out today 2/12...morrissey...michael jackson...

Posted by Brad Schelden, February 11, 2008 10:38pm | Post a Comment
My love for Morrissey is as strong as ever. Morrissey fans are a very interesting and devoted bunch. Our devotion to Morrissey is strong and never ending. Ask any Morrissey fan and they will try and explain it. But it really is hard to understand unless you are yourself a devoted Morrissey fan. From the first moment I heard him for the first time I was a huge fan. One of my friends in high school made me a tape of Morrissey's first album. From that moment on I fell in love with the man and his music. Some of us may have lost a little interest in his music over the last decade. But we never lost interest in Morrissey. The love and excitement surrounding just the mention of his name was as strong as ever. However, the insterest in his albums was not the same. But Morrissey put out an amazing album a couple of years ago. "You Are the Quarry" came out in 2004. I think he probably surprised some people with this album. He had finally made an album as exciting as those early albums. I think that a lot of fans still loved him because of their memories of his early solo albums and those of The Smiths. Those albums created a lasting bond between album and fan. They sort of became our best friend and were always there for us. Morrissey was great to listen to by yourself in your room. But also to sing along to with your best friend driving around in your car. It was exciting to also have a new album to be excited about. The first single was "Irish Blood, English Heart." I think I listened to it just as much as "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Sing Your Life" from the first two albums. Instead of buying every British magazine with articles about Morrissey, I was searching the fansites and blogs and reading interviews online. Instead of staying up late to try and catch videos on MTV, I was watching his videos on YouTube. I was a bit older and the media had changed a bit. But Morrissey was in my life just as he was in 1988.

A couple of years later, Morrissey put out another great album. "Ringleader of the Tormentors" came out in 2006. We may not get an entire new album until the end of 2008. But a greatest hits album hits the shelves as an import today. The album is mostly a compilation of the last two albums with a couple older Morrissey songs and two new unreleased songs. Two new songs makes it worth it for us Morrissey fans. We like to own anything he puts out. I love having that exciting feeling you get when you think about one of your favorite artists. It is what music is all about. I seriously can't even wait to hold this new album in my hand. I will be dreaming about it all night. Here is the entire track listing...

1. First of the Gang to Die (You are the Quarry)
2. In the Future When All's Well (Ringleader of the Tormentors)
3. I Just Want to See the Boy Happy (Ringleader)
4. Irish Blood, English Heart (You are...)
5. You Have Killed Me (Ringleader)
6. That's How People Grow Up (new song)
7. Everyday Is Like Sunday (Viva Hate)
8. Redondo Beach (Live at Earls Court)
9. Suedehead (Viva Hate)
10. The Youngest Was the Most Loved (Ringleader)
11. The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Bona Drag)
12. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get (Vauxhall & I)
13. All You Need Is Me (new song)
14. Let Me Kiss You (You are...)
15. I Have Forgiven Jesus (You are...)

I also have to make a quick mention about Roy Scheider. I am probably just as obsessed with Jaws as I am with Morrissey. Again, I can't really explain it. It is just something that I don't really question. He passed away yesterday. I was a big fan of his mostly because of my love of Jaws. The movie came out the year after I was born and I have been obsessed with that movie since I can remember watching movies. I will drop everything whenever it comes on TV. I just can't get enough of that movie. It freaks me out and intrigues me and is just a perfectly made film. And it has a perfect performance from the great Roy Scheider. Actors are often attached to and remembered for one role. I will never forget him and will continue to enjoy watching Jaws over and over again.

Michael Jackson's amazing album "Thriller" gets reissued today. It is a deluxe version available with two different covers. It is also out on vinyl. 

also out today...

"Thriller" Deluxe Edition by Michael Jackson

"Do You Like Rock Music" By British Sea Power

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