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Singer Morrissey, of the seminal 1980s band The Smiths, reacts to news of the death of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Morrissey and Margaret Thatcher
Morrissey and Margaret Thatcher. (Getty; AP)
Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others.Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them, she hated Greenpeace and environmental protectionists, she was the only European political leader who opposed a ban on the ivory trade, she had no wit and no warmth and even her own cabinet booted her out. She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone—and was sailing AWAY from the islands! When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs-up sign for the British press.
Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes. She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women’s movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a prime minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it.
Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already, and the people of Argentina will be celebrating her death. As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity.
source: thedailybeast.com

Illustration by Minna

Illustration by Minna

I don’t think I really need to introduce you guys to Morrissey, but just in case: He’s been an icon for, oh, more than three decades now. He began his career in the early ’80s as the frontman (and heart) of the Smiths before going solo in 1987, and he is notorious for not only his music, but also for his political activism, especially when it comes to animal rights (he cancelled a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight because the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty was also scheduled to appear).

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AMY ROSE: You started writing music when you were in your teens, and published books about James Dean and the New York Dolls when you were in your early 20s. What was your creative process like as a young person, and how has it changed?

MORRISSEY: Those weren’t books, just juvenile essays, and thoughtless rubbish at that. I had no creative process, just pain, which I mistakenly assumed might be creative process. Well, it wasn’t…

I think the way you address alienation in your music really resonates with your fans. Do you think a certain degree of loneliness enriches our lives? Is it OK, or even good, to feel alone?

Everyone is, in fact, alone. Being contractually tied to another person—in marriage, for example—accentuates the loneliness, because you have effectively allowed the state to determine your obligations to someone, as if you can’t trust and manage your own feelings by yourself. Anyway, I see humans as essentially solitary creatures, and this is not changed by surrounding ourselves with others, because they, too, are solitary. Life is a very serious business for the simple reason that nobody dies laughing.

What were your greatest aspirations as a young person, and would you say you’ve achieved them?

My greatest aspiration was to make it through the coming week. As a teenager I found life to be inevitably disgusting, and I could see no humanity in the human race. When my time in music began, I found all my goals were reachable. For the first time ever in my life, I spoke and people listened. I had never known such a thing previously. My life as a teenager was so relentlessly foul that I still can’t believe I actually survived it. Perhaps I didn’t…

What political causes mattered most to you back then, and are they still important to you now?

War, I thought, was the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality. If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men. They even get medals for it. Women don’t go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.

The most political gesture you can make is to refuse to eat animals. It was so when I was a teenager, and is still the case now.

What music or movies or artists do you recommend to your teenage fans today that they might not know about?

The arts have diminished, because we are now living through a time when we are encouraged not to think. No one making music wants to waste time struggling with art. A group like the Sex Pistols would never again be allowed to slip through, and there is no such thing in 2013 as a popular artist who sets their own terms for success. Whether it be Beyoncé or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk offstage clutching three Grammys in each hand.

Many of your lyrics deal with self-preservation in a world that can sometimes be less than gentle. You strike a balance between acknowledging personal hardship and pain and fiercely appreciating beauty. What helps you to see the loving and good parts of life during tough times?

If I feel it, then others surely must. That’s the only thought that sustains me.

At the end of each of your shows, people rush the stage and try to hug you or hold your hand. You’re always very gracious about it in a way that many artists aren’t, but how do you feel about it?

In recent years I saw McDonna live, and no audience member reached up toward her to try to touch her. I see this so often with artists whom we’re told are global stars. It is a big lie. Or else, you might possibly be a big star, but you are not loved. My audience has an urgent need to touch, to shake hands, to move out of their seats, to defy so-called security, to make physical contact. They don’t simply sit and observe, but feel the urge to act. It’s a great compliment for me, and one that most Grammy winners could probably never imagine.

One of our readers said that she realized you two were soul mates when she noticed she was wearing the same color nail polish as you at one of your shows. I’m sure our teenage readers want to know: where do you find good cruelty-free products?

It isn’t difficult these days, because lots of companies have abandoned animal testing, mainly because they know people no longer want animal-tested products—for moral reasons, but also because of the logical realization that a test on an animal doesn’t have any bearing of how human skin will react to the same ingredient. [Some of the major companies] have started to turn their back on animal torture, and that’s very encouraging. And some companies—Clarins, for example—say they do not test on animals, but they won’t print this information on their products. But if there were any real concerns for public safety, then cigarettes, which kill most of their customers, would never be sold.

How would you describe the experience of writing your forthcoming memoir, and what do you hope readers will take from it?

I think autobiography is mostly self-worship, or personal mythology. In my case, self-disgust is the spur, which doesn’t mean it isn’t poetic or elevated or even funny.

What would you like to achieve, as a person and an artist, in the years to come?

I have no vision of the future. I never have. There is nothing to consider other than today. I’m saving tranquility for when I’m dead.

If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

I am still my teenage self. If you think that we all step through a door marked Adult, or that we sign a Grown-Up Document, you’re quite wrong. We remain as we always were, and that, alas, is one of life’s many nasty tricks.

Mike Pont / Getty Images

Mike Pont / Getty Images

Morrissey fans are a glutton for abuse. The singer’s tours have been famously plagued with cancellations. His latest string of canceled concerts began with Morrissey’s desire to be by his ailing mother’s side. The next set of shows went up in smoke due to a bleeding ulcer, not surprising for a man that caries the weight of the world on his shoulders.

On Saturday, Morrissey posted a detailed apology to fan site True To You explaining his thoughts behind the latest string of canceled shows saying “the patient must be patient.”

As for the remaining shows in San Diego and Los Angeles, L.A’s 20,000 seat Staples Center will go meatless on March 1. McDonalds and other vendors offering “flesh as food” will be closed day of show. Morrissey commented, “I don’t look upon it as a victory for me but a victory for the animals.” To hit home the message, a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit PETA.

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Staples Center was recently name the most vegetarian–friendly NBA venue in the U.S. by PETA.

Morrissey surprised fans by walking off the stage during his 2009Coachella set, siting that he could “smell burning flesh.” Goldenvoice, the festival’s organizer offered to go 100% vegetarian the following year if Morrissey would unite with The Smiths. He said no.

Morrissey’s remaining dates:

February 27 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
March 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

– Jay Tilles, CBS Local


The singer is ‘undergoing tests,’ with a pair of tour dates postponed

Morrissey has been hospitalized in Royal Oak, Michigan.

According to a rep for the singer, he was admitted to the William Beaumont hospital, “where he is undergoing tests for a suspected bladder infection.”

The former Smiths frontman canceled a date in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 24 and has postponed two additional shows. Several of his recent dates, including the night in Flint, had been rescheduled from last year when Morrissey interrupted his October tour to spend time with his hospitalized mother.

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–written by  for billboard.com


In stereogum’s interview with Johnny Marr, the guitar god said his new single, “Upstarts,” is a “lighthearted description of leaving school and getting screwed and not knowing enough to engage in some productive political discourse but still being wise enough to throw up your middle finger and say ‘Fuck you.’ I remember hearing this young political demonstrator refer to herself and her fellow protestors as ‘upstarts,’ which just seemed like such a lighthearted way to think of herself, especially considering that these protestors had just spent three days getting pummeled in the streets.”

Check it out.

— source: stereogum.com image from thisisnoretro.com



Johnny Marr ?” Shepherd?s Bush Empire ?” March 15th

Johnny Marr will play a show at Shepherd?s Bush Empire as part of his headline tour promoting his debut solo album, ?The Messenger?. This London show should be a tour highlight, before culminating in a show in his hometown of Manchester on March 22nd.

Needing no introduction, Marr has had an incredible career, from his time with possibly the greatest indie band of all time, The Smiths, to collaborations with numerous bands, such as Modest Mouse and The Cribs. He has earned himself a reputation as one of, if not the, greatest guitarists of all time. This is a show not to be missed!

?The Messenger?, recorded in Manchester and Berlin, and mastered at Abbey Road, has been garnering much critical acclaim. The brilliant title track which previewed the album will be joined by titles such as ?Word Starts Attack? and ?Upstarts?.

Speaking about the album, Marr stated: ?The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe,? he explains. ?When you?re away from your home city you?re more compelled to write about it, whether that?s because you?re homesick or you?ve got more objectivity, I don?t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I?ve continued to see, stories and energy in it.?

Tickets are on sale now and pre-order bundles can be found at Johnny’s website here.

March Tour Dates:

10th ?” Oxford, O2 Academy

11th ?” Norwich, Waterfront

12th ?” Cambridge, Junction

14th ?” Brighton, Concorde

15th ?” London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

16th ?” Birmingham, HMV Institute

18th ?” Sheffield, Leadmill

19th ?” Glasgow, O2 ABC

20th ?” Liverpool, O2, Academy

22nd ?” Manchester, HMV Ritz

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— written by roisin kelleher for louderthanwar.com


BAB 1: Perkenalan

Suatu pagi di sebuah kantin sekolah pada awal tahun 90an, saya memutuskan untuk tidak masuk kelas. Karena saya benci pelajaran Matematika. Ternyata saya tidak sendiri ada banyak kakak kelas yang tengah merokok dan menyeruput kopi sementara yang lain ada yang bermain gitar (saya sangat merindukan momen ini). Tak sengaja terdengar percakapan diantara mereka ”Eh, tau gak ternyata Morrissey itu dulunya punya grup lho namanya The Smiths!”. (sudah saya terjemahkan, aslinya bahasa Swahili) Saya cuma bisa menoleh. Oh. Ok. Maaf telinga saya pada saat itu sedang dijejali Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, U2 dan band  sejenisnya. Itu adalah kali pertama saya mendengarkan kata Morrissey. Maafkan saya Moz sudah mengabaikanmu.

Agak susah buat saya pada saat itu untuk mencari kaset atau CD Morrissey. Informasi itu datang dari mulut ke mulut. Internet pun belum ada (?) Begitu berharganya tape double deck pada saat itu karena saya hanya bisa merekam ulang dari mereka yang mempunyai kaset atau CD-nya.

BAB 2: Pendekatan

Album pertama yang saya dengar waktu itu adalah Viva Hate. Bajakan dari bajakan. Suaranya mendem. Padahal sudah saya simpen di kulkas seharian lho. Lagu yang nempel di telinga saya itu cuma Suedehead dan Everyday Is Like Sunday. Itu pun tidak terlalu membekas. Karena TOEFL saya belum mencapai 750. Sekarang sih udah 250.

Seiring waktu berlalu. Era internetpun dimulai. Maladjusted pun rilis. Radiopun mulai memutar lagu Alma Matters walau tidak sering. TV pun kalo tidak salah sempat menayangkan videoklipnya. Sayapun mulai intens mendengarkan lagunya. Wide To Receive, Trouble Loves Me jadi lagu favorit saya. Tapi tetep belum terlalu mengena. Sekedar suka.

BAB 3: Jatuh Cinta

Pada tahun 2004, setelah Maladjusted (1997), Moz mengeluarkan You Are The Quarry, album terbaik dan sebuah titik balik. Membuatnya jadi lebih besar dari sebelumnya. Masih ingat U2 dengan All The Things That You Cant Leave Behind-nya? Dari sini saya mulai mendalami lirik lagu Morrissey. Mulai membaca referensi mengenai dirinya melalui internet tentunya karena murah meriah. Kan saya mah Murtad Morrissey. 🙂

Semakin saya mendalami musik dan tentunya lirik Morrissey saya tambah suka dan mencintainya. Karena mendengarkan Morrissey tanpa mendalami liriknya maka musiknya hanyalah sebuah lagu yang dinyanyikan oleh penyanyi dari Inggris yang bersuara merdu. Tidak lebih dari itu. Bayangkan saja jika anda mendengarkan Bob Dylan tanpa mendalami liriknya. Ya seperti itu. Feelnya gak dapet cenah.

Jeniusnya Moz itu adalah dia bisa menyisipkan kritik sosial di dalam lagunya yang sendu, gelap, termarjinalkan (naon ieu teh?). Dia sudah melakukannya dari jaman The Smiths. Coba dengarkan Panic, Big Mouth Strikes Again atau Queen is Dead.

Selain itu yang membuat saya jatuh cinta dengan Moz adalah sikapnya yang anti dengan Monarki dan pemerintahan Inggris. Juga sebagai aktivis penyayang binatang dan pernyataan-pernyataan kontroversinya khas rockstar Inggris.  Sebut saja perseteruannya dengan Robert Smith, Elton John, Madonna, George Michael dan banyak lagi. Moz menyukai kontroversi, sedikit drama, tapi itu yang membuatnya jadi lebih besar. Dia selalu memilih ‘lawan’ yang tepat.

Oh satu lagi, Moz menyatakan dirinya selibat (entah mulainya dari kapan, tidak pernah ada pernyataan resmi). Moz juga menyatakan dirinya sebagai gender yang keempat yang artinya asexual (juga tidak pernah ada pernyataan resmi)

BAB 4: Ijab Kabul

10 May 2012. Hari yang ditunggu. Tidak perlu penjelasan lebih lanjut.

BAB 5: Bulan Madu

Sesuatu hal yang bagus dari seorang Morrissey (atau The Smiths) adalah semakin anda mendengarkannya anda tidak akan pernah bosan mendengarkannya. Anda akan selalu mempunyai lagu favorit baru. Itu yang saya alami.  Entah kenapa. Itu tidak terjadi dengan musisi lain yang saya dengarkan. Namun sampai sekarang saya tidak mempunyai kaset, cd, vinyl, kaos, buku, atau tato mengenai Morrissey/The Smiths di tubuh saya. Aneh? Mungkin. Ya itulah saya, seorang Murtad Morrissey 🙂 Terima kasih sudah membaca essay ini.

Oya! Selamat ulang tahun yang ke 53 Steven Patrick Morrissey! I know that life is full of chrashing bores, so sing your life, your love life, but you once said that one day goodbye will be farewell so whatever happens i love you cause that’s how people grow up. But that’s ok, cause you’re the last of the famous international playboy. See you! 🙂


foto yang ditampilkan punya @popalogic, @ivanhadi, @gigiiii_, @mawarnawarni. kata murtad morrissey saya kutip dari brocuk @rudolfdethu, pembenci tahu gejrot dan kafir morrissey kondang 🙂


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