Not really. People Are The Same Everywhere is his worst song imo. The Kid's A Looker is in the same category.I suppose so. They're definitely not the greatest songs - but preferable to 'Scandinavia' at least.
Yes, it’s not anything different, but - in my opinion - isn’t trying to be, really. I do like each of the Maida Vale tracks, just not as much as many of his other ventures.I think that had it been from a different era (88-90 or 2004-06) and given a proper studio production, Action is My Middle Name had the potential to be a moderate hit single.
It is far and away the best of the 3 songs that were added to the live set at that time, has a nice vocal melody and the piano intro (added at Morrissey's behest) is a good way to kick things off.
A shame that it is a bit of a 'lost' track.
25 Live is available in full here:This one's one of my favourite later day Moz songs, I really have a soft spot for it.
Musically I also like the piano intro, but the vocal melody is what makes the song special for me.
I like the lyrics for the exact reason you've mentioned, it's a complete inversion of earlier themes - this time he's the one who's "too rough" and his partner might be "too delicate".
Interesting thought regarding the tattoos. I don't think his "obsession" was that brief at all. I think he's always been fascinated by the aesthetic. It goes back to The Smiths, be it eye-opening experiences with a tattooed boy from Birkenhead or- and this is the thing that the opening line from Action always reminded me of - the scratching of a lover's name on an arm with a fountain pen.
He's been photographed with fake tattoos in The Smiths a couple of times as well and again later in the 90s and one could argue that the glittery decals he loved to wear around Refusal (as seen on the cover) served a similar purpose.
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You're right that there was a surge in the mid-90s of course, possibly sparked by the arrival of Jake and his infamous inner lip BATTERSEA ink?
Johnny Marr also mentioned that Morrissey noticed and liked his tattoos when they met again in 2008.
I digress. Anyway, I love the song and the 25 Live version is a fantastic live recording of it. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be on YouTube, so this fan recording will have to do (sound quality is rather bad though).
I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s appalling...but I do think that 'Paris' is leagues better.This is an appalling latter-day paint-by-numbers remake of I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris. The choruses are identical.
Shall we go take a walk back to Feb 09, when you were banging your leg to Paris? Once again, your own hypocrisy and stupidity rises to the core.This is an appalling latter-day paint-by-numbers remake of I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris. The choruses are identical.
Well yes, because opinions are etched in time aren't they? Subsequent events can never change that, can they? The emergence of your far-right racist mate must go unchallenged, right?Shall we go take a walk back to Feb 09, when you were banging your leg to Paris? Once again, your own hypocrisy and stupidity rises to the core.
Awwww, just look at you. You really are a weasel, aren’t you!Well yes, because opinions are etched in time aren't they? Subsequent events can never change that, can they? The emergence of your far-right racist mate must go unchallenged, right?