someone ask him about cooking? I would like some of his vegetarian recipes. :)

Tara <[email protected]>
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 23:53:47 (PDT) | #28

A new album ready to record? So this means he'll be debuting new songs on the tour, right?


....who's free from religion.

LoafingOaf <[email protected]>
%00 - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 01:17:32 (PDT) | #29

I don't think Morrissey is the least religious. He seems (no offense meant or so) all too smart for that. "Jesus made me so Jesus save me" is obviously not the least autobiographical, just the words of "the poor twisted child". And the mention in "Lucky Lisp", is just a saying, like "... (whatever) is god's gift to (whatever#2). And if you still think these two quotes prove Morrissey's christianity, what about "the devil will find work for idle hands to do" and "satan rejected my soul"?

Henrik Rydéhn <[email protected]>
- Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 02:54:18 (PDT) | #30

Once again, I am amazed at how people argue about assumptions they have charaded as fact passing them off to the rest of us as worthy discussion. There is one mention of God and people flip out and go out of their way to make themselves be heard. The only way any of us will ever know is if he answers the question directly or if we personally meet with him one day and ask him for ourselves. But come on...arguing about Moz's alleged Christianity? Petty. Other than this whole off-colored topic, I found Moz's interview to be fascinating! Does anyone else get the feeling that Mozzer is happy? I hope the sunshine here in Cali is helping him wipe away that foggy old english sorrow...I wonder if Mozzer has his Coronas with lemon and salt...the mexican way. Viva Mozzer! (1st Cor. 3:18-20)

Javier Obregon <[email protected]>
Montclair, CA - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 06:21:28 (PDT) | #31

well, i just enjoyed the read. probably would have missed it, if it wasn't posted here. (erm thanks david t).

ciao julie

julie <[email protected]>
oz - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 07:03:10 (PDT) | #32

i think he answered the God question in the most tactful manner.

John in NJ <[email protected]>
Trenton, NJ - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 07:19:22 (PDT) | #33

Javier, I doubt you'll even get a straight answer from Morrissey (regarding religion) if you were to ask him personally, anyway! :)

Lifeguard Commenting
The Wrong Coast - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 07:19:23 (PDT) | #34

A German interview to go along with the German tour. How about an American interview to go along with the American tour (even if it is an abbreviated tour)?
As for a record deal, maybe the Moz fans should flood the record companies with correspondence demanding a big recording deal for Morrissey! Surely we are not the only ones who would line up for the new album.
I do feel like shouting "Morrissey Speaks!" It has been a long time.

- Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 08:24:28 (PDT) | #35

Johnny O,

What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is exactly the opposite.

Bertrand Russell
- Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 09:53:20 (PDT) | #36

There have been at least two interviews where Morrissey has been asked about God. In one, he was asked if he believes, and he replied, "I try to." In this latest one he says he's not sophisticated enough to know.

If these responses are sincere, he's an agnostic.

LoafingOaf <[email protected]>
%00 - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 14:17:55 (PDT) | #37

come on people...we believe what we want to believe and once again the answer "why does it matter?" must be used in accordance to our dear old Mozzer.

Corey <[email protected]>
- Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 17:14:58 (PDT) | #38

lifeguard, you may be right....but I will let you know when if I have the opportunity. :)

Javier Obregon <[email protected]>
Montclair, CA - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 20:47:55 (PDT) | #39

Corey is absolutely right! Everyone wants to believe Moz is what they want to believe him to be. Paradoxical, maybe, but true nonetheless. When you read that answer, just say "hmm" to yourself and let it rest.

Oh My Giddy Bonkers! <[email protected]>
NJ - Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 21:04:22 (PDT) | #40

Just for the record, I never alleged that Moz was a Christian. I do, however, think he believes in God. I mean, he was raised an Irish Catholic for heaven sake. Which, by the way, might explain why he's so ambivalent toward "religion." You see, Christianity is having a relationship with Jesus Christ...believing He died for our sins and proved He was God by coming back to life.

Incidentally, Henrik, "The devil will find work for idle hands," is an admonition against laziness, and was taken directly from Scripture.

In Christ,

Johnny O
- Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 22:55:59 (PDT) | #41

now then, let me guess, Johnny O is the son of a preacher...

Stark Ravingmad
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 01:33:51 (PDT) | #42

I hope he doesn't think that the material for the new album is 'very strong' in the same way as Southpaw Grammar's.

Paul Nightingale <[email protected]>
Channel Islands - Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 03:57:12 (PDT) | #43

Of course it's about laziness, but wherever it is picked from, it's still an admission that only the devil would "employ" him. Guess everyone has their own interpretation.

Henrik Rydéhn <[email protected]>
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 04:21:01 (PDT) | #44

Whoever and wherever you are, Mr. Bertrand Russel, it sure was nice to see you alive again and, especially to find out you're a Moz fan.
And you are right! no one does want to find out if God/jesus/allah, etc., etc., are real. It would spoil the arrogance and selfishness of faith!

Jeff <[email protected]>
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 08:01:33 (PDT) | #45

Nice one, Stark! No, I'm not the son of a preacher, albeit I am a child of God. I've never in my life professed to be omniscient. Yet I try to live my life by the priciples of the Bible.

And Jeff, it's quite obvious you're not a believer, but please explain to me how faith is arrogant and/or selfish. It's not about "self," it's about God's grace, which is available to everybody.

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." -Romans 10:13

Johnny O
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 09:57:51 (PDT) | #46

salvation: easily accessible for your convienience

Stark Ravingmad
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 11:26:31 (PDT) | #47

What does "Jesus died for our sins" actually mean? - Why would God create a universe where the mechanism of salvation involves killing some bloke on a cross - its not very creative is it! It also condemns those people not born in Christian countries to be sent to hell - such as all those lovely, vegetarian shy bald buddhists.

Consumer Monkey <[email protected]>
Manchester - Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 11:52:09 (PDT) | #48

well i am jewish, and i cant even be seriously acknowledging the old testament. accepting ancient scriptures as they are can never lead you to the truth. god is an assumption, moses jesus and mohamed were humans who thought they proved this assumption.
but certainly morrissey is not a strict atheist,
he enjoys playing with the thought of heaven and hell.

noam <[email protected]>
israel - Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 15:12:17 (PDT) | #49

Well, Monkey, it's called sacrifice! The Bible clearly states that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). God sent His Son to die for the world; to take our place and pay the price.
The result is GRACE--God's gift of unconditional love, received by faith, and available to everyone through Christ. All one must do is accept it.

Johnny O
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 17:02:42 (PDT) | #50

sweet, SWEET blind faith... the answer to all your religion or god-related questions. again, so handy!

Stark Ravingmad
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 17:07:50 (PDT) | #51


The sucker
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 18:29:54 (PDT) | #52

So Morrissey asks Viv Nicholson about being a Jehovahs Witness. Does this mean he is one or interested in becoming one? And if he does who cares? Everyone should stop acting like TV evangelists (quoting scriptures)and stick to something based on fact and not fairytales drummed up by cave men to keep people in line.

Frankie Shankly(not Frank) <[email protected]>
Southern California - Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 20:16:23 (PDT) | #53

Fighting about religion is pointless. Nobody ever changes their mind, so you may as well agree to disagree. And nobody answered my question about Spain. You jerks.

the cuban assassin
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 20:36:27 (PDT) | #54

I like the atheists. They never discuss evolution. They go on about religion being the opium for the masses and how much smarter that they are than everyone for not believing. Then they bring up all the wars that were started in the name of religion and how much better our lives would be without it. There is something very childish about these atheists. They attack religion itself and not the concept of God. If they want to believe that a primordial ooze floating in a pond is their ancestry, then that is fine with me, but I rarely hear any deep discussion or an in-depth analysis of Darwinism. Doesn't anyone think it's odd that there aren't other pools of this spawning life today? I don't have a problem with the concept of dinosaurs or anything. I do have a problem with the science around it.

There is so much "evidence" there and sometimes it really sways me, but I have seen too much to lead me to believe we are more than what the athiests say we are. I have seen a ghost (or two) in my life. Those can't exist if all without anything else stepping in. Also, I get preminitions. It's not fun to be shopping and suddenly know that I should go home because my grandpa is dying and get home and be correct. And to my friend who has not been very happy with me for the past couple of years: yes, I knew a year before it all happened. but when I got the letter from your friend, I tried to stop it because I kept feeling something bad would happen if I did do it. I really wanted to, but I felt like something was going to be messed up because of it.

The leftist One
Jamestown - Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 21:28:07 (PDT) | #55

The most savage controversies are about the those matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

Bertrand Russell
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 21:49:51 (PDT) | #56

If "There is a Light and it never goes out" is not an admission in the belief of an after life and a supreme being then my names Frankie.

Frank Shankly (not Frankie)
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 22:37:24 (PDT) | #57


The sucker
- Sun, Sep 12, 1999 at 23:07:22 (PDT) | #58

Very witty,
very nice very nice very nice,
but maybe in the next world,
maybe in the next world

Hawaii - Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 05:10:04 (PDT) | #59

Selfishness of faith: essentially faith exists as a means of mental comfort in the form of a belief in self-preservedness beyond the grave. No matter what/who you believe in, essentially it is a means of protection against the unknown. It is not inherently selfless, no matter how much one wishes for the same belief system in others, because, in the end, one is only living life to make sure they themselves are ushered elsewhere after death. No one lives life to go to hell so others can be spared the same fate.
Arrogance of faith: to be of one faith when there exists millions of separate faiths is to acknowledge the superiority of only one, therein which lies an obvious, if unsaid notion that one truth lies above all, delusion and damnation without it. In a fickle, shallow world where self-esteem is so difficult to come by, religion allows you to pretend that faith is something to be proud of. "I'd rather be famous than righteous or holy, any day..."

Jeff <[email protected]>
- Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 07:10:44 (PDT) | #60

All I think is that "There is a light That nevers goes Out" are some lyrics in a song.

Franc Shankly (not Frank or Frankie)

God but I'm Pedantic......and French.

Franc Shankly <[email protected]>
Morrissey-Solo - Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 07:58:15 (PDT) | #61

TV evangelists and cave men, eh? Well, I think it's time to say goodbye and Godspeed. One can only find ignorance endearing for so long.

Goodnight and thank you,

Johnny O
- Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 14:10:25 (PDT) | #62

well, you sure shut them up J

Stark Ravingmad
- Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 22:16:46 (PDT) | #63

The question is not if there exist a divinty (or divinities for that matter), but how anyone can be so narrowminded as to actually believe in the dogmatic theories of any one organized church. Faith is a notion truely personal of course, but one should consider that whatever one believes there is at any given time always a majority of mankind disagreeing with your claims of "knowing" the truth. Whatever the Devine is (if at all), it could only be too complex for man to comprehend, paranormal to say the least, and therefor any one religion must be "wrong" (that not saying god does not exist).

On a final note I must wonder why especially Christianity is so downright manical about "either you're with us or you're not", it all seems like some medieval leftover from some church-power doctrine.


PS. Doesn't look very good for that hardcore, überchristian bible-qouter to adore an infamous sodomite now does it? DS.

Esteban <[email protected]>
- Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 01:28:34 (PDT) | #64

Love the sinner. Hate the sin.

earth - Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 10:46:46 (PDT) | #65

And here I sit with tears in my eyes
and love in my heart....

Sammy <[email protected]>
Phoenix - Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 20:16:09 (PDT) | #66

One day a middle-aged Jewish man named Leo hears from his son attending university. "I've decided to become a Christian, Dad." Leo panics. "What do I do?" he asks himself.
The only thing he can think to do is call his rabbi. "Funny you should come to me with this problem, Leo," says the rabbi. "Not 2 years ago my son comes to me with the same speech. I had no idea what to do. I panicked, and the only thing I could think to do was go to God."
"What message do you think you got from God?" asks Leo.
The rabbi laughed. "God said to me, 'funny you should come to me with this problem.'"

p.s. your musings on Morrissey's religious leanings are totally ridiculous.

the chairman <[email protected]>
- Thu, Sep 16, 1999 at 12:47:34 (PDT) | #67

whats a religious person who loves morrissey?
a vicar in a tutu...

and the church all they want is your money...

noam <[email protected]>
israel - Fri, Sep 17, 1999 at 10:34:44 (PDT) | #68

I still do not understand why people say Morrissey is old like the people in these other comments. People GET old. Look at Sinatra, he always sounded OK. Morrissey is younger than Robert Smith and I never, ever hear anyone say Robert Smith is old. This is music, not an athletic event. Hopefully, he'll keep producing music and great lyrics until his final breath at age 99. LEAVE MORRISSEY ALONE ABOUT HIS AGE!!!

- Fri, Sep 17, 1999 at 13:05:19 (PDT) | #69

Noam: That's the Church of England, smart guy. By the by, who ever said Morrissey was a sodomite? He, himself certainly never has. And until he does, his sexuallity, or lack there of, is all speculation, rumors and hearsay. So grow up you heathens.

- Sat, Sep 18, 1999 at 22:14:07 (PDT) | #70

um, are there going to be pictures accompanying this interview?

Me <[email protected]>
Here - Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 10:57:11 (PDT) | #71

* return to Morrissey-solo