Wohl wegen dreier Fanvideos auf YouTube steht Morrissey mal wieder ohne Label da. Harvest Records setzte ihn nach seiner öffentlicher Kritik vor die Tür.

»(…) Bitte versteht, dass die Pop oder Rock Industrie sich genau so der ewigen öffentlichen Täuschung verschreiben kann, wie die Welt der Politik höchstselbst. God bless social media!«

Jene Worte, die Morrissey am Dienstag auf seiner Fanseite True To You postete, dürften wohl das Fass zum Überlaufen gebracht haben. Das Label Harvest Records, ein Sublabel von Universal, das den Musiker ohnehin erst nach langer Überlegung unter Vertrag genommen hatte, trennte sich am Samstag von ihm.

Auslöser sind drei Fanvideos auf YouTube zum Titelsong seines jüngsten Albums, World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Deren Qualität sei nämlich besser, als alles, was das Label hätte zustandebringen können. Dieses soll sich außerdem geweigert haben, überhaupt Geld für ein entsprechendes Musikvideo bereitzustellen.

Zuvor hatte Morrissey allerdings auch skurrile öffentliche Auseinandersetzungen mit einem Support-Act (Morrissey warf Kristeen Young vor, ihn mit einem Virus angesteckt zu haben.) und einem ehemaligen Bodyguard. Letzterer behauptete, Morrissey hätte ihn beauftragt, einen unliebsamen Fanseitenbetreiber zu verletzen. Die Entscheidung könnte Harvest also leicht gefallen sein.

Das komplette Statement im Wortlaut:

I am indebted to three sources that have placed their own well-crafted videos on You Tube for the song World peace is none of your business. The three individual sources are named as Sharon Jheeta, Héctor González and wpeace123456. These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist. Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself. God bless social media!

Liberty, equality and fraternity are the essence of the song; no monarchic rule, no political hierarchies, no bought-and-paid-for government thugs, security forces no longer beyond prosecution, and an end to megalomania, repression and corruption. Meat consumption is climate change, and if ever there were a self-evident lost cause it is the British so-called “royal family”. Societies have never been so nervous; Pan Am Flight 103 differs not a jot from Malaysian Flight 17. The United Nations failure to imprison Tony Blair and George W. Bush for war crimes against Iraq has told us all that there can never be enough bloodshed, and the world is suffering its worst nervous breakdown. Do not feel powerless!

Many apparently powerless causes have succeeded in shifting political stupidity and greed. You are intellectual sanity. It is possible for nonviolent change; there are more people than there are aging despots; there are more people than there are world leaders. In truth, the world is leaderless. Please stop watching Fox News; anti-monarchial Britain has given up on the BBC – we know that every slot is paid for. We know that the number 1 position on the pop charts is “bought”; this is not 1955.

Thank you to all of my friends in Israel, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Italy who bought World peace is none of your business. It is 30 years on since The Smiths album entered the UK chart at number 2 with zero airplay and zero promotion, and the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult. Yet, I am writing this to you now, and you are reading it.
In answer to many people who have asked, I should like to finally make it clear that I have not received any television invitations – worldwide! – to either discuss World peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.

Thank you for reading this. We have our first World peace is none of your business concert booked in Lisbon (Portugal) on October 6th.

All we have is each other.

for the animals, for intellectual sanity …

5 August 2014.

Leserinnen außerhalb Deutschlands können das von Héctor González erstellte und in Deutschland bereits GEMA-geblockte Fanvideo hier sehen. Die anderen beiden wurden bereits gelöscht.