Morrissey

Heaven Knows I’m Not Miserable Now: Breaking Up With The Smiths’ Debut Album

I took the CD out of the Walkman, snapped it in half, and threw it in the trash.

There was a point in my life when one of my favorite albums elicited that reaction in me. The Smiths’ 1984 self-titled debut, particularly its third track “Miserable Lie,” played a heartbreaking role in my teen years, which I described at the time as “bleak.” They were not, in fact, bleak. But if I had to go ’round with my head in a black cloud, at least I chose the most classic of teen-angst bands to soundtrack it. That was 10 years ago, and today (February 20) The Smiths turns 30. In 25 more, I can only hope my future child finds a reflection of her own blackened soul in Moz’s crooning. … Read More

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25 Famous Tea Drinkers on Nature’s Best Beverage

Snowstorms continue to ravage the East Coast, destroying social lives and ruining shoes with rock salt. What’s the cure for the winter doldrums? Sometimes only a hot cuppa will do. We’re talking tea, of course. The cult of tea is a tight-knit bunch, and only the finest leaves will do. For tea lovers, there’s something incredibly soothing and intimate about curling up with a hot mug of infused yumminess. Here’s what 25 famous tea drinkers had to say about nature’s best beverage. … Read More

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The 15 Best Book Covers of 2013

My apologies for invoking one of the oldest cliches in the book, but: they say you can’t judge a book by its cover. We all know, however, that it’s a lot easier to do so, which is why so much money goes into the design of cover art. While we’ve already provided our lists of the best books of the year, let’s celebrate the best cover designs, as well. After all, these covers played a major part in what we chose to pick up this year.  … Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Book of 2013

You read a lot of books this year (or maybe you didn’t, which is also fine…), but only one can hold the title of your favorite of the last 365 days. A single book stood apart from the others as the one that touched you, made you think a little harder, had you tearing up or doubled over with laughter, was so great that you had to read it twice. And we’re here to tell you — in an decidedly unserious, unscientific way — what that favorite book might tell you about yourself. … Read More

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Morrissey Covered Lou Reed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize committee must’ve been really touched by Morrissey’s autobiography or something, because the artist sang at this year’s… Read More

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10 Awesome Holiday Gifts For the Music Geek in Your Life

Music nerds can be hard to buy for, mainly because they almost certainly already own pretty much any record you can think of getting them (and many you wouldn’t have ever heard of, obviously). But never fear, because there are still plenty of music-related consumer items on which you can spend your Christmas budget to impress the geekiest of music geeks. Here’s a selection of ideas, from fancy box sets and music books to retro listening devices and an Iggy Pop action figure. (No,… Read More

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Why I Loved the Insufferable Memoir by Morrissey, Sex Idiot of Music

If I had to make a list of my heroes, Morrissey would not be on it. He is much more like those friends who do and say things that have me rolling my eyes and wondering to myself why I still keep them in my life, because all they do is embarrass me with their silly statements. These types of people make me feel like I need to take a walk to cool off, put my headphones on… and listen to “Cemetery Gates” or “Everyday is Like Sunday.” Suddenly I’m reminded of what it is I like so much about that person, why they’re so special to me, and why, no matter how hard I try, pushing them out of my life completely is unimaginable. … Read More

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Who to Dress as for Halloween If You Want to Start a Fight

Look, anyone can wheel out the same old mildly risqué “controversial” Halloween costumes to make a splash at this year’s parties — but seriously, if you really want to make an impression (while avoiding being an utter, utter fuckwit), you need something contemporary. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for topical pop culture costumes that will genuinely terrify your friends. Watch everyone cower in terror — or, if they’re drunk, maybe pick a fight with you — as you emerge from the bathroom as any of this lot. You’re welcome! … Read More

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Morrissey’s Sexual Orientation Is the Least Interesting Thing About Morrissey

We haven’t got our copy of the Morrissey biography yet — it’s coming back on a plane from London sometime tomorrow — but like everyone else on this side of the Atlantic who hasn’t got a questionable ebook hook-up or a friend in England who’s quick on the express-mail action, we at Flavorwire have been devouring the various excerpts and quote roundups that have appeared on the web so far. There’s been plenty to discuss, but most of the attention seems focused on the singer’s “revelation” that he had a two-year relationship with one Jake Walters at some point during the 1990s. This has been widely taken as confirming that Morrissey is capital-g Gay, so much so that he felt it necessary to clarify that he isn’t: “I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course, not many.” Is he gay? Isn’t he? Who cares? And why are we even arguing about this? … Read More

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