Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths
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Steven Patrick Morrissey is one of the most original and controversial voices in the history of popular music. With The Smiths, he led the most influential British guitar group of the 1980s, his enigmatic wit and style defining a generation. As a solo artist, he has continued to broach subjects no other singer would dare.
Worshipped by some, vilified by others, Morrissey is a unique rock and roll creation. The 300,000 words of Mozipedia make this the most intimate and in-depth biographical portrait of the man and his music yet. Bringing together every song, album, collaborator, key location, every hero, book, film and record to have influenced his art, it is the summation of years of meticulous research. Morrissey authority Simon Goddard has interviewed almost everybody of any importance, making Mozipedia the last word on Morrissey and The Smiths.
Morrissey’s love of Hollywood trivia and provided an excellent commentary to the 2006 special edition DVD of another of Morrissey’s favourite Bette DAVIS films, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? [190, 436, 562] lyrics, See WRITING PROCESS. 1. On the subject of ‘The Lazy Sunbathers’, it is necessary to end a persistent but wholly inaccurate rumour that the title has a connection with George FORMBY. This bizarre Chinese whisper begins and ends with the author David Bret. In his 1994 book
after their first four months of media exposure. As with his earlier songs, the words still alluded to a previous relationship in its reminiscence of stolen kisses beneath a railway bridge. Such a bridge indeed existed a short walk from Morrissey’s house on Kings Road in Stretford, though it’s just as plausible he borrowed the scene from Spend, Spend, Spend, the autobiography of future Smiths cover star Viv NICHOLSON. ‘We walked for miles,’ writes Nicholson, ‘right over the iron bridge and down
grief and envy that the woman he desires is with somebody else (‘When will you ever learn?’). The song went through several drafts and, under the same working title, was debuted at The Smiths’ second concert in January 1983. Five months later, it had mutated into ‘Wonderful Woman’ with only the line ‘ice water for blood’ rescued from the original sketch of ‘What Do You See In Him?’ Its musical arrangement remained the same throughout, a rainy parade of glittering gloom with faint echoes of The
and worked on his lyrics in traditional pen and paper. ‘I scribble things down in hundreds of notebooks and I have large boxes full of scraps of paper which I use,’ he explained. ‘The title comes first and the vocal melody creates itself.’ In terms of thematic inspiration, in the early days of The Smiths he admitted virtually every song he wrote was in some way autobiographical. ‘They have to be,’ said Morrissey. ‘I can’t write about things I’ve never felt or experienced.’ He’d describe the
Matt WALKER), nor did he appear in any of the album’s accompanying promo videos where his drums were instead mimed by guitarist Alain WHYTE.  Charlie Bubbles, See DELANEY, Shelagh. childhood (of Morrissey), See YOUTH OF MORRISSEY. ‘Christian Dior’ (Morrissey/Boorer), B-side of ‘IN THE FUTURE WHEN ALL’S WELL’ (2006). A tribute, of sorts, to the legendary French fashion designer who died in 1957 after founding a global clothing and cosmetics empire, the song finds Morrissey pitying Dior