Much as I admire Morrissey’s refusal to conform, I don’t much like his music by Rob Liddle/Spectator

"Still, keep annoying them, Steven."

Much as I admire Morrissey’s refusal to conform, I don’t much like his music - The Spectator
By Rod Liddle

His latest, California Sons, is an album of not terribly good songs

Rock stars who utter something a little gamey, something a tad right-wingish, are usually coerced by the lefties into a cringing apology before you can say a-wop-bop-a-lu-bop. This is not a new thing — it happened to Eric Clapton after his ‘Enoch’s right’ outburst in 1976 (which very quickly spawned the Socialist Workers Party-led Rock Against Racism movement). The message has always been: get with the programme, right-wing scum, or we’ll hate you and your career will be over.

Credit, then, to Morrissey for refusing to resile from his belief that England is ceasing to be the England he knew and loved and that there are too many foreigners in the country. I kind of agree with him, up to a point. But the liberal bullies will have their way. Posters for his new album are already banned by Merseyrail (in that vast repository of acquired victimhood, Liverpool) and California Son has been spitefully panned in the Guardian and by the ageing adolescents at the NME.

I doubt either review would have been so vitriolic if Morrissey had been Billy bloody Bragg.

My problem is that I don’t much like Morrissey’s somewhat histrionic music, either with the Smiths or since, much though I admire his singular refusal to conform. This is an album of covers of, in the main, not terribly good songs. He is fine tackling Roy Orbison — his alter ego from a previous life — and ‘Wedding Bell Blues’ captures some of Laura Nyro’s sweet lilt. But his inflection is all wrong when handling Joni Mitchell and Dylan. And why cover a Jobriath song? Still, keep annoying them, Steven."
 
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"Still, keep annoying them, Steven."

Much as I admire Morrissey’s refusal to conform, I don’t much like his music - The Spectator
By Rod Liddle

His latest, California Sons, is an album of not terribly good songs

Rock stars who utter something a little gamey, something a tad right-wingish, are usually coerced by the lefties into a cringing apology before you can say a-wop-bop-a-lu-bop. This is not a new thing — it happened to Eric Clapton after his ‘Enoch’s right’ outburst in 1976 (which very quickly spawned the Socialist Workers Party-led Rock Against Racism movement). The message has always been: get with the programme, right-wing scum, or we’ll hate you and your career will be over.

Credit, then, to Morrissey for refusing to resile from his belief that England is ceasing to be the England he knew and loved and that there are too many foreigners in the country. I kind of agree with him, up to a point. But the liberal bullies will have their way. Posters for his new album are already banned by Merseyrail (in that vast repository of acquired victimhood, Liverpool) and California Son has been spitefully panned in the Guardian and by the ageing adolescents at the NME.

I doubt either review would have been so vitriolic if Morrissey had been Billy bloody Bragg.

My problem is that I don’t much like Morrissey’s somewhat histrionic music, either with the Smiths or since, much though I admire his singular refusal to conform. This is an album of covers of, in the main, not terribly good songs. He is fine tackling Roy Orbison — his alter ego from a previous life — and ‘Wedding Bell Blues’ captures some of Laura Nyro’s sweet lilt. But his inflection is all wrong when handling Joni Mitchell and Dylan. And why cover a Jobriath song? Still, keep annoying them, Steven."

"Credit, then, to Morrissey for refusing to resile from his belief that England is ceasing to be the England he knew and loved and that there are too many foreigners in the country. I kind of agree with him, up to a point. But the liberal bullies will have their way."

If everyone on this rock, this generation ship, was honest, we'd accept that it really is ok for people to look around themselves and see that things ain't what they used to be.

Things have changed.

They'll keep changing.

I mean, I like potted plants! Also, I like pizza, pasta, curry and indian. Yes, fish and chips too, Skinnybob! You bloody scamp, you!!!

I also like cheese, algebra, jazz, flowers, trees, wine, food, Morrissey, people, some people, ducks, cats, some dogs, clouds, Portal, Mario, Half-Life, warmth, books, I love books, book shops, record shops, not Spillers, they be c***s...
 

AztecCamera

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I reckon this would be top mental ace blood m8 inn nn nnn nnn nnn n it, but The California Son was born in the San Fernando Valley, Moz Angeles, USA, not Ingland. When are you delusional middle aged wacko foreigners going to stop living in your fantasy world in your room at your parent's house c*** chipper curry tit, but keep the mporium uk the highest selling merch website for a living pop star inn nnnn it so he doesn't have to tour your backwards country. Good on ya California Son!
 

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I only have eyes for youuuuuu, Aztec!
I basically just wanna know if vegan cro 444 knows that vegan cro space dot space 777 is out gallivanting around all over the place

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Because inquiring minds wanna know, bebeh!!

PS Hi AZTEC LOVE YOU BOO!! Go Raiders!!! And tacos!
 

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Enough! or Too much
Writers who utter something a little gamey, something related to the separation of church and state, are usually coerced by the Pope into a cringing apology before you can say a-wop-bop-a-lu-bop. This is not a new thing — it happened to Jacques de Molay after his 'Templar’ outburst in 1314 (which very quickly spawned the inquisition). The message has always been: get with the programme, anti-Pope scum, or we’ll hate you and your career will be over.

Credit, then, to Dante for refusing to resile from his belief that Florence is ceasing to be the Florence he knew and loved and that there are too many black Guelphs in the city. I kind of agree with him, up to a point. But the Pope bullies will have their way. Posters for his new book are already banned by Corso Donati (in that vast repository of acquired victimhood, Rome) and the Divine Comedy has been spitefully panned in the Black Guelphs press and by the ageing adolescents at the Ghibelline pamphlets.

I doubt either review would have been so vitriolic if Dante had been Thomas bloody Aquinas.

My problem is that I don’t much like Dante’s somewhat histrionic literature, either with the Divine Comedy or since, much though I admire his singular refusal to conform. This is a book of hells purgatories and heavens, in the main, not terribly good cantos. He is fine tackling Virgil — his alter ego from a previous life — and 'Inferno’ captures some of Satan's sweet lilt. But his inflection is all wrong when handling the purgatory and the Heavens. Still, keep annoying them, Dante.

The review is absurd!!!! R. Middle is idiotic!
 

Gejo

I don't have time for stupidity
I NEVER liked those who review music, film, art exhibitions, theatre or any creative expression. I rather form my own opinion. Even worse, most people who read those critics/reviews believe them. Ladies and gentlemen critics, instead of writing about what others do, write something interesting from your own imagination. I can't understand how some people makes money by talking about the works of others. Do your own! Talk about your own stuff! Stop being intellectual leeches!!
 

Uncleskinny

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I NEVER liked those who review music, film, art exhibitions, theatre or any creative expression. I rather form my own opinion. Even worse, most people who read those critics/reviews believe them. Ladies and gentlemen critics, instead of writing about what others do, write something interesting from your own imagination. I can't understand how some people makes money by talking about the works of others. Do your own! Talk about your own stuff! Stop being intellectual leeches!!

You gonna tell that to the thousands who go to football matches, concerts etc, who pay to see an event and can tell good from bad?
 
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Sheila Smith

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Whatever Morrissey, Eric Clapton or anyone else says... Everybody in UK should be proud of having a country so special that everyone wants to come and enjoy, either to live or to visit. Stop being scared of foreigners! Victorian times are gone! Remember many Britons go to live abroad and so they become immigrants and foreigners for others too. They wouldn't like to be treated unrespecfully abroad because of the way we do things here to foreigners. I feel proud of being in a country so admired by the rest of the world. However, that might change thanks to Brexit as we are giving such a truly amazing bigoted image of the country. I won't be surprise if some countries turn their backs on us. We deserve it!
 
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You gonna tell that to the thousands who go to football matches, concerts etc, who pay to see an event and can tell good from bad?
Your comprehension skills appear to be lacking today.
I guess you're tired again.
 

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Enough! or Too much
Now we only need a review from someone who is not interested in Morrissey, nor in his music... It could be along the lines of:

"When I was a teen a lot of people liked The Smiths, I didn't. Then, if I am not wrong, Morrissey became a solo artist, I never listened to his albums and I assume that I probably would not like it. Morrissey wore a pin that for some people was controversial, I didn't find it controversial, but I didn't find it interesting either. As for what he said about different things, I don't really care about what he said... and my final message is: you are doing it fine, Morrissey... I am simply into a different type of music, but I am writing a nonsensical review anyway".
 
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