At some point in the not-too-distant past, Arthur Kane and Steven Patrick Morrissey were sitting in Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Mr. Kane is best known as the bass guitarist for the New York Dolls, 1970s pioneers of rock ’n’ roll transvestism who provided former Smiths front man Morrissey with a formative sexual experience: “Jerry Nolan on the front of the Dolls debut album is the first woman I ever fell in love with; the hussy-slut positioning of the legs is Playmate call girl, and the pink drum kit just might be a rock ’n’ roll first.”
Decades later, in Mel’s Drive-In, the roles are reversed. As Morrissey recalls, Mr. Kane asked him for a ride “to a few job interviews this week,” which Morrissey declined to grant. “Arthur tells me that he has been asked to write the music for an upcoming film called Josie and the Pussycats,” Morrissey writes. “It’s the kind of taradiddle you will hear nonstop in Los Angeles. If people only spoke of what they had done as opposed to what they were about to do, it would be the most silent city on the face of the Earth.” Morrissey’s Autobiography attests to the fact that he has accomplished much in his 54 years. Poetically crafted though the book may be, Morrissey, playfully nicknamed the Pope of Mope by the British press, has written a hefty self-apologia no less petty than the supposed “taradiddle” of his fellow Angelenos.
When it comes to former Smiths lead singer Morrissey’s attitude towards ailing people nearby, it’s gruesome that someone so handsome should care.
Elder statesman of pop Morrissey is known for a certain blithe attitude towards the public–but the more he ignores them, the closer they get, with an elderly woman collapsing near him on Sunday Read More
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It’s well-documented on record sleeves and T-shirts that Morrissey believes that meat is murder. Moz has been a vegetarian since he was 11. That’s 41 years without a bite of a burger!
But you know what else, besides meat, is murder, Morrissey? Murder, that’s what. Murder is murder. And so once that’s all cleared up, Read More
The boy with the thorn in his side is now the boy with a dog bite in his side.
Perusing Morrissey fanzines is usually an uneventful part of our morning routine, but today True To You brought some troubling news. A dog in England went after the Smiths singer, mauling his hand and Read More
Promptly at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, Morrissey walked onstage at Carnegie Hall dressed in a dashing black tuxedo and rattled off a nonsequitur that could have been a Smiths lyric.
“And to think, it was by Grand Central Station I sat down and wept,” the British rock icon and former Smiths front man Read More
Three albums come out today; all of them might be called "Indie" releases; they will be promoted and marketed heavily at Indie record stores and compete on the same Indie charts this week.
Needless to say the genre is almost meaningless as a description of the music. One of the bands is from Brazil, one Read More
Today, Pitchfork brings us a brand new Morrissey video for a forthcoming single called “All You Need is Me.” The interesting part is that the video was directed by Patrick O’Dell, the Manhattan photographer and former Vice magazine photo editor whose blog, Epicly L’aterd has become something of a Read More
Some exciting music news from the Brits today: A new multi-format Radiohead best-of compilation (aptly titled, The Best Of) is due out June 2 in the U.K. on the band’s former label, Parliphone/EMI, Pitchfork reports. What hits will the disc include? "Paranoid Android," "Fake Plastic Trees" and (bringing it back to ’93!) Read More
As late winter’s doldrums penetrate the city, it’s becoming harder to find a reason to leave the house at night. But what if we told you Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were headlining the Plug Independent Music Awards tomorrow at Terminal 5? And then what if we told you it was only $10? Well, Read More
Barack Obama has really been raking in the indie cred: Scarlet Johansson, Bright Eyes, Morrissey! Add to that list Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, who was in New York promoting his new solo album late last week when he Read More