posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
Kewpie sends the link (via Morrissey reddit), originally posted by ThinkOfMeKindlyLV on and in the forums (original post):

Morrisey: Don’t ‘I do’ it, Russ - The Sun

WHEN it comes to booking a wedding singer MORRISSEY is not the most chipper choice to put a smile on the face of the congregation.

But RUSSELL BRAND and KATY PERRY have asked the miserable Manc to do the honours - even though he's told them not to tie the knot.

Katy said: "I met Morrissey for the first time the other day and we had tea together.

"He's Russell's mate and he is fascinating but he was giving us a hard time about getting married.

"He swooned and sighed, 'Oh, left hand third finger, don't do it.' It was just so eloquent and poetic and like one of his songs."

I suppose that classic lyric-writing comes in handy when you need to say something out of order.

But Mozza - who Russ named his beloved cat after - has still been invited to this autumn's nuptials in India.

Katy added: "It would be great to have him at the wedding but I told him, 'We can't have a Mr Misery like you messing things up.'

"It's going to be a small ceremony, so I don't think we'll have a proper band. I'd love to have Morrissey."

Meanwhile, Russ has been out in New York in his undercrackers again- filming more scenes for his next movie, the remake of Arthur.

And Katy has been trying to wean Russ off his beloved Brit rock. She told Q magazine: "Russell's all about THE STONE ROSES, OASIS and Morrissey.

"But I'm experimenting on him. Singing new stuff, like ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, MGMT and the YEAH YEAH YEAHS.

"He says they look like they're in the same band. He has a point. But I've also introduced him to great new English singers, like ELLIE GOULDING.

"I'm giving my man the very best."
posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
Kewpie sends the link (via Morrissey reddit), originally posted by zepfan1 in the forums (original post):

Johnny Marr: 'Inspiring people to go vegetarian is one of my proudest moments' -

Guitarist reveals how people still tell him that The Smiths' 'Meat Is Murder' converted them
posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
Kewpie sends the link to the post in the forums by Dead End Kid (via Morrissey reddit):

The Felt Tips - Dear Morrissey

If you haven't already done so you might want to check out the new song by The Felt Tips, Dear Morrissey:
posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
Kewpie sends the link (via Morrissey reddit), originally posted by MILVA in the forums (original post):

The 80s: the best of times, the worst of times - The Guardian

Top Gun, the Smiths, The A-Team … popular culture reached its height in the 1980s – didn't it? Toby Litt on a decade he hated at the time, but is reluctantly starting to admire


...One way I have of understanding my total devotion to the Smiths between 1984 and 1989 is as a minor form of cultural dissidence. The Smiths are rarely seen as a political band – not when compared to the Redskins or even the Jam. Their ideological stance is too easy to parody as an extended bedroom sulk. But Morrissey was one of the few public figures to say anything as overt as "the sorrow of the Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed". To go along with being a Smiths fan involved a great deal of anti-consumerism. Meat was murder. Clothes came from charity shops, or your mum's bottom drawer. Music was supplied by genuinely independent labels – and the latest 12-inch remix from Level 42 was a work of the corporate devil. In other words, we were boycotting most of the world.

And this is where it gets complicated, because, looking back, I seem to find myself looking at myself over a wall. From 2010, where everything goes and nothing matters, Britain in the 1980s very much looks like a communist domain where nothing went and everything mattered.

Among the things, pop-culturally, that mattered most of all was Top of the Pops. If a film is bad, these days we say, "I want those two hours back." But if there was a really bad record in the higher reaches of the charts in the 80s, that meant you could anticipate a wasted four minutes of your life, waiting for it to finish and the next bad record to come on. But you couldn't not watch TOTP altogether, because there was just that chance that something life-changing (like the Smiths) might come along.
posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
skellngtn writes:
The infamous "Morrissey Hit By Thrown Beer Bottle Incident in Liverpool" cited on CNN during a piece on the Kings of Leon Pigeon Fiasco (reference is in the video).
posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
An anonymous person sends the link:

Download (500) Days of Weezy, a Lil Wayne Mash-Up Album - Vulture

Says creator My Sick Uncle of his strangely enjoyable mix: "Apologies to Morrissey and Simon & Garfunkel for fucking with your songs."

[(500) Days of Weezy]
posted by davidt on Friday July 30 2010, @11:00AM
Quinn writes:
The Baltimore Independent Music & Arts Festival is hosting a special Smiths/Morrissey event at The Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St) Friday, August 27th. The evening will kick off with a screening of the documentary Passions Just Like Mine with an introduction by director Keri Koch. Then it's on to four great bands. Two Baltimore based indie bands; The Courtesy Line & Cutlery as well as a rockabilly homage to The Smiths/Morrissey and related acts (Polecats, Echobelly. etc...) from Norfolk, VA - Speedway Operators and finally, headlining the evening, Maryland's own remarkable tip to the Smiths, Spineless Swine. This will be an awesome evening of entertainment and this 400+ capacity venue is expected to sell out.
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