Billy MacKenzie book mentions Morrissey
Posted on Tue, Jun 6 2000 at 9:39 a.m. PDT
by David T. <[email protected]>
From blueboy:

Morrissey gets a teasing mention in Tom Doyle's book; 'The Glamour Chase - The Maverick Life Of Billy MacKenzie': (this extract is from pages 191 - 192):

"By May, six tracks of new MacKenzie/Rankine material had been completed. Retrospectively, the most musically startling and lyrically intriguing of these is undoubtedly the insistent glam rock of 'Steven, You're Still Really Something'. In the early 80s Billy had forged a fleeting friendship with Morrissey, which had allegedly ended with MacKenzie stealing a Jane Stein novel and a favourite shirt from the singer's Manchester flat. The music industry rumours that the two had enjoyed a brief affair were fuelled by the release of the Smiths' sixth single, 'William, It Was Really Nothing', in September 1984. If then, 'Steven, You're Still Really Something' is more than likely MacKenzie's response song, it is nothing if not likely affectionate, with even the vaguely threatening 'outing' line 'If I'm going down, I'll do you down with me' sweetened by the coupling 'And I loved the way you sent your poetry'.

Billy's song in question has not been officially released but since his suicide in 1997 there has been renewed interest in both his solo work and that of The Associates. This summer will see the re-release of much of his work including CDs of previously unreleased material and this may include the above mentioned song. Anyone who is interested in Billy can find out more information at this excellent fan run site:

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I have an OK-quality copy of "Steven, You're Still Really Something" on audio-cassette (I got the whole session). Now how would I go about getting this into my PC so I can convert it to MP3 so as all y'all can hear it? I think the Windows sound recorder only lets you record 30 seconds at a time, or something - but the song is 4'48". Any ideas? Anyone want to hear it?


elbowless <[email protected]>
- Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 13:13:46 (PDT) | #1

I'd love a copy of the session. If your able to get it onto your pc, then please, please, let me get what I want.


viva_moz <[email protected]>
- Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 15:14:00 (PDT) | #2

The song Steven, You're Still Really Something will be issued on a compilation of Associates/MacKenzie material called Double Hipness which V2 are scheduled to release in the UK on 29 June. However they were scheduled to re-release the Associates finest album Sulk on 29 May but so far it's not in the shops or on anyones list to be bought in for the shops! Curious!

Anyway you should all buy as much of Billy's back catalogue as possible as he was one of the most magical of artists and, unfortunately, exceedingly overlooked.

pete <[email protected]>
- Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 17:52:05 (PDT) | #3

Oh, Morrissey, I feel so sorry for you. Nobody wants to sleep with you except Scottish pop stars.

jerk berserk
- Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 18:42:32 (PDT) | #4

Billy's posthumous album "Beyond The Sun" is incredible - the best thing I've heard all year (I only just got it, silly me, slapped wrists!).


elbowless <[email protected]>
- Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 21:41:14 (PDT) | #5

SULK by THE ASSOCIATES now has a release date of 19th June 2000.

DavidC <[email protected]>
Weybridge (UK) - Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 10:45:43 (PDT) | #6

* return to Morrissey-solo