2011 is, it appears, the year of the enormous, very expensive box set. Rufus Wainwright and Bjork are others to explore this avenue, and now the Smiths are to release a huge package that takes in pretty much everything the Manchester band ever did. Pitchfork reports that The Smiths Complete – Deluxe Collectors Box Set,
Morrissey has upset former Smiths bandmate Mike Joyce by playing the band’s songs during his set at last weekend’s Glastonbury festival. Joyce, who was the Smiths’ drummer, vented his anger immediately following Morrissey’s Friday evening set via Twitter, saying, “Great performance from M at Glasto but didn’t like the cover versions. M was in the
Always one to dip his finger into multiple musical pies, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr‘s latest passion project is scoring more films. Marr, of course, had a crucial hand in the soundtrack to Inception.
Never one to tolerate being misunderstood, former Smiths singer Morrissey has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement to a fan website where he criticised the British media’s obsession with the royal wedding and lamented the lack of coverage given to the death of punk singer Poly Styrene.
Morrissey has reportedly finished his mammoth autobiography, although the eccentric icon is unsure anyone is going to be interested in reading it. He obviously doesn’t have a good understanding of his rabid, adoring legions of fans. The book has been three years in the writing and is due for publication in 2012. In an interview
Throughout his illustrious life, Morrissey has never been short of a feud or two, or indeed a healthy roster of enemies. It is nice to hear then, that he seems to have patched things up with one of his old playmates, former Smiths producer Stephen Street.