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Also: Two Happy Birthdays

Happy Birthday to two great gay men today, both of whom had an immeasurable impact on my life.

Today would have been the 79th birthday of slain gay rights leader (and my lifelong hero) Harvey Milk:


And a very happy 50th (!) to Morrissey, also a gigantic influence on me and the impetus to my teenage-to-now vegetarianism:


Thanks, fellas.

Vegetarians acting weird: The Morrissey Edition

We’ve already wondered what’s going on with Joaquin.

Now, here’s another fellow vegetarian acting funny: Morrissey and his band, nude on the inside sleeve of his new single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.”


Care to comment?

I was a teen-age vegan

I’m pretty sure I’ve just dug up the first piece I ever wrote for the St. Petersburg Times, where I worked for 16 years. Wanna read it? Click here.

The editor of the piece decided to change my correct spelling of Buddhist to the arcane spelling. That still annoys me, 15 years later.

Morrissey is writing an autobiography!

Okay, mopey* Moz fans, here’s some good news: According to the NME, former Smiths frontman and bona fide solo sensation Morrissey is penning a “tell-all” autobiography.

I put tell-all in quotes because Morrissey is famously private about his love life. The book, he told a BBC 2 radio host, will focus on his music career:

“So much crap is written about me, it’s hard to live with sometimes. It all gets burned down in history and becomes a part of your legacy.”

I know you Moz fantatics are already investigating ways of pre-ordering the Morrissey memoirs. Let me hear from some of you. Who’s excited?

I’ll read the book. I owe a great debt to Morrissey; it was his song “Meat Is Murder” back in 1985 that made me go vegetarian.

(* Are Morrissey fans still mopey? Back in the days of the Smiths, the fans wore black and pouted. But, his music is so different now. Fill me in).

Indie break-up songs

The Recycled Love Songs site lists Top 25 Indie Break-Up Songs.

I’ll add 21 more (and then you add some, too):

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps
“They don’t love you like I love you.”

2. Sonic Youth, Wish Fulfillment
“It’s such a mess now anyway…”

3. The entire Foolish album by Superchunk
Mac and Laura’s intra-band break-up inspires their best album.

3. Sleater-Kinney, One More Hour
“Oh you’ve got the darkest eyes….”

4. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
The chorus kills.

5. Belle & Sebastian, I’m Waking Up to Us
Why not mix humor with your heartbreak?

6. Dinosaur Jr., Puke + Cry
“There’s things I’d like to show you, but you don’t even know you.”

7. Galaxie 500, When Will You Come Home?
Watching TV all alone is sad.

8. Husker Du, Sorry Somehow
Grant Hart wrote the band’s best break-up tunes.

9. The Who, So Sad About Us
– and the covers by The Jam and The Breeders.

10. Johnny Thunders, Hurt Me
Johnny was ballsy enough to address dysfunction in a love song.

11. Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart
A band so gloomy they wrote break-up songs ahead of time.

12. Leslie Gore, You Don’t Own me
– and the covers by Juliana Hatfield and Klaus Nomi.

13. Leonard Cohen, So Long, Marianne
Though it’s hard to pick just one song by him.

14. Liz Phair, Divorce Song
Yes, the Exile in Guyville album lives up to all the hype.

15. Sebadoh, The Freed Pig
Lou Barlow knows band break-ups are just as hard.

16. The Ain’t Love Grand album by X
The only good thing about the break-up of Exene and John.

17. Violent Femmes, Gone Daddy Gone
Who would have known you can have xylophone on a break-up song?

18. Velvet Underground, I Can’t Stand It
This guy’s life is a mess, but if Shelly would just come back….

19. Unrequited Loves, Chewing Gum
“Remember standing on my front lawn? Sudden delightfulness but not for long.”

20. The Smiths, Back to the Old House
“And you never knew how much I really liked you…”

21. Pearl Jam, Black
“I know some day you’ll have a beautiful life…”

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