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Morrissey Contemplates Retirement as Ninth Solo Album Drops


Former Smiths frontman Morrissey, whose ninth solo album Year of Refusal, comes out today, says he's thinking about retirement:

"The former Smiths frontman said that the chances of him carrying on as a singer for much longer after his 55th birthday were 'slim'. He is currently 49. When asked if he could continue as a 55 or 60 year-old he told XFM, 'I think it’s incredibly slim. For Heaven's sake! Really?' He also talked about other older musicians, and how he believed few remain relevant into older age. 'I assume most people lose it because they become satisfied and they achieve everything they ever set out to achieve,' he said. 'More to the point, they become personally satisfied and that they're quite happy and it doesn't matter any more. It's very interesting that it's very hard to think of anybody who ages and still manages to mean anything.'"

Morrissey appeared on the BBC's The One show yesterday. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Morrissey's 7-Incher [tr]
Morrissey Still Unloved, Alone [tr]

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  1. I'll invent a time machine and send a million bucks into the past to get him to retire just after recording "Everyday Is Like Sunday." If he's talking about himself when he speaks of older artists losing relevance, he's dead-on.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 17, 2009 2:28:58 PM

  2. I LOVE him.

    Posted by: dubwise | Feb 17, 2009 2:29:05 PM

  3. People who got older and were still artistically relevant:

    Ray Charles
    Gertrude Stein
    Luciano Pavarotti
    Georgia O'Keefe
    Tina Turner
    Tennessee Williams
    Eugene O'Neil
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Beverly Sills

    It's not about your age. It's about what's in your head and your heart. If Morrissey thinks he's irrelevant, then he's probably right.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 17, 2009 2:55:13 PM

  4. "It's very interesting that it's very hard to think of anybody who ages and still manages to mean anything."

    Well...numerous blues artists, jazz artists, folk and ethnic musicians worldwide. All the kind of stuff which Morrissey (as opposed to Johnny Marr) never seems to have shown any interest in at all.

    Posted by: John C | Feb 17, 2009 3:03:21 PM

  5. Agree with the 2 above. The bloke WORSHIPS Joni Mitchell, but doesn't think artists can grow and change into their advanced years. Sounds like he's just worried about himself. He's always been the ultimate poser.

    Posted by: James | Feb 17, 2009 3:30:51 PM

  6. I just noticed that thing on his right arm. Turns out there's also a W or a butterfly on the baby's head, and that all sorts of people have all sorts of theories about what it all means.


    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 17, 2009 3:37:09 PM

  7. I used to think i would never be caught dead in a Gay bar after I turned 30.

    I'm jes sayin'.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Feb 17, 2009 7:19:21 PM

  8. Yet my friends Dan and Kevin, together for twenty years and who just saw each other through a heart attack and cancer,-- well, civil unions are good enough.

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