Itís rare we review a television show here on The Tripwire, but when itís a program that includes the first major TV interview granted by Smiths frontman Morrissey in over 16 years, then youíre going to read about it. The episode aired in the UK last night and it was highly entertaining. A number of Morrisseyís friends are interviewed, as well as contemporaries Bono of U2, Oasisí Noel Gallagher and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. A crew follows Moz around during his 2002 World tour and shows stops along the way, including a meet and greet with an Australian fan who won a chance to meet him 10 years ago, when he was last due on the Australian continent. Morrissey himself is interviewed in a number of locales, including in his house in Los Angeles, as well as in London, when he returns for a set of gigs at the Royal Albert Hall. Morrisseyís devotional interest as a youth in New York Dolls and Sparks is discussed, including interviews with the latter band about how the man born Stephen Patrick Morrissey would rifle through their dressing room and take uneaten or partially eaten rolls home with him and make a shrine.
A number of incredibly interesting tidbits are covered. Both Bono and Noel have only glowing things to say about the man, with Gallagher plainly stating, in one of the first positive things Iíve ever heard him say about other bands, ìWhatever you put down in a lyric to define your love, or hate, for anyone, heíll do it one better. Because heís the best lyricist Iíve ever read.î In discussing Morrisseyís theoretically permanent unhappy state, Bono comes to his rescue. ìThatís what I donít get, the miserable thing. I find him very funny,î the U2 singer said. ìëGirlfriend In A Coma,í when I heard it, I nearly crashed my car and ended up in a coma. He has that gift. That is not the mark of a miserable man. [The people who deem him miserable are] just miserable people who donít get the humor.î
The oddity of Morrisseyís Latin fan base, his feelings on The Smiths and Johnny Marr and a number of other subjects are breached. He even has neighbor Nancy Sinatra over for tea. Just donít expect a full Smiths reunion anytime. When Mike Joyce and the lawsuit he brought against Morrissey and Marr, in which the drummer won one million pounds, is brought up, Morrissey opined, ìIt was a terrible miscarriage of justice. Itís been really, really shocking. I wish the very worst for Joyce for the rest of his life.î