Morrissey is either the only sincere man left in alternative rock or Steve Albini’s only real competition for indie rock’s World’s Biggest Asshole title; the truth probably lies somewhere in between. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Morrissey fired his manager, left his label and is currently without any distribution in the U.S., had a spat with the Rascals over backstage meat, launched an all-out assault on Warner Brothers over a concert DVD, and saw the death of the producer of his as-of-now unreleased new album Year of Refusal. What did you do this summer?
Determined to start the fall on a similarly awful note, Morrissey has fired his most recent manager after just 3 months. Morrissey signed with the firm ie:music on May 27 after a fallout with Merck Mercuriadis. The details of the latest split are unknown, but we can probably expect a loud, public explanation from Morrissey sooner or later.
Is there anyone left for Morrissey to split with? Thank God he’s celibate, I can’t begin to imagine the torrid love affairs and violent break-ups this man would have otherwise. Pending a sudden turnaround, Year of Refusal may enter Chinese Democracy delay status. Alternatively, he could wait until the end of the year to release the aptly-titled album, and this would all just be an ingenious marketing tactic. Does that make it all go away? [Billboard]