Someone close to Morrissey might want to have a conversation with him about burning bridges, biting the hand that feeds him, etc. Not that he would listen….
Or maybe someone should just close the fanzine. This seems to be a place of weakness.
Let’s back up and unfold the drama so far, shall we?
Earlier this month, Morrissey kicked off a beef with his label, Harvest Records, by using his fanzine True To You as a platform to berate the company for not doing enough to promote his new album World Peace Is None of Your Business. Shortly after, a statement appeared on True To You claiming that Harvest Records had dropped Morrissey from its roster, a claim the record company quickly denied.
Morrissey wasn’t finished. This week, the singer aired more dirty laundry with an extended open letter on True To You, detailing the manifold ways in which the label had not lived up to its sense of promise and had not given his record the attention he felt it deserved, following up with the prediction that Harvest Records would pull the record from shelves and digital outlets “because Harvest technically have no right to sell it.”
Prophecy fulfilled. Shortly after the letter was posted, as Spin reports, Harvest Records pulled World Peace Is None of Your Business from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital retailers and streaming services.
There are two possible ways to interpret these events. Either the label truly screwed Moz over and deserves to be called out; or Morrissey has become an expert at self-sabotage. Given the amount of negative publicity that has swirled around him over the past two years, between his propensity to alienate people with his loose tongue and his habit of booking, then cancelling, tours (howbeit for medical reasons), the evidence points to the latter interpretation.
From what we can gather, the artist still lays claim to the recordings he did for Harvest, and is planning to shop for another label. “Staggeringly, I still believe that there’s a label out there with my name on it, and one that will issue World peace is none of your business, and afford it the respect it deserves,” Moz says in the letter. Still, it’s questionable whether any label would want to touch him at this point, given his history and recent tirades. Even if Morrissey is right, there’s still such a thing as diplomacy. No one wants to back a loose cannon.