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Morrissey Posts an Apology/Thank You to Fans

Marketing for Swords Got Him Down

Dec 16, 2009
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After a year filled with wild ups and downs including canceled shows, rude fans and health woes, Morrissey posted a eloquent year recap to fan magazine True to You. In it, he apologizes for the terrible marketing surrounding singles collection Swords, recaps his favorite tour moments, and laments life's "little woes" (including both personal, and music industry, health).

Statement from Morrissey to True to You:

"On these last days of the old year, I thank everyone who attended the 2009 concerts.

My personal favorites were:

1 Dublin
2 Dusseldorf
3 Munich
4 Pomona
5 Warsaw

The three Brixton concerts were dramatic and perfect for me, and there was a great air of adventure in both Estonia and Latvia. The Russian concerts were a big thrill, but in the absence of even a speckle of's difficult. You begin to feel as if you're playing to a private cluband, in fact, you are. We pondered on the massive poster-campaigns for others and we wondered how such things become possible. The audiences in Russia were loud and greatly inspiring.

Hope denied in Liverpool, and the physical limits were tipped in Swindonthese were life's unfortunate lows. I spent the night at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon where the staff restored my faith in humanity. I had no idea such kindness existed.

There were more stop-start-trap-doors and cancellations this year than ever before, and it's difficult to keep your mental balance and to remain unclouded at such times. Since every living person appeared to have some strain of flu, there seemed no reason why I should escape it, and I could not listen to medical advice that cautioned me to stand back from the audience and not to shake anyone's hand. Life has come to this? By tours' end I had no face worth rearranging.

The landscape of familiar faces who have replaced the Irregular Regulars, and who attend as many of the concerts as possible, continue to astound me. I don't know howor even whythey attend so many. It is remarkable, and the financial costs must wipe them out for good. I am repeatedly honored and speechless by their dedication.
There are no 2010 plans to fire me out of a cannon. Hopes of concerts in New Zealand and Australia collapsed under a mound of doubts. That's life.

Even though you see the death of culture all around you, you also want to raise whatever it is you do to a higher plane, yet there is no one, it seems, who can inch the Morrissey thing forwards. As we all now know, the world of music is purely market-drivennot even youth-driven anymore. Talent or merit or songs do not enter the equation for a split second; the campaign is the thing, the campaign is what is discussed amongst the public, the campaign is what impresses the press, and the songs are never a factor. The labels will only push the "artists" that they themselves have discovered, and have no interest in the self-made, blah, blah. But my parting with Universal is not a negative. I am sorry that Swords was such a meek disaster. It was proposed and accepted as a budget-priced CD, yet emerged everywhere as the most expensive CD in the racks. It was poorly distributed and didn't stand a chance, and ranks as the lowest chart position I've ever encountered. I remain steadfastly proud of Years of Refusal, which along with You Are the Quarry and Ringleader of the Tormentors are my life's peaks. These three will allow me to die in peace. I am no longer in the thrall of anything that preceded them; the past is not me.
I was delighted at the radio airplay in England for "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", which seemed to match both "Suedehead" and "That's How People Grow Up" singles for rotation. However, "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" did not chart in France! ...but everything has its time and place...

What does the future hold? What does the next minute hold? It all rests as ever on determinationthat which springs from somewhere deeper than the body. Record label interest is zero, but the sun will creep back into the room one way or another. It always does.

Small and bowed, I offer you my eternal thanks, and my hopes for a steady 2010, full of good grace and no darkness."

(via Pitchfork)



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January 8th 2010

I am so miserable at my current job. I have to find a new one before I can quit but there is just so little out there right now, and I am not getting any responses. I have to get out of my job before I go insane. what do I do? Any advise would be helpful.
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January 18th 2010

Hope denied in Liverpool, and the physical limits were tipped in Swindon these were life’s unfortunate lows. I spent the night at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon where the staff restored my faith in humanity. I had no idea such kindness existed.

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January 26th 2010

Really Morrissey had a miserable year, they should do something to revive their zeal and get back their old fame.

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January 30th 2010

If people need medical advice they should ask a doctor or a nurse. People who give medical advice here who are not doctors may be breaking the law and may be sued.

February 10th 2010

Is modern medical/ psychological science at odds with natural selection?I believe I understand the matter when I state that natural selection refers to the strong surviving to breed, and the weak or majorly flawed die off. This ensures that a species, whether human or animal, goes on.However I have been thinking recently about medical science with Comforte solution. Surely as technology progresses and we can save a lot more severely disabled people or those with genetic deficiencies, this means that the weak are still contributing to the species whereas nature dictates thy they die out?

West Los Angeles Chiropractor
March 30th 2010

According to Morrissey’s solicitor, John Reid, an article in Word magazine by David Quantick had been “construed to suggest that Mr Morrissey.

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April 15th 2010

Though Canadian, due to his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow, Scotland and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music.

Beautiful Russian Lady
May 27th 2010

It’s so pity that such a great artist has so many problems. I wish him good luck and hope everything would change to better.