Has Forgiven Jesus
Well this just arrived in my email box, it's put quite the negative spin on the story of why Moz likes Rome so much....
Freeloaders Of The World, Unite
Morrissey apparently insisted on recording his last album in Rome. Fair enough, it has superb recording facilities; so the moping Manc took a room in the city's finest five star hotel, despite being offered a luxury flat on the banks of the Tiber.
The singer (now beginning to resemble a down-on-his luck barber in the first stages of alcoholism) arrived in Rome early for his recording stint. Two months early, in fact, all spent running up a huge hotel bill and waiting for the pre-booked studio time to arrive.
Naturally, he felt unable to share a hotel with his band and producer Tony Visconti, who were housed at a somewhat lesser establishment (what a charming man, etc). The rigours of singing for a few hours a day so exhausted the frail Morrissey that he was forced to recuperate for a further two months in his hotel suite, bringing his time in the luxury accommodation to a marvellous seven months. And so, possibly for the first time in history, an album cost more in hotel bills than studio time.