U2 will release a new album in March entitled No Line on the Horizon, produced by longtime collaborators Eno, Lanois and Lillywhite. I anticipate the album will be good, they have spent a long time working on it. I also anticipate that we will hear a new song from it in the next week or two. The Edge told Mojo that “we’re not fucking around this time. It’s personal”!
One of my best old net stories is from the end of ’96 when “Discotheque” was leaked via a Brazilian fan page. It took about a half hour to download 30-second clips of “Holy Joe,” “Discotheque” and “Wake Up, Dead Man” someone ripped from their EPK and converted to MPEG files. I was one of the only people in the company online at all!
Morrissey’s Years of Refusal comes out on 2/2, with a tour starting at the end of February. We should expect to see the Moz at SXSW… Morrissey is probably still connected to Universal from a massive deal he got from Mercury’s Danny Goldberg just after he had been diminished by the advent of grunge. Morrissey was one of the last British stars of the alternative scene, having left The Smiths and becoming massive on his own in the late 80s.
It’s hard to imagine that the label’s core constituency (AAA/Americana Radio) will be turned on by the Suedehead’s comeback. They don’t play “How Soon is Now?” “You’re the One for Me Fatty” or any of his previous hits with The Smiths or solo. I haven’t been paying much attention but it would’ve made sense for those radio stations to upgrade their classic rock to the 80s/90s. Is that why Matt Pinfield is on WRXP?