Years have gone by and Morrissey is still sitting on a followup for Years Of Refusal with no label to release it, but thankfully this shall not deter the world’s most articulate miserablist from touring the world, pointing out America’s shortcomings and Britain’s even more, and taking the opportunity of a royal event (here, the Diamond Jubilee) to elegantly shit on the royals. He’s in on his loquacious grind in fine form here, and actually rather sanguine. Some choice quotes:
On the thing that shall not be mentioned (not having a label):
We are no closer to port where record label interest is concerned. I promised I would never mention this again. But I just have.
On touring Japan:
Record shops also continue to exist in Japan – most notably Tower Records, where we are allowed to remember the joy of ‘accidental discovery’.
[My love for Japan] hit me like a lightning thrust, and I woke each day eager for the love of it all; a civility unlike anywhere else on earth. America could never catch up, and England could never be in the race in the first place. By comparison, England is a country of condemnations, whereas America is a country of exclusions, with the obvious inequality of all.
On the royals:
This week, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee presents a new lesson in the force of tyranny, and is an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor – and all done, quite naturally, at the public’s expense!
While dictatorships throughout the Middle East are gently condemned by the British government, there is no examination of the extremism enforced by the British ‘royals’, who remain the most overpaid and most utterly useless people on the planet.
And most wonderfully:
I apologize for having so many birthdays, but the impassioned crowd at San Diego justified the agony of another year gone.
Read the whole missive at true-to-you.net.