Morrissey’s Latest Is His Most - The Federalist

"Morrissey’s Latest Is His Most - The Federalist
By David Marcus

The master of mope is back at it and his latest is close to his best.

Last week, the almost-cancelled 1980’s, 90’s, and now’s alt-music star Morrissey dropped a new single. It somehow manages to be a complete surprise while fitting onto his oeuvre like a glove. “Love Is On Its Way Out” is the most Morrissey of Morrissey song titles. He is almost mocking his own maudlin tendencies, but inside this song there is a lot to think about.

The song begins with its title, and Morrissey matter of factly explains that love is on its way out. It’s tired, it’s done, it’s over. Throughout his career Morrissey has taken a skeptical view of love. Usually he expresses that he is not worthy of it. In songs like “I Want The One I Can’t Have,” Morrissey paints himself as un-lovable, the title of another of his songs.

The bizarre joke about Morrissey has always been that his fans think he’s super hot with his strong jaw and erect puff of black hair, yet he paints himself as a grotesque gargoyle. This tension has worked its way throughout his entire time in the spotlight. Johnny Carson, the most affable and bright guy on TV, often admitted he was hopelessly shy, what we saw was deflection. So it is with Morrissey.

Love is on its way out. It doesn’t seem like any specific love. This isn’t a break-up, yet. This is love generally. It moves into kids being victims of war and the “sad rich” killing elephants and lions. Quick note here that big-game hunting actually provides considerable funding for conservation, but, setting that on one side: Morrissey is talking about love leaving the world.

Might we wonder if this is true? Is love leaving the world? Do we just hate each other now? Do we refuse to shake hands and rip up speeches? Do we glare at the enemy with glowing animosity? We often do. We probably have a problem.

The song is unique for Morrissey, as it not guitar-driven. Moz has been blessed with absurd guitar talent. As front man for the Smiths, he sang alongside Johnny Marr, a master of the Rickenbacker with no rival. Since going solo, Morrissey has crooned above Boz Boorer, a more workmanlike version of Marr but with his own magic.

But not on this track. The backing here is almost purely electronic. It’s a synth pop style that feels foreign to Morrissey, who at the end of the day, even though it seems weird, is more a rock star than a pop star. But his voice rises above the digital beats as usual, a little bored, a little distracted, until the end.

After, I don’t know, a harpsichord solo? Flush with vague soprano flourishes, the song launches into its coda. And the guitars are back. The niche pop Morrissey tune is suddenly a severe and meaningful one. He’s not joking now. He asks that before love goes, before it makes its bow and exit that someone, we never know who, take the time to show him what its like. As much actor as singer as he always is, he begs. The song turns.

“Take time, be mine and gaze with fondness on the wrong one.” It’s Morrissey understanding his entire philosophy. One based in simple moments that don’t come often enough. A look across a table that makes you think you have value. But also the recognition that you can never truly be what people want you to be.

I had a wonderful history teacher in high school named Don Kawash who was also a professional ragtime piano player. One day I had lunch with him, when he was in his 60s. He said, “David, when I was 25 I could hit any note, but I didn’t know what they meant. Now I know what they mean but I can’t hit them all.” Morrissey knows what the notes mean now and he’s hitting them. This is no retro act; he is making some of his very best music."

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carlislebaz

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Leave Ketamine alone please. Thanks.
Frank... you are a total f***ing bore, with nowt to offer, your mediocre views aren’t funny, minus the witty, bet your 5k doll is also pissed off with your tongue action as well , you are the SIR f***ING JOHN MAJOR OF THIS SITE.... dirty olde Tory bastard,, go f*** edwenia curry...
 

Phranc & Open

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Oooh Bobb-ay
Uh-huh
Mmmhmmmm
You ain’t foolin’ no-bod-AY
Heyyyyayyyy ayyyy-AYYyyy
Bobb-ayyyy

against

Oh, well, you punched and fell
Then you felt embarrassed
My heart goes out to you
So I offered love
And it was not required
Oh, what else can I do?
What else can I do?

Significant progress, or?
It's so obvious, it's so clear to see for everyone with at least some sort of musical taste. We have to remind Morrissey's Angels why he once became the hero of so many around the globe. Not because of Bobby, protection from the police or Instanbul.
In other words, I fully agree with the opinion of @ordinaryboy86
 
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Luji

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MORRISSEY ES UNA USINA TERMONUCLEAR DE TALENTO !!!VIVA MOZ!!!! ESPERANDO MAS ANSIOSA QUE ANTES SU NUEVO DISCO. SUS DOS TEMAS SON EXCELENTES ,OPINO AUNQUE NADIE ME QUIERA AQUI !!!!! EL NUEVO TRABAJO DE MOZ SERA APOTEOTICO!!!!!!!!!
 
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Anonymous

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I’m old fan base , but as as you announce nothing new, I still mastawank over moz, about the 92-99 look, mmmmm I’ve never had man juice before, but go on then , I would have give it a go but your daddy got there first, does your mother remember your dads name... by any chance...

When you manage to edit that mess into a literate sentence(s)/paragraph(s) do get back. Cheerio!
 
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Anonymous

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If I did dislike his new work, how would my dislike and criticism
of his new work change him?

Why would I want him to repeat himself, when he clearly doesn’t want to repeat himself regardless of what others think of his new work?

Man, you just don’t see.

FFS are all Morrissey fans now this dumb?
 
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Musician

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Oooh Bobb-ay
Uh-huh
Mmmhmmmm
You ain’t foolin’ no-bod-AY
Heyyyyayyyy ayyyy-AYYyyy
Bobb-ayyyy

against

Oh, well, you punched and fell
Then you felt embarrassed
My heart goes out to you
So I offered love
And it was not required
Oh, what else can I do?
What else can I do?

Significant progress, or?
It's so obvious, it's so clear to see for everyone with at least some sort of musical taste. We have to remind Morrissey's Angels why he once became the hero of so many around the globe. Not because of Bobby, protection from the police or Instanbul.
In other words, I fully agree with the opinion of @ordinaryboy86

While I agree with you, it's not really a fair comparison. You might as well could have cited:

You're the one for me he-hey-hey
He-hey
He-hey
He-he-he-hey, hey
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Oooh Bobb-ay
Uh-huh
Mmmhmmmm
You ain’t foolin’ no-bod-AY
Heyyyyayyyy ayyyy-AYYyyy
Bobb-ayyyy

against

Oh, well, you punched and fell
Then you felt embarrassed
My heart goes out to you
So I offered love
And it was not required
Oh, what else can I do?
What else can I do?

Significant progress, or?
It's so obvious, it's so clear to see for everyone with at least some sort of musical taste. We have to remind Morrissey's Angels why he once became the hero of so many around the globe. Not because of Bobby, protection from the police or Instanbul.
In other words, I fully agree with the opinion of @ordinaryboy86

Some girls are bigger than others
some girls are bigger than others
some girls' mothers
are bigger than other girls' mothers

against

When he first cried
his mother died
I had tried to be his guide
When he was born
I was too young
The father searches for the son
 

ordinaryboy86

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As if we didn’t know :paranoid:

Thewlis, I have no respect for you at all, Cos you arnt honest, you’re in denial, and you’re just a reactionary little troll when you hear something you don’t agree with. You could really love this new age moz, roll around the floor with his new records and stick your pin dick in the spindle holes, do that, and I’ll take you seriously, at least I’ll know you’re sincere. But odds are you’re listening to Viva Hate right now, and haven’t touched his last few records since the day they came out.
 

ordinaryboy86

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I used to think getting a troll rating on here was pretty annoying and petty, now I wear it as a badge of honour, for having said something, with sense, reason, and a point to it. Cheers @Thewlis, can you troll this one aswell please x
 

Thewlis

Junior Member
Thewlis, I have no respect for you at all, Cos you arnt honest, you’re in denial, and you’re just a reactionary little troll when you hear something you don’t agree with. You could really love this new age moz, roll around the floor with his new records and stick your pin dick in the spindle holes, do that, and I’ll take you seriously, at least I’ll know you’re sincere. But odds are you’re listening to Viva Hate right now, and haven’t touched his last few records since the day they came out.
I love Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, YATQ and Vauxhall best.
I really like Ringleaders, World Peace, SG and LIHS too.
I didn’t really enjoy Kill Uncle, Maladjusted, Years of Refusal too much and barely listen to them.

An honest answer but you won’t believe me, as you are a specimen of a kind that only believes in their own truths and ridicules and offends anyone else’s. So you are the troll.

Accept yourself. It’s never too late.
 

ordinaryboy86

Well-Known Member
I love Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, YATQ and Vauxhall best.
I really like Ringleaders, World Peace, SG and LIHS too.
I didn’t really enjoy Kill Uncle, Maladjusted, Years of Refusal too much and barely listen to them.

An honest answer but you won’t believe me, as you are a specimen of a kind that only believes in their own truths and ridicules and offends anyone else’s. So you are the troll.

Accept yourself. It’s never too late.

this thread has gone cold since you commented, do you want me resurrect it for you x
 

Hovis Lesley

Well-Known Member
I love Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, YATQ and Vauxhall best.
I really like Ringleaders, World Peace, SG and LIHS too.
I didn’t really enjoy Kill Uncle, Maladjusted, Years of Refusal too much and barely listen to them.

An honest answer but you won’t believe me, as you are a specimen of a kind that only believes in their own truths and ridicules and offends anyone else’s. So you are the troll.

Accept yourself. It’s never too late.
Thanks for sharing that Thewlis. And thanks for helping to make this site a place worth coming to.
 

Hovis Lesley

Well-Known Member
Some girls are bigger than others
some girls are bigger than others
some girls' mothers
are bigger than other girls' mothers

against

When he first cried
his mother died
I had tried to be his guide
When he was born
I was too young
The father searches for the son
Some Girls ... is my favourite Smiths song. I understand Johnny Marr really dislikes it; I recall reading that he was gobsmacked and annoyed when he first heard the lyrics—because he was particularly pleased with the music.
 

Ketamine Sun

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@Phranc & Open why are you trolling for my attention by giving me negative ratings one after the other?

I mean do you want me to do the same to all your posts in return?
 
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vegan cro spirit 777

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I used to think getting a troll rating on here was pretty annoying and petty, now I wear it as a badge of honour, for having said something, with sense, reason, and a point to it. Cheers @Thewlis, can you troll this one aswell please x

:handpointup:

WTF?? a badge of honor???:eyes:

this troll has one pint and right away thinks he is Napoleon the Third:drama:
:lbf:
 

Ketamine Sun

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@Phranc & Open why are you trolling for my attention by giving me negative ratings one after the other?

I mean do you want me to do the same to all your posts in return?


@ordinaryboy86

See you need my attention.

Funny getting a troll rating from one who trolls a site dedicated to an artist that you obviously don’t really care for anymore.

Talk about insane :crazy::crazy::crazy:


Please, get some help.
 

ordinaryboy86

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@ordinaryboy86

See you need my attention.

Funny getting a troll rating from one who trolls a site dedicated to an artist that you obviously don’t really care for anymore.

Talk about insane :crazy::crazy::crazy:


Please, get some help.

do you fist your own mouth when you masturbate over morrissey? Like dribble down the forearm and that? Not even being vulgar or lighting your gas here btw, just genuinely curious x
 

Ketamine Sun

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@ordinaryboy86

See you need my attention.

Funny getting a troll rating from one who trolls a site dedicated to an artist that you obviously don’t really care for anymore.

Talk about insane :crazy::crazy::crazy:


Please, get some help.


Hahahahaha another troll rating from the troll supreme ordinaryboy86!

You really need help.
 
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