I dislike how stubborn he is about going down the DIY route and releasing independently.
For all the praise he seems to be getting, I'm struck by how utterly disingenuous his quote was. We all know the reason he will not release via the internet is because he views it as releasing to a small base of fans and beneath his pop star status. He has said this in past interviews. He seems to need to be wooed by a label, all the while decrying their lack of understanding and mismanagement of his releases.
I think what troubles me most is that if these songs were culled out of an album's worth of material to attract the attention of a label; well were in for another lyrical subpar outing. These can't be the cream of the crop?
He has never followed up an album with another which sounds nearly identical, and I pray he doesn't start now.
I think this interview was done by email, which would give Moz more time to craft his answers than in a spoken one. I'm not complaining though! It was a good read, good read...
He's been asked about the DIY route before and has clearly stated (more in this interview than ever) that he is simply stuck in the past with regards to having large amounts of support behind his music (because the label wants to release it, not because they have to). But one point that hasn't been put to him is that he could perhaps keep a larger share of the money made, which is something he surely wouldn't argue with. Didn't Radiohead do quite well with the "pay what you want" scheme of In Rainbows (despite up to 1/3 not paying anything)? Nonetheless, having the logo of a major label on his record is something he can't do without -- our kid will not change on that point.
This interview was picked up in a site apparently dealing with technology trends. Does it suggest that an album released online would rapidly find near a million homes? !
He has devoted fans and they are the only fans he is EVER going to have.QUOTE]
Not really true - there are plenty of people who have a passing interest in Morrissey. Many of them attend his concerts, but would only buy his current album if there was tons of hype or a good single on the radio. You are the Quarry sold 400,000, yet the critically superior (according to Metacritic website) Years of Refusal sold 90,000.
There are tons of floating voters out there who will take an interest if the conditions are right. If Morrissey can attract them, he can sell enough albums to satisfy a decent record label. Trouble is, he needs two brilliant singles to do this and I'm not certain that any of the 3 new songs would qualify unless they were improved considerably by a producer.
What a backward Arse. He is the PERFECT artist for DIY. He has devoted fans and they are the only fans he is EVER going to have?
What a backward Arse.
He is the PERFECT artist for DIY. He has devoted fans and they are the only fans he is EVER going to have. There are no 20 years olds at his gigs. Fans follow him from gig to gig and they are older and have some jingle in their pockets to buy things. And they WOULD buy anything of quality offered them . Crikey . He could do different sleeve design on a self-made LP and sell it over and over at every gig if he wanted to .
And why is his merch such utter crap while we are discussing it?
Didn't realise you were 20, Amy.
You seem to have the perspective of someone who's been following Morrissey since day one!
Haven't dropped by here in a while, this post reminds me why.
This type of negativity is sucking the very lifeblood out of the world...
What I find odd is that he's able to find a label to release a reissue of Bona Drag, another meaningless best of compilation and a b-sides album but no-one's interested in new material. Sigh.