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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 346 : Morrissey's "Bona Drag" 1989-1990. 26 December 2023

It's Boxing Day! What better way to spend the day than to spend an hour talking about 'The Pope Of Mope', Morrissey? Well, I talk about his 1988-1990 period, which saw him play one solo gig in Wolverhampton, record five singles and B-sides, abandon an album, and convert it - "Bona Drag" - into a singles compilation, change writing partners several times, face legal bother, a joke Melody Maker headline, and ever lower chart positions. Some of the B-sides languished in obscurity and long deleted singles for decades, and a 2010 'expanded' version changed the mixes of at least two songs, as well as 5 unreleased songs including some recorded years before, or after, the rest of the album. I also discuss fame, crime, the nature of love and belonging, the innate need to experience pleasure, Dolphins and Pufferfish, George Osborne, The Conservative Government, manipulating statistics to bend reality, the YTS scheme, and well, anything else I think of! Get yourself a meat-free sandwich, this is the longest video yet! 26 December 2023.

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