Morrissey Central: Blue Rondo A La Turk

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Thewlis, Jul 8, 2019.

By Thewlis on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:11 AM
  1. Thewlis

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    BLUE RONDO A LA TURK - Morrissey Central
    July 8, 2019

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    "I liked them because they seemed two jumps ahead of everyone else. The mere sight of them suggested big league, but they didn't quite get that far. They were one of the very few groups that the Smiths supported, but there was a scepticism about them being just 'club models' … who asked and got. This was said also about very early Roxy Music … who appeared to be quite affluent before they'd even had a hit. With Blue Rondo, again, you suspected that they were given all of their fantastic suits for free whilst the rest of us had to dream of being able to buy SOMETHING that didn't look TOO abysmal. The main electric spark was their dancing which was very virile and athletic … and even though they came from the Blitz/Billy's scene they seemed like supermale prizefighters or nightclub heavies … deep-chested vocals, narrow-hipped, and very much a man's, man's, man's, man's world. I don't think a sudden tussle would trouble them in the least. But their songs were not about the curves of seductive women - or even about women … as if women might even lack some essential excitement. It's a safe bet that they couldn't stand the Smiths … me singing about not even a glimmer of adventure sex. But that was 1982 or, for me, 1947. Their companion Robert Elms described me as "Ena Sharples". I was actually flattered because Violet Carson, I thought, was extremely funny. You know how comedians or comic actors think that if they show lots of teeth people will think they're saying something hilarious … when of course they aren't? Well, Violet Carson kept her teeth well hidden. Maybe she had none? How did I get from Blue Rondo a la Turk to Violet Carson?
    Oh. Well, Blue Rondo were a London band … which was obvious to us because they actually had shoes. I don't think their songs were as good as ours, but our shoes weren't as good as theirs, so, there we are.
    They quickly went away and didn't return. I don't know if it's even possible to find their music anymore, but it certainly wouldn't hurt the ear. I think some of Blue Rondo were from the West Indies whereas of course all of the Smiths were born at the Manchester Scabies & Gripe Maternity Hospital."

    Morrissey 7 July 2019, talking to himself (for … what choice?)

    * sorry, I have no idea who took the above photograph.


    Amusing musings from Moz about the first Smiths-support act.


    Note posted by an anonymous person:

    Actually, it was the other way around. The Smiths supported them. It was their first live show ever on 4 October 1982 at the Ritz.
     
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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Thewlis, Jul 8, 2019.

    1. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Why on earth would Johnny Marr get involved in the shitestorm? Why should he be expected to? He has retained a dignified position by only ever stating what he believes or does not believe. I don't believe (wild speculation) that he cares enough about Morrissey to comment. Morrissey is all but a ghost from his past. Johnny seems to be enjoying his life to the full at the moment and is a revered artist. I say "keep your distance, Johnny". Even if you did attempt to assist Morrissey he'd only fuck the whole thing up - as he did with The Smiths. Run. Run for your life!
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    2. vegan cro spirit 444
      vegan cro spirit 444
      WTF?? Kept silent????:crazy:
      :handpointright::guardsman::handpointleft: is a human gabfest FFS.
      every 5 min hes on a silly podcast or silly C list webshow gabbing. gab gab gab..:censored:
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    3. The Wild Turkey
      The Wild Turkey
      Blue Rondo A La Turkey!
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    4. Orson Swells
      Orson Swells
      Well, Johnny has now cemented a place in the mainstream as a media golden boy - without ever writing a solo song remotely as good as the Smiths. I don’t think he’d want to endanger that position. Morrissey always said Johnny was the one keen to appease and please people. That was the dynamic of the Smiths really: Morrissey was the eccentric outsider who provided the edginess; whereas Marr brought the more traditional rock and roll idea of “cool” to the band. Marr is very aware of his image - hence his passion for hair dye. I very much doubt he is voicing exactly what he thinks. Noel Gallagher has offered more support to Morrissey than Johnny!
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    5. gashonthenail
      gashonthenail
      God, another band I remember from that time was Blancmange? Anyone remember them? 'Living on the Ceiling'?
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    6. Ketamine Sun
      Ketamine Sun
      Yep. Better than reading more shit
      by Brag just trying to get more publicity.

      A poor forgotten soul Billy is.
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    7. Thewlis
      Thewlis
      Yes, that's true, and interestingly enough it's the first time since The Smiths' break-up that Johnny - in the UK at least - has a position equal to Moz. His solo career is finally thriving like never before and then there is this big Moz-controversy. He wants to stay away from that as fas as he can, and I understand that given the history.

      On the other hand, Johnny is never going to be more succesful solo than he is now. He's proven himself on his own, he has a good band, made some fine albums, but I don't think his solo career is going anywhere.

      And given his position he is probably the only one whose words would have a serious impact on both Moz and the general British public. The consequences could be great, I really do feel that, and it would open new horizons.
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    8. Ketamine Sun
      Ketamine Sun
      Yep folks,


      It’s time for Marr to apologize

      and get the Smiths back together.


      But refuse to play in Soviet Britain

      of course.


      :cool:
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    9. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      A superb band and still on the go, although Stephen left due to health reasons in 2011. Happy Familes is an astonishing debut.
    10. NealCassidy
      NealCassidy
      Nurse!
      Doubt he can perform these days
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    11. drag me down
      drag me down
      I feel its time Morrissey was given some leeway. He deserves to be treated differently. We all lapped it up when he was firing off fireworks in the 80s. He has views which are contentious these days. I feel he is mentally ill, and that's what made his art so fascinating in the first place. I think he's more vulnerable than him or his close circle would have us believe. I'm mentally ill as well so I'm not having a dig at him. It was his mental instability that gave so much joy.
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    12. Hovis Lesley
      Hovis Lesley
      To be fair, they did bless us with Dead or Alive.
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    13. Orson Swells
      Orson Swells
      It is nonsense. Much like practically everything else you post here.
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    14. Whizz Kid
      Whizz Kid
      I'll go a step further and say that Johnny's current standing is indirectly helped by Morrissey's outburst alienating his Smiths fans. The more Moz alienates those fans, the more they turn to Johnny and appreciate his music, his steadfast politics and his positivity. On the other hand, Johnny has the goods - he is spectacular live and always seems to do and say the right things. For instance, Johnny is in the news today donating a shirt to charity - such a little thing, but more good PR.

      I wouldn't say his solo career is going nowhere. All of his solo shows have sold out in the UK. His Glastonbury appearance with the Killers, for instance, the two songs have gotten a million and a half hits on YouTube. He'll be releasing some new music soon and continues to play festivals.

      He's better off maintaining his current position on Morrissey which is basically, he doesn't agree with Moz' views and they have nothing to do with him.
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    15. ForgotHowIGotMyName
      ForgotHowIGotMyName
      I interpret this post of Morrissey's as a "fuck you" to Billy Bragg.

      Bragg went at Moz with guns blazing and the next day, Morrissey responds with lighthearted nostalgic musings. This lets Bragg know that not only does Moz not consider his accusations worth responding to, the humorous tone lets Bragg know he is in good spirits and not particularly bothered by anything he said. Bragg was trying to provoke a response and he got the opposite of the one he was hoping for.
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    16. Amy
      Amy
      This is all true - but fame is fickle, isn't it? When Morrissey was 'comeback king' in 2004, selling out enormous shows with huge success - Johnny was all but forgotten and his Boomslang album had bombed. I remember a fan saying he'd done a signing where only half a dozen people turned up; he really had no profile except as a talking head on every "I Love the 80s" TV programme. That was Johnny's post-Smiths career for years and years, until he "came back" with Modest Mouse and now he's enjoying a spectacular second wind, whilst Moz takes his turn in the sin bin. Point is - Moz never tore the Healers apart from on high, though he could have done. And in the same way, Johnny knows better than to shit on M's head now and hope the wind won't change.
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    17. Amy
      Amy
      Absolutely. His words would weigh heavier than anyone else. One word of friendship now would mend a thousand bridges.

      There speaks a true friend, there speaks a friend for life.
      You told me all the things you think are wrong with me
      I just wish you'd stayed around and helped me put them right...
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    18. IsNotFunnyAnymore
      IsNotFunnyAnymore
      Morrissey seems to be stuck in the past musically and mentally. I wouldn't care any less about his taste on music or anything else. He has been a pain in the neck in the last three years specially. I know many fans still support him, but I've got principles and a rather not to follow anymore a right-wing sympathiser. :crazy:
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    19. Orson Swells
      Orson Swells
      Yes. Absolutely agree. There was also the time around 89/91 when Morrissey was seen as rather musically passé and Johnny was in Electronic somewhat classlessly slagging him off in interviews.

      In Stuart Maconie's review of Bona Drag from 1990, he says: "Morrissey currently enjoys a critical standing akin to a Saddam Hussein. Cat Stevens stands a better chance of getting a positive review than Moz these days. And woe betide the writer who has a good word for him."

      It's almost forgotten now how low his stock was at that time. So, yes, it's cyclical and I have no doubt the wheel will turn again.
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    20. drag me down
      drag me down
      I'm thinking of how difficult it must have been for Morrissey in the early days. When he knew he and his band had something special and wanting to share it with the world. His temperament couldn't have been conducive to that sort of circus. It still amazes me now that he manages to carry on writing knowing there are songs that need to be listened to, knowing he has to go through the whole publicity thing. He did remarkably well in those days to step out of his bedroom and face the world. Imagine the pressure. It would have killed a lesser man
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