Imagine how radical this would have sounded a decade or so ago? How it would have poked a stick in the hornet’s nest of the trad-Dad rock ‘fan’ zone of the cult clones who railed against disco, against Britney endlessly on these forums? Just as it would have shaken the tree if Morrissey had had the balls to go balls deep into risk and add World Music motifs to the riffs before it was a corporate global marketing ‘conquer overseas territories’ music industry cliché? Shame the duet with Kadim Al Sahir didn’t come off, or perhaps not for K’s retrospective reputational estate. For a ‘queer’ icon, Morrissey has been remarkably dumb in not feeding the dance floor egos of the Kylie zone, his flirtation with EUrovision was too little, too late, too.
Imagine if Johnny Marr had been given artistic licence to hang with New Order in 1983 & to gain access to the Ralf Hutter network of sonic dissidence instead of pressing the doomsday button to leave The Smiths to cavort with the Chip Shops Boys offshoot Electronic? Incredibly, even after that ‘wake-up call’ and those of losing Street, Vini & the rest, delusional almost-Diva Morrissey stuck to Plan A: slog around the Mid-West theatres and student mini-sheds hoping for an ‘AOR but slightly edgy’ hit with the flyover states. He could be playing the Superbowl half-time show if he’d exhibited integrity and taken real artistic risks like Madonna, for example, but his vast musical talent and miraculous voice has never been enough to cancel out his egregious personal flaws and failings. What a waste. It’s all such a shame, especially as his last album was an absolute triumph that the Virus which he mocked at Wembley promptly struck back and robbed him of a PR sales campaign and the declining £$ of the heritage Boomer ‘icon’ live gravy train and that epidemiological revenge continues apace, in fact it’s getting much worse. Ill wind, etc.
It’s never too late to change. I’ve no idea if the grief of losing his mother will actually pierce the seemingly impenetrable ego shield of vapid vanity mixed with endless exaggerated self-promo.
We live in strange times indeed when Morrissey releases a remix that you could actually shag to…
9/10. A surprise vibe that refreshes after a tiring week at the digital coalface. #TGIF. G&T’s tonight and a jig to this on Zoom with some mt8s. Morrissey is totally disgraced, not because of his supposedly outre outlaw outlier Outsider’s outsider ‘right wing views’ but because almost nobody actually believes he holds them out of any conviction or intensity other than to get eyeballs and controversy. He is not very well-read, not very intelligent yet makes oafish forays into deeply difficult and contentious socio-political
-cultural debates. Either swot up on the topics and present a meaningful contribution or stop trolling in a tiresomely inflammatory fashion, laddie. How do you pronounce ‘chasm’ again, Steven? Jesus, he was called out by McCullough from the get-go but his imposter syndrome alongside the alabaster mask cemented to Herd Culture capture kept him on the merry-go-round for decades, not six months. Until he finally went too far with Der Spiegel and revealed he’s as thick as pig shit, just like all the other eejit ‘pop stars’ he mocks but only out of splenetic jealousy.
There’s all that ‘dark night of the soul’ lulz and there’s taking the piss. I no longer believe he’s the malevolent misanthropic moaning Minnie his karaoke persona of himself still as ‘A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man’ projects. He’s just another greedy twit addicted to easy money, face time attention whoring and all the rest of the celebrity banality he decries for the A list yet endlessly exhibits as C List Exhibit A: How NOT to cultivate an audience with mutual respect for mutual make benefit. Etc.
But this is good, perhaps he’s not yet finally drained of possible redemption: Rip it up and start again. New template, new sonics, new attitude. “Lose da hattitude!” or else it’s the cells for you again until you show us all some respect and stop annoying us with your basic-bitch takes on what Mrs Merton called the ‘heated debate’ of de jour.
Will Morrissey have the vaccine jab? That would be hilarious to have on filum...
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