Thursday, February 23

Morrissey probed, then moves to Rome

Maybe it was for suggesting that the queen is dead, boys. Maybe it was for saying that meat is murder. Maybe it was for dreaming of Margaret Thatcher on guillotine. Maybe it was for singing that America's belly is too big, as he did on his most recent studio album. Or maybe it was for supporting John Kerry in 2004.

Whatever the reason, former Smiths frontman Morrissey claims that he's been targeted by the FBI (among others) in a possible anti-terror investigation. He also has given up on Los Angeles and moved to Rome. He calls the City of Angels "a crashingly naive place." Finally, the "Suedehead" singer says he was terribly depressed by the demise of the Smiths back in the 1980s. Who woulda thunk?

By coincidence, these odd statements come just ahead of the release of Moz's newest disc, "Ringleader of the Tormentors." It drops in early April.

Despite all of this silliness, "The Queen Is Dead," which marks its 20th anniversary this year, is still one of the all-time great albums.

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