We have to ask Janice Long if she could ask him what he meant.
Morrissey meant ageist, but Hot Press interviewer heard it as racist?
i wonder abou that too.maybe because his parents are from ireland?hadnt he some dissidents coming from his classmates back in the 70ties,Thanks for the scan.
Can anyone enlighten me as to why Morrissey thinks Radio 1 not playing him is racist?
Many thanks for posting the scans!
And thanks to Hot Press for actually conducting a substantive interview instead of the usual NME policy of setting him up for bitchy soundbites.
His comments about singing are particularly important, I think, not only with regard to the songs on Years of Refusal but about his more general ideas about singing in pop songs. I don't think it's universally true that people respond to the vocals they way he says they do, but his answer gives us a good insight into the ambitions behind his own music, namely, that everything should stand or fall on the strength of his vocal performance. His voice on Years of Refusal sounds better than it ever has, and more importantly the voice moves the band into the background, making the backing tracks both more effective and less relevant to the overall sound. Criticisms of some of the songs as "generic, poppy faux-punk" miss the point.