Heaven knows, Gran.I guess we all get more peevish as we get older but given that Morrissey was a miserable git to start with he is now world class. His current interviews seem to be an endless catalogue of "God, how I hate him/her/it." Perhaps he, Prince Charles and Anatole Kaletsky could start their own blog.
I'm miserable now, Barbara. That would be a blog beyond blogs. The alternative title for that was the First Of The Gang To Die, but frankly, Mr Shankly, I think he lost it with The Boy With The Thorn In His Side which was either unwitting self-parody or a huge pisstake. Anyway, here's what you could have won....
I think there was an element of knowing self parody early on but it rapidly turned to unmitigated self pity, rather like people who begin to believe their own PR.In one of his latest outpourings M has said he would rather bite off his own testicles than get back with the Smiths. Great concept- lock aging rockers in a house in east London with their former bandmates. They only get out if they record enough material for a come back album or bite off a body part. I'm thinking of pitching it to Endemol. David Gilmour would be top pick for the pilot.
That is a truly great concept....
Morrissey is a lyrically talented counter-cultural phenomenon who consequently has attracted poisonous, whiney criticism from the UK's thick, fascist liberal-left establishment(including the music press). So what if he is starting to look like Jim Bowen, who, incidentally, has also taken a bashing from the shrill, nasty Guardianistas of modern proscriptive liberalism?I'll tell you one thing. Mozza has done more to define and elevate British culture than that any of the rebranding bullshit spouted Gordon Brown.Mozza is one of the few British artists who sings in a British idiom. (Paul Weller, Billy Bragg, The Proclaimers and Madness are among the few others.)All the rest of the mainstream singers, including Jagger, Elton John, Phil Collins and George Michael sing under the delusion that they are Americans. So do those tossers Sons of Dork. So does Richard Bloody Ashcroft, who is a disgrace to his home town of Wigan. WHY the fake American tones? Are these musicians really so ashamed of their own country? Or are they no better than the average wanker in a pub karaoke? Some of us relish the truth. Some of us are, as Morrissey wisely pointed out, "the last truly British people you will ever know".
What you say is certainly true to a point in that rock music is an essentially American idiom, which is why it was rightly banned by the Soviet bloc. It is also cultural imperialism in that it was black music stolen by whites. How it ever got to Kent and the Rolling Stones is a mystery and why a middle class white boy like Jagger (wasn't he on Blue Peter in his youth?) would labour under the illusion that he was a) American and b) good at being black is also something I would love to be explained. Richard Ashcroft's only good song was, as a court decided, nicked from the Rolling Stones anyway. The bands you mention, Mr Reddleman, transcend that and produced, at one point, truly British music wich actually had fuck all to do with ripping off Little Red Rooster.So that is good. But it is also true that the very act of picking up a microphone or a guitar somehow engenders a belief and an accent that one was born in the USA. The Rolling Stones, by the way, have not produced a decent record since Some Girls, and that was mostly a pisstake of country. They should all, of course, have been shot.
Reddleman, GranI took a quick look at your blog page, Mr Reddleman. Like mine it is completely blank but I notice that your blogger name is a Latin translation of a quote from St Paul. Clearly you are not a person to be trifled with!I'm also rather fond of the barmy, British and proud of it tendency. My personal favourites are Damon Albarn, Ian Dury and Chumbawumba. However, I can't bring myself to agree with you on Paul Weller and Morrissey. Both seem afflicted by the sort of self absorbed right-on glumness which is trying in anyone over 17 and teeth gnashingly infuriating in the wealthy and privileged. Clearly you are quite right about the mainstream, mid-atlantic Gary Blokes of the world and by that token James Blunt will be first against the wall when the revolution comes (followed by Elton and co.). Of course it isn't only Britain that produces talented musical nutters. I'm also very fond of the wonderful and off the wall Ms Dolly Parton and dear departed French feminist and gargolyle impersonator Serge Gainsbourg.Gran: Thanks for reminding me that the Stones were in fact quite sharp once. I had entirely lost sight of the fact after the last fifteen years of ridiculousness. (Your comment on cultural imperialism is true though- and they aren't a patch on BB King). "Some Girls" was good and in parts quite hilarious. "Beast of burden" is a lovely track. However, everything they have done since is unforgivable.So musical eccentrics of the world unite and Feel Good (Inc) - now who's for a Serge Gainsbourg revival?
And they have brought back Bullseye on Challenge TV with Dave Spikey, no less, as compere. You could not make it up, as they say.
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