Posted in music on August 20, 2014

Morrissey in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

Surely it will surprise no one -- at least those even somewhat following along -- that Morrissey has more to say on his beef with Harvest Records and their lack of promotion of his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business. (For those who aren't and don't want to follow along, time to check out.) A lot more. He just posted a lengthy missive, titled "PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND ME," to TrueToYou.net explaining where he thinks the label failed him...as well as his claims that he never official signed to the label. Here we go:

In response to 77 million questions I can only say this much on the subject of the Harvest drama. It is quite true that Harvest initially appeared like a saintly beacon of light, and they instantly packed us off to France where we recorded World peace is none of your business. The universe was back in balance, and we all considered this to be the very best Morrissey recording ever, and even the boo-hoo-suck-it-off elements of the press appeared to want to agree. At last I am born.

It all seemed too good to be true. It was. I believed that the rich soil of the album had several strong hit singles. Frayed tempers began when Harvest arranged the 'spoken word' films, none of which gave any clue as to what World peace is none of your business intended to be, or is. The films were OK, but they went nowhere and stayed there.

With every nerve alert, we pushed the label for a proper video for Istanbul to precede the album, not least of all because a single ahead of the album release might inch the album to a higher chart position. The label backed off, even though Istanbul received 55 radio plays in just seven days on a major US station. Instead, the label requested a fifth spoken-word film, which naturally had me fumbling around for an axe: no independent thought required. The UK label, meanwhile, created a quite fantastic television advertisement to transmit during the week ahead of the album release. I could taste excitement once again. The TV ad never appeared and my hackles bristled as my bristles heckled. The label responded with frosty aloofness, and I suddenly realized that we were not, after all, of the same species. I ploughed into them insisting upon "proper band videos, where the band play and I sing" - an evidently confusing concept that required seven weeks of explanation, detailed graphs and several drawn up maps.

The rest of Morrissey's latest missive, along with an unofficial fan-made video for the album's title track, below...

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The label suggested I come to Los Angeles and read passages from Autobiography in front of selected audiences. As frightening as that idea was, I hung on, desperate to believe that Harvest were not as cheap as they now looked. I hope to finish this statement whilst I'm still clean-shaven, so I will jump to the final curtain: during the weeks of the album release, the label were minus one single structural idea, and it appeared evident that each member of the team was acting in separate rooms without doors or windows. Mutual mistrust exploded between Harvest and I, and with fashionable pessimism, the label boss yawned and ordered the surface smartness of dropping World peace is none of your business three weeks after its release. There, now! This would not have happened to the Teletubbies.

Sorrily botched the project may now be, but it's worth it to get Morrissey out of our Inbox. Yes, I can be intensely persistent, and I certainly have an over-active fantasy-life, but the Harvest experience tells us that despite the blinding flash of teeth and smiles, it doesn't take much for the coin to flip and suddenly we're all compromised and shattered. All you need to do is disagree with the vanity of the label boss and your beheading will be slotted in between bottles of the most average champagne on the market. Just one weak-chinned drone can assert the fist of injustice and all of our efforts are flushed away. And thus ... they were.

I might be wrong, but I think World peace is none of your business will instantly disappear from iTunes and record stores and every download-upload-offload outlet on the planet, because Harvest technically have no right to sell it.

Most of the Harvest team are very nice, and I sincerely thank them for trying and caring so much - even if their promotional duties were fully undertaken by the Morrissey audience themselves, whose You Tube videos for World peace is none of your business fully provide the art that the label could not muster. The listeners instantly understood how entertainment could also be art.
Staggeringly, I still believe that there's a label out there with my name on it, and one that will issue World peace is none of your business, and afford it the respect it deserves.

Thanks for reading this (rashly assuming that you have), and thanks once again to the Harvesters who tried.

We are boot-camp ready for Lisbon in October, so with the will of many gods, hopefully at least 38 of you will turn up.

MORRISSEY
20 August 2014

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Tags: beef, Morrissey

Comments (23)

God, he's such a fuckin' asshole.

Posted by Tom | August 20, 2014 8:30 PM

Guess you've never met the label head of whom he speaks; might redirect who you're calling the asshole

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 8:57 PM

Nothing is more appealing than a popular musician taking advantage of their soapbox to shit on everyone around them who performs jobs said musician can't entirely comprehend. He got signed because the label wanted to make money, and he signed with them in order to make money. For whatever reasons, they implemented a marketing plan, but the goal didn't waver from wanting to make money. Obviously, whatever he wanted them to do (a) cost too much and/or (b) didn't make sense. No label would want to torpedo their release. I'm curious to hear what the "major US radio station" was, because I bet it's a station whose airplay actually doesn't result in any substantial sales.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 9:51 PM

Dear Morrissey

Write music, play it live. Then, go home and stay private.

Stay off the internet. Use your music as your soapbox.

Be a performer, not a windbag that relentlessly turns off and embarrasses your fans.

Thanks,
Harvest Records, GmBH

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 10:48 PM

Dear Morrissey ,

A 55 year-old man cannot have a "hit" song in the year 2014.

Get Real.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 10:57 PM

He summed up what he's all about and all he's ever been about with this:

"With every nerve alert, we pushed the label for a proper video for Istanbul to precede the album, not least of all because a single ahead of the album release might inch the album to a higher chart position."

He cares more about chart position than art.

Morrisey should get his own house in order because he's cancelrock. I read more about him cancelling shows than playing them. If it's because of his health, then perhaps he needs to either quit his vegan diet or hire a new nutrition if he doesn't have one already and get a better vegan diet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:27 PM

One step closer to that Smiths reunion

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:46 PM

I bet that Gira is a big time Morrissey fan

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:48 PM

All those back and fourths between Moz & his label are being reported here into total boredom, but not even one word on the big ATP scandal in England. You're such a crappy editor-in-chief.

Posted by ME | August 21, 2014 12:04 AM

Unbelievably, this wanker is even more wankier

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 1:09 AM

morrissey ....is...the...best....ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 8:29 AM

Why anyone in his position would agree to sign with a label in 2014 is mind boggling. It's apparent this many years in the game, he's too ignorant to figure out that he only needs these basic things: Booking agent / manager / promotions team / youtube / PR agency / a fucking website admin. That is it! A label in 2014 represents nothing then a staff of desperate losers who want to grease money off of artists. Morrissey should just start Morrissey Records Inc. and just sign himself, since labels represent an archaic facet of the music industry that in 2-3 years time will be gone completely. Any band or artist who signs to a label is probably too ignorant to know how the music industry works now. IE there is no industry, it's 100% tied to web promotion and word of mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 9:23 AM

Death Grips canceling: Cool man

Morrissey canceling: Douchebag fag

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 10:18 AM

All he wanted was a fucking music video.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 11:22 AM

I was waiting for him to call them "pussies of the lowest order."

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 11:45 AM

no one thought Death Grips cancelling was cool.

please for the love of God, BV, please stop posting Morrissey feud updates, what a waste of time

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 1:38 PM

get over it losers.

you're less than half the man morrissey is.

keep it coming BV.

never too much morrissey.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 2:08 PM

i would like to have a gerbil tunnel thru morrissey's rectum like hummus tunneled thru gaza to get to isreal

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 2:27 PM

"In response to 77 million questions": from 7 people

Moz used to complain just as violently about record companies who WANTED him to make videos, now that's his excuse about why people didn't buy his new album

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 2:57 PM

At the record company meeting
On their hands - a disgruntled fading star
And ooh, the plans that they weave
And ooh, the sickening greed
No videos for you, only spoken word
But that's not what I want, haven't you heard

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:20 PM

I'm a longtime Moz fan but he has not put out a decent album since the 90s. And his live shows, when he actually does show up are short, he doesn't play nearly enough crowd-pleasers and most of the time he just seems to be going through the motions. And he used to be funny and irreverent but now he just sounds sad and old.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 9:13 PM

Newark.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 10:15 PM

what happened to ATP in England?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 11:11 PM

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