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Bugger off. This makes me more inclined to buy them. And I dislike his music a lot.
people whom would be inclined to buy this stuff might be more interested to hear he doesn't like it. That'll teach him for signing up to a big label though.
I'm always astonished how music fans will defend the corporates just because a musician they don't like criticises them. No matter how shit I think a band is I'll always be on their side.
bands can and frequently are totally assholes and liars. at least corporations are honest about their intentions (to make money).
furthermore, what's the difference between attacking a corporation because a musician you like says they're bad and defending them because a musician you don't like says they're bad? the answer is nothing. you're being just as stupid and bloody minded, just in a different direction.
are you robbie williams?
Not exactly a first for him. He probably ranks high on my list of 'complete gits whose music I nevertheless like/liked'
he's asserting creative control over his back catalogue you cock suckers.
have you seen the catalogue work that they've been doing on the smiths? it's an atrocity.
Yes I'm a fan but seriously, how is he acting without justification in any way? He isn't getting paid for music he produced nor is he asked if it's ok to reissue. I know plenty of people have a vendetta against him so that's probably what's happening here. Essentially all i hear you saying is 'Who cares if he gets paid, he's Morrissey'. Did Radiohead get this reaction? Doubt it
There seems to be some sort of line where it's ok to slag off those who download illegally because the artists get nothing and then slagging off the artists who moan when they don't get anything from an ex-label who is obviously trying to cash in. Put yourself in their position and tell me you wouldn't be pissed. A lot of these Morrissey greatest hits sets were released out of contract anyway.
In Radiohead's case their label stuck with them and pumped money into them when they were seen as a bit of an also-ran before Creep was a hit.
If you sign a major label contract then you have to accept that, whilst it'll boost your reputation and improve your chances of making it, you are dealing with a business and they will try and make money for you. You sign the contract in this risk. I just think it's a bit ridiculous for bands to turn round after they've done well off the back of a major label and play shocked and appalled that said label wishes to adhere to the contract they chose to sign and try to make money out of them.
You're assuming all labels play straight with the artists. Most artists will tell you different and labels will do whatever they can to claim the artist hasn't recouped with all sorts of dodgy accountancy practices. The only way the artist can find out the truth is by paying for their own very expensive independent audit.
of evidence and well-documented cases of disgruntled ex-major label musicians that anybody signing to such a label really has no excuse for not expecting to get screwed over.
plus, there are plenty of cases of indie labels having dodgy accounting practises. hello, SST!
But in Radiohead's case their gripe was the fact that EMI still own the rights to the recordings, which would have been a pretty central tenant of their contract and one the accepted when they signed it in the hope of getting famous. So it's a bit off to attempt to use the clout from their fame to try and renege on an agreement they signed up to.
But i still think that if your former record label pushes a career spanning re-release and boxset the second your contract ends, you are allowed to be pissed off.
But you're not really justified in being surprised or shocked by such a development.
they could have re-released it themselves, and get so much more money out of it...
Just because it's predictable doesn't mean the artist has to keep quiet about it.
He's saying don't buy these products because I don't benefit financially, however I'm sure he'd be happy for you to buy his latest abortion of a record, or any number of greatest hits packages he deems to be acceptable. There is nothing creative control related to that statement he has made its all about the MONEY.
credibility just shot out the window a bit, no? Bit embedded with grudge, really, isn't it? Also, not sure whether "abortion" was really the word you were looking for.
I'm not a moz hater normally. This story just annoyed me. Thats all.
if they are any good, but surely this doesn't harm Morrissey one bit. Surely he knew that the label could do this after a period of time. Surely it can only bring to the attention some of his songs that people in their teens/early twenties may not of heard.
Why should I care if Morrissey gets any money from it? He's not exactly short of a few bob and he's quite prepared to exploit his own back catalogue for money at any other time.
all the first few singles released with the same packaging and b-sides on 7".
I shall be purchasing this one as well, im sure Stephen isnt going hungry
Can they please just get round to re-releasing The Smiths albums on CD (remastered with extra stuff of course).
There's barely any b-sides, demos or covers. Unless you're content with some fairly ropey recordings of live shows
There are still various Peel Session tracks that haven't made it to CD yet. Also, there is the full abandoned 1st ablum produced by Troy Tate. "I Keep Mine Hidden" has never been issued on CD, and there were loads of radio broadcasts of live shows. Good to have the albums remastered anyway.
But why doesn't he make any money from these, given he is the songwriter?
presumably they never recouped. maybe he took a massive advance and it never got made back?
I don't see why Morrissey shouldn't be allowed to express his opinions about the work he's done. I think its personally reasonable for anyone to be annoyed that people are making money and using things you have you have worked on without thier permission or input. Yeah, maybe he should expect this sort of thing from majors and he is acting like whining child but still.