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  1. Anaesthesine

    The Simpsons - "Panic on the Streets of Springfield" (airing April 18, 2021) - reminder / reports

    I thought the writers and animators did a great job with their silly, affectionate pastiche of Smiths-era Morrissey (right down to the wardrobe choices). Sure, they missed the fact that Smiths-era Morrissey was a complex, often contradictory and deeply funny character, but this is a 22-minute...
  2. 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...
  3. Anaesthesine

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

    Agree completely. Morrissey was riding the crest of his third wave (and it was one hell of a good time). Vocally he was untouchable; as an icon he was fully self-possessed and magnetic. My favorite memory from the ROTT era came at one of the final gigs of the tour at the London Palladium. The...
  4. Anaesthesine

    More Sparks on Morrissey (new interview video)

    He was talking about how difficult it is to enjoy great music having learned something repellent about the artist who created it, and the difficult choice of cutting the artist out of one's life completely, or trying to filter out the politics while still enjoying the music ("filter" is exactly...
  5. Anaesthesine

    More Sparks on Morrissey (new interview video)

    "It's a strange kind of thing where an artist can do something so beautiful and pure and (kinda) life-affirming and then have such odious views in another sense." - Ron Mael Pretty much sums it up.
  6. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey Central "I DON’T KNOW WHY MY MOTHER IS DEAD" (August 23, 2020)

    One of my oldest friends was from a fairly wealthy family. They had the best private medical care money could buy. The result? Her mother died from colon cancer that her well-paid private specialists completely misdiagnosed. The woman was only in her 60s, her mind was clear and she was looking...
  7. Anaesthesine

    Morrissey Central (& SER YT): "DAVEY THE WIND BLOWS BITS OF YOUR LIFE AWAY" (July 2, 2020)

    Incredible footage. Two GOATs, and they had this in common: they willed themselves into their own images, and they did it flawlessly. Afterwards, Morrissey running down the hallway, shirtless, with a towel on his head, and Bowie, strolling in a suit, ice in his veins. Seeing this, I remember...
  8. 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.
  9. Anaesthesine

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

    I knew Gen professionally, and I worked with them on occasion. I have to say that I'm surprised and gratified that Morrissey decided to put in a good word (even if it is a bit late, and a wee bit condescending). Gen was radical and singular (and plural). A true original who often pushed things...
  10. Anaesthesine

    Rank the tracks on IANADOAC

    The music is godawful. It's so stodgy I can't even make it to the end of the song. Agreed: River is one of the best of the best in every way. His vocals on this song are perfection.
  11. Anaesthesine

    Rank the tracks on IANADOAC

    Classics: Once I Saw The River Clean My Hurling Days Are Gone Wonderful: Jim Jim Falls Bobby Don't You Think They Know Love Is On Its Way Out Meh: Knockabout World The Truth About Ruth What Kind of People Live In These Houses Yuck: The Secret Of Music Darling, I Hug A Pillow I Am Not A...
  12. Anaesthesine

    "I Am Not A Dog On A Chain" released (March 20, 2020)

    So: the old codger has managed to release a halfway-decent album (best thing since Quarry imho). After an initial listen on YouTube: The standout song is "Once I Saw the River Clean" which is just wonderful; sounds like a lost Marc Almond tune. Everything else is varying degrees of...
  13. Anaesthesine

    "I Am Not A Dog On A Chain" - pre-order, format details and exclusives summary; new bundles site

    That's exactly what I was thinking: it makes his weakest album cover look inspired in comparison. It seems like he's just trolling at this point (which, to be fair, is one of the things he does best these days). Sad.
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Anaesthesine

    When did you quit Morrissey?

    Good question. World Peace was also the last album I bought (it was also the first tour I did not attend). I should have stopped around Years of Refusal; that's the first truly dire disc that I made excuses for. Ringleader was a mediocre effort, but his live show was still magnificent (I'll...
  17. Anaesthesine

    "Morrissey and Violence" by Ian Kashani

    Morrissey went from "It's so easy to laugh, it's so easy to hate, it takes guts to be gentle and kind" to "it's not your birthday anymore. There's no need to be kind to you, and the will to see you smile and belong has now gone." Morrissey's worst nature has eclipsed his best; he's become a...
  18. Anaesthesine

    NME: Billy Bragg on Morrissey

    Awaaaaay back in 1984 Billy Bragg accosted me for being a Smiths fan. Plus ça change.
  19. 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...
  20. Anaesthesine

    New York City, NY - Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (May 2, 2019) post-show

    I would add that "Morning Starship" is a fantastic cover; one of my favorites. His voice was velvety and glorious. As a vegetarian (and highly imperfect vegan) of almost thirty years I appreciate Morrissey's continued witnessing for the suffering of our fellow beasts. "The Bullfighter Dies" and...
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