Posted in music on August 10, 2014

Woe is he: Moz in Dallas (more by Tim Griffin)

Morrissey sure has had an up-and-down year. He started 2014 off with a best-selling Autobiography under his belt, a new label (Capital-owned Harvest) and a new album on the way (World Peace is None of Your Business). Then came a wobbly start to his tour, the cancellation of that tour, fingerpointing, lawsuits and allegations, and now... he's been dropped by Harvest less than a month after the release of his new album which debuted at #2 in the UK and #14 in the US. Word comes, as usual, via Moz mouthpiece True to You:

Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett.

Morrissey is once again in search of a record label.

This comes just five days after a long, angry missive that Morrissey posted to True To You where he complained about Harvest being unwilling to make a video for the album's title track and the record industry in general:
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 discuss World peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.

Anyone who's read Autobiography knows that, according to Morrissey, all chart failures are a result of record label mismanagement and not his fault, ever. Maybe its time to take Amanda Palmer up on her offer.



Comments (20)

"Morrissey sure has an up-and-down year."

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2014 6:21 PM

and he lost the Pulp karaoke contest

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2014 7:24 PM

How much of a pain in the ass do you have to be to be dropped two weeks after your record debuts at #2?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2014 7:43 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2014 7:44 PM

Ruh Roh... barreling towards the the Fat Elvis stage?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2014 9:59 PM

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2014 11:57 PM

You are most welcome, Dear Moz!

- From your many friends in Israel

Posted by ME | August 11, 2014 2:15 AM

Oh boo fucking hoo your album debuted at #2.

As they say in the UK - PISS OFF.

#1 is bought hmmmm...and #2 isn't?

He basically said he wanted his former label to buy #1 for him, or he came pretty close to it or why did he make it a point that #1 is bought and grouse about being #2?

Hey "Moz" you have not been invited onto Fallon, Kimmel etc. because you cancel shows at an alarmingly high rate and these tv shows can't and won't reschedule you let alone don't have a backup band if you pull a now typical or at least utterly possible no-show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 6:46 AM

Morrissey and Amanda Palmer together would usher the end of music. Gross.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:01 AM

TV shows also don't want to cater to his demands they not serve meat

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:09 AM

We've seen this happen in other people's lives, but now it's happening to Moz

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:41 AM

Huh 9:09pm? If Morrissey booked an appearance on Jimmy Fallon and wanted vegan food, Fallon would not only provide that food but Morrissey would have his pick of places to get the vegan food from as per the performance contract given he's in the epicenter of American vegan food (NYC.)

Seriously, why would Fallon, Kimmel etc. book Morrissey and risk a possible non-performance? I mean I guess they could book him but they'd need a backup artist in case he couldn't play. He's not worth the extra work.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:45 AM

an old fudgepacker-his glory days were over long ago

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:46 AM

7:43 PM: excellent comment. Johnny Marr went through 4 managers then ended up managing the band himself when the Smiths were in their final leg of touring/etc all because Morrissey is a pretentious, arrogant self-important dimwit. If he were smart he'd realize 1. he doesn't need a label 2. he doesn't need "a manager" either. It's 2014. Record Labels are 100% fucking useless.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:27 PM

1045, i said also, he demands the entire building not serve meat when he's there, Brian Williams isn't having that down at the rock

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:28 PM

High principles and _leather_shoes_ get you nowhere

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:46 PM

2:28pm the whole building? Hahahaha then it's definitely not happening.

He's such an arrogant idiot and I bet he stays at least one hotel that serves meat when he's on tour i.e. when he's not cancelling shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 3:49 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:11 PM

"It was a tale of two Stephens: Morrissey was interviewed and performed on The Colbert Report last night. As per Moz's request, the building was meat-free for the day of his visit."

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:48 PM

Kudos to Steve Barnett.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2014 9:20 PM

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