Morrissey has a lot on his plate: he’s recording a new album, writing a novel, gearing up for a US tour, putting the finishing touches on his Johnny Marr voodoo doll. I also see some brussels sprouts off to the side of his plate, but what can you do? No one likes brussel sprouts. (Editor’s Note: Q BBQ in Chicago makes some exceptional brussel sprouts, but they also serve up some of the city’s tastiest meat. Sorry, Moz.)
Recently, Morrissey spoke with Billboard about his projects and a variety of other topics. Can you guess what the first question was about? Well, Morrissey certainly did!
Billboard: Hi Morrissey. Thanks for taking some time for us. Where are you right now?
Morrissey: I’m in France recording a new album. But surely you’d rather discuss the Smiths?
Billboard: Well, since you mentioned it… Feb. 20 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Smiths album. How did you mark the occasion?
Morrissey: Is it only 30 years? It feels like 60.
Morrissey later returned to the topic of his former band when Billboard’s M. Tye Corner slyly asked about the prospects of a reunion by turning it into a question about reunions that Morrissey would like to see. Morrissey’s answer was quintessential Morrissey.
Billboard: Despite your best efforts, many fans still hopelessly pray for a Smiths reunion. Are there any long-gone groups or performers you desperately wish would take the stage again?
Morrissey: I don’t know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion! But, no, there aren’t any bands I like to see again because your memory of them is how they were in their prime or at their best or at their most desperate, and you look to them to be someone that they no longer are.
They also discussed The Beatles. Remember them? They were a band in the ’60s who had four or so good songs to their name. Wait, what?
Billboard: Recently, the music world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landing in America. Were you particularly influenced, musically or otherwise, by the Fab Four?
Morrissey: I thought four of their songs were magnificent, and if a band can give you four magnificent songs then that’s good enough for me. But was I ever influenced by the Beatles? No.
Morrissey also discussed his recent health issues (“I’m expected to see Easter”), his novel (“I can’t christen the baby until I at least see its head”), and forthcoming album (“I’m amused by modern pop artists who can only sing about s.e.x … as if nothing else mattered on the planet.”) Read the entire thing here.