Morrissey's Southpaw Grammar Due Out In July


completed his next album, Southpaw Grammar, last week. Due

out on Bastille Day (July 11), the album was produced by Steve Lillywhite

(of U2 fame) during January, March, and April of this year at his Hook End

Manor (about 40 miles outside of London). Morrissey will be touring the US this

summer. Southpaw Grammar includes "The Teachers are Afraid of the

Pupils," a loud, raucous song which, at over 11 minutes in length, is the

longest song Morrissey has ever recorded. Also on the eight track album:

"Reader Meet Author," an introspective piece that sounds like Morrissey is

having a conversation with someone, "The Boy Racer," "The Operation," "Do

Your Best and Don't Worry," "Southpaw Grammar," "Dagenam Dave" (the first

single), and the intriguingly titled "Best Friend On the Payroll." According to

Reprise Records president Howie Klein, "This is much more of a band album

than Morrissey has ever done before. When I walked into the studio, Steve

Lillywhite said to me, 'We decided to do the opposite of what we did last

album.' This isn't Morrissey with background musicians. It's a true band

effort. It's a much harder rockin' album."