While watching a clip of the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that aired last night on YouTube, Colbert joked that “The Minister of Loneliness also is the title of my favorite Morrissey album”.
I laughed, but it was completely silence in the audience. Of course, they wouldn’t know who Morrissey was.
The joke could be a stab at Morrissey for cancelling out his live appearance on the Late Show on December 5, 2017, but I don’t think so. In the joke, Colbert admitted that he loves Morrissey’s music, and I believe Colbert is a genuine fan.
Now that we’ve seen the mockup of Morrissey’s imaginary album, The Minister of Loneliness, I wish that was a real album. It looks good!
Anyway, since we’re on the topic of cancellation… Morrissey cancelled his entire December tour dates. The reason given to each venue was “Illness in the Touring Party”.
I believe it’s really Morrissey, alone, that was sick, but that’s not really important. What annoyed me was the fact that he waited so late (1:30pm on the day of the show) to inform his fans that his show was canceled. Some fans showed up to the venue and was sorely disappointed.
KROQ knew he was a no-show as early as four days before their Christmas event, but held back on the announcement until the last minute. To be fair, KROQ was hoping that conditions would improve, but obviously it did not.
The one cool thing was that fan-favorites The Killers (now headliners), covered the classic The Smiths song “This Charming Man”.
If you loved the Smiths, you know that shortly after their breakup in 1987, Morrissey declared that Bradford were the heirs to the Smiths throne.
Morrissey loved this band from Blackburn, Lancashire, and even covered their debut song “Skin Storm” on his Pregnant for the Last Time single.
A Turntable Friend Records has remastered and will be re-releasing Bradford’s Shouting Quietly, re-titled as Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly.
If you’re an original fan or just curious about the band, Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly is a perfect jumping in point… even if it’s 30 years too late.
Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly will be released on February 9th, 2018.
If you are in the Blackburn-area, there will be an Album Launch Event Exhibition with live performance from 4pm followed by a Q&A session with Fergal Kinney (Louder Than War) on Saturday February 10th at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.
Trivia: Bradford’s bass player Jos Murphy plays in a Morrissey cover lover band called Viva Morrissey from Manchester.
We first started watching Black Mirror in 2011, and talked about it in February 2014 and we noted that the show was a dark take on technology. Even the title “Black Mirror” is a reference to the reflection of ourselves in the modern-day cellphones.
The television show was originally broadcasted on Channel 4 in the UK, but eventually was picked up by Netflix to provide us with Season 3 and 4 of the new Black Mirror series.
In the latest series, which aired December 29, 2017, there is an episode called “Hang the DJ”. If you are a The Smiths fan, you’ll know that this is a reference to their song “Panic”. As predicted, the song does play at the very end of the episode.
While the internet and critics absolutely loved “Hang the DJ”, I thought it was the least Black Mirror-like episode. There’s no crime, no violence, no trademark of anything remotely Black Mirror. There is a twist at the end, but by then, I was so bored, it became my least favorite episode of Series 4.
Like all previous Black Mirror series, episodes are a hit or a miss for me.