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    Michael Stipe & Morrissey


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    With Quiff

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    Animal Magnetism

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    New Order, Joy Division, The Cure, Suede, The Courteeners, Chapel Club, Depeche Mode, Gene, The Sisters of Mercy, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, The Smiths, Morrissey, Editors, Arctic Monkeys, Violent Femmes, The Drums, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Horrors, David Sylvian, Daughter, Pixies, This Mortal Coil, Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Grimes, Swans, Placebo, Sun Kil Moon, The Auteurs, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, R.E.M., Pulp, Red House Painters, The Horrible Crowes, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, Eminem, Belle & Sebastian, Peter Murphy, B-52's, Martin Rossiter, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Jake Bugg, James, Talking Heads, Psychedelic Furs, Pet Shop Boys... in massive quantities for the last month and a half. It all started in The Suburbs.
  • realitybites
    Continuing with the reissue, repackage theme... these posts are about passions...

    This one is from June 19, 2005...


    Today that list would also include Christopher Hitchens, atheism, eBooks, and Photoshop... and a very recent addition would be discovering/being turned on to new music.

    This one is from February 6, 2007...


    I still struggle with tolerance. I can take most people in small doses... but... and I'm sure they'd say the same about me.

    This one is from August 12, 2006...


    It's so strange, that today, I feel almost completely free from the restrictions mentioned in this blog entry. And yet, I am so much more reserved than I was back in 2004-2006. I am less impulsive. Less intense. I have grown as a person and settled comfortably in my own skin. Not perfectly. But cozy enough. I still like change. But as I get older, I find myself not craving novelty as much. I still need intellectual stimulation in great amounts. Thank goodness for the Internet.

    This one is from April 11, 2006...


    Wow, it feels like someone else wrote that list.
  • realitybites
    Here are a few more older blog posts... these ones center around fandom...

    Ah the lists... everyone makes them...

    This one is from June 1, 2005...


    Well I Wonder and Jack the Ripper still top my lists today.

    Here is one from June 10, 2007 ~ Experiencing Moz live...


    David is my son. It was his first concert. He had a blast and knew the lyrics to a great number of the songs.

    This one is from July 25, 2005 ~ Solo...


    Thought I'd share this. Chins up folks. There is good to be found. You just have to be willing to see it.

    From September 16, 2005 ~ A silly letter to Morrissey... never to be read by him. The third person mentioned is/was my fiancé--now ex-husband.


    I still Love Morrissey and Eddie Vedder, and care deeply for the well being of my ex.

    From April 5, 2005 ~ How I became a Morrissey fan...


    This blog post reads like some kind of defensive explanation or justification. I think it was. At the time, I was surrounded by die-hard fans. To them I looked like a poseur or a lightweight. I probably still do. But guess what? Today, I don't care. I really don't.

    Another one about Solo from April 28, 2006...


    And that is how/when I became realitybites on the forums.
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    If Only I Were Morrissey

    I want you to obsess over me
    Like you do with Morrissey

    Type your longings for me
    Into your online diary

    Collect locks of my hair
    Bid for pieces of me on eBay

    Quote all my spoken words
    Display my face on your t-shirt

    Fantasize about my touch
    As if plotting your stage hug

    Tattoo my name on your
    Arm in permanent ink

    Champion my values and views
    Post my daily habits as news

    If only I were Morrissey
    You'd be mine forever and completely
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    For when I want to jam...
    The Headmaster Ritual - The Smiths

    For when I want to dance...
    Munich (Cicada Remix) - Editors

    For when I want to transcend time and space...
    Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve

    For when I want to be in love...
    Black - Pearl Jam

    For when I want to feel humble and small...
    Major Tom - Peter Schilling

    For when I want to remember being young...
    1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins

    For when I want to sing...
    Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey

    For when I want to dance again...
    Just Like Heaven - The Cure

    And again...
    Your Silent Face - New Order

    And Again...
    Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
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    Bass guitar in all its glory... My favorite songs that highlight bass guitar are... in order of preference...

    Hands down favorite is...

    Well I Wonder - The Smiths

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    Andy Rourke - The Smiths



    Open Your Arms - Editors

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    Russell Leetch - Editors


    1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins

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    Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers


    Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

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    Under Pressure - Queen

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    Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Spirits in the Material World - The Police

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    Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies

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    Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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    John Richard Deacon - Queen


    Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

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    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

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    Sexy baritone voices. It's a primal attraction. These ten are my favorites.

    [​IMG] Eddie Vedder - Pearl Jam
    Listen to the sexiest voice on the planet!

    [​IMG] Tom Smith - Editors
    Listen to his sexy voice!

    [​IMG] Ian Curtis - Joy Division
    Listen to his hauntingly beautiful voice!

    [​IMG] Lewis Bowman - Chapel Club
    Listen to his amazing voice!

    [​IMG] Matt Berninger - The National
    Listen to his awesome voice!

    [​IMG] Michael Stipe - R.E.M.
    Listen to his fantastic voice!

    [​IMG] Morrissey - The Smiths
    Listen to his beautiful voice!

    [​IMG] Julian Casablancas - The Strokes
    Listen to his sexy voice!

    [​IMG] Neil Diamond
    Listen to his awesome voice!

    [​IMG] Jim Morrison - The Doors
    Listen to his sexy voice!

    I love these voices well:

    Harry McVeigh - White Lies
    Andrew Eldritch - Sisters of Mercy
    David Sylvian - Japan
    Peter Gabriel - Genesis
    Alex Turner - Arctic Monkeys
    Peter Murphy - Bauhaus
    Michael Gira - Swans
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    (*Update August 2013 - Fixed broken links. Will periodically check links for functionality.)

    These are the albums I love because every single song on each of them is a masterpiece. I am not a music elitist so some of my favorite albums are actually reissues and repackages... singles, best of's etc. The reason that I have so many Smiths albums and just one Morrissey album--besides the best of's--is because I feel that their music was more consistent. There isn't a Smiths song that I don't like. Whereas there are a few songs on each of Moz's solo albums that aren't my favorites, thus making the albums slightly less than perfect. But this is just my opinion. I know many people disagree with this. It's all very subjective. Musical tastes are cultivated by a lot of different variables, including the decade of one's coming of age years, familial and peer influences, geographical residence, class, and ethnic background. I've never been a novelty seeker when it comes to music. I can listen to the same albums over and over again. And while I do like a great number of other bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, none of their albums are treasured as much as the ones I have listed below. List is ongoing--subject to additions. I have also included some of my album cover paintings. Here are the albums that are perfect, imo... in no particular order, other than grouped by artist...

    Ten - Pearl Jam
    Listen to Full Album


    High Violet
    - The National
    Sample Track - Conversation 16

    Trouble Will Find Me - The National
    Listen to Full Album

    Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo
    Sample Track - You Don't Care About Us

    Loud Like Love - Placebo
    Sample Track - Loud Like Love

    Palace - Chapel Club
    Sample Track - All the Eastern Girls

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    Sample Track - Over and Over Again

    Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
    Sample Track - Disorder


    Meat is Murder - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Bigmouth Strikes Again

    Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths
    Sample Track - I Won't Share You

    Louder Than Bombs - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Half a Person

    Hatful of Hollow - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Hand in Glove

    The World Won't Listen - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Unloveable

    The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Cemetry Gates

    The Smiths - The Smiths
    Sample Track - What Difference Does it Make?


    Music Complete - New Order
    Sample Track - Restless

    Brotherhood - New Order
    Sample Track - Paradise

    Technique - New Order
    Listen to Full Album

    Singles - New Order
    Sample Track (Japanese bonus track) Everything's Gone Green (Cicada Remix)

    Best Of - New Order
    Sample Track - Love Vigilantes

    Substance -New Order
    Sample Track - Ceremony

    Power, Corruption & Lies - New Order
    Sample Track - Age of Consent


    You Are the Quarry - Morrissey
    Sample Track - I Like You

    Vauxhall and I - Morrissey
    Sample Track - Now My Heart is Full

    Very Best of Morrissey - Morrissey
    Listen to Complete A Side LP

    Suedehead: The Best of Morrissey - Morrissey
    Sample Track - Suedehead

    - The Cure
    Sample Track - Disentegration

    Standing on a Beach - The Cure
    Sample Track - In Between Days


    Fables of the Reconstruction- R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Green Grow the Rushes

    Document - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - The One I Love

    Collapse Into Now - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - My Heart

    Life's Rich Pageant
    - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Flowers of the Guatemala


    Reckoning - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Pretty Persuasion

    Murmur - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Talk About the Passion

    Monster - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Bang and Blame

    Green - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Hairshirt

    Automatic for the People- R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Nightswimming


    Actually - Pet Shop Boys
    Sample Track - It's a Sin

    Soviet Kitsch - Regina Spektor
    Sample Track - Us

    The Game
    - Queen
    Listen to Full Album

    The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
    Listen to Full Album

    The Back Room - Editors
    Sample Track - Open Your Arms

    An End Has a Start - Editors
    Sample Track - An End Has a Start


    Little Creatures - Talking Heads
    Listen to Full Album

    Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
    Sample Track - Blister in the Sun

    Rio - Duran Duran
    Listen to Full Album

    Violator - Depeche Mode
    Sample Track - Enjoy the Silence


    Greatest Hits - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    Listen to Full Album

    The Wall - Pink Floyd
    Sample Track - Run Like Hell

    Hopes and Fears - Keane
    Sample Track - Everybody's Changing

    - Bob Marley
    Sample Track - Stir it Up


    Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
    Sample Track - The Boxer

    Fast Car
    - Tracy Chapman
    Sample Track - Fast Car

    Who's Next? - The Who
    Sample Track - Baba O'Riley

    Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
    Sample Track - Thank You

    Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution
  • realitybites
    Those who call for anonymous posting to be disallowed and for more regulation of content posted to the Morrissey-solo main page and general forums are not only demanding censorship of free speech, they are advocating for a filter bubble to protect themselves, Morrissey, and the rest of us from information and opinions that don’t fit their world views.

    According to author Eli Pariser of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You, the filter bubble “…places us in an isolated echoing world…whereby we receive news and information that is mainly pleasant and familiar—which confirms our beliefs.” These filters are invisible—we don’t even know what is hidden from us. Although his argument mostly addresses how the filter bubble negatively impacts our search and social networking—due to personalization by algorithms designed to market to our needs and interests as consumers, it also can effect discussion forums and fan sites when opinions and news are filtered by a gatekeeper(s) who claims to have our best interests in mind. If David Tseng were in support of a filter bubble, Morrissey-solo would look very different than it does today.

    If Morrissey-solo had a filter bubble, we would all be under the illusion that Morrissey was beyond reproach—that his remarks in the press were deemed acceptable and are mirrored by his entire online fan base. We would be under the impression that all his music was brilliant and that his band could do no wrong. We wouldn’t be privy to dissent. This isn’t just censorship of negative news and commentary, it is altering reality. And this alternate reality isn’t a good thing for any of us—including Morrissey himself.

    Only seeing compliments and news items that depict Morrissey and his music in a positive light would paint an inaccurate picture of his fan base. Morrissey’s fans are not completely comprised of docile bodies and sycophants. We are a diverse group with a wide variety of tastes, opinions, beliefs, and worldviews. We are not a homogenous group—though we sometimes like to think we are. Our diversity is reflected in our comments and arguments on the main page and in the discussion forums. Instead of calling for our differences to be stymied, we should embrace them and regard them as an opportunity for growth.

    Even Morrissey should embrace feedback that is both positive and negative. Criticism is not just coming from trolls who wish to harm for harm’s sake. Many comments are made by long-term fans who are genuinely concerned about the direction Moz is taking his music and or his recent actions and statements. Criticism can be unsettling. But this can be good. It unsettles us—stirs up the sediment and knocks us out of our comfort zones. Morrissey should feel fortunate for this feedback rather than scorn it out of fear. Although it can be painful to have the truth reflected back at you, it is a mistake to turn away from it.

    A filter bubble at Morrissey-solo isn’t what is needed. David Tseng is doing the right thing by allowing the free flow of ideas and opinions. His gentle hand at moderation keeps things civil but still affords us—including Morrissey—the opportunity to get a more accurate view of the world of Morrissey—faults and all.
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    I’m adopting Anderson Cooper’s concept RidicuList. This week I have three things to nominate to the list of ridiculousness.

    First, a man browsing books and offering an ignorant statement at the library.

    At my last visit to my local library, I dropped off some books to a table outside, to be donated to anyone who would have them. There was a great deal of books there already, so I decided to take a look and see if there was anything of interest. There was. A few seconds later, two men also started browsing the books. One man asked me if there was anything good. I said, “Ya some old philosophy books. You can teach yourself philosophy—no need to go to school for it. Heck, with the Internet, you can learn almost anything on your own.” “Like Good Will Hunting,” he said. I responded, “Ya, except Will was a mathematical genius. He was born with it. I don’t think you can learn that on the net. Einstein was born that way.” He replied, “Einstein sucked at math. He was good at imagining but had other people do his math.” “What?,” I blurted out. “What about the Theory of Relativity?” He assured me, “He wasn’t really into that.” I needed to know, “Where did you hear that?” He set me straight, “Where you said, on the Internet.”

    Second, folks making death threats against Casey Anthony’s jurors.

    I don’t need to rehash this one, do I?

    Third, Morrissey banning David Tseng from the concert in Copenhagen and all future concerts.

    This is beyond ridiculous—a feeble attempt to gain power over that which he cannot and should not have control.

    Morrissey is obsessively concerned about what everyone thinks and says about him. Instead of worrying himself to death over bad press and unflattering comments on fansites—things that he cannot censor—he should take the bull by the horns and keep his fans informed by posting on facebook and Twitter. This would afford him the ability to control his own publicity. But he won’t. Time has shown that he prefers to whine and play victim. He doesn’t really want to be accountable for his statements. It’s much safer and more comfortable for him to backpedal than face the music.
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