Morrissey through the eyes of James Maker
June 21, 2009 § Leave a comment
So the other day felt like a Morrissey day. My friend Tim and I ate instant oatmeal in the late afternoon to Viva Hate. We even later attended a party where I felt ridiculously out of place, all the more Smithsy of me. Thinking about it now, I just remembered James Maker, whom I had heard of through Morrissey. James Maker has some sort of acquaintanceship with Morrissey, however, the details are rather murky, I’ve heard things like Maker was a dancer at one point for The Smiths, however, that hasn’t been verified. Maker had also fronted the 80s band Raymonde whom released a single, “No-one Can Hold a Candle to You”. Moz covers the song on the DVD “Who Put the M in Manchester?” with skill. James Maker and Noko 440 (of Apollo 440) were signed to Moz’s Attack label. In fact, Maker’s singing style seems at times eerily similar to Morrissey’s. So there’s this tangled web of close but far friendship, the sort one would expect Morrissey to have.
While Moz has skirted the subject of his sexual orientation for decades now, Maker has been more upfront about his own homosexuality. The reason I bring up Maker is that I just did a quick Google search and discovered he has written a memoir, and an excerpt from it has been posted here. The tidbit talks about Maker’s first introduction to the then-unknown Steven Morrissey. So far it seems promising and hopefully someone picks up the memoir and publishes it so I can read it! It appears to have been finished a year ago, but I don’t think it’s been published anywhere. How unfortunate.
By the way, James Maker and Noko 440 actually have some good tracks like “Born That Way” with some fun allusions to Sylvia Plath–“I anihilated Sylvia Plath!” He declares with a sharp tongue. Definitely Moz fans should listen to James Maker.