Sinead O'Connor announces retirement.

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Okay, so I just saw this posted on Sinead O'Connor's fan forum... from Sinead herself. Not that I frequent the place - it was hyperlinked on the Drudge Report. She's retiring, and although I've never been fanatical or critical of her very much in the past, I think I'm going to miss having her around, in a perverse way. Her last album was sublime and quieting...

"Hello Lovelies,

This is a message from sinead. This being a very special anniversary for me, I have chosen it to announce that as of July 2003 I shall be retiring from the music business. In order to pursue a different career.
The last recordings I will make will be (believe it or not) a track for Dolly Parton's upcoming tribute album and a track for sharon Shannon's forthcoming album. These will be recorded in May.
In July I will be releasing a DVD of a live show and documentary featuring tracks from way back along with tracks fom Sean Nos Nua. The DVD will be entitled "Goodnight, thankyou. You've been a lovely audience."
And so ye have.
I wish here to thank everyone who has been a fan and or supporter of mine over the last twenty two years in the music business (first record at 14, deal at 17. Half o first album wrote when 15). As well as all the people whom I have had the honour of working with. Not least the great Dolly Parton herself!
Thanks to all of ye for a great time and a great education.
I would request that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a "famous" person, and instead I wish to live a "normal" life, could people please afford me my privacy. By which I mean I would like not to have exploition of my self or my name or anyone connected with me by newspapers.
I also mean that (with love) I want to be like any other person in the street and not have people say there is Sinead O'Connor. As I am a very shy person, believe it or not. So I ask with love, that I be left in peace and privacy by people who love my records too. And I hope it doesnt sound rude. It aint meant rude. I am glad that ye are helped by my songs. So help me too, by giving me what is best for me, a private life.
My advise to anyone who ever admires a so called "celebrity" if u see them in the street, dont even look at them. If u love them, then the lovingest thing u can do to show them so is leave them alone and don't stare at them! Or bang on restauraunt windows when they in there. Or make them get their picture taken, or write their names on bits of paper. That's pieces of them.
And one day they wake up with nothing left of themselves to give.
Love, peace, and don't 4get to pray y'all.
Sinead
P.S This web site will exsist until September. Then bye bye."

maria b (maria b), Thursday, 24 April 2003 22:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Whew!

SplendidMullet (iamamonkey), Thursday, 24 April 2003 22:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Can Madonna be next?

Sam J. (samjeff), Thursday, 24 April 2003 22:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Who's Sinead O'Connor?

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Thursday, 24 April 2003 22:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

All those "ye's" and "u's". Bleccchh!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

and the whole world weeps.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wow she even writes like Prince does or a 12 yr old AOL user.

U REWL!!!

LawrenceD, Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Why would Drudge care? Is he a fan?

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And don't bother the poor celebrities.

How long before she's locked into a TV-Eye house with Corey Feldman? Bets?

rumpelstiltskin, Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

A very long time, I bet. I like her, I hope this makes her happier.

Arthur (Arthur), Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What a ridiculous heap of shit! The writing alone is enough to make me question her maturity and intelligence, but the sheer fucking hypocracy of her request for normalcy and privacy is almost pathetic. I think she's gone mad. Sinead, if you want to be left alone(a la Greta Garbo) you should have never in the first place released albums, toured, made DVfuckingD's etc.

Hypocracy? Leave me alone all of ye, but don't ye ferget t' buy me DVD when I release it.

Ugh!

Davlo (Davlo), Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"ye" is an Irish-ism, I think: at least one of my County Kerry relatives used to use it, and may still.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Friday, 25 April 2003 01:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe so, but it still makes me want to spit up into a leaky, burlap sack and mail it to her. Also, while it may be the fashion to speak that way over on the Emerald Isle, her target audience seems to be the globe as a whole, so why steep the message in such regional quirks?

It's not like her song lyrics were ever peppered with "ye's".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 25 April 2003 01:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sinead, if you want to be left alone(a la Greta Garbo) you should have never in the first place released albums, toured, made DVfuckingD's etc.

Can't a person change her mind?

I'm not really a Sinead fan, but I could see where earlier in someone's life they may have wanted fame but then for one reason or another circumstances change and the attention becomes upsetting or intrusive. It would be a bit hypocritical if she planned carrying on recording and touring, but since she's not I don't see what's so horrible about the statement she made.

Nicole (Nicole), Friday, 25 April 2003 01:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh I agree with you Alex. there is something *very* false about her use of "ye" *now*.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Friday, 25 April 2003 02:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the 'if you want privacy you should have never become famous' argument is such bullshit

James Blount (James Blount), Friday, 25 April 2003 02:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Again? Didn't she retire once already? She's the Michael Jordan of barmy Irish pagan wailers.

JesseFox (JesseFox), Friday, 25 April 2003 02:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, how cheesy of her to write "ye" in emails... she should say stuff like "OTM" and "grebt" instead. Because there's no way her mailing list could have any in-group affectations or anything.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 25 April 2003 04:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ah, but nicole, aren't you thinking of sinead's "retirement" in the same vein as the "retirements" of david bowie and gary numan? unlike those two, i hope this isn't a "retirement" but the real thing ... not that i'd really notice or care to notice, since she hasn't done anything listenable since 1990.

(the skepticism here i think has to do with ms. o'connor's well-known tendency towards shrill drama-queenery.)

Tad (llamasfur), Friday, 25 April 2003 04:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I challenge you, Hazel, to cite a single post I've ever contributed to ILM wherein I've employed such mirthlessly in-jokey terminology as "grebt" and/or "otm."

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 25 April 2003 05:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Umm, didn't the record-buying public (or rather the non-record-buying public) already announce her retirement about 8 years ago?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Friday, 25 April 2003 05:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

She does an amazing vocal on "1000 Mirrors" from the new Asian Dub Foundation record. Seek the 'Visionary Underground remix'!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 25 April 2003 06:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, I was challenged. But really, what's with all the Sinead hating? She's thanking her fans on her own fan forum. Surely you understand the difference between that and a press release?

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 25 April 2003 06:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think she's being sincere. It's a shame she's not going to be making any more records, but if she wants to be left alone, fair enough.

James Ball (James Ball), Friday, 25 April 2003 07:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wasn't this statement more than three weeks too late?

I mean, it's been some time since 1. April now...

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 25 April 2003 08:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

In the light of the above, we, the undersigned would also like to announce our retirement from the music business. Please can we ask that you respect our privacy as we make that awkward transition from international superstars to workaday plebian Joes (like yourselves). If you see us on the street, no matter how hard it may be, please please just walk on by.

Mari Wilson, Honey Bane, and Lene Lovich

We the undersigned, Friday, 25 April 2003 10:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

NONE OF YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE UNDERSTAND.

It's an Irishism yeah. I have to say her comments about "leave me alone" show an abysmal level of arrogance which she acknowledges herself with the lame disclaimer about "this isnt meant rude".

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 25 April 2003 10:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This still won't get the Asian Dub Foundation single in the top 40.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 25 April 2003 11:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm going to rip her picture in half.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 25 April 2003 11:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

apparently Sinead O'Connor first retired from the music industry around ten years ago.

I wonder is her current retirement linked to the way no one buys her stupid records any more?

this is all a bit like the way Sinead O'Connor at any given moment has just come through a bad patch but is now alright.

any woman who voluntarily copulates with arch-reactionary John Waters (not the film maker) needs a lot of help.

DV (dirtyvicar), Friday, 25 April 2003 14:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sinead O'Connor announces retirement.... about 15 years too late

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 25 April 2003 14:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's a certain passive-aggressiveness about publicizing your retirement and then telling everyone to leave you the hell alone. Does anyone really believe in celebrity "retirements" anymore?

mike a (mike a), Friday, 25 April 2003 15:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was just amazed to find that her retirement was "posted on Sinead O'Connor's fan forum" - she still has fans!?!?!??!!

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 25 April 2003 15:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Leave me alone all of ye, but don't ye ferget t' buy me DVD when I release it.


Davlo: On The fucking Money ye are. Couldn't 'ave said it betta meself ...

Jay K (Jay K), Friday, 25 April 2003 17:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

... how about saying it in a convincing Irish accent next time

Dadaismus (Dada), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Holy Christ, guys, go for a walk or something.

mark p (Mark P), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Her collaboration with Natacha Atlas on Atlas's new album is Most Grand and I liked what she did on the recent Massive Attack. I honestly haven't followed her in the slightest for years but I very much enjoy the fact that she just seems to keep on keeping on.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I totally agree with what Davlo said. If she wanted to be left alone, then she shouldn't have said "OH OH BUT FIRST BUY MY NEW ALBUM AND DVD, BUT IF YOU SEE ME IN THE STREET DONT PRETEND YOU KNOW ME CAUSE THAT PISSES ME OFF."

Last I saw of her, she became a preist or something? Eh, at least she's not boring. Honestly, the new wave of pop stars lack so much charisma compared to people like Sinead and Prince and MJ.

I also noted that, for someone who claims to have written at least half of her first album by the age of 15, she lacks anything even the most basic grammar skills.

PS. This made me laugh:

Yeah, how cheesy of her to write "ye" in emails... she should say stuff like "OTM" and "grebt" instead. Because there's no way her mailing list could have any in-group affectations or anything.

-- fortunate hazel (fhazel-l...), April 25th, 2003.


David Allen, Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, how cheesy of her to write "ye" in emails... she should say stuff like "OTM" and "grebt" instead.
I don't know what yer talkin bout.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Saturday, 3 May 2003 13:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

GOD DAMN WRITE! If she didn't want to be famous when she was 36, then WHY THE HELL did she start her singing career at age 14?!?!

Great logic. Hypocrisy? I think not. I'd love nothing more than to make money off music and be left the fuck alone in real life. In order to do that, it seems you need to wear masks and use fake names like the Residents. Must get tricky copyrighting stuff privately under a pseudonym.

Scaredy Cat, Saturday, 3 May 2003 14:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

....and back at the Vatican, John Paul rolls on the floor in a fit belly laughter.

christoff (christoff), Monday, 5 May 2003 16:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Leave Sinead Along! You big Fucks!

james, Friday, 30 May 2003 00:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I may be a fuck but I'm not big!

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Friday, 30 May 2003 00:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think I just insulted myself.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Friday, 30 May 2003 00:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

best man for the job

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 30 May 2003 02:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
To all of the people who left negative comments about Sineåd: I think if you watched the VH1 behind the music episode of hers you might gain some understanding of her and realize that music was her way to get out of the hell she was living in. We all deal with the horrors of our childhoods differently, some people take a chance and try to better themselves and help other people in a posotive way by writing beautiful songs or taking an unpopular stand. Other people choose to sit on the sidelines of life and critisize everyone who is doing something. It is very easy to hide behind a computer keyboard and be critical.

Sinead Fan, Friday, 18 July 2003 17:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Alex in NYC, you heartless wench.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 18 July 2003 17:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

don't tattle-tale Ned

stevem (blueski), Friday, 18 July 2003 17:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

or whatever it is you're doing

stevem (blueski), Friday, 18 July 2003 17:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I do think she needs to switch to decaf: And I'm a Sinéad Fan. I have all records...even the showtunes one.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Friday, 18 July 2003 17:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You always know a newbie to ILM from comments like "It is very easy to hide behind a computer keyboard and be critical." ..like, no shit.. That's why we do it. If we had any real motivation, we would be working.

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 18 July 2003 17:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Alex in NYC, you heartless wench.

Please, Ned, my hate-plate is full right now. I'm too busy being demonized by frothing DMB fans to re-direct my attention back to this ancient debacle. One customer at a time, please.

For what it's worth, at least Sinead made interesting music once upon a time.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 18 July 2003 18:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd have to lose a bit of weight to be able to hide behind a computer keyboard.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 18 July 2003 18:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

URRRRGGHHHH!! MUST. RESIST. URGE. TO. ANSWER...AAAAGGHH! IT's TOO STRONG!

I think if you watched the VH1 behind the music episode of hers you might gain some understanding of her and realize that music was her way to get out of the hell she was living in.

I don't think anyone's decrying Sinead's troubled life, it's merely her ludicrous, self-serving, contradictory and utterly presumptious open letter that's the subject of ridicule here. However Sinead feels she needs to handle her demons is her own business, and good luck to her, but please....she should've thought twice before hocking up that dollop of phlegmy malarkey.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 18 July 2003 18:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Dollop of Phlegmy Malarky"
A great lost romance novel of the early 1860s. Worlds better than "Spoot of Wooten Manor" or "Dulcinea and The Naughty Pewtersmith"
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Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Friday, 18 July 2003 18:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

++in-jokey terminology as "grebt" and/or "otm."
otm is in-jokey?
"in" yes, but "jokey"??

kephm, Friday, 18 July 2003 19:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
what does grebt mean?

paulhw (paulhw), Tuesday, 2 December 2003 02:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it is a kind of pasta

cinniblount (James Blount), Tuesday, 2 December 2003 02:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's a greebo who listens to Ice T.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 2 December 2003 02:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Y'know, if she grew her hair a bit and bought a nice frock, she might make a nice wife for someone.

But no plastic.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 2 December 2003 03:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wow, she really did shut down her web site. take that, internet!

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Tuesday, 2 December 2003 05:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Sinead O'Connor interviewed by Christianity Today (don't miss this!):

http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/interviews/2007/sineadoconnor-0707.html

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 18:23 (nine years ago) Permalink


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