Morrissey Versus Universal Music Over Paris Tribute
‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’, a song written by Morrissey and Boz Boorer, seems to be the appropriate tune of the moment. It was the first single from Morrissey’s 2009 ‘Years of Refusal’ and the singer is claiming he wanted to re-issue the track in support of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. However this is what you can read on Morrissey’s fan site ‘True To You’:
‘David Joseph at Universal Music in London has refused the request made by Morrissey and the band to re-issue ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’ as a loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities. David Joseph is instead arranging his own tribute to Paris utilizing his current crop of Universal artists.’
Of course Universal Music has totally denied this statement:
‘We have not received – let alone refused – any request from Morrissey himself related to ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’. While we have not been contacted directly by Morrissey, after seeing the comments on his website last week, we asked his representative to confirm his intentions and which charity he had in mind to support via the song’s proceeds. We are yet to receive a reply.
Many people at Universal Music have been personally affected by the events in Paris. The implication that we have blocked a request from Morrissey in favor of another tribute “utilizing our current crop of Universal artists” is hurtful and wrong.’
And there’s even more, Morrissey claims to be in possession of a letter from John Reid at Russells (London) in which ‘it is clearly stated that David Joseph of Universal Music (London) has no interest in re-issuing I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris, but has instead planned his own tribute to the Paris victims for December which will only involve current Universal bands.’
And ‘True To You’ suggests that the letter can be freely made available to anyone who wishes to read it…. What is this tease? Why not directly posting the letter on the website if it exists?
Of course, Pitchfork and NME have preceded me, and have already send requests to see the letter, but they are still waiting for an answer… so who is lying? The Moz has been in war with companies since,… forever? And once again, he wants to look like the victim, the martyr, whereas we know where are the real martyrs in this case… Oh Morrissey is it really always about you? Even during these times of tragedy?