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    Morrissey A-Z: "Maladjusted"

    Not just my favorite Morrissey song, but one of my favorite songs of all time. It's a masterpiece. The dark poetry of it, the complexity of the narration, the evocative feel of it; like a vivid dream, or a fading memory. It's a perfect combination of words and sound. I never tire of it.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"

    Dark, dreamy and twisted; it's what Morrissey does best. As others have said: no one can touch these gorgeous, whispered vocals.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Life Is a Pigsty"

    I haven't listened to this in a dog's age. As a composition it doesn't quite come together, but I like what it's reaching for. Morrissey's lyrics were eerily on-target for something I was going through at the time, and that final lyric: "Even now, in the hour of my life I'm falling in love...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "It's Not Your Birthday Anymore"

    I've always admired Morrissey's willingness to embrace his role as music's most unreliable narrator. Does he mean it? Is he advocating for it? Is he condemning it? Is he singing about racism/violence/mental illness/sexual predation from his own viewpoint? From someone else's? He was the king of...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "It's Not Your Birthday Anymore"

    It's about rape, emotional abuse and gaslighting. One senses that, when Morrissey said "It's either this, or prison" he meant it. Fine vocals though.
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    The Simpsons - "Panic on the Streets of Springfield" (airing April 18, 2021) - reminder / reports

    I thought the writers and animators did a great job with their silly, affectionate pastiche of Smiths-era Morrissey (right down to the wardrobe choices). Sure, they missed the fact that Smiths-era Morrissey was a complex, often contradictory and deeply funny character, but this is a 22-minute...
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    Fiona Dodwell: "Ringleader in Reflection: A Look Back at Morrissey’s 2006 Album, Ringleader of The Tormentors" (March 31, 2021)

    I do still swoop by this site from time to time (if only to keep an eye on the drama). For me Morrissey has become something of a maddening riddle without any apparent answer. How? Why? The 2006 Palladium was unlike any other show I've seen. It was... majestic. Perhaps we bumped into each...
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    Fiona Dodwell: "Ringleader in Reflection: A Look Back at Morrissey’s 2006 Album, Ringleader of The Tormentors" (March 31, 2021)

    Agree completely. Morrissey was riding the crest of his third wave (and it was one hell of a good time). Vocally he was untouchable; as an icon he was fully self-possessed and magnetic. My favorite memory from the ROTT era came at one of the final gigs of the tour at the London Palladium. The...
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    More Sparks on Morrissey (new interview video)

    He was talking about how difficult it is to enjoy great music having learned something repellent about the artist who created it, and the difficult choice of cutting the artist out of one's life completely, or trying to filter out the politics while still enjoying the music ("filter" is exactly...
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    More Sparks on Morrissey (new interview video)

    "It's a strange kind of thing where an artist can do something so beautiful and pure and (kinda) life-affirming and then have such odious views in another sense." - Ron Mael Pretty much sums it up.
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    Morrissey Central "I DON’T KNOW WHY MY MOTHER IS DEAD" (August 23, 2020)

    One of my oldest friends was from a fairly wealthy family. They had the best private medical care money could buy. The result? Her mother died from colon cancer that her well-paid private specialists completely misdiagnosed. The woman was only in her 60s, her mind was clear and she was looking...
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    Morrissey Central (& SER YT): "DAVEY THE WIND BLOWS BITS OF YOUR LIFE AWAY" (July 2, 2020)

    Incredible footage. Two GOATs, and they had this in common: they willed themselves into their own images, and they did it flawlessly. Afterwards, Morrissey running down the hallway, shirtless, with a towel on his head, and Bowie, strolling in a suit, ice in his veins. Seeing this, I remember...
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    Morrissey Central "Being Dead Changes You" by Morrissey (April 22, 2020)

    It all depends on whether Gen had been drinking. But that's a cheap answer. I think Gen would have had a good chuckle at the clever bits, rolled their eyes at the silly bits, sighed, and have done with it.
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    Morrissey Central "Being Dead Changes You" by Morrissey (April 22, 2020)

    I knew Gen professionally, and I worked with them on occasion. I have to say that I'm surprised and gratified that Morrissey decided to put in a good word (even if it is a bit late, and a wee bit condescending). Gen was radical and singular (and plural). A true original who often pushed things...
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    Rank the tracks on IANADOAC

    The music is godawful. It's so stodgy I can't even make it to the end of the song. Agreed: River is one of the best of the best in every way. His vocals on this song are perfection.
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