"I Am Not A Dog On A Chain" - pre-order, format details and exclusives summary; new bundles site

Following on from the Amazon thread, Crash indicate:

Morrissey – I Am Not A Dog On A Chain:
CD Album,
Standard Black Vinyl LP or
Indies Exclusive Coloured Vinyl LP

The vinyl colour that is exclusive to indies is to be confirmed (but rumour has it: clear red vinyl edit: now confirmed as clear red vinyl):

Release Date Friday 20th March

Morrissey
I Am Not A Dog On A Chain

CD Album £11.99
Standard Black Vinyl LP £19.99
Indies Exclusive Coloured Vinyl LP £19.99
(colour to be confirmed)

Tracklist:

Jim Jim Falls
Love Is On Its Way Out
Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know
I Am Not A Dog On A Chain
What Kind of People Live in These Houses?
Knockabout World
Darling, I Hug A Pillow
Once I Saw the River Clean
The Truth About Ruth
The Secret of Music
My Hurling Days Are Done

There is no second disc as Amazon first indicated.

The press release (cut and paste from the Warner's sales portal) doing the rounds with the album details is brief:

"First new studio album since 2017, I Am Not A Dog On A Chain was recorded at La Fabrique in France in 2018. The eleven track album, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli, launches officially on the 10th of January 2020 and will be released on Friday 20th March 2020."

https://www.crashrecords.co.uk/prod...indies-exclusive-coloured-vinyl-lp-pre-order/


Piccadilly Records now list it too with the same information (and have added It's Over to buy on the 24th too):

https://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/product.php?pid=132856

Same via Rough Trade (they, too, have added It's Over 7"):

https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/morrissey/i-am-not-a-dog-on-a-chain

Amazon (UK), since last night, now have the CD & black vinyl versions added and listed separately.


Now for something via superdeluxe and it brings a couple of exclusives too.

Clear vinyl:
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And an exclusive cassette.
All found here - this is official and is a portal to buy pretty much everything except the indie red vinyl:

https://morrissey.tmstor.es/


As linked to here:
https://morrissey.lnk.to/chain

There is an extended bit of press release there and Joe is quoted:

‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’ was produced by the Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chicarelli (Beck, The Strokes, The Killers). It was recorded during sessions at Studio La Fabrique in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France and Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California.

"I have now produced four studio albums for Morrissey,” said Chicarelli. “This is his boldest and most adventurous album yet. He has pushed the boundaries yet again - both musically and lyrically. And once again proving that as a songwriter and singer, he is in his own category. In truth, no one can be Morrissey but… Morrissey!”



So, to summarise:
Digital download,
CD,
Black vinyl,
Mporium w/l 'test pressing' (Limited to 100 copies?),
Indie only clear red vinyl,
Website only clear vinyl,
Website only cassette.

Apologies for the long post, lots of information happened at the same time.
Regards,
FWD.


For the press release in full, please see here via Shorefire.com:

https://shorefire.com/releases/entry/morrissey-i-am-not-a-dog-on-a-chain-march-20th

(link courtesy of @JoeSellMozza).

Central's post:
Morrissey Central: "Album Pre Order Links" - January 11, 2020
 
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BookishBoy

Well-Known Member
Morrissey doesn't care any more. He's not cared for a long time. In fact I think it's fair to say he's undergone some kind of mental breakdown.

I was a massive Smiths fan, my friends and I idolised Morrissey, we followed Morrissey around on his 1995 tour and saw some great gigs. There were a few other 'devotees' doing the same and I was surprised to discover that most of them were really nasty people. Like, real nasty. That was kind of the first crack in the facade.

'Vauxhall and I' was, in retrospect, his last great album. I hung on in there until 'Ring Leader of the Tormented' which had one decent song on it. At that point I lost interest. He had become a joke and it wasn't even the sub par music. His books were laughable, his politics stunk, his proclamations were full of paranoia and stupidity.

Since then the downward spiral has been unabated. Morrissey has become an absolute car wreck. I want to look away but I can't. In fact as fascinated and obsessed as I was when Morrissey was great and I am now equally fascinated and obsessed by how terrible he is today.

Sure people change but it's extraordinary that the Morrissey of then has become the Morrissey of now. He's become everything he used to be against. An aged, irrelevant rock star clinging on to some kind of diminishing status with a series of ever worsening releases. It's gone far beyond a tale of tragic depreciation. It's become a comedy. I mean Morrissey really has become utterly risible.

Today I was on Amazon and I saw THIS album cover, literally maybe the worst album cover of all time combined with terrible typography, on a recommended list and I drawn back here to read the discussion. There are some atrocious album covers out there that were poorly conceptualised or produced but this latest Morrissey release has had ZERO effort put into it. It speaks volumes. When you link this up with the cover for 'Swords', 'Low In High School' or 'California Son' you really are looking at someone who is utterly artistically exhausted and doesn't give a damn any more.

I then went to YouTube and listened to the new material and predictably it's tuneless nonsense. One sounded like a third rate Pet Shop Boys rip off band B side. The other was a rather desperate attempt at modernity which fails both through a lack of authenticity and a lack of any song writing talent whatsoever. It sounds like a field recording of a coffee machine put through Cubase on the Atari ST. It's cheap sounding. More shoddy product with no time or care put into it.

Of course every comment praised them to the hilt. Like I said, I wish I could move on but I can't. It's all too ludicrous.

I like how you write, but please, if you can, do yourself a favour - if you genuinely believe someone is "utterly risible" then you seriously need to move on. It's very, very unhealthy to care so much about the late, fading career of an artist that you now think is irredeemably atrocious. Listen to the Smiths, listen to the early solo stuff that you like, but just ignore everything else - if you can? x
 

konstantinl

Junior Member
I like how you write, but please, if you can, do yourself a favour - if you genuinely believe someone is "utterly risible" then you seriously need to move on. It's very, very unhealthy to care so much about the late, fading career of an artist that you now think is irredeemably atrocious. Listen to the Smiths, listen to the early solo stuff that you like, but just ignore everything else - if you can? x

First of all thanks for the compliment!

I am still sort of a Morrissey fan, albeit with a cut off point.

I will disappear again after today but I actually feel strongly about what has happened to Morrissey, the way he is destroying his own legacy and I'm just putting my opinion out there.

That's all it is, my opinion. If other people get pleasure out of following the modern iteration of Morrissey that's down to them but honestly I don't understand why. Like I said it's gone from disappointing, gone through plain bad and come out as ludicrously comic.

Later man.
 

PuppetParrot

Active Member
First of all thanks for the compliment!

I am still sort of a Morrissey fan, albeit with a cut off point.

I will disappear again after today but I actually feel strongly about what has happened to Morrissey, the way he is destroying his own legacy and I'm just putting my opinion out there.

That's all it is, my opinion. If other people get pleasure out of following the modern iteration of Morrissey that's down to them but honestly I don't understand why. Like I said it's gone from disappointing, gone through plain bad and come out as ludicrously comic.

Later man.

Later, Skinnygator.
 

PuppetParrot

Active Member
Morrissey doesn't care any more. He's not cared for a long time. In fact I think it's fair to say he's undergone some kind of mental breakdown.

I was a massive Smiths fan, my friends and I idolised Morrissey, we followed Morrissey around on his 1995 tour and saw some great gigs. There were a few other 'devotees' doing the same and I was surprised to discover that most of them were really nasty people. Like, real nasty. That was kind of the first crack in the facade.

'Vauxhall and I' was, in retrospect, his last great album. I hung on in there until 'Ring Leader of the Tormented' which had one decent song on it. At that point I lost interest. He had become a joke and it wasn't even the sub par music. His books were laughable, his politics stunk, his proclamations were full of paranoia and stupidity.

Since then the downward spiral has been unabated. Morrissey has become an absolute car wreck. I want to look away but I can't. In fact as fascinated and obsessed as I was when Morrissey was great and I am now equally fascinated and obsessed by how terrible he is today.

Sure people change but it's extraordinary that the Morrissey of then has become the Morrissey of now. He's become everything he used to be against. An aged, irrelevant rock star clinging on to some kind of diminishing status with a series of ever worsening releases. It's gone far beyond a tale of tragic depreciation. It's become a comedy. I mean Morrissey really has become utterly risible.

Today I was on Amazon and I saw THIS album cover, literally maybe the worst album cover of all time combined with terrible typography, on a recommended list and I drawn back here to read the discussion. There are some atrocious album covers out there that were poorly conceptualised or produced but this latest Morrissey release has had ZERO effort put into it. It speaks volumes. When you link this up with the cover for 'Swords', 'Low In High School' or 'California Son' you really are looking at someone who is utterly artistically exhausted and doesn't give a damn any more.

I then went to YouTube and listened to the new material and predictably it's tuneless nonsense. One sounded like a third rate Pet Shop Boys rip off band B side. The other was a rather desperate attempt at modernity which fails both through a lack of authenticity and a lack of any song writing talent whatsoever. It sounds like a field recording of a coffee machine put through Cubase on the Atari ST. It's cheap sounding. More shoddy product with no time or care put into it.

Of course every comment praised them to the hilt. Like I said, I wish I could move on but I can't. It's all too ludicrous.

Skinny you know you will buy in several formats, with your dole money
 
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