A friend of mine and her husband ran a small PR firm in the '90s, and Morrissey was one of their clients. They signed an NDA and have never spoken about him publicly, but they privately regaled me with tales of Morrissey showing up at a theatre, seeing the lines snaking around the block...
The song is pleasant, but negligible.
The video, however, is mesmerizing. The lads are so young, so relaxed - they just glow. But Morrissey: he's devastatingly handsome here. And that moment, at 1:57, when the lads apparently spot someone who recognizes them and they all smile and wave but...
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.
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...
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.
Yes indeed. Morrissey has always been the ultimate unreliable narrator. He's used it to great effect, and it's also been very convenient; it's always made him a tough one to pin down.
But the younger Morrissey was clever, brash and engaging; you can get away with murder if you can make 'em...
What irks me about Morrissey these days isn’t just his weirdly naive political statements, it’s his increasingly clumsy attempts to play the bully. It only makes him look more pathetic. It doesn’t suit him.
I haven’t “quit” him so much as I mourn him. I seldom listen to him these days, but he...
I'm listening to The Smiths right now and J. Marr is correct: those songs will live on because, even after all these years, Morrissey's humor, humanity, cleverness, cheek and outright bravery still shine though, and because Marr's music is perfection.
I remember who Morrissey seemed to be then...
Saw the brilliant comedian Patton Oswalt last night.
He made several references to Morrissey during his (very funny) set and played "Girlfriend in a Coma" at the close.
Morrissey the archetype persists.
Laura Pergolizzi has an amazing voice! We were just listening to her album "Lost on You" a few days ago.
I didn't expect Morrissey to make such a good musical choice at this late stage of his career. Dammit - he just made it tougher to stop listening.
It's true: Morrissey has always had a cold, cruel, sociopathic streak (to his credit, he's never tried to hide it). But the man also displayed empathy and a palpable kindness (particularly for animals).
Part of the fascination has always been watching the kindness and the cruelty intertwine...
Best Friend on the Payroll
Journalists Who Lie
The Kid's a Looker
World Peace is None of Your Business
I Bury the Living
Sorrow Will Come in the End
Children in Pieces
If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
The Father Who Must Be Killed
Harsh Truth of...
"Sunset Boulevard" is one of the greatest noir films of all time, and the single greatest film that Hollywood has ever made about itself. Gloria Swanson's performance as Norma Desmond may well be the greatest camp performance ever committed to celluloid.
Swanson took what was originally...
Tragically, Morrissey has become more than a bit Trumpian in his dotage. I say tragically because his vocals (the recorded ones at least) continue to be certifiably godlike.
How astonishing that such a great, great talent could fall so very far. How sad (yet vaguely fascinating) it is to see...
You are so very wrong. Great music knows no age. At the end of his life Bowie gave us Blackstar, which was visionary and mesmerizing.
Morrissey has occasionally cited Buffy Sainte-Marie as someone he admires. The woman is 76 years old, and this is her latest release. This song is ferocious...
I just had a chance to give Low in High School a first listen. Wow. Where to begin.
1) Morrissey's voice is still a singular and gorgeous weapon. He could sing a laundry list and it would reduce me to tears. His vocal work on this album is magnificent.
2) There are some gorgeous songs here...