Morrissey ha anche ammesso di aver pensato all'idea di poter votare proprio per lo Ukip. In particolare, il cantante, ha criticato sia la paura dei politici di far riferimento al terrorista suicida come estremista islamico e sia la stessa politica di immigrazione del governo britannico, dicendosi convinto che il Primo Ministro non avrebbe cambiato questa politica, nonostante gli attacchi.
I politici ci dicono che non hanno paura, ma loro non sono mai le vittime. Le persone normali non hanno tali protezioni". Ad ottobre deldurante una session live radiofonica per promuovere il suo nuovo album, trasmessa dall'emittente BBC Radio 6Morrissey ha espresso sostegno nei confronti di Anne-Marie Waters, una rappresentante politica dello Ukip il partito inglese populistanazionalista ed euroscettico nota per le sue opinioni anti- Islam.
Altre critiche vennero mosse dopo la sua esibizione al concerto Madstock! Alcune di queste critiche risalgono anche al periodo degli Smiths. Se il National Front dovesse odiare qualcuno, quel qualcuno sarei io. Sarei il primo della lista. A volte credo che non viviamo in un mondo intelligente. Diventando vegetariani si rifiuta uno stile di vita dominante. In generale, io non riesco a sedermi a qualsiasi tavolo dove viene servita carne, a meno che, naturalmente, non si tratti di carne umana.
Come accadde nelquando ha aspramente criticato i due celebri chef televisivi britannici, Jamie Oliver e Clarissa Dickson-Wright, rei di promuovere il consumo di carne. Per tutta risposta, la Dickson-Wright ha dichiarato che "Morrissey incoraggia la gente a commettere atti di violenza, e io sono consapevole che potrebbe succedermi qualcosa.
Se fai lo stesso con una sedia o un tessuto, probabilmente avrai un sapore migliore. Per questo suo attivismo, il 10 settembrel'associazione People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETAin riconoscimento del suo appoggio, nel corso del gala per il venticinquesimo anniversario della sua fondazione, gli ha conferito il Linda McCartney Memorial Awardcon la motivazione di aver "aperto gli occhi di milioni di persone sull'importanza di una vita compassionevole.
Trovo difficile comportarsi eticamente riguardo alla scelta delle scarpe e sembra impossibile evitare il cuoio. Nel gennaioil cantante ha suscitato diverse polemiche dopo aver dichiarato di comprendere certe motivazioni rispetto alle tattiche terroriste utilizzate dall' Animal Rights Militia :.
Il 27 marzo Morrissey ha rilasciato una dichiarazione nella quale rendeva noto che non avrebbe tenuto alcun concerto in Canadadurante il suo tour mondiale, e che appoggiava il boicottaggio di tutti i prodotti canadesi per protestare contro la caccia alle focheda lui descritta come "un barbaro e crudele macello".
Il 4 agostogiorno della sua esibizione al Lokerse Feesten in Belgioha convinto gli organizzatori a rendere l'intera manifestazione vegetariana per un giorno, firmando un accordo con la condizione che, il giorno della sua esibizione, il festival sarebbe stato senza carne, vietando ogni tipo di vendita della stessa nelle varie bancarelle di prodotti alimentari poste all'interno dell'area del festival . Nel settembre ha acceso una polemica pubblica descrivendo il popolo cinese come una "sottospecie" a causa del loro trattamento degli animali.
Assolutamente orribile. Se qualcuno ha visto il filmato orribile e inguardabile del gatto cinese e del commercio dei cani animali scuoiati vivi poi non potrebbe argomentare a favore della Cina come nazione normale. Durante un concerto a Varsaviatenutosi il 24 luglioprima di eseguire Meat Is Murder ha espresso ancora una volta il suo risentimento verso la politica dei fast food come McDonald comparandola all' attentato del 22 luglio in Norvegiaavvenuto a Oslo solo due giorni prima. Nel settembre si schiera contro la decisione, da parte del governo australiano, di sopprimere entro il due milioni di gatti, provvedimento teso a contenere, secondo i legislatori, la crescita esponenziale di gatti selvatici e randagi che, in Australia, starebbe creando diversi problemi ad alcune specie autoctone:.
Nel giugno delattraverso un post  pubblicato sul suo sito True to YouMorrissey ha criticato la decisione della storica band punk inglese Buzzcocksdi concedere l'utilizzo del loro brano What Do I Get pubblicato originariamente come singolo nel nel nuovo spot della catena di fast food americana McDonald's.
Non era amore, non l'ho mai sperimentato. Ho dormito anche con delle donne. Mi sento completamente aperto e se un domani incontrassi qualcuno, Boxers - Morrissey - My Early Burglary Years (CD) o femmina che sia e ci amassimo, lo proclamarei apertamente. Io sono aperto a tutto e accetto che la mia esperienza sia diversa da quella della maggior parte degli uomini. Ma mi sento abbastanza normale, non mi sento uno particolare.
Una sorta di profeta del quarto sesso. Io voglio qualcosa di diverso. Mi annoio sia con le donne che con gli uomini. I sessi sono stati troppo facilmente definiti.
Nella sua autobiografia, pubblicata nell'ottobre delMorrissey ha rivelato, in maniera esplicita, di aver avuto una relazione con un uomo chiamato Jake Owen Walters durata due anni. Pur senza addentrarsi in dettagli troppo intimi riguardo a questo rapporto, il cantante ha raccontato di camere d'albergo condivise e di essersi fotografato con la testa sulla nuda pancia di Jake. A partire dalanno della separazione degli Smithsdurante la sua carriera come artista solista, Morrissey ha lavorato con numerosi musicisti che hanno contribuito a supportare il cantante sia durante tour che in studio, nei periodi di lavorazione degli album.
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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I really enjoyed it. The title was Morrissey's comment on his frustration with the band's lack of mainstream recognition; it reached number two in the charts. Despite their continued success, tensions emerged within the band.
Marr was exhausted and took a break from the band in Junewhich he felt was negatively perceived by his bandmates. Marr contacted NME to explain that he had not left the band due to personal tensions but because he wanted wider musical scope. The breakdown has been primarily attributed to Morrissey's irritation with Marr's work with other artists and Marr's frustration with Morrissey's musical inflexibility.
Marr particularly hated Morrissey's obsession with covering s pop artists such as Twinkle and Cilla Blacksaying in "That was the last straw, really. I didn't form a group to perform Cilla Black songs.
The following year, the live recording Rankrecorded in with Craig Gannon on rhythm guitar, peaked at number 2 in the UK and entered in the European Albums chart at number 9. As Joyce's barrister later argued in court, Joyce and Rourke were treated as session musicians"as readily replaceable as the parts in a lawnmower".
Morrissey and Marr had accepted the previous year that Joyce and Rourke were partners, but whether Joyce was entitled to a quarter of profits "arising out of the activities other than songwriting or publishing " of the Smiths remained contentious. Morrissey and Marr — who were represented separately at the trial  — insisted that the royalty split had been explained to Rourke and Joyce, though they were no longer sure when.
As Marr's counsel, Robert Englehart QC, said, "Some 13 years on it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the moment when the profit split came into being But Morrissey and Marr acted throughout on the basis that they would be getting 40 per cent each of the net profits from the Smiths' earnings. The judge also volunteered character assessments; Joyce and Rourke who gave evidence in Joyce's support impressed him as straightforward and honest, whereas Morrissey "appeared devious, truculent and unreliable where his own interests were at stake" and Marr was "willing to embroider his evidence to a point where he became less credible".
The court case was a potted history of the life of the Smiths. Mike, talking constantly and saying nothing. Andy, unable to remember his own name.
Johnny, trying to please everyone and consequently pleasing no one. And Morrissey under the scorching spotlight in the dock being drilled. Asked some time before the trial whether he thought Rourke and Joyce had been short-changed, Morrissey responded: "They were lucky.
If they'd had another singer they'd never have got further than Salford shopping centre. By way of illustration, Riley played part of an unfinished instrumental known as the "Click Track" or "Cowbell Track". Morrissey failed to make his final payment because, he said, he was overseas in and did not receive the paperwork.
Following the group's split, Morrissey began work on a solo recording, collaborating with producer Stephen Street and fellow Mancunian Vini Reillyguitarist for The Durutti Column. The resulting album, Viva Hate a reference to the end of the Smithswas released in Marchreaching number one in the UK charts. In the following years, he invited several singers for backing vocals on several songs such as Suggs of Madness on " Piccadilly Palare " and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders on " My Love Life ".
He recorded a duet with Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees" Interlude " which was released under the banner of both artists. At the beginning of the nineties, he enjoyed a new popularity in North America, following his first tour as Morrissey. Morrissey continues to perform and record as a solo artist and has released 13 studio albums as of Electronic released three albums over the next decade. Marr was also a member of The Therecording two albums with the group between and He later worked as a guest musician on the Oasis album Heathen Chemistry Boxers - Morrissey - My Early Burglary Years (CD) Mouse subsequently announced that Marr was a fully fledged member and the reformed line-up toured extensively in — In Januaryit was reported that Marr had taken part in a week-long songwriting session at Moolah Rouge recording studio in Stockport with Wakefield indie group the Cribs.
His departure from the group was announced in April In addition to his activities as a musician and songwriter, Marr produced Marion 's second album, The Program and Haven 's debut album, Between the Senses Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce have continued working together.
Still inthey were recruited with Craig Gannon to the Adult Netbut left the band soon afterwards. In andthey recorded singles with Morrissey. In they toured and recorded with Aziz Ibrahim the Stone Roses. In they formed Specter with Jason Specter and others. The band played in the United Kingdom and the United States, but did not prosper.
Towards the end ofthey played together in the veteran Manchester band Jeep. Rourke and Joyce have also pursued their own projects. Arnold ; toured and recorded with Pete Wylie —98 ; toured with Vinny Peculiar and Paul Arthurs ; and toured with Autokat — Rourke co-founded the Manchester v Cancer concert series, later known as Versus Cancerto raise money for cancer research.
He has since concentrated on his radio career, beginning with a Saturday-evening show on XFM Manchester. Marr and Morrissey have repeatedly said that they will not reunite the band. InMorrissey declared, "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform the Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian.
We are not friends, we don't see each other. The Smiths brought realism to their romance, and tempered their angst with the lightest of touches. The times were personified in their frontman: rejecting all taints of rock n' roll machismo, he played up the social awkwardness of the misfit and the outsider, his gently haunting vocals whooping suddenly upward into a falsetto, clothed in outsize women's shirts, sporting National Health specs or a huge Johnny Ray-style hearing aid.
This charming young man was, in the vernacular of the time, the very antithesis of a "rockist"—always knowingly closer to the gentle ironicist Alan Bennettor self-lacerating diarist Kenneth Williamsthan a licentious Mick Jagger or drugged-out Jim Morrison.
Woods, The year ended with the compilation album Hatful of Hollow. This collected singles, B-sides and the versions of songs that had been recorded throughout the previous year for the Peel and Jensen shows. Early inthe band released their second album, Meat Is Murderwhich was their only studio album to top the UK charts. The single-only release " Shakespeare's Sister " reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart, though the only single taken from the album, " That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore ", was less successful, barely making the top The album was released in Juneshortly after the single " Bigmouth Strikes Again ".
The record reached number 2 in the UK charts. A legal dispute with Rough Trade had delayed the album by almost seven months it had been completed in Novemberand Marr was beginning to feel the stress of the band's exhausting touring and recording schedule. Gannon stayed in the band, switching to rhythm guitar. After the tour ended in OctoberGannon left the band.
The band had become frustrated with Rough Trade and sought a record deal with a major label, ultimately signing with EMIwhich drew criticism from some of the band's fanbase. In JulyMarr left the band and auditions to find a replacement proved fruitless. By the time that the band's fourth album Strangeways, Here We Come was released in September, the band had broken up.
The breakdown in the relationship has been partly attributed to Morrissey's annoyance with Marr's work with other artists and to Marr's growing frustration with Morrissey's musical inflexibility.
Several months before the Smiths dissolved, Morrissey enlisted Stephen Street as his personal producer and new songwriting partner, with whom he could begin his solo career. Morrissey's first solo performance took place at Wolverhampton 's Civic Hall in December With Winstanley and Langer he began work on his first compilation album, Bona Dragalthough only recorded six new songs for it, the rest of the album comprising his recent singles and B-sides.
Released in Novemberit reached number 19 in the charts. Adopting Mark E. Nevin as his new songwriting partner,  Morrissey created his second solo album, Kill Uncle ; released in Marchit peaked at number 8 on the album chart.
Rex's " Cosmic Dancer ". The early s were described by biographer David Bret as the "black phase" in Morrissey's relationship with the British music press, which was increasingly hostile and critical of him. In JulyMorrissey released the album Your Arsenalwhich peaked at number 2 in the album chart. We once had a strong identity and now that's gone completely". By the release of Your ArsenalMorrissey's image had changed; according to Simpson, the singer had converted Boxers - Morrissey - My Early Burglary Years (CD) the aesthete interested in rough lads into a rough lad interested in aestheticism and rough lads ".
After a seven-day hearing, the judge ruled in favour of Joyce. Morrissey returned on Island Records inreleasing the single " Alma Matters " in July, [ citation needed ] followed by his next album Maladjusted in August.
Uncut reported in that Morrissey no longer had a record deal. The England that I have loved, and I have sung about, and whose death I have sung about, I felt had finally slipped away. And so I was no longer saying, "England is dying. It had formerly been the residence of Carole Lombard and had been re-designed by William Haines. InMorrissey signed to Sanctuary Recordswhere he was given the defunct reggae label Attack Records to use for his next project. Billboard album chart.
To promote the album, Morrissey embarked on a world tour from April to November. Morrissey's eighth studio album, Ringleader of the Tormentorswas recorded in Rome and released in April It debuted at number 1 in the UK album charts and number 27 in the US. Billboard described the album as showcasing "a thicker, more rock-driven sound". In DecemberMorrissey signed a new deal with Decca Recordswhich included a Greatest Hits album and a new studio album.
His ninth studio album, Years of Refusaloriginally due in September, was postponed until Februaryas a result of the death of producer Jerry Finn and the lack of an American label to distribute the album. Morrissey's rejuvenation is most obvious in the renewed strength of his vocals" and called it his "most venomous, score-settling album, and in a perverse way that makes it his most engaging". The song "Black Cloud" features the guitar playing of Jeff Beck. ThroughoutMorrissey toured to promote the album.
In OctoberSwordsa B-sides collection of material released between andwas released. In late September, while visiting Strand Bookstore in Manhattan, he saved an elderly lady who had fainted beside him. In JanuaryMorrissey was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and several engagements were re-scheduled. In OctoberMorrissey's autobiography, titled Autobiographywas released after a "content dispute" had delayed it from the initial release date of 16 September In JanuaryMorrissey signed a two-record deal with Capitol Music.
He filed a sexual assault complaint; the Transport Security Administration found no supporting evidence to act on the allegation. Mark Simpson characterised Morrissey as "the anti-pop idol", representing "the last, greatest and most gravely worrying product of an era when pop music was all there was".
His lyrics are characterised by their usage of black humour, self-deprecation, and the pop vernacular. His lyrics have expressed disdain for many elements of British society, including the government, church, education system, royal family, meat-eating, money, gender, discos, fame, and relationships.
Morrissey has described having "a macabre fascination" with violence. Morrissey's vocals have been cited as having a particularly distinctive quality. When performing onstage, he often whips his microphone cord about, particularly during his up-tempo tracks. On various occasions, Morrissey has expressed anger when he believes that bouncers and the security teams at his concerts have treated the audience poorly.
For instance, at his San Antonio concert as part of the Your Arsenal tour he stopped his performance to rebuke bouncers for hitting fans. Throughout his career, Morrissey has retained an intensely private personal life. Stringer characterised Morrissey as a man with various contradictory traits, being "an ordinary, working-class 'anti-star' who nevertheless loves to hog the spotlight, a nice man who says the nastiest things about other people, a shy man who is also an outrageous narcissist".
Morrissey is known for his criticism of the British music press, royalty, politicians and people who eat meat. A vocal advocate of animal welfare and animal rights issues,  Morrissey has been Boxers - Morrissey - My Early Burglary Years (CD) vegetarian since the age of He spoke of difficulties transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism.
In JanuaryMorrissey attracted criticism when he stated that he accepts the motives behind the militant tactics of the Animal Rights Militiasaying, "I understand why fur-farmers and so-called laboratory scientists are repaid with violence—it is because they deal in violence themselves and it's the only language they understand.
In response, Dickson Wright stated, "Morrissey is encouraging people to commit acts of violence and I am constantly aware that something might very well happen to me. InMorrissey refused to include Canada in his world tour that year and supported a boycott of Canadian goods in protest against the country's annual seal huntwhich he described as a "barbaric and cruel slaughter".
He also invited those groups to set up stalls at his concerts. During an interview with Simon Armitage inMorrissey said that "you can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies" due to their "horrific" treatment of animals. But clearly, when it comes to animal rights and animal welfare, he's absolutely unshakable in his beliefs. In his view, if you treat an animal badly, you are less than human.
At a concert in Warsaw on 24 JulyMorrissey stated, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 [ sic ] dead. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals ' are not us '. In Februaryafter much speculation,  it was reported that the Staples Center had agreed for the first time ever to make every vendor in the arena completely vegetarian for Morrissey's performance on 1 March, contractually having all McDonald's vendors close down.
In a press release, Morrissey stated, "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals.
Morrissey referred to them as "animal serial killers". InMorrissey stated that he believed there is "no difference between eating animals and paedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder.
Morrissey's sexuality has been the subject of much speculation and coverage in the British press during his career,  with claims varyingly being made that he was celibatea frustrated heterosexual, or bisexual. In Liz Hoggard from The Boxers - Morrissey - My Early Burglary Years (CD) said: "Only 15 years after homosexuality had been decriminalisedhis lyrics flirted with every kind of gay subculture.
During his years with the Smiths, Morrissey professed to being celibate, which stood out at a time when much of pop music was dominated by visible sexuality. These words do great damage, they confuse people and they make people feel unhappy, so I want to do away with them. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans.
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