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Most amusing news article ever to come out of Leicester...
leicester is shit. like, really really shit.
well, nice enough.
but i'm going to have to ask you to fuck off, regardless of your happy Heroes based messages
such as being stood on as someone broke into my friends house to steal his laptop and phone and stuff.
but, mosh is quite fun. esp. cos Nick was/is on the wall.
Every town should have a Showaddywaddy singing school.
its been taken down
before i had a chance to read it :(
must be the mack pulling the strings from above
are you le_shambles?
R'n'B singer Mark Morrison has hit out at the city where he once lived – and at other major Leicester stars.
He insisted the "disrespect" he met with here means he is never going to return.
"Believe it, baby," Mark told The Mercury in a transatlantic phone call. "I ain't never, ever, ever going back to Leicester.
"That's N-to-the-E-to-the-E-to-the-G-to-the-B-to-the-T-to-the-L," he said, rapping out the initials. "I ain't never, ever, ever going back to Leicester.
"I showed Leicester the love and that city never showed me the love back. That place has shown me nothing but contempt."
The Mercury rang Mark to get Leicester's king of bling to recommend a bit of jewellery for our Christmas gift guide.
He was happy to do that, but only after he had blasted his home town and buried a substantial collection of hatchets in the backs of the city's favourite sons.
"Leicester don't give me the love it gives Gary Lineker," he said. "It don't give me the love it gives Kasabian or Engelbert Humperdinck. What's that orange dude ever done for Leicester?
"I'm the dude. Did the dude Engelbert organise a talent show for the kids of this city? No. That dude was me."
Mark – born in Hanover, raised in Highfields – is the biggest musical export the city has produced in many years, with five top-10 hits, record sales in the double-digit millions, four Brit Award nominations and a debut album that bust America's huge R'n'B market wide open.
However, he spent more time in court than on Top Of The Pops.
He served three spells in prison – once for getting a stand-in to do his community service.
He was also found not guilty of a malicious allegation of rape, did put on the talent shows and was cleared of causing an affray outside Leicester's After Dark nightclub after someone stole his necklace.
Mark was keen to talk about this week's long-delayed release of his album, Innocent Man in the United States.
"They call me the 'rubber ball', 'cause I keep bouncing back higher and higher," he said.
"You throw me down and I bounce back. Oh yeaaaah! God is great!''
Innocent comes out in the States on Tuesday and another album is due out next year.
"I'm doing a lot of mad promos, radio hook ups, online interviews, all that kind of thing" said Mark.
"I've just come back from New York. Keeps me busy, keeps me out of trouble, so that's good.
"The new album is called The Show Must Go On.
"It's probably the last Mark Morrison album you will hear for a substantial amount of time.
"I want to experience the joy of falling in love, the joy of making babies. I wanna be a dad, man."
The Mack will tour the UK, Europe and the US next year. The one place he will not play, though, is his home town.
"Leicester will never see me again'' he said.
"Leicester is not part of my future any more."
Insults, grievances and slights – real or imagined – swallowed and digested, come rattling down the telephone line in a furious 10-minute tirade.
"People that are successful high-tail it out of Leicester, they forget their city and they never come back," he said.
"I feel I've been persecuted for coming back.
"I don't see a Gary Lineker soccer school in Leicester. I don't see an Engelbert Humperdinck or a Show-addywaddy singing school in Leicester.
"I came back, I put on talent shows in Leicester. I did that and the police tried to shut me down.
"I never had to do that. I could have stayed in my comfort zones in London and Miami, but I came back and y'all disrespected me.
"I will always be the all-time musical great of your city. I'm The Beatles of that city.
"My skin is black. How many people that are black have ever come out of that city and made it?
"I wrote the greatest black record ever, one of the greatest R'n'B records to come out of this country ever, and my return was pain."
This is not calculated histrionics to sell records. Mark said. He means it.
"This is my Renaissance," he said.
"I've been 15 years in the game. They've tried to shoot me, they've tried to cut me and they've tried to beat me, but I'm still here.
"I've been in jail three times and they never even got the diamond stud out of my nose.
"I feel that if every white person had done what I had done, Leicester would be a fantastic city.
"I came, I saw, and I conquered the world.
"Like that white dude, my man Elton John, said, 'I'm still standing'. I'm still here, baby, and I'm better than all the rest."