posted by davidt on Tuesday July 13 2010, @09:00AM
Kewpie sends the link to the post in the forums by Bill Zero (via Morrissey reddit):

Bona Drag reissue 27th Sep, remastered & extra tracks

with news of the reissue on the Radcliffe Maconie radio show. Details were posted shortly after on

Bona Drag: 20th Anniversary vinyl and CD editions release information -


To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, on 27th September, EMI will release through the resurrected 1960s Major Minor label, with Morrissey's full cooperation, a remastered Special Edition of Bona Drag.

Originally released to much acclaim in October 1990, Bona Drag perfectly captures Morrissey's effortless transition in becoming a solo artist. It brings together his exceptional first seven singles, four of which went Top 10: his triumphant Top 5 debut, "Suedehead"; the anthemic, apocalyptic lament to wet seaside towns, "Everyday Is Like Sunday"; "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys"; and "Interesting Drug". The Top 20s "Ouija Board, Ouija Board", "November Spawned A Monster", and "Piccadilly Palare" and a selection of high quality b-sides from the singles complete the album.

The compilation has now been remastered and overseen by Morrissey, and is updated with the addition of six previously unreleased and much coveted songs from the era:

- "Happy Lovers At Last United"
(Outtake from "Sunday" sessions)
- "Lifeguard On Duty"
(Outtake from Viva Hate sessions)
- "Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness" (demo)
(Outtake from Viva Hate, previously covered by Sandie Shaw)
- "Oh Phoney"
(Outtake from Bona Drag sessions)
- "The Bed Took Fire" (early version of "At Amber")
- "Let The Right One Slip In" (alternate long mix)

Directing the artwork for the reissue, Morrissey has chosen to return the cover art - taken from the "November" video - back to its natural colour, so his shirt is black. In addition, he has also decided to update the back and inner artwork with a selection of favourite, hand-picked and rarely-seen photos.

The LP version will be a double heavyweight 180g vinyl, housed in a wide-spine sleeve with a pull-out poster. The CD will be housed in a gatefold, card sleeve with an eight-page booklet, which will contain the aforementioned photos.
There will be more Morrissey news to come in the next month...
posted by davidt on Tuesday July 13 2010, @09:00AM
DeadLinDy writes:
oh man... say whatever you like but i pretty much can die happy now!

"A Rush and A Push and The Land is Ours"

Coheed And Cambria covers The Smiths - A.V. Club
posted by davidt on Tuesday July 13 2010, @09:00AM
Punky writes:
Why pamper life's complexities?
Essays on The Smiths
Edited by Sean Campbell, Colin Coulter

For five short years in the 1980s, a four-piece Manchester band released a collection of records that had undeniably profound effects on the landscape of popular music and beyond. Today, public and critical appreciation of The Smiths is at its height, yet the most important British band after The Beatles have rarely been subject to sustained academic scrutiny. Why pamper life’s complexities?: Essays on The Smiths seeks to remedy this by bringing together diverse research disciplines to place the band in a series of enlightening social, cultural and political contexts as never before.

Topics covered by the essays range from class, sexuality, Catholicism, Thatcherism, regional and national identities, to cinema, musical poetics, suicide and fandom. Lyrics, interviews, the city of Manchester, cultural iconography and the cult of Morrissey are all considered anew. The essays breach the standard confines of music history, rock biography and pop culture studies to give a sustained critical analysis of the band that is timely and illuminating.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of sociology, literature, geography, cultural and media studies. It is also intended for a wider audience of those interested in the enduring appeal of one of the most complex and controversial bands. Accessible and original, these essays will help to contextualise the lasting cultural legacy of The Smiths.

1. Why Pamper Life’s Complexities? An Introduction to the Book. Sean Campbell & Colin Coulter
2. Has The World Changed Or Have I Changed? The Smiths and the Challenge of Thatcherism. Joe Brooker
3. ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’: Ambivalence, Unease and The Smiths. Sean Campbell
4. Heaven Knows We’ll Soon Be Dust: Catholicism and Devotion in The Smiths. Eoin Devereux
5. Sing Me to Sleep: Suicide, Philosophy, and The Smiths. Kieran Cashell
6. ‘A Boy in the Bush’: Childhood, Sexuality and The Smiths. Sheila Whiteley
7. ‘This Way and That Way’: Towards A Musical Poetics of The Smiths. Jonathan Hiam
8. I Don’t Owe You Anything: The Smiths and Kitchen-Sink Cinema. Cecilia Mello
9. ‘A Double Bed and a Stalwart Lover For Sure’: The Smiths, the Death of Pop and the Not So Hidden Injuries of Class. Colin Coulter
10. Last Night We Dreamt That Somebody Loved Us: Smiths Fans (and Me) in the Late 1980s. Karl Maton
11. ‘When we’re in your scholarly room’: the Media, Academia, and The Smiths. Fergus Campbell
12. ‘So Much To Answer For’: What Do The Smiths Mean to Manchester? Julian Stringer
13. ‘Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty’: Englishness, Pop and The Smiths. Kari Kallioniemi
14. Guantánamo, Here We Come: Out Of Place With The Smiths. Nabeel Zuberi

Sean Campbell is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Colin Coulter is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

234x156mm 256pp
hb 9780719078408 01 September 2010 £60.00
pb 9780719078415 01 September 2010 £15.99
posted by davidt on Tuesday July 13 2010, @09:00AM
someraincoatedlovers writes:
the related bit:
Nardwuar:Here is a letter from June 18, 1976 from the New Musical Express, and it says, "I'd love to see the Pistols make it. Maybe they'll be able to afford some clothes which don't look like they've been slept in."

John Lydon:[Laughs] How sweet. The point being, yes, many of my clothes on tour I do sleep in because you can't be lugging huge suitcases of stuff around with you. It slows you down. When you have to leave very early in the morning from one hotel to the other and travel great distances, the last thing you want to be doing is remembering where all your different accruements are.
And so you know, it's nice, but unless you're volunteering to carry my suitcases around for me, I'm going to look like I've slept in my clothes and that's it, period, the end.

Nardwuar: And do you know who wrote that letter? Steven Morrissey. He was the one that wrote that letter, Steven Morrissey.

John Lydon:Who?


John Lydon:Oh, him with the flowers?

Nardwuar:Yes, he wrote on June 18, 1976.

John Lydon:How sweet. He'd do anything to get famous [laughs]. Send that man a dandelion. [laughs].

Nardwuar:Did you ever see him around L.A. at all?
He came to a Pistols gig I did here, at the Greek Theatre.

Nardwuar:He didn't mention the letter that he wrote, then, from 1976?

John Lydon:No, that would be utterly ridiculous. It's very, very difficult to meet people backstage because you're full of angst and care about your own gig and you can't be getting involved in distracting conversations. I've never found it easy to socialize at my own venues. I'd much rather leave, you know, as soon as I come off the stage because it's too hard. You're not in any fit frame of mind to debate anything at any serious level because you're exhausted.

full transcript of interview here:
Nardwuar Vs. John Lydon - Chart Attack
from April of this year, comes courtesy of the zany and restless Nardwuar (The Human Serviette) who painstakingly deluges Lydon with a laundry list of trivial inquiries and anecdotes. Does our man lose his cool? Have a listen and find out for yourself.

Nardwuar interview (2010): download - Wilfully Obscure blog (original post)
posted by davidt on Tuesday July 13 2010, @09:00AM
mozsmonster writes:
Yes, by special request, Alex Broun's HALF A PERSON: MY LIFE AS TOLD BY THE SMITHS returns to the Loft Theatre at Chapel Off Chapel for 10 performances only from 04-15 August.

12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, Victoria 3181
Bookings +61 3 8290 7000

Wednesday-Saturday @ 8.00pm & Sunday @ 6.30pm
Tickets: $28.00 [Full] & $24.00 [Concession]
posted by davidt on Tuesday July 13 2010, @09:00AM
Kewpie sends the link (via Morrissey reddit), originally posted by matto in the forums (original post):

Twilight's sulky vampires are less frightening than a knitted cushion - by Charlie Brooker, The Guardian


...Contemporary vampires come in two flavours, if you'll forgive the expression. Sexless wimps (Twilight) or smouldering hedonists (True Blood). Morrissey or Michael Hutchence. Both troubled. Both dreamy-eyed frontmen with nice hair. Forgive my pants for remaining unshitten.
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