Ex-Smiths frontman Steven Morrissey is bidding for chart success once again, with an album of Lord Haw-Haw’s best speeches. Recorded in Germany in a studio impenetrable to allied bombing, Morrissey hopes to draw the most vicious flak yet.
“I’ve always admired treacherous cowards”, enthused Morrissey. “But when it comes to recording misery, Lord Haw-Haw was the best.” Morrissey has proven his competence at making deliberately outspoken statements time and again, and has claimed William Joyce’s repeated calls for the Britain to surrender during WW2 were a major influence on his work.
“Joyce represents the peak of mutinous broadcasting”, claimed the singer, “his ‘Haw Haw’ persona was a seminal moment.” Courting controversy has its dangers, and Joyce was famously hanged for his back catalogue. But Morrissey is undaunted: “they don’t have the death sentence in any of my tax-exile homes”, he cooed.