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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Johnny Barleycorn

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That's my point, if he had, as a lot of "popular" artists have done, he would have gotten further. He's appeared on many shows over the years and on his own terms.
His career has lasted longer than most due to his "lovely singing voice" and his individuality as an artist.
I'm not sure how much Boz s dancing contributed but I would love to see those moves at the next concert.
Artists didn’t appear on The Johnny Carson Show to not be seen, though. I think he was trying to sell his soul/break America. It’s just nobody was buying in sufficient numbers, perhaps in part because it was off the back of a poor album like Kill Uncle.

To me it seems a shame that the foremost lyricist of his generation is planning a covers album. That’s all. I’d rather he released a World Peace style travesty.
 
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The Irish Hare

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I'm inclined to think a more interesting project would be a Morrissey covers album - a whole range of artists covering his songs. Leonard Cohen/I'm Your Man springs to mind as a template, with Teddy Thompson's particularly brilliant Tonight Will Be Fine.
Actually Morrissey s version of Leonard Cohen s "Bird on the wire" would be worth hearing.
 

Derek17

Well-Known Member
I'm inclined to think a more interesting project would be a Morrissey covers album - a whole range of artists covering his songs. Leonard Cohen/I'm Your Man springs to mind as a template, with Teddy Thompson's particularly brilliant Tonight Will Be Fine.
Morrissey could totally kill "The Future" by Leonard Cohen. Certainly a lot of Cohen's songs would be ripe for the picking, and as much as I like Cohen's voice, Morrissey could really do justice to the vocals with his range and style in a way that Cohen couldn't.
 

Charlie Cheswick

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Artists didn’t appear on The Johnny Carson Show to not be seen, though. I think he was trying to sell his soul/break America. It’s just nobody was buying in sufficient numbers, perhaps in part because it was off the back of a poor album like Kill Uncle.

To me it seems a shame that the foremost lyricist of his generation is planning a covers album. That’s all. I’d rather he released a World Peace style travesty.
I agree. I don't think his covers have traditionally been very good or an improvement on the originals or at least have been too close to the originals. If you're doing cover versions they need to be better or at least different. A bit like I don't care for Pinups much 'cause it felt like Bowie-lite some people's best work is their own.

It's always been a mystery to me why The Smiths weren't massive.
 

Amy

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Derek17

Well-Known Member
A covers album? Has it really come to this?
It's funny how the idea of doing covers has become so frowned upon and even trashy in terms of making records. Covers used to be pretty standard and common.

There are TONS of songs, even some more classic folk songs, that Morrissey could do if he really wanted to do a covers album that would be innovative and have wide and lasting appeal. Just look at what Johnny Cash was able to do with some well-chosen cover songs, and he was on his death-bed.
 

Charlie Cheswick

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It's funny how the idea of doing covers has become so frowned upon and even trashy in terms of making records. Covers used to be pretty standard and common.

There are TONS of songs, even some more classic folk songs, that Morrissey could do if he really wanted to do a covers album that would be innovative and have wide and lasting appeal. Just look at what Johnny Cash was able to do with some well-chosen cover songs, and he was on his death-bed.
That was with JC's producer having creative control over song choice though.

Cheswick's thing you'll never need to know fact of the day, Aint No Grave took about nine months to produce including much work to sort Cash's vocals which were not much more than a wheeze and a whisper by then.
 

Tera

Educated Criminal
It's jealousy, pure and simple. He'll never be a Bowie, Bolan, Reed, Pop etc. And he knows this. He's had to settle for the middle, and that galls him to no end.
The thing is, I think he genuinely could have been, if he put his ego to one side, found another Marr, put together a top-notch band, and gave everyone a bit more free reign.
He has no trust in anyone, doesn't have a great taste in music in my opinion, he doesn't seem to understand any modern music at all (and I'm talking about anything later than the eighties). Put him with some good producers and a label that he trusts enough to just let them do their part without him meddling too much in their work (and vice versa) and I think he could have been in the same league as some of the names you mentioned. But he seems to be intent in fucking up what little legacy is left of him, and his music.
It's a shame because when he's on form he genuinely is one of the best.
 
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For a covers album, no picture of Morrissey on the cover. Cover star: Brigitte Bardot. Or even Pamela Anderson. Make the selections mostly of the glam-trash variety. A juicy and sexy covers album, worthy of a kittenish blonde cover star. Get a bright, fuzzy tone on the guitars. "Tokyo Rose" by the Barracudas.


Aubrey, continuing on with the cover ideas - I'd really like him to use this!
I think this one fits more with your original idea, as far as style and subject goes.

photo: Jayne Mansfield departs Rotterdam by helicopter, 1957.

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Life_Is_A_Pigsty

Gear Changer
It's jealousy, pure and simple. He'll never be a Bowie, Bolan, Reed, Pop etc. And he knows this. He's had to settle for the middle, and that galls him to no end.
In what context, sales or cultural impact? I don't think many would beat Bowie on those two things combined other than the Beatles, Elvis and Dylan but Morrissey would possibly come in ahead of Bolan, Reed and Pop.

Bolan did have a great run of chart singles but never had a classic album, Morrissey had 4 with the Smiths and probably 4 solo ones. Reed probably made 5 classic albums including the Velvets and Iggy maybe 4. All subjective of course but so was your original point.
 

Thewlis

Junior Member
In what context, sales or cultural impact? I don't think many would beat Bowie on those two things combined other than the Beatles, Elvis and Dylan but Morrissey would possibly come in ahead of Bolan, Reed and Pop.

Bolan did have a great run of chart singles but never had a classic album, Morrissey had 4 with the Smiths and probably 4 solo ones. Reed probably made 5 classic albums including the Velvets and Iggy maybe 4. All subjective of course but so was your original point.
Apart from Electric Warrior, and actually The Slider too, being classic albums I agree with what you’re saying.
Also interesting to note when was the last great record, or single for that matter, released by either Reed or Pop?
You would have to go back at least 25 years. So in that respect Moz hung on a little longer.
 

snoddywilko

Well-Known Member
It's funny that that was the consensus until Blackstar, yet I saw Bowie twice in sold out arenas prior to Blackstar. The biggest venue I've seen Morrissey play in the same city only holds 3500.

They might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Outside, Earthling, Heathen, and The Next Day were all pretty solid albums. Blackstar is a marble slab. An epitaph.
What is "Their prime" regarding any artist, if not the first 10-15 years of the career? They're young and hungry for it, and it shows. After the first 10-15 years, they're all established acts.
Of course Bowie could fill arenas: he was one of the biggest names around; but people were there to hear his hits from decades ago, not his latest jungle pastiche. I saw him play the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 2000 & almost the entire set-list was from his golden period of early 70’s - early 80’s, & NOBODY was calling out “play that brilliant track from Outside, David, these old songs are shit!”

I do love Blackstar, though. A glorious final statement.
 

ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
Bahrain.


Start is just Taxman by the Beatles
I hear you but I rate The Jam over The Beatles, even if they blatantly robbed that tune. I always found The Beatles too melodic and not enough edge. I know nit all their stuff is like that but The Jam impacted me far more, probably because I grew up with The Jam.
 
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Anonymous

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Morrissey could totally kill "The Future" by Leonard Cohen. Certainly a lot of Cohen's songs would be ripe for the picking, and as much as I like Cohen's voice, Morrissey could really do justice to the vocals with his range and style in a way that Cohen couldn't.
Curb your tongue, ya wee twat! Leonard Cohen was a walking deity. Steve-O would be out of his fucking depth trying to touch ANY of his tunes. Only one that’s ever pulled it off was Jesus and Mary Chain. ...and they’ve got more talent on 8 strings than Morrissey and his entire sad-sack of wankers.

A “covers” album. Lol! Full-on Pat Boone at this point, aren’t we? Sad wee sacks of shit. The lot of you. ;)
 
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