Amanda Palmer to Morrissey: “Crowdsource”

29th April 2013 No comments

Kickstarter darling Amanda Palmer wrote an open letter to Morrissey via salon.com in response to a piece which recently appeared in The Guardian. In The Guardian article, Morrissey stated “I have a lot of songs. We could record three studio albums immediately, very easily. But none of the majors are interested. [They] are only interested in very young people who will fly by and ask for nothing in return”.
I would like to point out that he has said almost that exact thing several times over the past few years. I would also like to add that, on more than one occasion, Morrissey has alluded to the fact that he was far more comfortable in the music industry of yore.
Back when you signed to a label, they gave you an advance, you recorded an album, toured, took some time off, cashed your royalty checks, and they cycle repeated fairly uninterrupted.
Now, there aren’t many record labels, and those labels don’t throw around many contracts. Having said that, I don’t honestly feel as though that’s Morrissey’s problem. He’s a legend, but he’s a legend who’s, quite honestly, a pain in the arse. I don’t think it’s a matter of labels not wanting to release his music, as the music is fine.
Labels don’t want to deal with him walking off stage in the middle of performing at a festival because someone in the crowd, who paid a handsome sum to be there, had the audacity to eat a meal that isn’t to Morrissey’s liking. Labels don’t want to deal with tour after tour, year after year being postponed then cancelled, then rescheduled, then postponed and cancelled again. Labels don’t want to deal with the vitriolic outbursts. The funny thing about record labels is this; if they’re giving you money, they also want to give you responsibility, even when you’re a rock star. Even when you’re a rock legend. Even when you’re Morrissey.
Morrissey is amazing, without question. Both in his solo career and with The Smiths, his music is unlike anyone else’s, but his antiquated beliefs that the industry is where it was twenty, or even ten years ago can only hurt him.
He said a few years ago that he would never even consider a self-released album as ‘he isn’t DIY,’ so I can’t imagine he’d go for crowdfunding.
If that’s the case, it’s a shame. His fan base is so loyal, often times blindly, he’d probably shatter all current crowdfunding records and make any album he wanted to, all the while earning enough for at least one more.

It’ll be interesting to see if Morrissey responds in his typical, acid-tongued fashion. While we await his reply, I’ll be listening to the new Johnny Marr record.

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