Morrissey interview in El País

“Los toreros son alimañas: se deberían matar entre ellos” (Bullfighters are vermin. They should kill each other.) - El País
DIEGO A. MANRIQUE Madrid 4 OCT 2014

Improved Google translation (the editorializing is the author’s, not mine):

Astonishment between the interviewer and the promoters. Morrissey (Manchester, 1959) has offered to respond to a questionnaire and, hours later, the answers arrive. Journalists distrust interviews done by mail: in theory, anyone can impersonate the interviewee. But the answers are unequivocally morrisseyesque. In their acute malevolence, their recognizable narcissism, their stubbornness in turning things to his advantage. The former leader of the Smiths will perform in Madrid on Thursday and in Barcelona on Friday.

There are inevitable subjects, obviously. Like his controversial Autobiography, published in the Penguin Classics collection. It’s nothing to do with the current wave of books written by rock stars, he insists: "It surprises me that there are so many who actually think they have something to say! When you read their books, it turns out that they don’t. My Autobiography exists, it is self-explanatory. So I am not going to talk about the book on television, radio or in written media."

He also wants to clear up his bolt from the Harvest label, three weeks after releasing his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business. He mainly denies it: “I didn’t leave, they threw me out! They tried to keep my record but they discovered that they did not have the rights. A very stupid mess, caused by an executive named Steve Barnett, who has less brains than an artificial flower. The fact that someone like that is in charge of a label is a sign of how bad things are in the musical world. "

He makes no distinction between the three multinationals and the abundant independents: "Rough Trade has gone down in history for having the Smiths, yet never inviting us to a meal to celebrate the success." According to Morrissey, it is not profitable either to go on tour, although tickets for his Spanish concerts cost 50 euros: "I do not get rich by touring. All the money that is generated is invested in doing things. Many people ask me what is the point of bothering with tours and I say, this is my life. "

A key part of his existence is to fight animal abuse. He assures that his opposition to bullfighting is nothing new. In the legendary Smiths concert in Madrid, during the festival of San Isidro 1985, broadcast by TVE, "I remember telling the public 'I've seen your national sport and it is not very nice'. Obviously killing bulls is no sport: it is torture."

Now, he is more hurtful. His latest album contains The Bullfighter Dies, a song – you will excuse me – musically and literarily tasteless, where he celebrates the death of any bullfighter. His argument is this: "My understanding is that those who attend want to see death: what is the difference between the death of the bull or the matador? Both are beings who want to live and which feel pain. The matador has the picador and other helpers that help him to torment the bull, who is alone and should have our sympathy. It is the matador who has decided that this occurs and the bull is the victim; human instinct should always be to protect the victim. Bullfighters are vermin: they should kill one another. "

Morrissey always comes to interviews with guns loaded. A question about social networks leads him to fire at monarchies: "The networks have good and bad points. Suddenly, everyone is an expert ... and no matter that he has never left his bedroom. But dictators and so-called royalty cannot do what they want anymore: the entire world is watching and can depose those who betray their trust. King Juan Carlos was shamed when they caught him killing endangered species. Elephants are wonderful, calm, wise ... it’s such a repulsive thing he did! How is it that he is not in jail?"

He explains his decision to leave the UK and live in California for similar reasons: "I cannot endure the British royal family and it pains me that part of my taxes end up in the hands of those embarrassing parasites. They offer nothing to the world and are always on vacation in exotic places, killing animals, all with public money. They do not represent England and are are as much dictators as the Assad family in Syria, so we cannot dismantle their platform (?) with good manners: they will throw you to the police. You only have to look what will happen in Hong Kong. "

In case there was any doubt, Morrissey insists that the world is heading for ecological destruction, if a nuclear apocalypse doesn’t happen first: "Industrial agriculture and animal breeders are destroying the planet. Every time I see the yellow M of McDonald's I think of death. Governments tolerate whatever brings money; they benefit from the inclination of the human race to suicide. It amuses me that there are countries where attempted suicide is punished while the governments spend millions on nuclear weapons, which facilitate collective suicide. They just have to use them once for us all to disappear from here. "

Meanwhile, Morrissey must confront vexing moral and aesthetic dilemmas. He opens his heart: "I have a problem with synthetic leather shoes. I stopped using fake leather jackets because people became confused and accused me of using real leather. It's easy to stop eating meat and forget about eggs and milk: immediately you feel better ethically and physically. But the synthetic leather shoes are more uncomfortable than genuine leather. It is the last barrier for those who do not want to exploit animals in any way. "

(Sidebar)

Secrets and lies of the industry
Morrissey agrees to list the main secrets of the record business.
Take note:
1. The number one position on the charts is normally bought.
2. A label can sign an artist to bury him.
3. A company issues a press release saying their new discovery has sold 30 million records, when the actual figure is 30,000, but the media make it official truth.
4. The label strives to pay nothing and move all expenses to the artist, so that its income is clean profit.
5. Before listening to a record, the executives have already decided if it will triumph or not in the market.
6. The bosses are all men; the women who work in the industry are eternally girls, even if they are 52 years old.
7. Grammy Awards are previously divided between the labels, so that its executives can boast that they are au courant.
 
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That comment on women, oh man.

So he wears leather and has no justification for it? At least he's stopped with the eggs and dairy.
 
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i thought he said he just stopped using the real and fake altogether so as to not be accused.
 

Bluebirds

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Shoes shoes shoes. Personally I agree with him. Don't eat meat but can't resist an expensive pair of leather shoes. So shoot me....
 
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He's being a huge hypocrite, though. Eating meat is pedophilia but it's ok to wear leather? Leather isn't a byproduct of meat. It's from cows that are bred for leather. They are forced on a death march in the heat and sun out of India with no food or water to the slaughterhouse so Morrissey can wear his $500 shoes.
 
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That comment on women, oh man.

So he wears leather and has no justification for it? At least he's stopped with the eggs and dairy.

So he is different than dictators? If he wears leather he shouldn't be an animal rights advocate. I'll get my info elsewhere. He is such an ASS.
 

Amy

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Is Morrissey the new David Icke? That "list" is paranoid, petulant nonsense and makes him sound unhinged, inventing conspiracies and vendettas to avoid taking responsibility for his own failures.
 
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Suddenly, everyone is an expert ... and no matter that he has never left his bedroom.
Haha, you listening barelyborn? Bummie boy?
 
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"Suddenly, everyone is an expert ... and no matter that he has never left his bedroom." I like that....

Of course he's right, the world is headed for ecological destruction, we are there, and yes it will continue unless we destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons first. There is a reason that his song "I'm not a Man" ends with the horrifying human screams. I don't feel that Morrissey is being cynical about it....I think he really feels the pain of the living world and wants to see it change for the better. This is the only way he can express this pain.... this is who he is as an artist. Whether his fans will continue to support him in this expression and he makes new fans remains to be seen.

Therin lies the sadness of Morrissey......looking for justice and meaning on this earth is a very difficult journey.
 
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"Suddenly, everyone is an expert ... and no matter that he has never left his bedroom." I like that....

Of course he's right, the world is headed for ecological destruction, we are there, and yes it will continue unless we destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons first. There is a reason that his song "I'm not a Man" ends with the horrifying human screams. I don't feel that Morrissey is being cynical about it....I think he really feels the pain of the living world and wants to see it change for the better. This is the only way he can express this pain.... this is who he is as an artist. Whether his fans will continue to support him in this expression and he makes new fans remains to be seen.

Therin lies the sadness of Morrissey......looking for justice and meaning on this earth is a very difficult journey.

This is the best time to be alive in the history of the planet. There is less disease, famine and violence than ever. We are an ingenious species that will continue to survive--and thrive. I am an optimist. Pessimism is so emotionally taxing and toxic. There is so much good and beauty to be found. Open your eyes--just a little wider. You can focus on the good or the bad. It is your choice. Focusing on the good makes my life happy and positive. Are you happy and positive? Is Morrissey? The power to be these things is in your hands. Just change your perspective.
 

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I respect his honesty. "I have a problem with synthetic leather shoes. I stopped using fake leather jackets because people became confused and accused me of using real leather. It's easy to stop eating meat and forget about eggs and milk: immediately you feel better ethically and physically. But the synthetic leather shoes are more uncomfortable than genuine leather."

Pescetarian - "I have a problem with not eating meat altogether. I stopped eating cows, and chickens, and lambs and all animals that walk on land because people became confused and accused me of eating 'real' meat. It's easy to stop eating cows and forget about chickens and lambs: immediately you feel better ethically and physically. But life without meat is rather uncomfortable. Accordingly, I eat fish...kind of like how Morrissey still wears real leather shoes."

:rolleyes:
 
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This is the best time to be alive in the history of the planet. There is less disease, famine and violence than ever. We are an ingenious species that will continue to survive--and thrive. I am an optimist. Pessimism is so emotionally taxing and toxic. There is so much good and beauty to be found. Open your eyes--just a little wider. You can focus on the good or the bad. It is your choice. Focusing on the good makes my life happy and positive. Are you happy and positive? Is Morrissey? The power to be these things is in your hands. Just change your perspective.

Best time to be alive in the history of the planet? Well, that's a matter of opinion, it depends on where you are. Less disease, famine and violence? Again that depends on where you are and what you are...and anybody that denies climate change or ecocide that is occurring all over the world just doesn't want to see the truth. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) published something interesting that is a truth that few want to see, in the past forty years human population has doubled and wildlife population has been cut in half. This will continue. So if you are "Wildlife"... famine , disease and violent destruction is much more not less. Morrissey is not the only one speaking for the animals...

I'm glad that there are optimists....that's one way of looking at life. I think that Morrissey is an optimist also but when you look out at the world see it for what it is.....anger and sorrow has a way of working it's way into the picture.

There is beauty of course....that's what keeps us going.
 
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realitybites

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Best time to be alive in the history of the planet? Well, that's a matter of opinion, it depends on where you are. Less disease, famine and violence? Again that depends on where you are and what you are...and anybody that denies climate change or ecocide that is occurring all over the world just doesn't want to see the truth. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) published something interesting that is a truth that few want to see, in the past forty years human population has doubled and wildlife population has been cut in half. This will continue. So if you are "Wildlife"... famine , disease and violent destruction is much more not less. Morrissey is not the only one speaking for the animals...

I'm glad that there are optimists....that's one way of looking at life. I think that Morrissey is an optimist also but when you look out at the world see it for what it is.....anger and sorrow has a way of working it's way into the picture.

There is beauty of course....that's what keeps us going.

Morrissey is not an optimist. Pessimist--not Action--is his middle name. Beauty is not what keeps us going. Life keeps us going. Life which is full of good and bad. Life is not a steady state. It is a rollercoaster--a wild ride with ups and downs and sharp turns--exciting, thrilling, scary, and worth every second. One problem: It is much too short and over before you know it.

One can acknowledge global warming and still be an optimist. Optimism does not necessitate one be delusional. But optimists don't whine. They create, invent--come up with technologies and solutions to solve the problems. They believe in hope, change, and prosperity.

This is the best time to be alive for all nations and all peoples--perhaps not individuals but populations as a whole--indeed!
 
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Morrissey is not an optimist. Pessimist--not Action--is his middle name. Beauty is not what keeps us going. Life keeps us going. Life which is full of good and bad. Life is not a steady state. It is a rollercoaster--a wild ride with ups and downs and sharp turns--exciting, thrilling, scary, and worth every second. One problem: It is much too short and over before you know it.

One can acknowledge global warming and still be an optimist. Optimism does not necessitate one be delusional. But optimists don't whine. They create, invent--come up with technologies and solutions to solve the problems. They believe in hope, change, and prosperity.

This is the best time to be alive for all nations and all peoples--perhaps not individuals but populations as a whole--indeed!
That's good that you feel that way, RB. I think that Morrissey is doing what he can through his art and his public statements and who knows what organizations beside PETA that he supports. If he was a pessimist as you say I don't think he would say anything about the state of man's world. He would just shut up and sing boring love songs.

I've been around a long time, longer than Morrissey and I'm more pessimistic but I act like an an Optimist. I do what I can and so do many others. The problems that mankind faces today are greater than ever before in his history. I'm for anything that changes things for the better. Bring it on...

I saw an interview with Carl Jung about thirty years ago where he emphasized the importance of understanding that man was he own greatest enemy but the challenge in life was to disregard the negative and keep moving forward. Jung was an optimist but his mentor Freud, was a pessimist. Who's right? Two of the greatest thinkers that every lived.
 
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realitybites

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That's good that you feel that way, RB. I think that Morrissey is doing what he can through his art and his public statements and who knows what organizations beside PETA that he supports. If he was a pessimist as you say I don't think he would say anything about the state of man's world. He would just shut up and sing boring love songs.

I've been around a long time, longer than Morrissey and I'm more pessimistic but I act like an an Optimist. I do what I can and so do many others. The problems that mankind faces today are greater than ever before in his history. I'm for anything that changes things for the better. Bring it on...

I saw an interview with Carl Jung about thirty years ago where he emphasized the importance of understanding that man was he own greatest enemy but the challenge in life was to disregard the negative and keep moving forward. Jung was an optimist but his mentor Freud, was a pessimist. Who's right? Two of the greatest thinkers that every lived.

I still say Moz is a pessimist. But true, at least he is using his voice to express his disdain--and bring about awareness. Optimism and pessimism without action are pointless. The key is to do something to improve things instead of just commenting upon all the problems. That you donated $200.00 to Doctor's Without Borders shows you don't just complain, you take action. You still have hope. :)
 
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I still say Moz is a pessimist. But true, at least he is using his voice to express his disdain--and bring about awareness. Optimism and pessimism without action are pointless. The key is to do something to improve things instead of just commenting upon all the problems. That you donated $200.00 to Doctor's Without Borders shows you don't just complain, you take action. You still have hope. :)
When I was younger I was very involved....now I contribute to World wildlife Fund and Doctor's without Borders. I think that they are among the most honest of charities or non-profits.

"We do what we can...and earth is the....."....you know the rest.
 
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I think I'm a realist. Which people who don't like me consider to be pessimism. It isn't pessimism at all. If I was a pessimist I wouldn't get up, I wouldn't shave, I wouldn't watch Batman at 7:30 a.m. Pessimists just don't do that sort of thing.

Morrissey, NME, 1988
 
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