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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Morrissey's Got A New Deal With Capitol + A Novel, An Album & A Tour On The Way

I've been on the biggest Morrissey kick (yet again) since December, when I started reading his Autobiography — a book I made sure to include in Idolator's year-end coverage because of these quotes, among many, many others.

But re-discovering the genius of Morrissey's wit is like reuniting with a childhood friend, in that you kind of pick up where you left off, regardless of how long you've been apart. In my case, I let Moz drift away after 2006 album Ringleader Of The Tormentors, of which I wrote on this blog almost eight years ago, "...overall the songs aren't as immediately catchy as the ones on You Are The Quarry. Oh well, diehards will like it, no doubt."

It was true, too: You Are The Quarry, released two years before Ringleader, was a perfect return to form for Morrissey — one that produced four consecutive Top 10 singles in the UK. Alas, by the time 2009's Years Of Refusal rolled around, I refused to even give it a listen. (Let me know — was/am I missing anything?)

But Morrissey is never far from my heart. I've been a fan since the final Smiths LP, Strangeways Here We Come, was released in 1987, when I was but a tween. My hardcore, impressionable years of devotion to all things Moz were 1988 (Viva Hate) through 1992 (Your Arsenal). (See this post, also from eight years back, about when I was a teen and trekked to Pittsburgh to Morrissey live, only to have him cancel once the audience was seated and waiting eagerly.)

So here we are in the Morrissey Renaissance of 2014. News came today that the Manchester crooner has signed a two-album deal with Capitol Records, and his 10th studio LP — Morrissey's first in half a decade — will see a release in the latter half of this year. Recording will commence in France next month with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Killers, The White Stripes). Also in the works: A tour and a novel (?!?).

Exciting stuff. And until all that goes down, I've been delving into the 2009 three-CD collection The HMV/Parolophone Singles: '88 - '95. It's literally ever single released in that time period, plus all the B-sides.



  • At 9:04 AM, Blogger MrNewmoononmonday said…

    Great post. ...I avoided The Smiths/Morrissey back in the 80's. I don't think I was mature enough back then to appreciate what he/they were doing. The sound of their music always seemed so sparse to me compared to everything else out there at the time...and no synthesizers (the nerve)! And then, in '94, I picked up a Details magazine (I still have it) that he was featured on and read his interview. EVERYTHING he was saying in the interview was exactly how I was feeling. I had just never been able to articulate those feelings for myself. That week I took all of my tip money from my job and bought every Smiths/Morrissey CD I could get my hands on. I've drifted back and forth over the years as well, but Morrissey has a gravitational pull that will always brings you back. I believe his music will live on forever. Cheers.

  • At 9:50 AM, Blogger Robbie said…

    Thanks for your own reminiscing! Funny, though — I have always felt (even in 1987) that the Smiths' output was timeless, and didn't/still doesn't sound trendy or "of its time" (in other words: dated). I think that's helped their catalog to endure all these years later.

    I was, as I wrote, a Morrissey disciple for pretty much my entire teenage years. Not exclusively, be he was pretty close to being top dog.

  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Brian Ackley said…

    D'luv, I wondered what your thoughts were on Morrissey's autobiography. I considered importing it from the UK but was a bit apprehensive for fear Moz gets long winded and rambling.

    I just finished Tracey Thorn's "bedsit disco queen" in which she talks about her friendship with Morrissey as EBTG are starting out. A great read if you have not already picked it up.

  • At 6:35 PM, Blogger Robbie said…

    Brian! Trust, there is much long-winded rambling. The first 80 pages (childhood, school, evil teachers, etc.) are tolerable for longtime fans like myself, but it picks up after that. The rest is a pretty fun read. Well, there *IS* the matter of the countless pages on the Smiths court case....


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