i think that i clearly stated that my assessment of his talent is based on his collective works, and i agreed that the most recent songs, including "boy's a looker" are weak in comparison to a majority of his previous work. I firmly disagree with you if you are implying that "ob la di ob la da", or any of the similarly juvenile beatles' songs, is lyrically better than "dear god, please help me" or life is a pigsty". [not implying, explicitly stating]
if you respond that this is the case, i will finally be certain that you just come here to wind people up.[i do, especially morrissey!]
far too many people fawn over the beatles just because it is expected, and while their relevance and influence cannot be denied, [except by morrissey, has he ever mentioned them?]
ignoring their weaker songs is glaringly similar to the dedication shown to morrissey that you so vehemently condemn. I also disagree with your comments abouthis limited vocal range; [it is limited, he hasn't got 4 octaves, like kate pierson.]
i think that morrisey's voice has greatly improved with age, [agree] an accomplishment that most singers cannot claim.[that's nonsense, most singers who sing everyday get better and better, it's not rocket science. Once morrissey had formal vocal training he found a good instrument to convey his emotions]
as for m not praising the beatles, we all know that he is a bit tight with his compliments for other artists, just as we all know that his subject matter has been fairly consistent over the years. He obviously has some issues of insecurity, but this has been no secret to anyone. [he is much more than this, he is mean and ungenerous, hides his influences, has no respect for artists like rory gallagher whose oeuvre forms the soundscape to his music,etc. He's probably never listened to rory]
his inability to form solid, lasting relationships has also provided us with some of his most touching lyrics, "come back to camden" being the one that immediately comes to mind. [his lyrics are only meaningful when they convey empathy such as hsin, cbtc is histrionic and unintentionally hilarious, given the repressed hysteric lyrics. At 40+,that stuff's a bit silly from anyone who can afford the woody allen nyc therapy junkie lifestyle]this song, with its vivid imagery and heart-wrenching revelation of loneliness and regret, along with similar compositions, clearly solidifies his reputation as a lyrical genious. [lololololol! No, it actually proves he's no such thing and is merely rehashing his youthful flourish. Really badly!]
as you have read, i do not fawn over his every word or action, and there are times that his public commentary frustrates me, so please refrain from comparing me to a mindless, blind member of the fan herd.
[ok, but do you mock and ridicule his pathetic 'political' statements? Or do you just make excuses because you're part of some fan/star cult? If you don't put him in his place you are part of a 'mindless fan herd' like nearly everyone else here. Moz is l.ron and banning davidt for hosting free-speech was one of morrissey's final faux-pas. Plus the fcuk t-shirt of course! He's a deeply reactionary artist and expects a corporate structure to invest capital, even though he won't. His demos are boring dad-rock, but his conspiracy theories about capitalist music companies are beyond ridiculous. Unlike bowie, he's now firmly part of the endlessly touring, post-p2p boomer herd, which includes many more who claimed they were 'radical artists' to the nme, when they were also just careerist 'rockists' as morley suspected]
as for my plea that more people agree with me, this is not a need for self-validation; i am at a point in life when i do not care what anyone thinks; my plea was for his sake. [huh? You feel the need to shelter a multi-millionaire fame addict? Why? He's asked to be destroyed by his audience by being endlessly provocative. I guess it's slightly less desperate than heroin or alcoholism, but he's finding out that his feet of clay are on display.."alabaster crashes down...30 years is a long time.."
it fills me with great dismay that so many are quick to dismiss him when he obviously once provided something that was desperately needed. In my opinion, i owe him a debt, and i plan to repay it with my continued support. [and this is the crux: Morrissey is now openly contemptuous of the emotional 'sunk investment' of both his credulous cult 'fans' and his audience. I'm the latter camp. Why do you feel any need to 'repay with my continued support'? Do you feel that way about other consumer products and experiences? Do you repay the manufacturers of your food, clothes and cars with 'continued support'? Some do, as the similar fan-cult around jeremy clarkson shows. No psychologically healthy person (or one moving towards such health) invests emotional congruence with manufactured products, which is what 'songs' are. They mergre dreams, memes and temes: The unconscious jungian symbolic repository, cultural memetics, conveyed through technology. That's why it's the beatles, black sabbath (nirvana as summary of both) and kraftwerk who will endure, whilst the smiths will be recorded as an interesting footnote to 'eleanor rigby' and a few simon and garfunkel songs. Mind you, nicking that riff from can for 'how soon is now' was very clever. Clever. Not original.]
i expect, and respect, a contrary reply; [good, because you've been given one, as has morrissey scowling at this in some boring doldrum of luxuria] but, i stand firmly by my opinions.[so do other cult casulalties, whether they are scientologists, opus dei catholics or 'fans' of delusional pop 'stars'.