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

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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Eldritch

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Covers are fine for b-sides and bonus tracks, but as an album: a total meh. I want to hear what Morrissey has to say or sing this time, even though the quality of his lyrics has been in decline for a long time. But I don't really have that much interest in him singing the words of his old favourites, even though his voice is in a great shape. I hope he has the sense of not doing studio versions of the songs we've already heard (bar Chain Gang), but even if his choices are inspired, I'm pretty sure we'll get the same chug rock instrumentation as with all recent covers.
 

gordyboy9

GAME OF DEATH.
Mrs Brown's Boys hurts my head just when it's advertised. Without ever watching it I'm going to assume it's the most unfunny 'comedy' ever made.
it is very unfunny,nearly as funny as miranda where both break the fourth wall as if its the first time its been done,morcambe and wise did it a long time ago.
 

Peppermint

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Covers are fine for b-sides and bonus tracks, but as an album: a total meh. I want to hear what Morrissey has to say or sing this time, even though the quality of his lyrics has been in decline for a long time. But I don't really have that much interest in him singing the words of his old favourites, even though his voice is in a great shape. I hope he has the sense of not doing studio versions of the songs we've already heard (bar Chain Gang), but even if his choices are inspired, I'm pretty sure we'll get the same chug rock instrumentation as with all recent covers.
I hope you're wrong but I fear you might not be.
 
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Anonymous

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I read the comment about the covers album as one of his little "jokes".
 
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Anonymous

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I haven't even listened to Back on the Chain Gang all the way through, as it is so flat and offers nothing not already done better by the original. If this is what we are to expect from a covers album, then this 35+ year fan might finally have to agree that the end is nigh...
 

snoddywilko

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There was that section in Autobiography where he talks about meeting one of the biggest music execs in the US right at the time of Moz Angeles mania, but that they decided to push Alanis Morrisette instead.

I counter that with the story about a planned meeting with one of the biggest managers in the business; but how upon seeing said manager, Morrissey refused to even say hello & had someone eject him.

The reason?

He didn’t like his hair.

A brilliant example of how Morrissey could never be anything other than himself, & certainly not a corporate cock-sucker.
 

JoeSellMozza

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Boz is flying to LA, so maybe he isn‘t out of the band.
 

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There was an interview quite a few years back now when Morrissey said he'd love to do an album of covers. I think it was mentioned post ROTT but before YOR.
 
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but even if his choices are inspired, I'm pretty sure we'll get the same chug rock instrumentation as with all recent covers.

I'm hugely critical of modern day Morrissey. The lyrics now veer between truly dire to just about bearable when once they were his forte. But the chug rock criticism is absolute bollocks. Yes, much of his stuff was chug rock in the 1995 to 2009 era from Southpaw to Refusal, and most of the offending songs were sadly written by Alain Whyte who (credit where due) also wrote a few non-chug rock beauties. But on the last two albums i.e. 30 songs or so there hasn't been a chug-rock song in sight. Guitars have never been lower in the mix, and when they do appear they no longer just chug along. The arrangements are the most imaginative they've been since the Bona Drag era with accordions, string sections, brass, keyboards... there's even a tango on the current album. You couldn't get less chug rock.
 

g23

Always crashing in the same car
Covers are fine for b-sides and bonus tracks, but as an album: a total meh. I want to hear what Morrissey has to say or sing this time, even though the quality of his lyrics has been in decline for a long time. But I don't really have that much interest in him singing the words of his old favourites, even though his voice is in a great shape. I hope he has the sense of not doing studio versions of the songs we've already heard (bar Chain Gang), but even if his choices are inspired, I'm pretty sure we'll get the same chug rock instrumentation as with all recent covers.
It's the absolute worst when artists get to the point of re-recording their own classics. Nothing good ever, ever comes of that.
 

Tom Tom Club

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There was an interview quite a few years back now when Morrissey said he'd love to do an album of covers. I think it was mentioned post ROTT but before YOR.
That is interesting. I wonder if this project will happen? I love Morrissey's latest album "Low in High School".

I would really like Morrissey to sing the song "Hurt" by Elvis Presley it is such an emotional song. Some other singers have sung "Hurt" like Timi Yuro and Roy Hamilton. Timi Yuro was a female singer that Morrissey likes.

This is a video of Elvis Presley singing "Hurt" with his ex-wife Priscilla in the video. I always wondered if this song was about Priscilla when she left Elvis:


There is a young Lisa Marie Presley in this video as well (Elvis' daughter). This song "Hurt" is totally different to the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" which was covered by Johnny Cash. From what I understand that song "Hurt" was about heroin addiction. Where as this song "Hurt" is about lost love!
 
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falconneil

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I'm down for a covers album so long as it isn't 11 T Rex and Dolls covers and back on the chain gang.

I'd like to see him record Judy is a Punk, maybe do some stooges, Ziggy Era Bowie. Could be fun.

he already did. It was the b-side to Spent the Day in Bed
 
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