Art Brut Wants Morrissey to Forgive His Parents
Art Brut the band is brash, fun, bitingly witty, bratty, but sometimes sweet. The subject matter of their songs reveals a wide range of items on singer Eddie Argos' wish list, such as:
1) Peace -- "I wanna be the boy/The man that writes the song/That makes Israel and Palestine/Get along" -- We Formed a Band
2) Reconciliation with High School Girlfriend -- "Other girls went and other girls came, I can't get over my old flame." -- Emily Kane (Argos' girlfriend at the age of 15)
3) For His Own Body to Cooperate When He Wants to Get Laid -- "It's got nothing to do with anything I've had to drink./It's more to do with the way I think." -- Rusted Guns of Milan (grab this song while you can at The Smudge of Ashen Fluff)!
3) Stardom -- "Sometimes it's hard to stop, when your heart is set on Top of the Pops" -- Bad Weekend
5) Friendship with Morrissey -- "I'm drinking Hennessey with Morrissey, on a beach, out of reach, somewhere very far away" -- Moving to L.A.
The last item might be a little harder to attain, given their other song that references Moz. In About Time, the B-side on their Emily Kane single, Argos claims "There was a time when I couldn't stomach Morrissey/I thought he can't have had as hard a life as me." He pretty much spends the rest of the song urging Moz to forgive his parents.
mp3: Art Brut - About Time
Now that's just silly. Forgiving your parents isn't very rock. I haven't found an interview where the band discusses this song, but pending that, I think it's fair to infer that they're probably saying "Oh, enough already with the angst thing, Moz." They could feel this way and still be fans, I suppose ... possibly. Only, encouraging Morrissey to abandon his angst entirely would be like telling Tom Cruise to stop being manic and mentally unstable.
On a more amusing note, Eddie Argos spread the word that the band wanted people "to form franchises of Art Brut: Art Brut 2, Art Brut 3..." Ask and ye shall receive, at least if you're in a band. Several franchises' "Brutlegs" are available on Art Brut's website.