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BILLY MORRISON’S NEW SOLO ALBUM ‘GOD SHAPED HOLE’ DUE OUT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
INCLUDES NEW SONG, “GODS,” SUNG BY OZZY OSBOURNE AND WRITTEN BY MORRISON / OSBOURNE
COVER FEATURES ORIGINAL MORRISON ARTWORK INSPIRED BY TITLE TRACK
LIMITED EDITION ARTPACK TO ACCOMPANY TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL RELEASE
English musician, singer and guitarist BILLY MORRISON has confirmed Friday, October 23 as the release date for his new (and second) solo album, GOD SHAPED HOLE, to be released on his own King Mob Music label. Morrison, who currently plays guitar in Billy Idol’s band and co-wrote many songs on Idol’s latest KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND album, is joined by Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals on “Gods,” a Morrison/Osbourne co-write) for the new album. GOD SHAPED HOLE (co-produced by Morrison and Erik Eldenius) was mixed by Mike Clink (who produced Guns N’ Roses’ landmark debut album, Appetite for Destruction) and John Spiker.
“Initially the plan was simply to record an EP of covers, but as with everything, the plan grew,” Morrison explains. “I had a song I had written with Steve Stevens that I wanted to sing on, so that got thrown into the pot. Erik (Eldenius) threw some ideas at me, and we started to record originals as well. My two best guitar mates from the two bands I’m in, Dave Navarro (Royal Machines and previously with Camp Freddy) and Steve Stevens, also both appear on the record, quite simply because they are awesome friends and did it without question…. they showed up, did their thing, and supported me. And then I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I had disappeared to…. I told him I had decided to record a solo album, and the next text back from him was ‘Well I wanna sing a song on your record!’”
Morrison explains the inspiration behind GOD SHAPED HOLE which features 10 tracks–five originals and five cover songs (track listing below). “The five original songs were written with the spirit of independence that was so important at one time in music, and the complete autonomy and freedom that comes with a project like this. The covers are not huge hits, and most are by bands that never received the recognition they deserved. This record comes from a place inside me–thanking and paying respect to bands and songs that truly made me want to play, to perform and to do it my way.”
Beyond his commitment to music, Billy Morrison is an accomplished artist who has been featured at the Branded Arts exhibition at Mann’s Chinese Theater, in the 2015 LA Art Show and at The Village Studios. His new exhibition DIS-EASE–a gallery of the rocker’s original collection of fine art–will debut Wednesday, September 2 at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. The original acrylic on canvas work, GOD SHAPED HOLE will be for sale at the show. The collection will be on display in the gallery until September 8th.
“The GOD SHAPED HOLE artwork is all original acrylic on canvas pieces, painted by me in the same independent spirit as the music was recorded,” says Morrison. “I have found painting to be extremely valuable in my life–a creative outlet that no one else is involved with–no managers, agents, band mates or unwarranted opinions! I have collected art for years and loved pop art since I first heard the Velvet Underground sing about drugs and transvestites when I was 12 years old. From there I learned about Andy Warhol, fell in love with graffiti, followed the early career of Banksy, became close friends with Shepard Fairey and eventually picked up a paintbrush last year. My paintings are just images I love, and the fact that other people like them, buy them, appreciate them, that is all 100% bonus for me. The process when I get it right is as satisfying as writing a great song. Marrying the music and art together in this package seemed the obvious thing for me to do.”
GOD SHAPED HOLE will be available via i-Tunes and Amazon for $9.99, with individual tracks available for 99 cents, with the exception of “Gods” which is only available as an album track. A Friday October 16 pre-order ($8.99) of the album will include two Instant Gratification tracks “Baby Hurricane” and “Alone In A Crowd,” when the album is pre-ordered. In addition, a limited number of “Art Packs” will be available Friday October 9 for pre-order via Morrison’s Big Cartel store. CLICK HERE FOR BILLYMORRISON.BIGCARTEL.COM..
Just 200 of these Art-Packs will be manufactured and each pack contains an exclusive hard copy physical CD (numbered and signed), a fine art 18” x 24” lithograph print on 255mg Somerset Velvet Archival stock of the album cover (numbered and signed), a hand written lyric sheet, glossy (signed) photograph and set of 4 Billy Morrison guitar picks. “Art Packs” are available at $175 + shipping and will be shipped on within two weeks of purchase. These will be the only physical hard copies of the album available anywhere.
The GOD SHAPED HOLE track listing is as follows:
“Goodbye Jimmy Dean” (Boys Wonder)
“Baby Hurricane” (Flesh For Lulu)
“Cinnamon Gin” (Original)
“Alone In A Crowd” (Original)
“Housewife” (Wasted Youth)
“Hold It Down” (Senseless Things)
“You Are In My Vision” (Gary Numan And Tubeway Army)
“Ordinary Girl” (Original)
“Gods” (Original featuring Ozzy Osbourne)
So I think it’s about time to talk about the track listing for my forthcoming solo album. The album itself has a couple of working titles, so I wont confirm that yet, and the artwork is still being worked on. Mike Clink (he of Appetite For Destruction fame, yes!) has all the tracks and is working on the mixes while Erik and I tour Europe with Billy Idol. But what I can talk about are the five songs I chose to cover and the five original tracks on the record. The covers are tracks that are not particularly well known, but hopefully anyone finding out about them through this record will go back and hunt down the originals – they are all responsible for inspiring me, provoking the feeling that I try so hard to keep now…..the one we get when we hear a particular riff, or a soaring chorus, and it just makes us want to smash things/learn to play an instrument/scream from the rooftops. These were all songs that for one reason or another made a huge impact on me when I was younger. The five covers are:
1. BABY HURRICANE (FLESH FOR LULU)
2. GOODBYE JIMMY DEAN (BOYS WONDER)
3. HOUSEWIFE (WASTED YOUTH – the UK band, not the US band)
4. HOLD IT DOWN (SENSELESS THINGS)
5. YOU ARE IN MY VISION (GARY NUMAN AND TUBEWAY ARMY)
The five original titles are:
1. ORDINARY GIRL
3. GODS OF ROCK N ROLL
4. ALONE IN A CROWD
5. CINAMMON GIN
No release date has been set but it will be released this year. All the plans and details are being discussed between Erik and I and when we have the finished product from Mike we will decide how best to get this record out to you all. Its an exciting and very home-grown project that Im glad I decided to do – more info as and when I get it.
Somewhere in the very early 80′s (1982 I believe) I heard that ex Wasted Youth guitarist Rocco Barker had formed a new band with a singer/songwriter named Nick Marsh – the band was called Flesh for Lulu and I went to some shit-hole venue in London to see them play. Before a record deal, before a large cult following…… I watched the band that night and instantly fell in love. They became friends, inspirations, and a creative force in my life that has never left me. This morning we lost Nick. My heart is heavy, my prayers are with his family and friends, but above all, I am eternally grateful to Nick for providing me with a soundtrack to my life. I will never forget him, his voice, his music and the profound effect he had on me. The last time I saw Nick was last year. We hung out together with his bandmate Mark Bishop at my hotel in London, talked music, life, uplifting ideas, plans…….. it is a beautiful memory. When it came time to leave, we hugged, smiled and said our goodbyes. I miss him.
It’s an unusual situation to find myself in – where I can actually help or give back by using work that I have created. But it is one that makes me feel somewhat useful and with purpose. In a business that is primarily based on ego (I dont give a shit what anyone says, standing on a stage and playing music is not rocket science and is not changing the world) it’s nice to find a creative avenue that CAN help in a small way. While I absolutely love my job, my career and the amazing life I have, I do believe that it is the responsibility of the people that get to do things like that for a living to find ways to give back. To look for opportunities that they can be involved with – and that brings me to my painting. I have already auctioned a few pieces for various causes, and I now need your help with another one. A true OG face in Los Angeles, Mr Bobby Carlton, has found himself in an all too familiar situation: After a lifetime in the entertainment business and being a beacon of sobriety in the community, he has medical issues. And yet again, after that kind of career, financially he is being tapped out. So this is where we can all step up, help out, and ensure that the good people get the help they need and deserve. So I want to auction another painting – this time its one of the first grenades I ever painted – “Yellow Brick Road” 18″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas, framed in a black frame. EMAIL ME at email@example.com with your bids and the highest bid on friday morning will be the winner. The winner will have to pay the shipping costs. Every cent of the winning bid will go to Bobby’s campaign to help him get the treatment he needs. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOBBY AND HIS SITUATION BY CLICKING HERE. All bids to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will announce the winner Friday.