Published Aug 06, 2014Morrissey recently released World Peace Is None of Your Business, his first album in over five years, but this doesn't seem to have quelled any of the singer's me-against-the-world miserablism. He has just penned an open letter — published on True to You — in which he addresses some of his favourite topics.
In the letter dated August 5, Moz begins by thanking some YouTube users for posting homemade videos for the title track from World Peace Is None of Your Business. This positivity quickly turns sour, as he criticizes his label for not making an official music videos — never mind all of those self-indulgent spoken word videos — claims that slots on the BBC pop charts are paid for, and complains that he hasn't received any invitations to perform his new material on television. (Maybe his lack of TV invites stems from his reputation of being rather high maintenance.)
He also touches on well-worn topics like meat consumption, the royal family, Tony Blair and George Bush, and Fox News. At the very least, Morrissey seems to be a fan of social media.
Read it all below.
I am indebted to three sources that have placed their own well-crafted videos on You Tube for the song World peace is none of your business. The three individual sources are named as Sharon Jheeta, Héctor González and wpeace123456. These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist. Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself. God bless social media!
Liberty, equality and fraternity are the essence of the song; no monarchic rule, no political hierarchies, no bought-and-paid-for government thugs, security forces no longer beyond prosecution, and an end to megalomania, repression and corruption. Meat consumption is climate change, and if ever there were a self-evident lost cause it is the British so-called "royal family". Societies have never been so nervous; Pan Am Flight 103 differs not a jot from Malaysian Flight 17. The United Nations failure to imprison Tony Blair and George W. Bush for war crimes against Iraq has told us all that there can never be enough bloodshed, and the world is suffering its worst nervous breakdown. Do not feel powerless!
Many apparently powerless causes have succeeded in shifting political stupidity and greed. You are intellectual sanity. It is possible for nonviolent change; there are more people than there are aging despots; there are more people than there are world leaders. In truth, the world is leaderless. Please stop watching Fox News; anti-monarchial Britain has given up on the BBC — we know that every slot is paid for. We know that the number 1 position on the pop charts is "bought"; this is not 1955.
Thank you to all of my friends in Israel, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Italy who bought World peace is none of your business. It is 30 years on since The Smiths album entered the UK chart at number 2 with zero airplay and zero promotion, and the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult. Yet, I am writing this to you now, and you are reading it.
In answer to many people who have asked, I should like to finally make it clear that I have not received any television invitations — worldwide! — to either discuss World peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.
Thank you for reading this. We have our first World peace is none of your business concert booked in Lisbon (Portugal) on October 6th.
All we have is each other.
for the animals, for intellectual sanity ...