News Archive :
May 21 - 29, 1998
- Morrissey presented with Ivor Novello Award
|The Novello awards - more details
Thanks to Geoff for the following:
He dedicated the award to one John
Marr of Wythenshawe... Mmmm...
Thanks to Ross for the following:
Here is a small interview from Radio 1
(UK) from the Ivor Novello Awards today [5/28] (by an interviewer who admitted to having a
crush on Moz):
Moz: I don't really get awards and this is a very, very nice award.
Interviewer: And this is a lifetime achievement award, that is something else
M: Yeah, I don't know, it's quite nice, it makes... it could possibly make you
feel as if your dead or something, I don't know, but yeah it's nice.
I: What do you think of the other people who are here tonight. I spoke to
Radiohead who said they were GREATLY inspired by you, how do ya feel about that?
M: They never say that in the press do they! So smack on the head to Radiohead.
Link / audio
Thanks to Naomi for this link to the BBC
coverage of the Novello awards. On this page is a RealAudio report, which includes the
above small interview.
Thanks to Darren McCloskey
for the following:
...I thought I would pass along a
Morrissey magazine mention from HITS Magazine, a music radio/retail
industry magazine. On page 35, in the May 22, 1998 issue, a small black and white photo
(approx 3"X2") of Morrissey and the Maverick Records group WANK appears. The caption of this
notoriously sarcastic/ humorous magazine is as follows:
"WANK & WANKER: Maverick group WANK greet visitors at L.A.s House of
Blues to celebrate the release of their label bow, "Get a Grip On Yourself"
before learning half their advance went to Guy Oseary and Adam Sandlers bar tab and
the other half went towards providing security for backstage well-wisher Morrissey. Shown
after finding out their wristbands were only good for the Whisky-A-Go-Go are (l-r) the
bands Bobby Amodeo, Morrissey and the groups Spider & Danny Walker, who
told the singer how much he enjoyed his work in the Doors."
Hits is industry/subscription only - I'll try to get a scan of the
and Scott Shelley
Fans' story on front page of The Wall Street
Thanks to Terry
McEvoy and Lisa Murer for reporting that
this story: "Love Story in Bad Form: How
a Canadian Married an American and Got Deported" appeared in
today's (5/28) edition of The Wall Street Journal. Click the above link for the full
A short summary of the article:
Alexandrea Seminara is an American who married a Canadian, Scott Shelley, and went
with him to visit his folks in Toronto. Before leaving, Mr. Shelley forgot to fill out a
two-page form that would have let him return to the U.S. By failing to complete the form,
he fell within an immigration law's sweep.
Alexandrea and Scott first met at the Smiths Convention in Los Angeles,
Feb. 1997 (not at a Smiths concert as the article mentions) and have contributed to this
page in the past. I just heard from Scott and he said both he and Alex are doing fine, but
the 'immigration nightmare' has caused obvious frustrations and financial burdens. He also
let me know that phones have been ringing off the hook today as various news and media
agencies are trying to set up interviews, but he had time to tell me an anecdote about the
picture styled in classic WSJ format:
"...they actually have someone paint a large (5 foot square) dot diagram of a
photograph, and then reduce it... the strangest part of the picture is that they put a
nice collared shirt and jacket on me (which I wasn't wearing) but didn't airbrush out the
If anyone wishes to reach Scott, his e-mail is [email protected]
Morrissey presented with the "PRS
Outstanding Contribution To British Music" award
Thanks to Bill Stevens
and also to Torr who sent details about the award as
reported on NME.com:
RADIOHEAD SCOOP THE POOL AT IVORS
RADIOHEAD triumphed in the categories of Best Contemporary Song and Best Song
Musically And Lyrically at the Ivor Novello Awards For 1997 in London held this afternoon
(Thursday, May 28) in London.
The band, who accepted their awards in person at the ceremony, won the first award for
last year's epic single 'Paranoid Android' and Best Contemporary Song for 'Karma Police'.
THE VERVE's RICHARD ASHCROFT took the gong for Best Songwriter, while the PRS
Outstanding Contribution To British Music award went to MORRISSEY. The Best Dance
Music category was won by Tim Kellet and Robin Taylor-Firth from OLIVE, for 'Not
The annual awards ceremony, the songwriting equivalent of The Brits, took place at The
Grosvenor House Hotel.
This is the esteemed Ivor Novello award reported here a couple months ago.
Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas - big Smiths fans
Thanks to d.andrew.yoon for
the following details:
I read this article from www.garylucas.com that talked about Gary
Lucas connection with Jeff Buckley as a collaborator and
friend. In the article, it goes on about how they met and their first conversations about
music in which Gary Lucas said:
"Jeff grew up fascinated by Led Zeppelin. We were both big fans of the Doors and
(aside from the garylucas.com article,
Jeff cited "How Soon Is Now?" as one of the top 5 most important songs of his
life. He was also known to have done a cover of "I Know Its Over" which is
very scarcely found on bootlegged tapes.)
Smiths in Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (sort of)
Thanks to Mason Eubank
There is a short film called "Last
Train To Memphis" in the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland that has a short section with The
Smiths, while "How Soon Is Now?" is playing in the
background. Imagine my surprise!
|Tape Trader website
With The Things I've Found"... check out this resource if you're
interested in Morrissey/Smiths concert tape trading. From David Towers:
As you know, with the internet
connecting everyone so well, tape trading has become quite popular.
When I started trading in October, I found it hard to get started because I had difficulty
find people to trade with.
In April I decided to start a website. (the address is below) It was initially just to
list my tapes, but has now expanded to a trading resource page. It has a list of current
Smiths and Morrissey tape traders (about 25 right now), a trading FAQ and
a list of ALL the concerts that are out there (about 300).
David Grohl, a Smiths fan?
From Per Strandberg:
Is David Grohl, the Nirvana ex-drummer
a Morrissey/Smith fan? My son is a great Foo Fighters fan and found this the other night:
In the Boston concert 12th of May at the Avalon, Dave Grohl made fun of the Smiths before
the number "See You". And later he tried to imitate Morrissey, when singing
"Up in Arms" he threw in the line:"I am human and I need to be loved"
(How Soon Is Now?).
The concert was taped by [email protected] whose bootleg list is at
"Sussing out Rufus"
Another Morrissey comparison used in an album review, from
James Hannaham, in his review of Rufus
Wainwrights self-titled debut LP (Village Voice, 5/26):
"Its impossible to think of another rock vocalist whose voice-alternating
between a pinched nose and a honeyed falsetto-is at once so impeded and accurate. . . .
Wainwright isnt devoid of irony. . . (b)ut he doesnt have the saving grace of
his vocal predecessor Morrissey-a real sense of humor about himself. . . . Matinee
Idol finds him in Morrisseyland, in a postmortem Little Man, What Now,
lamenting the premature death of a beautiful and untalented hero. . . ."
Who is now "The World's Greatest Entertainer"?
In a sane world, maybe... From Frank
In 1916 Al Jolson, known as
"The Worlds Greatest Entertainer", put on a show entitled Robinson Crusoe
Jnr. in which he sang 'Where the Black Eyed Susans grow' Morrissey, as we all know, has a
song entitled 'Black Eyed Susan'. In addition, on the first Smiths album Morrissey sings a
portion of 'Sonny Boy' as a refrain to the song 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle'. 'Sonny
Boy' was a huge hit for Jolson. Finally, perhaps, now that Frank Sinatra
is dead, Morrissey can assume the mantle of "The Worlds Greatest
Entertainer" which Jolson bequeathed to Sinatra.
Voters accept Irish peace accord, May 22
Ok, now we're really pushing coincidences... From Pierre-Michel:
Is it really a coincidence that the
referendum on peace in Northern Ireland took place on May 22, i.e. Morrisseys
birthday? Or did the song, This Is Not Your Country, play a major role in the
|Moz B-day Bash in Los Angeles,
From Jay Tando:
Saturday, May 23rd @ "The
Gig" in West L.A.
Morrissey/Smiths cover band "Sweet And Tender Hooligans" will
be playing followed by Ukraine RocknRollers "The Red Elvises".
Curtain will be 9:00pm @ 11637 Pico Blvd. (310)444-9870
"The L-Shaped Room" this weekend on Bravo
I dont know how big of a news
item this is, but the Bravo cable channel is showing "The L-Shaped
Room" this weekend. Here are the dates (times Eastern), and the channels
description of the film.
May 25 - 3 PM
May 26 - 11 AM
The L-Shaped Room (1963)
Oscar Nominee Leslie Caron stars as a French country girl living in London who falls in
love with a fellow boarding house tenant but finds herself pregnant by another man. Dir:
Bryan Forbes. (2:05)
Given the timing, it makes you wonder
if someone in the programming department is a Morrissey fan.
(The "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty" sample in
"The Queen Is Dead" is taken from this film.)
* Tradition (well, at least last year) for those who want to leave
birthday messages is to leave them on the Morrissey-solo
guestbook. Or do whatever you want... I'm out of town for a few days.
PS for 'newbies' - his birthday is on the 22nd!