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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Day 895 - Twitterdilly Arms Top 10

TWITTERDILLY ARMS TOP 10 - BROADCAST TODAY AT 2.50 PM IN THE TWITTERDILLY ARMS TO AN AUDIENCE OF TWO; WILLOW AND ASTRAEA.



1. FIVE YEARS - DAVID BOWIE (UP 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=louXPUW7tHU





2. WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE - LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaQYtdk1Tko




3. DEAD FINKS DON'T TALK - BRIAN ENO (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7BDS19H9OM

ENO - THE ORIGINAL LOG LADY?


4. PERMANENTLY LONELY - TIMI YURO (UP 3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeU_yf-rQL8





5. UN JOUR COMME UN AUTRE - ANNA KARINA (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bW-sqHZF28




6. WHY WAS I BORN? - LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew_ON0uPTMs




7. LA JAVANAISE - SERGE GAINSBOURG (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzusP8AeEyc




8. MALADJUSTED - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBORqna0VhM




9. NE DIS RIEN - SERGE GAINSBOURG & ANNA KARINA (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmIUjMZKlGQ



10. ROLLER GIRL - SERGE GAINSBOURG & ANNA KARINA (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9uNAtG-tfk









Monday, 24 February 2014

Day 894 - All Quiet

All is quiet on the Moz front, with no sign of Parody Moz, Broken, Greyer Girl or Fifi  in The Twitterdilly Arms over the weekend, although there was a very brief visit from Astraea last night, but the mysterious Willow (@SmashingBlouse7) is doing her upmost to convince me that Astraea is NOT Moz!

The mysterious Willow is also trying to convince me that Astraea is staying away from the Twit Arms because of all the extra followers that she is attracting as a result of my deluded insistence that she is Moz, but Willow's theory doesn't quite ring true, because I have been deludedly insisting that Astraea is Morrissey for a very long time now, but NOBODY believes me, and even since my latest mentioning of Astraea being Morrissey in my last blog entry, the 'extra followers' theory still doesn't add up, because Astraea's follower numbers have actually GONE DOWN!


ASTRAEA - WHOSE TWITTER AVITAR IS GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA. I SHOULD POINT OUT THAT I DON'T FOR ONE MINUTE BELIEVE THAT ASTRAEA IS THE REAL GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA, NOT EVEN I'M THAT DELUDED.

I have no idea why the mysterious Willow is so keen to convince me that Astraea isn't Morrissey, but the relationship between the mysterious Willow and Astraea is almost sisterly, which makes me more convinced than ever that they know each other. From the moment the mysterious Willow turned up in the Twit Arms a few weeks ago, she immediately bonded with both Astraea and Fifi, and the relationship is perfectly balanced, which makes me believe that Willow is not just a friend, but a VERY close friend of Morrissey's. The fact that the mysterious Willow also has incredibly good music taste would leave me to believe she is somebody like Linder Sterling, but of course I really have NO idea, and will probably never find out.

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LINDER STERLING - JANUARY 2014. PHOTO AND COPYRIGHT JIM WILEMAN

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LINDER 'WILLOW?' STERLING IN HER HUNTER WELLIES ON A BEACH IN CORNWALL - PHOTO & COPYRIGHT JIM WILEMAN (SEE A NUMBER OF OTHER GREAT NEW LINDER PHOTOS HERE: http://jimwileman.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/linder-sterling-north-devon-portrait-photographer/)


The 'not knowing' throughout this whole MorriseysWorld adventure has been part of the intrigue, although at times it can make all of us both frustrated and paranoid, after all, look what happened the other week to Marcus; he almost seemed to take leave of his senses as he hounded me in the belief that I was Broken. The anonymity of the internet can play hideous tricks on the brain! Astraea didn't stop to chat or play any songs on the Twit Arms jukebox, but her sister in crime (the mysterious Willow) played many great songs, and more than made up for frustrating behaviour by posting this poster on the walls of the Twit Arms:







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BRIGITTE, OH BRIGITTE

The only other two things of interest to come from Twitter this weekend were a photo of Moz posted by Nancy Sinatra, and the announcement that the Bestival headliner will be announced tonight at 7pm, although I now realise that it DEFINITELY won't be Morrissey, as A) Morrissey himself has told me that negotiations reached a dead end, B) There has been NO mention/rumour ANYWHERE of Morrissey playing Bestival (except here!) and C) There is NO C!

Morrissey, "Sunny" and me. Photography by the beautiful & talented Amanda.


MORRISSEY, NANCY AND SUNNY

In the interests of fair play, it is only right that having posted fleshy pictures of both Gina and Brigitte, I post one of Nancy. I could post one of her unbelievable 1995 Playboy shoot (which I have never of course seen), but instead, here is a little something from the sixties:


OH NANCY

And as I am being so fair, it is only right and proper that Linder also gets the fleshy treatment.... sort of:

Linder Sterling Collage and Montage
OH LINDER


Now, where was I? Oh yes, Bestival, which Morrissey DEFINITELY isn't going to headline:

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SUNDAY HEADLINER TO BE ANNOUNCED AT 7PM TODAY, WHICH DEFINITELY WON'T BE MORRISSEY

It is probably just as well that Morrissey wasn't propping up the bar of The Twitterdilly Arms at the weekend, as I was extremely busy. On Saturday, I made a rare departure from my bedsit, and headed to London with my eldest son to watch Chelsea play Everton. I used to go and watch football every week, and held a season ticket for many years at Fratton Park, the home of Pompey, but in 2010 my football team died, and so did my love of professional football.

My visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday was only the second game of professional football that I had attended in four years, and as we arrived at Fulham Broadway tube station, I was suddenly reminded by a carriage full of drunk Everton fans, what I had missed; as they broke into song, singing (to the tune of Human League's Don't You Want Me), "Fulham Broadway baby, Fulham Broadway, oh oh oh." Such meaningless little simple things.


FANS AT FULHAM BROADWAY BABY, FULHAM BROADWAY, OH OH OH

As we arrived at the ground, I was reminded again of what I had missed, as I breathed in the 'buzz of anticipation' that surrounds a football stadium. The only other times I ever get this feeling, is when I attend a concert, particularly a Morrissey concert.

At the match itself, despite not being a Chelsea or Everton fan, I sang my heart out, and was reminded yet again of why I used to love football so much. I could have been singing anything, but it was the act of singing in public with complete unabated freedom that I enjoyed so much. It just makes you feel alive, and to sing in unison with thousands of other people is just an unbelievably GOOD feeling. After four years, I think I can safely say I have fallen back in love, not with Chelsea, but with football. I don't need to pin myself to one particular team, it is the 'event' I have missed, NOT a team.





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CHELSEA SCORE THE WINNING GOAL IN THE 94TH MINUTE OF A 90 MINUTE GAME!











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THE FANS HEAD HOME


Apart from the Scouse wit, unison singing, buzz of anticipation, and perfect day out with my eldest son, the other highlight of my weekend came from a very funny anonymous comment that was posted on the Morrissey Solow website. I very rarely visit Solow these days, but I occasionally have a look, just to see if anybody has discovered anything interesting. Over the weekend, Solow had posted a 'nothing' story from the NME, quoting Morrissey's former producer Stephen Street as saying that he doesn't believe that the Smiths will ever reform (yawn). In response to the nothing story, our old friend Uncle Skinny wrote:

Don't care what anyone says. If it ever happens, I'm quitting whatever I'm doing to be at the front of the queue.

P.


In response to Uncle Skinny's comment, an anonymous commenter humorously posted something along the lines of, "No you wouldn't, you've not got it in you. You would be stood at the back with the rest of your Northern friends trying to play it cool." I can't use the exact quote, because despite Skinny's insistence that NOTHING gets deleted from Solow because of their 'freedom of speech' policy, he deleted it!


Sometimes the truth is far too much to bear, and although the 'Northern' comment was unnecessary (Southern men are no different), the anonymous commenter was of course right, Skinny wouldn't act like an excited puppy, he wouldn't be anywhere near the front of any queue, because he, just like most other British men, would be far too reserved. In our heads, we are all poets, romantics and lovers, but most of us never let the real 'us' out, we live the life that we feel is 'expected' of us. We behave in a way that we believe we should behave. The life we would like to live usually stays within the compounds of the mind. It is only in very recent years that I have learnt to let go. Writing this blog has proven highly therapeutic for me, and the whole MorrisseysWorld and Blue Rose phenomenon has allowed me to be..... me..... and if the Smiths were ever to reform, which personally I have no desire for, I would be at the front of the queue, but then again, I will be at the front of the queue for any concerts that Morrissey happens to play near me this year, but rather than playing it cool, I will have a blue rose between my teeth, and will unashamedly behave like an excited puppy.





That will do for today, I will now carry on re-building my music collection, which I have to say, is proving to be very enjoyable. My thanks to everybody, particularly the mysterious Willow, Astraea and anon from my last blog entry, who are all feeding me with wonderful songs. I  can't stop playing Dead Finks Don't Talk by Brian Eno, and Five Years by Bowie is just.... JUST! I am also REALLY loving Billy Fury, Serge Gainsbourg, Wanda Jackson, Nico (particularly I Will Be Seven), Juliette Greco and Permanently Lonely by Timi Yuro, which is just the saddest song EVER.... and is currently on repeat!

And finally, finally, having announced that I am back in love with football, and am back in love with my music collection, I must also announce that; having caught a glimpse of Top Gear on tv last night, I think I might be falling back in love with cars, well, one particular car at any rate. Eight years ago, as I hit forty, I fell out of love with cars, mainly because my children could no longer fit in the rear of my V12 Aston Martin DB7 Volante, so I was forced to sell it and become a sensible parent.


DB7 - NOT CHILD FRIENDLY


Actually, going back to the whole 'British male' thing, it is a combination of children and hitting forty that really change the British man. The phrase 'life begins at forty' is CRAP. Forty is a horrible age. In our twenties and thirties we have drive and ambition, but at forty we start to run out of steam, drive and ambition. I have really struggled with my forties, but as I approach fifty, I am finally starting to re-find my identity. Anyway, I am completely starting to digress and waffle. It's just as well nobody reads this rubbish. The point I was going to make was that last night, on Top Gear, my passion for cars was re-ignited by this, the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (Italian for Flying Saucer):

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ALFA ROMEO DISCO VOLANTE - STUNNING

Why I am writing about football and cars, I really don't know. It's because there is no sign of Moz. I won't bother writing again unless The Mozziah returns, so I shall leave with a picture of Uncle Skinny at the front of the queue for the Smiths. Actually, he wouldn't queue himself, he would find some other numpty to queue for him:
THAT MAN QUEING FOR THE SMITHS COME BACK CONCERT - HE HATES MORRISSEY, AND YET RUNS A WEBSITE DEDICATED TO HIS SOLO WORK.....YOU COULDN'T MAKE THIS UP

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Day 890 - Noel's Blue Rose

How ironic that on the day that I wrote about David Bowie, he becomes the oldest ever recipient of a Brit award, picking up the 'Best UK Male Singer' at the age of 67. I'd better get listening to 'The Next Day' as soon as possible.

Bowie didn't actually pick up the award himself, Noel Gallagher announced to the audience, "You maniacs didn't think David Bowie was actually going to be here? David Bowie's too cool for that. He doesn't do this shit. David Bowie has sent his representative on earth. The one and only Kate Moss is going to receive this award on his behalf."

And on she strolled, an absolute vision, dressed in Bowie's ORIGINAL Ziggy Stardust outfit from 1972.

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And just as Morrissey had told Rustle Brand what to say prior to introducing him at Hollywood High School, so Bowie had given words to Kate. Morrissey and Bowie are SO similar. Morrissey IS Bowie. Bowie IS Morrissey. Here is Bowie's acceptance speech, as read by the stunningly beautiful Kate Moss:

"In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate's wearing, live on the moon. Kate comes from Venus and I come from Mars, so that's nice. I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren't I Kate? I think it's a great way to end the day."



The newspapers are all full of the whole Bowie/Kate outfit, but the most intriguing thing for me about  last night's Brit Awards, was the sight of Noel Gallagher wearing.... a BLUE ROSE brooch!



It goes without saying that NOBODY has picked up on Noel's Blue Rose, just as NOBODY picked up on Jonathan Ross favouriting a tweet of a photo of Morrissey accepting a Blue Rose on stage. Morrissey's 'show biz' mates are subtly flaunting Blue Rose, and the world can't see it. Noel is of course best friends with Rustle Brand, and only a few weeks ago, Morrissey and Noel were spotted in the same London hotel. Noel is also known to be a huge Moz fan. Noel KNOWS you know!

Perhaps, when Morrissey is awarded the 'Best UK Male Singer' award at next year's Brits, he can send Rustle Brand to receive it, dressed in the Blue Rose shirt that Moz wore in the 'Boy with the Thorn in his Side' video. The shirt currently hangs on the wall at the Salford Lads Club:

Salford Lads Club: the shirt worn by Morrissey in the video for "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" (Niklas) Tags: sky house shirt manchester morrissey slc salford thesmiths theboywiththethorninhisside salfordladsclub

Mind you, I'd rather Moz send Kate Moss dressed in the shirt. Have I ever mentioned that I once met Kate? Yes, I believe I have. She really is one of the most STUNNING looking woman alive, so before I move on, just one more Kate picture for good measure:





Despite Morrissey being somewhere in France (La Fabrique?) recording his new album, he still finds time to pop into The Twitterdilly Arms on an almost daily basis. I have no idea of Morrissey's recording patterns (although I have this image in my head of him sauntering down to the studio at around 10 am each day, having first had a breakfast of tea and toast, and then laying down his vocals in one, before sauntering off again, leaving the band and producer to do their bit. I would then imagine Morrissey sauntering back down to the studio mid afternoon to let the ordinary people know if he approves or not! Now, time to get out of these brackets and back to the sentence that I'd just started, which to save you going back, reads, "I have no idea of Morrissey's recording patterns"), but he tends to drop into the Twit Arms late in the afternoons, lately in the guise of Astraea (@fadinggoldleaf), looking distinctly like Gina Lollobrigida.... well he would, wouldn't he..... although actually, the doubters would of course scream, "It CAN'T be Morrissey! Do you really think Morrissey would turn up on twitter with a profile picture of Gina Lollobrigida, pretending to be a girl?" Er, YES, I would, and he HAS!




And on the subject of the doubters, the Morrissey blogger, Julie Hamill tweeted this morning to all four members of the Smiths, to say 'Happy debut album birthday' (It is 30 years ago today that 'The Smiths' LP was released). I pointed out to Julie that the twitter address that she had used for Morrissey (@itsmorrissey) was no longer used by him, and that she should contact @FadingGoldLeaf. Julie ignored my advice, but with great authority announced:

he doesn't tweet, but he looks.

What makes all these people think they KNOW what Morrissey does or doesn't do? HOW can Julie possibly KNOW that Morrissey 'looks' ? It really is incredible!

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Astraea and the daily pub visits. Actually, before I get back to that, I must mention a tweet from the 'Morrissey 25 Live' director, James Russell. Earlier today, he tweeted Noel Gallagher to congratulate Noel on his "nice threads". I tweeted JR to point out the Blue Rose on Noel's lapel. JR suggested that perhaps it was "footy related", but then followed it up with:


whOo knows eh?


I know "whOo knows", James bloody Russell knows, as does Noel bloody Gallagher, Rustle bloody Brand, Jonathan bloody Ross and God knows whOo else. They ALL bloody knOw! :

THEY KNOW..... THEY ALL BLOODY KNOW!

Right, back to Morrissey and his jaunts to the Twitterdilly Arms. It's funny, because whenever 'Parody Morrissey' or 'Broken Morrissey' make a visit to The Arms, I always report what they have said, mainly because they are being witty, controversial, or giving clues regarding MorrisseysWorld, but I never really make mention of Astraea's offerings, when in fact she has SO much to offer. Astraea, and in fact Fifi, are Morrissey's gentle pessoa's, his more feminine side, so from now on, I shall report on the visits of both Astraea and Fifi, to the Internet's Number 1 Morrissey theme pub.

Astraea usually sits near the jukebox, sipping champagne, and conversing with Willow (@smashingblouse7). Despite the fact that I have mentioned many times that I believe Astraea to be Moz, hardly anybody interacts with her, and in fact, she only has 76 followers. Morrissey is on twitter, and has 76 followers! Perhaps I am wrong, perhaps Astraea ISN'T Morrissey, but for now, I shall report her offerings, which are mainly musical offerings. Here are yesterday's highlights:


"Don't say anything, especially not... anything. Don't say anything,...just follow me..."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmIUjMZKlGQ (NE DIS RIEN - SERGE GAINSBOURG & ANNA KARINA. It is a mesmerizing video, so I would highly recommend watching.)

"Don’t say - anything. Don’t be - scared. Just follow me to the end of the night, to the end of my madness...let time forget about tomorrow"






Steve, you really have such lovely... arms.


 Feb 19
What's that, Steve? You don't want to come in because you're not dressed yet? Don't be silly! Step right this way...


 Feb 19
They say nice things come in threes, so...

I have to say, Astraea certainly has better taste in men than Broken, although I suppose Broken does at least fancy men who are still alive, whereas Astraea does tend to go for the older, deader type!

I'm always either where I'm unexpected, unrequired, or generally just not supposed to be. It's a special talent I cultivate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7BDS19H9OM (DEAD FINKS DON'T TALK - BRIAN ENO. Needless to say, I have never heard this song before, nor indeed ANY Brian Eno. I sometimes wonder if I really am a lover of pop music. I have been SO...... un-inquisitive! My music education continues.)


 Feb 19
And I know you said you want to live in France in 1961...but I think you might have liked 1967 as well. It's quite beautiful. At the very end, in her sadness she whispers, "I am the only one who always remains... alone..."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9uNAtG-tfk (ROLLER GIRL - SERGE GAINSBOURG & ANNA KARINA)

This song from the film is incredibly beautiful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bW-sqHZF28 (UN JOUR COMME UN AUTRE - ANNA KARINA)

These are the things I am attracted to. They have reeled me in, my entire life long. I don't know anything else.

That is pretty much it for today. I doubt the 30th anniversary of the release of 'The Smiths' has meant much to Moz, although perhaps he might just look in the mirror tonight, raise his glass of champagne, and say, "You've done alright kiddo."



*Goes off singing* Fifteen minutes with YOU, wellllll, I wouldn't say no.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Day 889 - Morrissey and Bowie Toe to Toe

My black cloud is lifting, and in fact, the despair of losing my whole music collection has been replaced by an excitement of building a new one. One of the many, many positive things to have emerged from this whole MorrisseysWorld experience, is my introduction to music (particularly from the 60s and 70s) that I have never previously listened to. This introduction means that the music library I am now starting to piece together, will be light years away from my collection of the past. There is one artist in particular, whom MANY of my fellow Morrissey fans INSIST I have to include in my new collection, and that is David Bowie, but I'm just not sure. Let me explain:

I was born in the mid 1960's and my early years were spent listening to the music my parents listened to.
My dad didn't really seem to have any particular interest in music, but I suppose his teenage years (1949 to 1954) were pre the music revolution, so by the time rock n roll emerged, he was too old to 'get' pop music. My mum was born a couple of years after my dad, but likewise, she wasn't really into her music, so I ended up being born slap bang in the middle of the road, with the Carpenters and Cat Stevens for company. I'm sure the only reason that I wasn't run over, is because nobody was moving fast enough.

CARPENTERS - SLOW MOVING.... EXCEPT RICHARD CARPENTER'S NIPPLES!

Top of the Pops changed everything for me, and by 1975, I was spending every penny I had on the latest chart singles. YES I bought both Bye Bye Baby and Give a Little Love by the Bay City Rollers, and YES I bought Oh Boy by Mud, but my favourite song of 1975 was Space Oddity by David Bowie. What I didn't know though (as I was only 9), was that David Bowie had actually been around for ages by the time I had found him, and both Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust had long since come and gone. I had been born too late!

So that is where I left David Bowie, in 1975, although I did buy Boys Keep Swingin', Ashes to Ashes, and one or two other singles along the way, but I have NEVER purchased a Bowie album. I have always felt that Bowie just wasn't mine, mainly because I had missed him at his peak. I fully understand why Morrissey loves Bowie so much, because Bowie 'shaped' Morrissey, but the real 'shaping' points in my life, were firstly hearing What Difference Does it Make, followed by seeing the Smiths perform... sorry, not perform, only seals perform.... er, seeing the Smiths LIVE in 1985.

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Anyway, back to Bowie. Is it too late for me to 'get' Bowie?

One thing that I am starting to discover, is that there are many, many similarities with the career's of both Morrissey and Bowie, and it is really interesting to see what they were achieving at similar ages. Looking at their careers this way, it shows that if you run out of ideas/steam (and this seems to happen around the ages of 40 and 50 (crisis points?)), it is probably best to do NOTHING rather than feel you have to keep doing something. Or am I wrong, and are albums such as Never Let Me Down, Tin Machine and Earthling worth having in my collection? From what I have read of them, somehow I doubt it, and perhaps this is my problem with Bowie. If I had lived through the Ziggy times, perhaps I would feel more 'forgiving' for the Tin Machine days, but I look at his whole career, and I just can't see that there is anything to grab me from after 1980! That's 34 years ago!

I may be biased, in fact I'm sure I am, but I honestly believe that Morrissey's total career output is stronger than Bowie's, and therefore, in my eyes, Bowie's work doesn't live up to Morrissey's. Morrissey seems to KNOW when to leave the audience wanting more. In the context of a career, Morrissey seems to understand, possibly better than ANYONE else, when NOT to release an album. As I have stated before, I believe it is absolute bollocks that Morrissey hadn't been able to get a record deal, he just FULLY understood (however frustrating as it may be) that you HAVE to wait if you want EVERY album to be as good, or better, than the previous one. Morrissey quite possibly even learnt this from studying Bowie's mistakes. There I go again. Who am I to call Bowie's album's 'mistakes', after all, they continue to sell well, but is each Bowie album better, or as good as the last?


TIN MACHINE II - A NUMBER 23 ALBUM FOR BOWIE IN 1991

Perhaps I am over analysing all this. Perhaps I should just go out and download all of Bowie's albums from the early seventies and leave it at that, after all, I DO like all the early stuff that I know about, but in the meantime, here is the Toe to Toe career achievements of Morrissey and Bowie:

AGE 24 - Bowie has first album chart success with Hunky Dory (Number 3 UK 1971)
               - Morrissey has first album chart success with The Smiths (Number 2 UK 1984)

AGE 25 - Bowie releases his Ziggy Stardust album (Number 5 UK 1972), which many people see as his legacy.
               - Morrissey releases his Meat is Murder album (Number 1 UK 1985), which makes him one of the most famous advocates of vegetarianism.




AGE 26 - Bowie releases Aladdin Sane album (Number 1 UK 1973) & cover album Pin Ups (No.1 UK 1973)
               - Morrissey tours all year with The Smiths. The Queen is Dead album is delayed.

AGE 27 - Bowie releases Diamond Dogs album (Number 1 UK 1974 )
              - Morrissey releases The Queen is Dead (Number 2 UK 1986)



AGE 28 - Bowie releases Young Americans album (Number 2 UK 1975)
              - Morrissey releases Strangeways Here We Come (Number 2 UK in 1987, which goes Gold), splits with The Smiths and releases Viva Hate (Number 1 UK 1988)

AGE 29 - Bowie releases Station to Station album (Number 5 UK in 1976)
              - The Smiths release live album Rank (Number 2 UK 1988)

AGE 30 - Bowie releases Low album (Number 2 UK 1977) and "Heroes" album (Number 3 UK 1977)
              - Morrissey releases a number of singles including The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Number 6 UK 1989)

AGE 31 - Morrissey releases Bona Drag album (Number 9 UK 1990) and Kill Uncle (Number 8 UK 1991)

AGE 32 - Bowie releases Lodger album (Number 4 UK 1979)
              - Morrissey tours & duets with a 44 year old Bowie in LA

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AGE 32 AND 44 RESPECTIVELY

AGE 33 - Bowie releases Scary Monsters album (Number 1 UK 1980)
              - Morrissey releases Your Arsenal album (Number 4 UK 1992)

AGE 34  - Morrissey releases Vauxhall and I album (Number 1 UK 1994)



AGE 36 - Bowie leaves the RCA record label and signs to EMI'. Releases Let's Dance album (Number 1 UK 1983).
- Ironically, Morrissey leaves EMI and joins RCA for the release of the album Southpaw Grammar (Number 4 UK 1995). Morrissey supports Bowie for part of his UK tour.


AGE 37 - Bowie releases Tonight album (Number 1 UK 1984)

AGE 38 - Morrissey releases Maladjusted on the Island record label (Number 8 UK 1997)

AGE 40 - Bowie releases Never Let Me Down album (Number 6 UK 1987)

AGE 42 - Bowie (as Tin Machine) releases Tin Machine (Number 3 UK 1989) The album doesn't sell well, and Bowie and EMI part company.

AGE 44 - Bowie (still as Tin Machine) releases Tin Machine II album on the London record label (Number 23 UK 1991) & duets with a 32 year old Morrissey in LA.
 - Morrissey releases You Are The Quarry on the Attack label (Number 2 UK 2004)




AGE 46 - Bowie (no longer as Tin Machine) releases Black Tie White Noise album on Arista label, which includes a cover of Morrissey's I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday (Number 1 UK 1993)
             - Morrissey releases Ringleader of the Tormentors (Number 1 UK 2006)

AGE 48 - Bowie releases Outside album back on the RCA label (Number 8 UK 1995)

AGE 49 - Morrissey releases Years of Refusal on the Decca label (Number 3 UK 2009)

AGE 50 - Bowie releases Earthling album (Number 6 UK 1997)

AGE 52 - Bowie releases Hours... album on the Virgin label. The album includes a song written by a competition winner, who then got to sing backing vocals! (Number 5 UK 1999)

AGE 55 - Bowie releases Heathen album on the Columbia label (Number 5 UK 2002)
              - Morrissey is set to release a new album for the Harvest label (Number ? UK 2014)

Bowie has released two further albums since 2002, Reality in 2003 (Number 3 UK 2003) and The Next Day (Number 1 UK 2013)

Right then, I suppose I had better get listening to some Bowie..... but somehow, I STILL can't get excited. I think I'll concentrate on Billy Fury first.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Day 888 - Black Cloud

Yesterday is a day that I would rather forget. The joy of my sparkly new MacBook Air arriving, was soon replaced with utter despair as I somehow managed to completely wipe my iPhone of all my songs. My music library had already disappeared with my old MacBook, which died three weeks ago, and although I know it is probably possible to retrieve my songs from the hard drive of my old Mac, I just can't be doing with hassles.

It is not just laptop issues causing a black cloud, I am also feeling the effects of the continued wet weather, middle age, and general winter blues. Life is a pigsty. Bring on sunshine, old age (at least you know your place) and summer. Bring on the cricket season. Bring on a new Morrissey album. Bring on a Morrissey concert or two. *Deep sigh* Fuckety fuck shit wanky fucky shit wank. Twatty fuckety fuck shit arse. Wanky titty shitty bollock cunts. Cuntity wank shit fuck twat knob. It's getting childish now, but this is fantastic therapy. I am starting to feel better. Wankety shit bollocks cunt cunt cunt. That's better.

As my black cloud hovered over my head yesterday evening, I was too numb to interact with Broken, who had made an unexpected return to the Twitterdilly Arms. I should point out that it WASN'T '@BrokenMorrissey', who is actually the REAL Morrissey, and NOT a parody or character, but it was the highly controversial Bieber loving failed medic 'Broken', i.e. '@Broken1andonly'.

Broken bounced into the Twit Arms shouting, "Did 'Our Mozzer' really tweet @Boz_Boorer about wine/grapes? The coincidences continue to pile up!"

And then it was straight to his favourite subject, Justin 'Bizzle' Bieber:

"With Bieber's latest tattoo, has he crossed over from cute boy next door being bad to Lil Wayne wannabe badass?"




"It's a shame. The big cross is like an act of self-destruction or auto-graffiti. Does he think covering his entire torso makes him cuter?"
"What next? A facial tattoo? Love-hate knuckles? The prettiest young pop star alive is defacing his body now almost weekly. Tragic."
"Do you think when he's 25 with three facial tattoos, a neck covered in Hebrew words and crosses all over his body he'll seek help from a professional to have them removed?"
"Does he seriously think he hasn't got enough tattoos? Does he think Lil Wayne is a role model? Why won't someone tell him to stop?"
"He seems keen to rebel against being the pretty boy and become an alpha male. But is copying Lil Wayne really the way to go?"
"Lil Wayne is probably the least attractive pop star alive."

Broken then asked Boy George for his views, and made a startling revelation, that MORRISSEY is considering singing a Bieber song live! Now if that were to happen, then 'Cliff Gate' would look like a stroll in the park by comparison. Uncle Skinny et al would EXPLODE!
"@BoyGeorge Interested in your views re: Bieber. MorrisseysWorld is considering singing a bieber song live!!"

And then he was gone!

I have nothing else to add, so I won't, although I will quickly add that the readership for yesterday's FTM hit a real low. I get the sense that we are in a lull with the whole MorrisseysWorld venture. Nobody new is finding it, which I guess is obvious, and many of those who were following the story have tailed away. I now spend half my life clearing FTM spam from my email inbox, and only 5 genuine comments were left yesterday..... but I HAVE to continue, because we must. This IS history. One day I WILL be proven right.

TWITTERDILLY ARMS TOP 10 - NOT BROADCAST

1. IDENTITY - X RAY SPEX (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue5jyj_nosc

2. FIVE YEARS - DAVID BOWIE (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=louXPUW7tHU

3. YOU SAY YOU DON'T LOVE ME - MORRISSEY (RE-ENTRY): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDWR3VyzLPs

4. I MAY NEVER GET TO HEAVEN - WANDA JACKSON (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idmfAPHwgC4

5. PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER - WANDA JACKSON (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmVrOITR4l8

6. DID YOU MISS ME - WANDA JACKSON (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btqPEnUtGrM&feature=kp

7. PERMANENTLY LONELY - TIMI YURO (NEW ENTRY): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeU_yf-rQL8

8. SONG TO THE SIREN - TIM BUCKLEY (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMTEtDBHGY4

9. SONG TO THE SIREN - THIS MORTAL COIL (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuwfsS5-iM8

10. WAX AND WANE - COCTEAU TWINS (NEW ENTRY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLtuBDqwS0g

Monday, 17 February 2014

Day 887 - Bizzle Mozzle

Our Mozzer made a return to the Twitterdilly Arms yesterday, and light has been shed on the hiring of Sir Cliff Richard. Here are the Twitter highlights:

"Though the dreadful drummer will try to steal my earnings, British dates will follow"
@GorillePere: "Could you please let us know when Uk concert dates will be?"
Moz: "Late 2014. Christmas with Morr-ee-say."




"I was ignored by everyone but family and a handful of fellow travellers until I joined the Smiths."
"Until I joined the Smiths I had a medical disorder."



"Boredom is a plague"
"My fingernails collect the world's problems"
"Same old bed"
"Father, son and holy c***"
"A danger to self and others"
"Paddington stare"
"The bus just left"
"Reliable butcher"
"The politician who cried"
"Corner shop anguish on Tuesday"
"Teenage star, too many tattooes" (I do hope this isn't a song title. The misspelling of tattoos could cause another 'Everyday is like Sunday' dilemma)

"All my wit is expired. This must be my final day on Twitter. Otherwise I shall turn into @stephenfry"
"I've just bought a new Aston Martin."




"What has Justin done now?"


BIZZLE

Me: "I think Moz should become Mizzle... or Mozzle. Yes. Mozzle, defo Mozzle."
Moz: "Two crosses, sagging pants, epicurean tastes, from da ghetto of Stretford - Mozzle."


MOZZLE


@tabootlb: "So how did the recording of your new album go?"
Moz: "It's my finest album. The songs are powerful, driven. The words are concise, but more poetic. The drumming is heroic."

Heather: "Care to shed any light on the choice of the support act that has startled the world?"
Moz: "It's a shameless publicity stunt... for Sirs Cliff and Tom."

And on the subject of Sir Cliff, this was posted on FTM yesterday morning::
Broken16 February 2014 09:20
Heather is right that Sir Cliff was mentioned in MW. Ironically, it was mentioned in the context of singing live with a Sir Cliff t-shirt in the front row; Our Mozzer said, with his fans nodding off and popping out for a pee during YOR songs, it was only a matter of time before a Sir Cliff t-shirt appears in the front row!

How amusing this will be one day.

I have tried to find the MorrisseysWorld article that Broken was referring to, but I only ever saved a few of the parody pieces, and I cannot find the one that mentions Sir Cliff. However, whilst I was searching, I came across this beauty, which originally appeared on the MorrisseysWorld blog on Christmas Eve 2009. It is so good, I felt compared to share it. Copyright belongs to an unknown hairy backed blogger:

THURSDAY, 24 DECEMBER 2009


My Live Tour Journal 2009





Feb 28th - Mar 5th 2009

Had a Wildean time between the sheets reviewing old live footage from the Oye Esteban Tour and catching up on '24.' The bast**d fax kept lighting up as the c*** from my management team sought to determine whether I was 'good to go' (to Florida). Can't they leave me in peace? I f***ing told them Florida had no decent veggie restaurants and NOT to book the shows. But did they listen? Did they f***. It was like the Isle of Wight all over again. I should sue the b*****ds for compo.

Mar 6th 2009

Crawled out of bed. Wished I hadn't. Things were going so well until I got to the venue in Myrtle Beach. Wonderful food, handsome people and surprisingly good boutiques. Shamefully, the venue wasn't equipped with a 52" plasma screen with built-in DVD player. Hence, I couldn't play my Diana Dors footage and warm up the 'instrument.' I may as well have left the DVD behind. I can't believed I dragged it all this way for nothing. To add insult to injury, some of the fans in the front row clearly couldn't sing and one of them gave me a bit of a cold. By 'This Charming Man,' my nose was blocked. By 'Life is a Pigsty,' my nose had emptied into my throat. "Yer bas****s," I thought to myself as they flailed around in the ever-changing ocean of people, clearly not comprehending either how sick I was... or that they were - at least in part - responsible.

Mar 7-Mar 9th 2009

B**ger them.

Mar 11th - Mar 22nd

My stocks are up. Purchased some Gucci thermal underwear. No more need for central heating - a bit more in the piggy bank for Christmas. Played a few live shows.

Mar 23rd

I Played again on American television, where - at least - I am fully appreciated. I played that one from my latest album that sounds a bit like 'Swallow On My Neck.' Forgot the name now. Cracked open a bottle of sauce to celebrate an anticipated 0.9% sales boom in the US market, following on from 'Fallon.' Well, the bottle has more than paid for itself.

Mar 25th - April 16th

You should try Flacos. Well you did, actually, obviously. Anyway, you know what I mean. Had it flown in every night of the tour. Bloody delicious. Plenty of sour cream. And the Jalapenos! - to die for, truly. Also negotiated a wage cut for the sound man and lighting bod. Honestly, you wouldn't believe the overheads on this tour. I feel like I'm a registered charity at times. Also played a few shows.

Apr 17th 2009

There is nothing more distressing than the smell of cooking meat. Unbelievably, they didn't shut down all the meat vendors at Coachella in preparation for my arrival for an 'appearance.' Having the aroma of burning animal flesh entering my nostrils reminded me of the cold a fan thoughtlessly gave me earlier last month. (I feel like advertising on my posters: NB If you have a cold - please stay at home and watch me online. I have only two nostrils and I cannot afford to lose one of them.)

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the gig was a catastrophe. I think I'll cancel tomorrow.

Apr 18th 2009

I contacted my private physician, who informs me it's perfectly possible to have acute lung injury induced through the inhalation of smoke from burning meat. Had a bit of a cough, so I cancelled the show. Still, it was only Oakland and there's bu**er all there in terms of decent veggie food anyway.

Apr 27th

SG & M performed abysmally in the charts (27.4 release), despite the addition of extra tracks. Do you think I could get away with a badge or poster for the re-release of KU? **** please return to this thought in 2010.

Apr 28th-July 22nd 2009

Managed to get to work almost every day. I only cancelled 9 shows. That's less than 20% of my live shows. But, of course, the press aren't content. The NHS functions with a sickness rate well above 20% on bank holidays. Do you see the press moaning about the f***ing NHS? No. No. No. Oh, but I'm different. I'm Morrissey so I deserve to be treated this way, naturally. They have the right to attack me - and indeed they must - simply because I'm famous. Anyway, I'm feeling fighting fit.

Notes: heckler ruined J's night on 16.5. Note to self: No more gigs at Cambridge Corn Exchange. Mind you, Boz leapt to my defence and shouted a bit at the offending fan in support of my anti-intolerance stance. The intolerance I - and my friends - face at my gigs is frankly outrageous. You just can't find the fans these days. Note to self: Consider Boz for a pay-rise in 2010. Note to self: Consider paying for this by hiring a cheaper drummer. ***** return to this thought in 2010.

22nd July - tonight I paid tribute to J C De Menzies. Like myself, he was assassinated by the British. RIP, dear friend.

13th Sep 2009

On holiday but broke my holiday off briefly to issue a statement about the vile lies Rourke continues to promulgate about his alleged sacking from the Smiths. He's a right cu**. This story about placing a postcard under his windscreen wipers (plural) takes the biscuit. Especially since his Austin Allegro only had one. But, of course, they don't have the wit to consider that, do they? Ba****ds. I did, however, because of the song, 'King Leer' in which a man with only one knee goes down on it to propose. Who needs Columbo? I knew that lyric would come in handy, some day.

23 Oct 2009

It was nice to return to Birmingham, if only because it was not America. Still, I notice the ba****ds on so-low are at it again:

"Poor old Moz, could not hit the high notes, looked bored, and did not seem himself. Hope the rest of the tour isn't cancelled like in May."

signed - anon. I suspect Joyce. Note to self: hire a PI (do we call them that in blighty? Unsure. Note to self: find out what a PI is called in England and hire one) to establish the identity of so-lower who is ruining my good name.

24 Oct 2009

A man of my stature playing a venue called 'The Oasis Leisure Centre?' I think not. Anyway, according to 'TV Quick,' there's a good documentary tonight on 'natural animals.' I had a bit of a cough so I struggled to vocalise and ended up collapsing. Got a nice room in the local hospital, which certainly helped cut costs on this tour. Watched myself collapsing on the news. Dear God, that shirt looks awful. Note to self: consider 'Dear God that Shirt Looks Awful' as amusing song title for next album, in case I'm struggling. Nice post-modern connotations. ****return to this thought in 2010. Note to self: iron shirts for rest of tour (and tuck them in if poss.).
The hospital food was a nightmare. Thankfully, Boz delivered me some gourmet vegetarian cuisine after a taxi ride to London and back. 3 am - shared the food with Boz and played 'OXO' before retiring. I've beaten Boz 17 times in a row now. I hope he's not letting me win.

26 Oct 2009

I still have a cough. *coughs* Yep, I'll have to cancel Bournemouth.

Oct 27th - Nov 5th 2009

I notice the b*****ds from Morrissey so-low are continuing to whine about the set-list. They obviously haven't noticed that I've altered the set-list by an average of 0.5 songs every two days throughout this f***ing tour. Still, kewpie correctly noted Alexandra Palace was particularly good:

"One of the best gigs in 2009 (Score:3, Interesting)"

And - for once - the moderators got it right. I don't know why they're all moaning about my voice. All I have is a cough. That's what they told me in Swindon hospital anyway. Mind you, what do NHS doctors know? Note to self: make a private medical appointment to discuss recent collapse. In retrospect, I think the collapse might have been due to something I ate. I hope it wasn't a stroke or sleep apnoea or something terribly serious like that. I note Wikipedia says you snore with sleep apnoea, which I do. You get a headache, which I do. You may get ankle swelling. Well, that I'm not sure about but I'll pay closer attention over the coming months. You might collapse and die. Well, I almost did. The announcer at the Oasis Leisure Centre said it himself, as I noticed when I reviewed the clips of my collapse on YouTube through a mobile link-up in my privae hospital room. "He's seriously ill," he said, with a certain gravitas. He's probably got a first aid diploma and all that so I'm sure he knows what he's talking about. Honestly, these NHS doctors. Note to self: visit private physician and get checked out for sleep apnoea.

Nov 7th 2009

It was all going so well until some plonker assaulted me with a cup of beer. It could have been glass and then what? Where would I be with one eye? A one eyed pop icon? If he'd done it during 'This Charming Man' or one of the other Smiths songs, fair enough - but this was during the one from my latest masterpiece that sounds a bit like 'Swallow On My Neck.' Do some people have no taste? I thought to myself, 'It would look silly to finish the song and then storm off stage...' I reflected, 'It just wouldn't look right...' so instead I stormed off immediately without finishing the song. The effect was suitably dramatic. There was a theatre about it all. It got on the TV news and everything. That has to be worth a few album sales. Incidentally, I keep forgetting the title of that bloody song I was in the middle of conveying. Where's my 'Years of Refusal' CD? It'll be on the back of that, I would imagine. It should be in my bum bag... It's not! Jesse must have borrowed it again. Honestly. You'd think he could afford his own copy given the salary I'm paying him. On a more positive note, I got back to the hotel in time to catch Top Gear on cable. Woke myself up snoring during 'Emmerdale.' It was recorded so I didn't miss any of it, you'll be glad to know! Note to self: remember to consult private physician Re: snoring/sleep apnoea. Oh dear, I hope I'm not dying. Incidentally, my record contract ended a few days ago. Consider signing on for NI stamp purposes.

Nov 9th - Dec 11th 2009

Bought some new shirts and jeans. Played a few shows. Uneventful really, except for Indio, which I cancelled and Hamburg, where a fan verbally assaulted me. I suspect it was Joyce dressed as a Kraut. But I didn't say so at the time.

Dec 11th Dec 23rd 2009

Time for a well-earned rest. I will submit a letter to TTY though. I think it's important to remind the fans I don't have a record deal anymore. Wonder what's on tele over Christmas? Sank into the jacuzzi with a flute of 'Bolly' and The Dolls on my home entertainment system. This is the life.

Dec 24th 2009

I see the social misfits of Morrissey so-low have spent their Christmas Eve on that ghastly site. So far I have counted four hundred and thirty seven separate posts about me. Honestly, you'd think they'd have better things to do... I notice from accidentally perusing the site that Lady Gaga has nominated my little, old thing as her 'album of the year.' Lady Gaga always was an astute judge of a pop record, as I've always maintained. Now there's a man with things to do on a Christmas Eve other than linger on a Morrissey website.
POSTED BY MORRISSEY AT 22:00

That will do for today, although I must make mention of a new wine that is coming to the market in March, and NO, it is NOT a joke:


BOZ BOORER WINE - DESCRIBED AS "SUPERDELICIOUS" AND SELECTED PERSONALLY BY LYN AND BOZ. AVAILABLE IN MARCH FROM ROCKABILLY WINEMAKERS @ROCKABILLYWEINK

Now, is it my imagination, or did either Our Mozzer or Broken send a tweet recently to @Boz_Boorer asking him to bring wine? Or perhaps it was cheese!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Day 884 - It is not inspiration. It is breathing.

A large number of Morrissey fans denounced MorrisseysWorld as a fake based on the author merely mentioning the name Justin Bieber. "As if the REAL Morrissey would watch Justin Bieber's 'Never Say Never' dvd", they crowed. No doubt, if Our Mozzer had decided to use Cliff Richard as the subject matter instead of Justin Bieber, the doubters would have scoffed even harder, after all, Morrissey would NEVER be interested in Sir Cliff Richard.

When MorrisseysWorld was still up and running (which sadly it no longer is), Our Mozzer would often refer to both Elton John and Paul McCartney as 'Sir' Elton, or 'Sir' Paul. The doubters scoffed, saying, "The REAL Morrissey would NEVER use the word 'Sir'....... and yet:

Morrissey With Special Guests Sir Cliff Richard And Kristeen Young June 21 Barclays Center Poster

The concert with Cliff is just one of 25 that were announced yesterday on True-To-You. The concerts will take place across America in May and June, and also included is a concert with Tom Jones supporting.

What is it that Log Lady said?:
 Feb 9
THE NEXT INTERACTION FROM MORR-EE-SAY WILL STARTLE YOU ALL. BLUE TOADSTOOL. ROSE OF ETERNITY. NINETEEN.

And of course they ARE all startled:

Did I just read that correctly? "Sir" Cliff Richard? SIR?? SIR???

Not only startled, but the irony of using the 'Sir', completely missed!
Sir Cliff Richard and Morrissey

I am guessing that Log Lady's "Rose of Eternity" is Cliff, and "Blue Toadstool" is Tom Jones, but WHY Tom is a toadstool, I have no idea, although Comrade Harps has been playing these songs in the Twitterdilly Arms this afternoon:
IS THE BLUE BIRD BLUE? - TOM JONES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zspxYGnDo1A
BLUE SPANISH EYES - TOM JONES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYmQY8jQ0Go
I FOUND A ROSE - CLIFF RICHARD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTQeb117Wec
THE ROSE - TOM JONES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGLzR3RB76Q

And WHAT did the "Nineteen" refer to? Has Morrissey signed to Simon Fuller's '19' management? On the subject of Simon Fuller, Our Mozzer once mentioned that Fuller was the very FIRST person to discover MorrisseysWorld. I wonder if that was true? It seems a bizarre thing for Our Mozzer to make up. And if it is true, has Fuller stuck with the whole phenomenal story, or was it just a passing visit?



SIMON 'NOT COWELL' FULLER

For Morrissey to have managed to get both Sir Tom Jones (Tom's poster doesn't have his 'Sir' on it for some reason) and Sir Cliff Richard to SUPPORT him, is an unbelievable achievement, and it just goes to show what a major artist Morrissey is. Cliff Richard is the third highest selling artist in the history of the UK singles chart, with only The Beatles and Elvis slightly ahead of him. Morrissey and Cliff may be an odd couple, but it really is a REMARKABLE achievement.


NEARLY 22 MILLION UK SINGLES SALES

According to a couple of interviews that Cliff has given, he apparently met Morrissey in a hotel in Kent in 2011, which must have been when Moz played Hop Farm. Cliff has told the BBC that Morrissey contacted his management about a month ago, to ask if Cliff would like to support him in New York, and Cliff replied, "yes please." Cliff added, "It's a great honour for me to be asked by someone like him because no-one would expect him to ask me, and that's what I like about it."

Cliff also makes some very crass and naive statements in his BBC interview, such as "I like to think he might eat some meat when I arrive, but I wouldn't expect him to." I would have expected a statement like that to have come from a nineteen year old like Bieber, not a seventy three year old, but perhaps such naivety comes from living a somewhat 'false' existence, in which Cliff has never really grown up, or challenged things (such as the monarchy or God), or moved away from the middle of the road. He has just been 'steered' by management, and 'thinking too hard' just hasn't been necessary.

It is natural to assume that the main reason that Morrissey has requested the presence of Sir Cliff, is because he is a fan, particularly of the early rock n roll songs, the film career, and of course Eurovision!


CLIFF RICHARD IN THE FILM 'SUMMER HOLIDAY' WITH MELVYN HAYES (WHO HAPPENED TO BE MENTIONED IN THE MW CHAT ROOM ABOUT A MONTH AGO... COINCIDENCE, OF COURSE.)

Sir Cliff Richard ROSE
THE SIR CLIFF RICHARD ROSE

Away from the excitement of the US tour news, there has been mixed feedback regarding the continued unravelling of Jean Cocteau's influence on Morrissey, with even Morrissey's own pessoa's (grocer's apostrophe) disagreeing. Here is what Our Mozzer had to say:
Who's this b*****d blog about? Me, or that foreign arty ponce?

It's like I hardly exist anymore.

Of course the REAL Morrissey would NEVER use the word 'ponce' (or indeed slag off Cocteau), but then again, the REAL Morrissey would never have Cliff Richard opening for him!

Another of Morrissey's pessoas, 'Astraea', was much more animated. Here are both Heather and Astraea's observations on the latest Cocteau revelations:

The number of apparent connections here is simply astounding. It seems that a Cocteau link is undeniable and it certainly lends many fascinating insights. Other notable items in the Twyman article are the photo of the wound shaped like a pentagram (Cocteau's signature) from 'Blood of a Poet' and this quote:

"My work is the result of serious considerations which consist of turning ciphers into numbers. And so, I belong to the blood donors, the only artists I really respect. The long red trail they leave behind them fascinates me."

Morrissey has adorned himself with wounds (and bandages) through the years. Could these be inspired by the wounds in 'Blood of a Poet', which serve as a metaphor for the poet and his art?

Very nicely phrased Heathercat, and thoughtfully relayed.

On The Blood of a Poet, Cocteau's own comment was,

"The poet's solitude is so great, he so lives what he creates, that the mouth of one of his creations lives in his hand like a wound, and that he loves this mouth, that he loves himself in short, that he wakes up in the morning with this mouth against him like a pickup, that he tries to get rid of it on a dead statue-and that this statue begins to live-and that it takes its revenge, and that it sets him off upon awful adventures. I can tell you that the snowball fight is the poet's childhood, and that when he plays the game of cards with his Glory, with his Destiny, he cheats by taking from his childhood that which he should draw from within himself."

I wish I could post the image he's referring to here, but everyone who has seen the film knows it.
Additionally, in The Paris Review interview I have posted before, he was asked not long before his death,

"The wound in the hand of the poet in your film ‘The Blood of a Poet’ — the wound in the man’s hand out of which the poetry speaks – certainly this reproduces the ‘wound’ of your experience in poetry around 1912-1914?"

And he responded,

"The work of every creator is his autobiography, even if he does not know it or wish it, even if his work is ‘abstract’...." There is more, of course.

However, I find one of the most beautiful - and one of the most striking - responses that he ever gave to a question to be this...

Interviewer: Can you say something about inspiration?

Cocteau: It is not inspiration. It is expiration.

This is a charmingly fluid and very elegant play on words, because in French, just as in English, 'inspiration' and 'expiration' also mean to inhale and to exhale.

In other words,

Interviewer: Can you say something about inspiration?

Cocteau: It is not inspiration: it is breathing.

Sublime.


Astraea

THE MOUTH SHAPED WOUND IN 'THE BLOOD OF A POET'

And so we reach the end of another week. Will we see Parody Moz in the Twitterdilly Arms this weekend? Will we get any feedback regarding the album recording in France? Will Log Lady pull any more vibrating logs out of the bag?

I shall return next week.

*Goes off singing* Do you know what you've done? It's so funny, how we don't talk anymore

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