Morrissey Announces Live Return, Disses Label, Laments Lack Of TV Promo In Latest Statement

As always, Morrissey’s latest post on his fan site True To You is mostly incoherent rambling. The main through-line seems to be his unhappiness with his latest album not getting the promotional push he thinks it deserves. He begins by thanking three Youtubers for uploading music videos of his new song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” something he says “ought to have been harvested by the record label.” (Ha, get it? Because the album is out on Harvest Records…) After two paragraphs of ranting where he somehow tries to connect meat consumption with the missing Malaysian airlines flight, he comes back around to the music and reminds us that this is not 1955, in case we were confused, and that the “number 1 position on the pop charts is ’bought.’” He then concludes by saying that he still hasn’t received any invitations to do television appearances for the new album and reminds you that his next concert is in October, as long as it doesn’t get cancelled. Read his whole statement below.

I am indebted to three sources that have placed their own well-crafted videos on You Tube for the song World peace is none of your business. The three individual sources are named as Sharon Jheeta, Héctor González and wpeace123456. These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist. Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself. God bless social media!

Liberty, equality and fraternity are the essence of the song; no monarchic rule, no political hierarchies, no bought-and-paid-for government thugs, security forces no longer beyond prosecution, and an end to megalomania, repression and corruption. Meat consumption is climate change, and if ever there were a self-evident lost cause it is the British so-called “royal family”. Societies have never been so nervous; Pan Am Flight 103 differs not a jot from Malaysian Flight 17. The United Nations failure to imprison Tony Blair and George W. Bush for war crimes against Iraq has told us all that there can never be enough bloodshed, and the world is suffering its worst nervous breakdown. Do not feel powerless!

Many apparently powerless causes have succeeded in shifting political stupidity and greed. You are intellectual sanity. It is possible for nonviolent change; there are more people than there are aging despots; there are more people than there are world leaders. In truth, the world is leaderless. Please stop watching Fox News; anti-monarchial Britain has given up on the BBC — we know that every slot is paid for. We know that the number 1 position on the pop charts is “bought”; this is not 1955.

Thank you to all of my friends in Israel, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Italy who bought World peace is none of your business. It is 30 years on since The Smiths album entered the UK chart at number 2 with zero airplay and zero promotion, and the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult. Yet, I am writing this to you now, and you are reading it.

In answer to many people who have asked, I should like to finally make it clear that I have not received any television invitations – worldwide! – to either discussWorld peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.

Thank you for reading this. We have our first World peace is none of your businessconcert booked in Lisbon (Portugal) on October 6th.

All we have is each other.
for the animals, for intellectual sanity …


5 August 2014.

And if you’ve ever had a Morrissey show cancelled, someone on Reddit has made a shirt just for you:

Morrissey Tour Cancellation

Comments (12)
  1. Never change, Morrissey. Never change.

  2. Morrissey Announces Live Return, Disses Label, Laments Lack Of TV Promo In Latest Statement, Nukes Syria, Gets cat fixed, Claims Uranus is “spying on him”, Drinks graphite, Cures Ebola, Duets with Paris Hilton, Gets a facial (honey rosemary)

    So overall……..a slow day for Moz

  3. So “Girl Least Likely To” was a self-fulfilling prophecy for Mozzer himself, I guess. Oh, deep in my heart, how I wish I was wrong, but deep in my heart, I know I am not. From twenty-nine to fifty-five…

    The final nail in the coffin for me seems to the World Peace album. I haven’t cringed that much over this gent’s songs since I first heard “Sorrow Will Come in the End” or “King Leer”.

    “So one more song with no technique
    One more song which seems all wrong…”

    Tell me about it pal. It’s hard out here for a Moz fan.

  4. 1955 is a weird year to use in that example, considering everyone knows the charts definitely WERE bought in those days.

    • Seriously, though — Moz really seems to be losing it, doesn’t he? Up until very recently I really enjoyed his persona, but his recent stunts really have an air of unhealthy detachment from reality. It’s like he created an outsized caricature of himself which has now eclipsed the actual person.

      • EXACTLY. I think that’s true of many icon types. It must be really hard to BE Moz all the time. Not to get back on a sore subject you and I both have a recent Stereogum association with…….metal. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to live that persona 24-7. What do you do when you want to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese and your extreme black metal guy? What a burden that must be. Moz has built this persona up over decades and I completely agree with you. It seems to have taken over and he’s now walking around as a caricature of himself. Which is why he is the only person on Earth qualified to go out as a co-headliner for The Flaming Lips. Cuz…well….same thing.

        • I’m not so sure it was ever a pose or persona, but then I have just sipped the Kool-Aid. This is probably just same old Morrissey getting senile. And it’s sad too, because I stupidly idolized him in my late teens/early twenties when I was coming to terms with my sexuality. Then again, maybe he’s dropped all that for PETA and proselytizing because who wants to hear songs about playful sexuality from a man pushing 60? The world has 1 Tom Jones too many for that as it is (though I adored “Dear God Please Help Me”). Sigh. Saint Morrissey Is Dead, Long Live Saint Morrissey!

        • I’m friends with a LOT of metal dudes. Almost none of them “live it” in that sense.

          The attitude of the extreme metal dude is very similar to that of an extreme sports dude: how hard can you go? can you top the next guy? can you do it faster, or harder? can you push past the boundary of what the normal person can handle?

          Very rarely is it about actually being a dark, miserable, death-obsessed weirdo.

          I think it’s actually the New Romantics, goths, and other “sensitive” types who have a tendency to take themselves waaaaaay too seriously (see: Morrissey).

  5. oh shut the fuck up morrissey

  6. Moz is right about Fox News.

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