When Will Morrissey Record Again? Tony Visconti Provides A Clue

Written by | January 24, 2013 0:02 am | No Comments


While Morrissey seems to tour incessantly, like a mix of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson (if that isn't redundant) , he has no record label and apparently no intention of releasing any new music for the foreseeable future. We know all the reasons and that's fine, what's the point of signing a record contract, but really, it has never been easier to release music so why the hell would it stymie Moz?

Here is an answer garnered from an interview by Andy Greene with Tony Visconti. While initially just a track by track overview of the new Bowie album, Visconti answers some direct questions about his Mancunian buddy:


"Do you think that you and Morrissey will ever work together again?

Hopefully we will. I'm going to see him Friday night in Brooklyn. We email a lot. We talk a lot. He's very reluctant to have a deal with anybody. 'Cause nowadays, the problem is, when a label signs you – right now, he has no label – so if I sign a new label deal, he has to sign a 360 deal. They want a piece of everything. If you write a book, if you write a song, if you're in a movie, they want part of your fee for all these things. So that's the deal that the big labels are offering now and that's because sales are so low and they have to make up their money some way. He's totally against that. He's old-school. Actually I don't blame him.

He could pull a Radiohead and post it online for a fee.

I know. He's also old school about paying for it himself. Traditionally, the label's gotta pay for him. I understand that, and there's an old saying in show business that you never invest your own money in a show. It kinda follows onto recording to some extent, but that attitude has changed.

He could also sign to an indie label that wouldn't make him sign a 360. . . But beyond that, he has enough fans that he'd make a killing charging $10 for an album online?

Yeah, he'll make his money back, yeah. He's playing his new songs onstage, they're being recorded on cell phones every night of the week and they're wonderful songs. "
Indeed there are no limits to what Morrissey could do, he could build the cost of the album into the cost of a ticket. Can you imagine if Morrissey started a kick start account? He could handle the US deficit single handedly. But Moz is an old fashioned fellow and he balks at changing his ways. More is the pity.


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