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.
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