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Ganglord.

Let’s all start out this Friday with the beautiful new Morrissey video for “Ganglord”, directed by Dennis Roberts and filmed at Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. (Evergreen, which is one of LA’s oldest cemeteries, has an interesting history.)

I love this song—lyrically, musically, and now visually. Well done.

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35 Comments

  • Reply Tina March 12, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I love this man!
    He could sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and I would be riveted!!! This video is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply my little apartment March 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I rode my moped throught that cemetery while shooting a Vans campaign, it’s a pretty rad spot.
    lovely way to start the weekend, thanks for posting!

  • Reply elsie March 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    thanks for pointing out the history of evergreen.

  • Reply Christina Diaz March 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    In addition to all the comments above, I would also like to add that Morrissey was looking pretty good as well!

  • Reply suzanne March 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    love.

  • Reply Anna Bo March 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Gotta love him.

  • Reply down bedding March 14, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Love him! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Ryan James March 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    last week I got to see Andy Rourke (legendary bass player of The Smiths) DJ at a club in Melbourne, AUS.

    He played SO much Morrissey. I couldn’t help but think of you!

  • Reply dewi March 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Is this a parody?

    I’m so sorry to insult a beloved singer to so many.

    Bit I lost my patience ages ago for Morrissey, he’s a middle aged white man, now singing aobut gangs in LA taunting and wanting him. I think he’s playing his fans loyalty putting out this type of nonsensical drivel.

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Sorry Dewi, but I’m going to have to disagree with you. I’m not sure what you think Morrissey is “parodying” here, but I am quite certain he takes the lyrical content of his music very, very seriously.

    (“Nonsensical”? Really? You honestly can’t understand the story he’s telling here? It’s fairly simple.)

    You do realize that not all songs (or books, for that matter) written in the first-person are not necessarily meant to be autobiographical, right? Surely you don’t think Morrissey should be confined to writing about the perils of a wealthy, middle-aged white man.

    The very reason Morrissey IS so beloved to so many is because of his ability to put into words the hardships of those for whom he feels empathy and compassion. The older he gets, the less egocentric his lyrics have become.

  • Reply becky March 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    It was so odd – they were playing Morrissey in CVS today. I wasn’t sure if I was psyched or disturbed, because I was afraid it put him in the same category of the usual horrible Kenny G. stuff they usually play in CVS.

  • Reply Gaia March 17, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Anna, are you OK, are you OK Anna? It’s been ooh at least sixteen hours and four minutes since I last heard from you – as a stakeholder for Door Sixteen, I certainly have certain rights and very rigid expectations of you.

    [ ehem, my attempt at humour & to (please make them stop!) of all the ‘concerned’ emails whenever you don’t blog for ten seconds … keep the style alive dollface, & no offence intended ]

  • Reply Brad March 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Hi Anna. Longtime reader here. I’ll be in NYC first week of April, and I’d like to make a day trip up to Dia: Beacon. Have you got any favorite places in Beacon? No pressure, but just a couple of recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks!

  • Reply Brad March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Whoops: I failed to write that I did check out the d*s guide ( http://tinyurl.com/yac2yco ). But if you don’t mind, I’d love to know a couple of your favorites . . . Thanks again!

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Brad: I seldom spend any time in Beacon since my favorite antique store closed last year, but if you’re interested in any other towns in the area, I’d be happy to make suggestions. What are you looking for? Restaurants? Art? Antiques? Other?

  • Reply Brad March 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for responding, Anna. Most interested in cafes/restaurants and art. (Shopping is less important, although I thought I’d check out Iron Fish, assuming it’s still there.) Thinking of going further north, to Walkway Over the Hudson, time permitting. But really, just open to checking out any places in the area that you think are special.

  • Reply dee March 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I mentioned this video to someone but by mistake I kept referring to it as Gaylord. Freudian slip?

  • Reply greybreaks March 19, 2010 at 8:19 am

    morrissey, the smiths, good times.

    great song/video.

    thanks for posting.

  • Reply Lila Ferraro March 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I agree. What a great way to start the weekend! Love the cinematography.
    Lila Ferraro

  • Reply Liz Hernandez March 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Anna,
    I wrote to you a couple of weeks back asking you about your cute Orla Kiely bag…Anyway, I am writing again because I live in East LA/Boyle Heights and I walk around the Evergreen Cemetery every morning,. It is literally 1 block away! It was so exciting to see you post my hood on your blog:) Anytime you are over here on this side please let me know and I will show you authentic Mexican food and Boyle Heights/East LA:)
    BTW, almost everyone I went to school with absolutely LOVED and still LOVES Morrissey!

  • Reply agneta March 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Your blog ….. it’s amazing and soooo inspiring. Nice to find you!

    A small footprint from Agneta & Sweden

    Ps. I have an ongoing jewelry contest on my blog. Welcome! Ds

  • Reply Kowhai March 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    a cute photo that instantly made me think of your style/minor chair obsession…

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_My3SC9qEsRA/S6FcUTOTvLI/AAAAAAAAC_Q/XJjLRYWFO6s/s1600-h/06.png

    (hope the link works 🙂 )

    Sarah

  • Reply Natasa March 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Anna,
    I really have no idea how could this happen, but I’ve JUST discovered your wonderful blog. I can’t take my eyes off your beautiful creations, your stunning house, Evan and your dogs… and your very special sense for everything design related. I am looking forward to read you for so much more time. Thanks, Natasa

  • Reply Catherine March 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve had this marked as unread in my feed reader for weeks now because I wanted to see it on a computer (not my phone) and I am so glad I did. Thanks for this. It’s added to my download list! Sadly, though – my first thought at the start of the video was “man! he looks old!!”. 🙂

  • Reply Patty March 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Fantastic video. Morrissey is so talented!

  • Reply mkforster@yahoo.com March 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    HI

    I lived next to the ganglord- 18th street gang- in east la ( el sereno. Boyle heights) and i must say he did a great job of caring for the locals as far as stopping gentrification!
    go Morrissey brilliant.

  • Reply Sabine March 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Oh my, I LOVE The Moz & The Smiths. Heard him sing “Ganglord” live at least 2 or 3 times…Great song!

  • Reply Eddie March 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Rain drop cardigan!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=43608842

  • Reply nichole March 31, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    He exudes cool. Always did, always will.

  • Reply featherbed April 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Gotta love Morrissey 🙂

  • Reply Mina April 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the music!

    Just discovered you and your blog and I like what I see…a lot!

  • Reply tom April 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    WE WANT MORE BLOGGING!!!

  • Reply .amanda. April 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    what can make someone smile more than when they se an adorable dog!? I love these photos! thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Pam June 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Just saw Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl and it was an amazing show. But I can’t seem to find the album with “Ganglord.” Or is it only available as a B-side? Thanks!

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    @Pam: “Ganglord” is a b-side to “The Youngest Was the Most Loved”, but you can also get it on Swords, the b-sides compilation Morrissey released last year.

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