The continuing saga of Morrissey versus Harvest Records soldiers on, unfettered by common sense, dignity, or any sense of humility. In his latest post on fan site True To You, the ex-Smiths frontman once again rails against his onetime label, saying it rejected his requests to make a music video for “Istanbul,” instead asking him to make “spoken word films, none of which gave any clue as to what World Peace Is None Of Your Business intended to be, or is.”
Morrissey goes on, blaming Harvest for not airing a “quite fantastic television advertisement” that should have run in the U.K. leading up to the album’s release. In typical Morrissey fashion, he says the clip’s televised absence caused both his “hackles to bristle and bristles to heckle,” but that Harvest “responded with frosty aloofness”—something that may or may not have happened, depending on if you believe the always dramatic and persecuted Morrissey. For Morrissey’s part, even he admits, “I certainly have an over-active fantasy-life.”
Morrissey then goes on to describe what he believes is the final nail in his record’s contract with Harvest, saying:
Sorrily botched the project may now be, but it’s worth it to get Morrissey out of our Inbox. Yes, I can be intensely persistent, and I certainly have an over-active fantasy-life, but the Harvest experience tells us that despite the blinding flash of teeth and smiles, it doesn’t take much for the coin to flip and suddenly we’re all compromised and shattered. All you need to do is disagree with the vanity of the label boss and your beheading will be slotted in between bottles of the most average champagne on the market. Just one weak-chinned drone can assert the fist of injustice and all of our efforts are flushed away.
He then predicts that World Peace Is None Of Your Business will “instantly disappear from iTunes and record stores and every download-upload-offload outlet on the planet.” Indeed, today it is no longer available on iTunes, Rhapsody, or any streaming or download service, though physical copies are still available. Morrissey says he’s now looking for a new label, though why he actually needs a label—or why a label would want to work with him, lest said label find itself blamed when the just-okay record under-performs—is another story all together.
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