CLUAS Writers: profile of Anthony Morrissey
Sweet dreams are made of... Fast cars? Money? Lines of coke? Dancing
girls? No, once I realised I'd never play Test cricket all I ever wanted from
life was to write for the NME. Mid seventies it was full of three page reviews
of Zep gigs in Earls Court, doleful interviews with the man who would never make
it - Roy Harper, acres of anguished print devoted to Pink Floyd's 'Wish you were
here', all of it shot through with the word 'WHY?'. But above all there was
Charles Shaar Murray, Nick Kent, Chrissie Hynde, all drugged up, glammed up and
living the dream. Real heroes, role models in the least pejorative sense of the
Mid eighties, I shoulda been kicking my way up the corporate ladder but I was distracted by Paul Morley, Barney Hoskyns, Biba Kopf, Seething Wells, Paul Du Noyer. A lot of the time I didn't understand a word these people wrote but I wanted to be them, or at least be like them. NME died for me sometime around 1989 but then, early noughties, along came Cluas. It leaves NME in the shade, I love it and I love writing for it.
Joined CLUAS: October 2001
- Duel - Propaganda
- Eight miles high - Husker Du
- How I wrote elastic man - The Fall
- Death of a European - Three Johns
- In my room - Beach Boys
- Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
- One World - John Martyn
- White Album - Beatles
- Lexicon of Love - ABC
- Argus - Wishbone Ash
- Kind Hearts and Coronets
- Godfather 1 and 2
- Betty Blue
Some of Anthony's articles published on CLUAS:
- Spiritualised live in the Tripod (June 2008)
- Richard Hawley live in London (Nov 2005)
- Lemonjelly live in Dublin (Feb 2003)
- Kraftwerk live in Dublin (March 2004)
- Spiritualised live in Dublin (Oct 2001)
- Boz Scaggs live in Dublin (July 2003)
- Echo and the Bunnymen live in Dublin (Nov 2003)
- McAlmont and Butler live in Dublin (Sept 2002)
- Bj?k 'Volta'
- Autamata 'My Sanctuary'
- Goldfrapp 'Black Cherry'
- The Blue Nile 'High'
- Alice Cooper 'Live At The Whiskey A Go Go 1969'
- The Tycho Brahe 'Love Life'
- Richard Hawley 'Late night final'
- Go! Team 'Thunder, Lightning Strike'
- The Vines 'Highly Evolved'
- DJ Shadow 'Private Press'
- Bent's 'Everlasting Blink'
- The Coral 'The Coral'
- Black Box Recorder's 'Passionoia'
- Metisse 'My Fault'
- Boa Morte 'Soon it will come time to face the world outside'
- Lemon Jelly 'Lost Horizons'
- Orbital 'The Blue Album'
- Pony Club 'Home Truths'
- Spiritualized 'Amazing Grace'
- Kid Loco 'Kill your darlings'
- Ed Harcourt 'Here be Monsters'
- Ben Christophers 'Spoonface'
- Silverman 'Speed of Life part two'
- Turin Brakes' 'Shine a Light'
- Amy Winehouse 'Frank'
- Sarah Jane Hudson's debut album
- Steerage 'Smash them all to bits' (EP review)
- Anthony Morrissey's top 5 Irish albums of all time