“He has no reason to complain” - Simpsons writer Tim Long talks Morrissey to the Toronto Star

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Another source of inspiration he’s found himself returning to: English rocker Morrissey, lead singer of ‘80s group the Smiths.

Long incorporated the Smiths’ music and band into “The Exchange” and wrote a recent episode of “The Simpsons” including a character “not entirely” based on Morrissey.

Long called it “a loving homage to Morrissey, for the most part, at least for the first couple of acts.”

But Morrissey took issue with the episode, which aired in April, with his manager issuing a statement calling it “hurtful” and ”hypocritical.“

“Morrissey maybe wasn’t thrilled about the character, and then the movie that I wrote also features not just music from the Smiths but also a scene involving the Smiths, and he’s going to think, ‘What is this guy’s problem?’” Long said with a laugh.

“But if I ever...

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Fiona Dodwell: "Your Arsenal: Revisiting Morrissey’s Iconic Album" (July 27, 2021)

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Your Arsenal: Revisiting Morrissey’s Iconic Album

Revisiting Morrissey’s Your Arsenal As It Turns 29
When Morrissey parted ways with fellow band members of The Smiths in 1987, few could’ve predicted in which direction his music career would go. Would the solo Morrissey “sound” be vastly different from the iconic band? Few doubted that Morrissey’s unique blend of onstage charisma, vocal style and witty, raw lyrics were integral to the overall appeal of The Smiths — yet there was still the question of how he was going to carve out his own place, as he stood facing his future as a solo artist.


Mporium (UK): "All New Harrington Jackets Now In Stock" (July 27, 2021)

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Please Note this is a Pre Order Item - Ships From 6th September 2021

£70 - 72.50.
Via marketing email.
Not showing on US Mporium yet.

Spotify: Laurence Stevens, Record Sleeve Artist - Art Of The Sleeve Podcast (July 22, 2021)

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Spotify source only - which says you need the app, but not if you embed it so enjoy.

"Designer Laurence Stevens talks about his career, his passion for sleeve art, working with Morrissey, Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, and Shakespears Sister"

Was an interesting listen.

Morrissey Central "‘BONA DRAG’ Third Edition, #39" (July 26, 2021)

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‘BONA DRAG’ Third Edition, #39

Morrissey's 1990 compilation album "Bona Drag" is number 39 today on the Official UK Album
Chart. This edition is available on limited teal coloured vinyl, and some stocks remain in UK HMV

"Bona Drag" reached #9 in 1990, and #62 in 2010.

I believe I counted 18 albums from the event that were made in greater quantities than 750 (2k in some cases), which will have some bearing on things.
No mention of Rough Trade or Amazon this time.
I can't actually see the album on the official chart site yet - anyone?

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HMV: Bona Drag LTD Edition vinyl released today (July 24, 2021)

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Today sees Morrissey’s Bona Drag re-released amongst 36 other artist's limited edition albums to commemorate HMV's Centenary.
For all intents and purposes, this is the 2010 Major Minor expanded 20th anniversary edition of the record (not forgetting it was re-pressed again in 2016 too), except in coloured vinyl and has a HMV obi strip with the 100 years information.
Along the edge of the strip 'teal vinyl' is mentioned.
There is no matrix message on either record.
The sleeve contains the Zodiac car picture foldout poster:

HMV's appear to have used the same reservation in the queue system as last year and it was: fill in a form/collect when open.
The free coffee was a nice touch.

According to HMV's Twitter & website, from 4pm: any left to sell will be available via their online store (which was done for Vauxhall & I too):

Saturday July 24 marks the company's centenary vinyl 'Exclusives Day', an...

Morrissey Central "THE BOYS IN THE BAND" (July 19, 2021)

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The Morrissey Band line-up for the 5 upcoming Vegas concerts is

Jesse Tobias, guitar

Alain Whyte, guitar

Solomon Walker, bass

Gustavo Manzur, keyboards

Brendan Buckley, the drums

Morrissey photographed in Las Vegas, 2004, by Linder Sterling.


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