Morrissey is up on his soapbox yet again. In a statement posted to True to You, Morrissey began by praising a trio of fan-made videos for his song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” but quickly slipped into a sweeping, vitriolic and barely comprehensible tirade against many of his usual tormentors… and some new ones!
“A similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label,” he groans of his new album's lack of music videos, making a pun-assisted dig against his label, Harvest Records. “Please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself,” he continues. “God bless social media!”
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From his label, to the music industry, to Pan Am Flight 103, to social media, Moz then uses the freedom-for-all message of the song in question as a bridge into some big picture rants on the state of world affairs. He asserts that “meat consumption is climate change,” calls on the United Nations to imprison George W. Bush and Tony Blair, and implores readers to stop watching Fox News and the BBC.
Perhaps most surprisingly, he calls for “an end to megalomania.”
When he ties it back to music, Morrissey reminisces on how The Smiths’ self-titled debut hit No. 2 on the UK charts “with zero airplay and zero promotion” and points out that no one has yet asked him to play any of his World Peace songs on television.
After all this, it seems like getting back out on tour (after canceling his recent North American trip due to illness) could do him some good.
“We have our first World peace is none of your business concert booked in Lisbon (Portugal) on October 6th,” Morrissey closes. Talk about burying the lede.