"My Life is One Long Obscure Stretch
First thing that popped into my bonce also. God help us. Please?
The truth is, we're hopelessly, helplessly, godlessly, lost. But that's OK.
What exciting lives we all lead...
So exciting in fact that I spent a whole rainy afternoon reading up on potential meetings between B & M in 1993.
Until today, I wasn't aware that there had even been a debate about whether or not they'd actually met, because I remembered Brett's less than flattering comments about M's shyness, but reading Brett's response to the Angie Bowie quip, it seems there was a whole 'Suedegate' situation going on.
The whole thing is only mildly interesting (at least to any normal person), but very messy in a very typical Morrissey way and quite entertaining.
, The Face:
Brett's infamous 'useless teenager'
comment. (If anyone has access to the full interview, it would be much appreciated.)
March 1993, NME:
Brett talks with Bowie and Steve Sutherland, many Morrissey mentions, Brett is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt with regards to Madstock, doesn't mention meeting him in person though
, The Face prints letter by Morrissey’s press representative (that would have been MC at the time, correct?) stating he'd never met Brett (if anyone happens to have a scan of said letter, it would be much appreciated.)
April 1993, Vox interview with Brett by Max Bell
Bell confronts Brett with Morrissey's statement
Brett states the following:
"The Face completely misconstrued what I said. The girl was doing the interview on a train. Maybe she heard the wheels rumbling. She got that wrong. I expect he is pissed off, and I don't blame him. I would be too. There are a section of people who work for the Face who may be amongst the most stupid people who ever lived. Really. They're absolute idiots. [...]
The only good thing you can say about the Face is that nobody actually buys that magazine to read it … apart from Morrissey, I suppose. Nah. I'm sure I'd remember if I met him. It's hardly the kind of thing you forget really, is it?"
Also in April
, Melody Maker chimed in and reported the story, calling The Face a "rheumatic style rag"
, The Face prints the Suedegate article
"We have Brett's interview on tape, and despite the distant hum of train wheels, his comments on Morrissey are clearly audible and beyond dispute."
Also included is a statement from Suede's press representatives:
"We understand from conversations with Brett that he has indeed met Morrissey, albeit briefly and before Brett himself became famous. It is likely that in the middle of a hectic promotional schedule in France (where the FACE interview took place), Brett made more of this meeting than either Morrissey could have done or indeed Brett would have liked to have done in hindsight."
Oh, the drama.
The funniest thing is that I was always under the impression that this picture had been taken in January 1993, which would make the whole argument utterly pointless.
I know it was at the 1993 Q Awards, but I can't seem to find the correct date... January 1994, perhaps?