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  1. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey’s Publicist (Michael Pagnotta): He Was IMPOSSIBLE! - The Quintana Show / YouTube (April 11, 2022)

    A friend of mine and her husband ran a small PR firm in the '90s, and Morrissey was one of their clients. They signed an NDA and have never spoken about him publicly, but they privately regaled me with tales of Morrissey showing up at a theatre, seeing the lines snaking around the block...
  2. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey A-Z: "Now My Heart Is Full"

    Wry, soaring, exultant, poetic: equal parts joyous and heartbreaking. No one else could have written this song, and no one else could sing it.
  3. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey A-Z: "My Love Life"

    The song is pleasant, but negligible. The video, however, is mesmerizing. The lads are so young, so relaxed - they just glow. But Morrissey: he's devastatingly handsome here. And that moment, at 1:57, when the lads apparently spot someone who recognizes them and they all smile and wave but...
  4. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey A-Z: "Maladjusted"

    Not just my favorite Morrissey song, but one of my favorite songs of all time. It's a masterpiece. The dark poetry of it, the complexity of the narration, the evocative feel of it; like a vivid dream, or a fading memory. It's a perfect combination of words and sound. I never tire of it.
  5. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey A-Z: "Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"

    Dark, dreamy and twisted; it's what Morrissey does best. As others have said: no one can touch these gorgeous, whispered vocals.
  6. Anaesthesine

    Fiona Dodwell: "Ringleader in Reflection: A Look Back at Morrissey’s 2006 Album, Ringleader of The Tormentors" (March 31, 2021)

    I do still swoop by this site from time to time (if only to keep an eye on the drama). For me Morrissey has become something of a maddening riddle without any apparent answer. How? Why? The 2006 Palladium was unlike any other show I've seen. It was... majestic. Perhaps we bumped into each...
  7. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey Central "Being Dead Changes You" by Morrissey (April 22, 2020)

    It all depends on whether Gen had been drinking. But that's a cheap answer. I think Gen would have had a good chuckle at the clever bits, rolled their eyes at the silly bits, sighed, and have done with it.
  8. Anaesthesine

    "Morrissey and Violence" by Ian Kashani

    Yes indeed. Morrissey has always been the ultimate unreliable narrator. He's used it to great effect, and it's also been very convenient; it's always made him a tough one to pin down. But the younger Morrissey was clever, brash and engaging; you can get away with murder if you can make 'em...
  9. Anaesthesine

    When did you quit Morrissey?

    What irks me about Morrissey these days isn’t just his weirdly naive political statements, it’s his increasingly clumsy attempts to play the bully. It only makes him look more pathetic. It doesn’t suit him. I haven’t “quit” him so much as I mourn him. I seldom listen to him these days, but he...
  10. Anaesthesine

    "Bigmouth strikes again and again: why Morrissey fans feel so betrayed" by Tim Jonze - The Guardian

    I'm listening to The Smiths right now and J. Marr is correct: those songs will live on because, even after all these years, Morrissey's humor, humanity, cleverness, cheek and outright bravery still shine though, and because Marr's music is perfection. I remember who Morrissey seemed to be then...
  11. Anaesthesine

    Strange/unexpected Moz references?

    Saw the brilliant comedian Patton Oswalt last night. He made several references to Morrissey during his (very funny) set and played "Girlfriend in a Coma" at the close. Morrissey the archetype persists.
  12. Anaesthesine

    LP (Laura Pergolizzi) and Morrissey photos (9 total); LP sings on two tracks - Morrissey Central

    Laura Pergolizzi has an amazing voice! We were just listening to her album "Lost on You" a few days ago. I didn't expect Morrissey to make such a good musical choice at this late stage of his career. Dammit - he just made it tougher to stop listening.
  13. Anaesthesine

    Johnny Marr interview in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant; mentions Smiths split

    That's how I've always read the situation. Patience of a saint.
  14. Anaesthesine

    The day Morrissey came to tea: an extract from Dave Haslam’s memoir

    It's true: Morrissey has always had a cold, cruel, sociopathic streak (to his credit, he's never tried to hide it). But the man also displayed empathy and a palpable kindness (particularly for animals). Part of the fascination has always been watching the kindness and the cruelty intertwine...
  15. Anaesthesine

    Worst possible Moz setlist

    How could I have forgotten People Are the Same Everywhere. Good call.
  16. Anaesthesine

    Worst possible Moz setlist

    Best Friend on the Payroll Journalists Who Lie Dial-a-Cliche The Kid's a Looker World Peace is None of Your Business I Bury the Living Ambitious Outsiders Asian Rut Sorrow Will Come in the End Children in Pieces If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me The Father Who Must Be Killed Harsh Truth of...
  17. Anaesthesine

    Der Spiegel audio file of Morrissey interview released

    "Sunset Boulevard" is one of the greatest noir films of all time, and the single greatest film that Hollywood has ever made about itself. Gloria Swanson's performance as Norma Desmond may well be the greatest camp performance ever committed to celluloid. Swanson took what was originally...
  18. Anaesthesine

    "Low In High School" released (Nov. 17, 2017)

    Tragically, Morrissey has become more than a bit Trumpian in his dotage. I say tragically because his vocals (the recorded ones at least) continue to be certifiably godlike. How astonishing that such a great, great talent could fall so very far. How sad (yet vaguely fascinating) it is to see...
  19. Anaesthesine

    "Low In High School" released (Nov. 17, 2017)

    You are so very wrong. Great music knows no age. At the end of his life Bowie gave us Blackstar, which was visionary and mesmerizing. Morrissey has occasionally cited Buffy Sainte-Marie as someone he admires. The woman is 76 years old, and this is her latest release. This song is ferocious...
  20. Anaesthesine

    Low In High School: What do you think of it?

    I just had a chance to give Low in High School a first listen. Wow. Where to begin. 1) Morrissey's voice is still a singular and gorgeous weapon. He could sing a laundry list and it would reduce me to tears. His vocal work on this album is magnificent. 2) There are some gorgeous songs here...
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