The famed lyricist, novelist and miserablist is opening a physical shop in London to coincide with a couple of gigs he's playing next week, with the Battersea Dog's Home set to feature a real-world pop-up version of Morrissey's online Mporium merchandise portal.
The Mporium online official Morrissey shop is a strange place. It sells t-shirts with his slimline 1980s face on them, plus weird and quite amazingly tacky reworkings of the 'Keep Calm...' posters with snippets of song lyrics, mugs, beanie hats, tote bags endorsing shoplifting, tea towels, pillowcases and more things that the man himself would clearly despise were it not for the fact he's the main financial beneficiary from their existence.
Of actual interest to enthusiasts is the pop-up Mporium's stocking of a limited run of vinyl recordings signed by Morrissey himself, with just 25 wacky old plastic copies of his classics 'Your Arsenal' and 'Vauxhall And I' being made available each day to old fans who still own record players and are mentally and physically capable of getting out.
The Morrissey shop opens this Friday at 10:30am in the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, so get down there early like if you want the vinyl. There's likely to be less of a queue for the Mozzer beanie hat. Imagine how much he would hate that if instead of "Mozzer" it said "Oasis."
It's £2 to enter the shop, with proceeds going to the animal charity. [NME]