BANG Showbiz / Yahoo! News UK: Dana Gillespie was invited to tea by Morrissey after he loved her Spent the Day in Bed cover (May 30, 2024)

Dana Gillespie was invited to tea by Morrissey after he loved her Spent the Day in Bed cover​

Iconic singer Dana Gillespie was left stunned when reclusive star Morrissey emailed her to say that her cover of the song 'Spent the Day in Bed' was better than his original.

In fact, Morrissey was so impressed by Dana's interpretation that he took her out for tea at a posh London hotel.

Dana says: "It was such a thrill. Morrissey is such a brilliant songwriter, we had such fun together. What I love about the song is how relevant the lyrics are to today's world. It's about how it's better not to mess up with your brain by watching the news."

Dana's song can be found on her new album, 'First Love', which is being released on 31st May by Fretsore Records.

She told BANG Showbiz Managing Director Rick Sky during an outrageous two-hour video interview at London's Sanctum Hotel in Soho: "This album is technically my 74th album, and it's the first time for 50 years that I let someone else produce me and make some of the decisions. I have known Marc (Almond) and Tris (Penna) so well that I could trust them implicitly.

"Also, Marc and I have very similar taste in much of the music that I like, and he's been a great friend for years."

The single 'Spent the Day in Bed' went straight into the vinyl singles chart at number three and the physical singles chart at number six.

Commenting on the new record, Dana said: "It’s very unusual for me to do an album on which I haven’t written all the songs and it’s the first time in years and years that I’ve let someone else produce the album for me. Normally I do everything but, in some ways, it’s a bit of a relief and a joy to give it over to Tris and Marc, who are old hands at this."

She added: "I have some reason for having every song on this album, they’re not just thrown in there, randomly."

Marc Almond said: "Dana sings the life she lives and what a life indeed. The last of the great ladies of Bohemia, exotic troubadour and muse of Legends. An open mystery."

He continued: "A treasure waiting to be rediscovered, and famous for being unknown. The secret is out."



Has it come to this? Yahoo News article.
FWD.
 

Dana Gillespie was invited to tea by Morrissey after he loved her Spent the Day in Bed cover​

Iconic singer Dana Gillespie was left stunned when reclusive star Morrissey emailed her to say that her cover of the song 'Spent the Day in Bed' was better than his original.

In fact, Morrissey was so impressed by Dana's interpretation that he took her out for tea at a posh London hotel.

Dana says: "It was such a thrill. Morrissey is such a brilliant songwriter, we had such fun together. What I love about the song is how relevant the lyrics are to today's world. It's about how it's better not to mess up with your brain by watching the news."

Dana's song can be found on her new album, 'First Love', which is being released on 31st May by Fretsore Records.

She told BANG Showbiz Managing Director Rick Sky during an outrageous two-hour video interview at London's Sanctum Hotel in Soho: "This album is technically my 74th album, and it's the first time for 50 years that I let someone else produce me and make some of the decisions. I have known Marc (Almond) and Tris (Penna) so well that I could trust them implicitly.

"Also, Marc and I have very similar taste in much of the music that I like, and he's been a great friend for years."

The single 'Spent the Day in Bed' went straight into the vinyl singles chart at number three and the physical singles chart at number six.

Commenting on the new record, Dana said: "It’s very unusual for me to do an album on which I haven’t written all the songs and it’s the first time in years and years that I’ve let someone else produce the album for me. Normally I do everything but, in some ways, it’s a bit of a relief and a joy to give it over to Tris and Marc, who are old hands at this."

She added: "I have some reason for having every song on this album, they’re not just thrown in there, randomly."

Marc Almond said: "Dana sings the life she lives and what a life indeed. The last of the great ladies of Bohemia, exotic troubadour and muse of Legends. An open mystery."

He continued: "A treasure waiting to be rediscovered, and famous for being unknown. The secret is out."



Has it come to this? Yahoo News article.
FWD.
Is that a photo of Dana and Morrissey together? Yahoo won’t let me see it until I accept cookies.
 
Is that a photo of Dana and Morrissey together? Yahoo won’t let me see it until I accept cookies.
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Lovely words from Marc:

Dana sings the life she lives and what a life indeed. The last of the great ladies of Bohemia, exotic troubadour and muse of Legends. An open mystery. A treasure waiting to be rediscovered, and famous for being unknown. The secret is out.
 
He is absolutely obsessed with this cover of one of his shittiest songs. He probably has it in his will: "... in a Catholic church laid out in an open coffin, dressed in my best suit with my arms clutching a copy of Dana Gillespie's 2024 hit single, Spent The Day In Bed."
 
Lovely words from Marc:

Dana sings the life she lives and what a life indeed. The last of the great ladies of Bohemia, exotic troubadour and muse of Legends. An open mystery. A treasure waiting to be rediscovered, and famous for being unknown. The secret is out.
It’s just a shame that it took her 74 albums
To be rediscovered 😁
 
Lovely words from Marc:

Dana sings the life she lives and what a life indeed. The last of the great ladies of Bohemia, exotic troubadour and muse of Legends. An open mystery. A treasure waiting to be rediscovered, and famous for being unknown. The secret is out.
Always loved and thought Marc to be a very underrated artist. He is being appreciated more now after so many years and so many great records. He is so passionate about his music and love of it and always comes across as a very decent chap.
I'd love to see Marc and Morrissey do something together, in some ways they are similar artists.
 
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What do you make of the naysayers though, whether trolls, mods or both in one? How does an artist counter their public bad vibes when regaining ground?
Morrissey should ignore the naysayers and the trolls, as should we all. There is probably little Morrissey in 2024 could do to win back fans who don't like the current tenor and topic of his most album cycles, band lineups, set list choices, touring decisions, or cancellations. So why bother trying. He doesn't need to counter "bad public vibes" any more than anyone of us has to engage with particular moderator, poster, disaffected or rabidly enthusiastic fan – here or elsewhere – that we find irksome or with whom we have little in common, or schedule of engaging in meaningfully productive conversation

The only thing Morrissey "needs" is to find a label or distribution system with which he's comfortable, and a tutoring infrastructure that works w for him. He doesn't need to convince any detractors, he doesn't need counter bad public vibes unless he wants to. He only needs one label, a band that he's comfortable with, and a workable distribution system. Everything else matters substantially less than it needs to.

Look at Russell Brand. He's not praised and fluffed by the same crowd have used to be, and he's had a dramatic conversion of both sociopolitical and religious belief and presentations. But he is still very successful, and has audience that supports him, regardless of how many people have rolled their eyes and walked away.

And if it seems like it it's a bit mystifying the people that are more critical of Morissey stick around these parts and others to continue voicing that disappointment a) you're under no obligation to engage with any particular person b) a good number of them – who are critical of certain aspects of contemporary Morrissey (I include myself in that number) do so because whatever formative portion work meant a lot to us did so in part because of incessant demand that his particular pop music was of sufficient depth to be taken seriously. And indeed this has been his position since 1983.

Serious analysis will inevitably result in some thinking that his current work is severely lacking in a number ways – perhaps in ways that retroactively make his earlier stuff seem less innovative and profound than it once was. But such is weight of putting oneself forth as a serious thinker who expresses "necessary truths" in pop music.

Critics and scholars disagree over even Oscar Wilde's enduring impact in the quality of work? Why should Morrissey be held to any lower standard than the figures he deliberately invokes?
 

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