New Morrissey interview mentions Bowie, start of new album entirely of covers (12 songs) - Infobae

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    Morrissey, entrevistado por Infobae: “David Bowie abandonó el talento y la vocación en 1980” - Infobae (Argentina)

    Morrissey, interviewed by Infobae: "David Bowie abandoned talent and vocation in 1980"
    Before the start of his tour of the region, the charismatic and talented English musician spoke with Infobae Cultura about his way of composing, his upcoming tour, his rejection of the post-80 Bowie and announced that he will release a new album composed entirely of covers

    By Nicolás Pichersky
    August 4, 2018
    Infobae Cultura interviewed this great artist via email. A Morrissey, as always, to dry. Morrissey, like Wilde, Sinatra, Brando: one of the most evocative pop artists of the last four decades.

    - You usually write along with other musicians (as in The Smiths did with Johnny Marr) Could you tell us about your creative process?
    - There is no such thing as a process in itself. The songs are based on my experience and in general conform to some musical structure. I have a strong sense of melody and usually this is the root and center of each of my songs.

    - In the maturity and peak of his career, unlike other artists (like Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney), you have never used the classic songbooks for your records.
    - Well, just yesterday I started recording what will be my new album: it will be entirely covers and with 12 songs. So you see: I'm already doing what many say I would never do!

    - In his autobiography he tells how David Bowie insistently looked for him for a joint project. Now that Bowie is gone: what is the strangest thing about him?
    - I will never forget the respect I had for him when I was very, very young because England was still going through a violent and skinhead era and he emerged with his great melodies and a confrontational image together with a feminine appearance. And with all that he had to fight against those who criticized him: and it was a miracle because he triumphed. The press in general called it "a national disgrace." Now they love him, of course ... But his talent and vocation left him in 1980: his music became a professional career and, since that time, singing or composing did not bring him new challenges and pleasures. And in this sense, the effort he had to make with thereafter is obvious.

    The tug-of-war that Moz maintains with the press (not of his country, but of the whole world) is known. And the almost infantile hatred of Morrissey towards the media is transparent, something that he initiates in his autobiography, dedicating to him the subject numerous pages and placing himself in a place of victim and of J'accuse ...! of pop music. Of course, your opinions do not help much.

    Morrissey seems to be a contradictory man: the newspapers have accused him of xenophobic or intolerant attitudes (with certain objectivity: just read his statements) or close to the extreme right. But at the same time, he maintains a critical attitude toward the English empire or the era of Margaret Thatcher. Just read the Jacobin subtitle of his latest album: on the cover, a boy holds a banner that says, without subtleties, "Guillotine to the monarchy."

    - Does Morrissey feel comfortable with some traditional political stance?

    - In the United Kingdom a couple of "hate" diaries have led a disparaging campaign against me: everything I say or think is constructed and treated as "diabolical". This is because they are extreme left, which is why my criticisms of the ritual slaughter of animals, clitoris ablation or immigration without control, do not fit in with their philosophy. And unfortunately the left extremists control the most important media in England, so there is no possible multicultural debate: if you mess with those issues, your opinions are repressed by this fragile left that does not even submit them to consideration. My band, which has been with me for years, is multi-ethnic, my most recent album has a dedication to Dick Gregory, one of the most important American civil rights activists there was. And my lyrics try to observe the diversity of what happens in Turkey, Israel, Ukraine, Egypt, France, Italy, Spain or Barein. And, all in all, these two "hate" newspapers label me as racist. I never met any racist person and I think the idea of xenophobia is absurd. But the English media are in the "Age of idiocy" and accuse anyone who asks for an open discussion as a racist.Help!

    Morrissey, 'the big mouth' as he has so often sung, 'attacks back'. He seems to see red flags as if he were in the middle of the Cold War (and as if he had been born in Kansas, more than in Manchester). Will he believe in his perception of the ideological shift to the left of the media that a reactionary and popular tabloid like The Sun is now progressive?

    On the end, and despite discarding the post-80 Bowie (love, modern and danceable: from Modern love to New killer star ), a joke or an ironic praise is left to him in his last response.

    - Could you tell us something about your show in Buenos Aires?
    - Yes: I will be on stage with a giant glass chandelier. That would be a good idea, right? ( N of R: The Glass Spider Tour was a famous world tour of David Bowie during the 80s ).

    * Morrissey will visit this part of the world from November 22nd and 23rd, in Mexico; Peru (27/11); Brazil (30/11 and 2/12), Argentina (7/12) and will close in Chile (14 and 15/12)
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Discussion in 'General Discussion archive 2018 (read-only)' started by Anonymous, Aug 4, 2018.

    1. g23
      I was happy to hear a mix of modern and classic the last time I saw him. The Heart's Filthy Lesson is such a grimy, sexy track. There were those of us in attendance that were happy to hear him play anything at all in 2002. He didn't need to play anything at that point. I was happy too that he gave himself rest out of the public eye at the end of his life as well. Many artists hang in there too long nowadays. They don't know when to let go. Nothing worse than hearing the formerly robust sound thin and reedy, or slow down songs to a crawl to be able to get through them.
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    3. g23
      Cultural impact. I don't give a hoot about charts or sales. Morrissey has his iconic moments, but let's be real here. Even before recent events, huge amounts of the population just thought he sucked and was a figure deserving of ridicule. You just don't hear that many polarizing opinions on the others I mentioned.
      I think time has dimmed Bolan's star, for sure. I don't think he'll be as widely remembered as Pop though. Many of that guy's songs have broken through to the mainstream. I can't say the same for anything Morrissey ever did apart from How Soon is Now?
    4. g23
      I agree. And it speaks volumes that Bowie's wanting to do duets for the transition between acts was a dealbreaker for Morrissey, instead of him realizing that culturally speaking and career wise, it was a bestowing of blessing by Bowie to him, and an attempt to lift his star higher in the public eye.
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    5. Peppermint
      Someone should tell him that really doesn't translate well.
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    6. g23
      It's funny you say cat, because when I caught the Post-Pop Depression tour, he did his stage dive routine and the people's hands just sunk into his flesh, stretching it this way and that, and I turned to my wife and said "Jeeeezus. You could pick him up by the fucking scruff like a cat!"
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    7. g23
      I like Golden Years a lot, especially since he wrote it for Elvis, and sang it as such.
    8. Similar2Sunday
      Wondering if the remark about an album of covers was as much of a sarcastic, off-hand response as "I will be on stage with a giant glass chandelier." On the other hand, saying that it will be 12 tracks is quite specific and he's released a fair number of cover versions lately and maybe he figured he should just add some more to make a full album. I wouldn't imagine him doing a studio version of Judy is a Punk, but maybe the live versions of Rose Garden, Are you Sure Hank Done it This Way, and the studio of Back on the Chain Gang will be included.

      An album of covers can turn out quite well. Think of The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash.
    9. firstodie
      He doesn't give a toss. I like this, you like that. Jeez, don't ever estimate yourselves Morrissey SoLow. You have NO say in what he'll do next.
    10. g23
      Imagine the laughter out of the management when he demands the casino goes meat free for the duration.
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    11. g23
      I have to disagree. Take The Red Hot Chili Peppers. (and throw them off a cliff. And yes, I know Frusciante is a fan, but it doesn't translate to the music.) Foo Fighters, White Stripes, etc etc. There are tons of guitar bands that don't take anything from the Smiths.
    12. g23
      Didn't he try that with Refusal? I didn't care for the results.
    13. Aubrey McFate
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      That's interesting. It would've been a good fit for the sequined Elvis of that era. I'll give it this, it's better than "Fame." "Fame" is probably my least favorite Bowie song. That guitar line aggravates me like no other. I think John Lennon even had a hand in it. A disgrace to them both.
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    14. g23
      Really? Fame has such huge balls, musically speaking. Just a dirty confident strut down a crowded street, and so cocaine soaked. I like that James Brown heard them recording it and stole it for his own, too. I even enjoy the power move that he pulled on Tony Defries by releasing a completely calculated commercial behemoth in Let's Dance the second his contract was up, after screwing the guy with low selling weirdness for half a decade.

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    15. evennow
      Not ever? (knowing full well you meant over) ;)

      I don't believe anyone here believes they have any influence over Moz, but without speculation and conjecture these threads would be pretty bare.
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    16. Thewlis
      There Is A Light obviously, bigger than anything Pop ever did. And exactly what songs of his apart from The Passenger and Lust for Life broke the mainstream??
    17. Mayfly
      Thank you, cool. Re-reading the old thread, it sounds like Morrissey agreed at some point to do a Damien Dempsey cover / duet. It's something I cn look forward to.
      Also digging the Bondie cover / duet idea mentioned elsewhere.
    18. firstodie
      I know mate. I didn't mean it. I was trying to say something different and posturing. Forgive me.
    19. evennow
      Your sins are forgiven...all of them! appropriate given this site is dedicated to one of the greatest Posturists (made that word up) of all time!
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    20. g23
      9/10 people wouldn't know or rate There is a light though. Hell, I've had enough people call How Soon Is Now the "Charmed song" that I'm lucky not to have broken a molar from grinding them. As for Iggy, I think you discount his catalog, and you've completely omitted the Stooges. Now I wanna Be Your Dog, Search and Destroy, Gimme Danger, and on and on are pretty much holy relics in the Hipster handbook, and pretty well known by a lot of people who are attracted by the imagery first, and music second, a'la Joy Division's Pulsar shirt.

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