Next up in the A-Z is "Boxers" - released as a single in January 1995.
What do we think of this one?
I don't know if this is the best song that Morrissey ever wrote and recorded as a solo artist but I can't think of one better.
Absolute favourite of mine - love the live version ("wrestlers" ) - and one I always come back to when I need a reminder of why I've stuck with Morrissey for so long. I'm not sure I bought into the boxing/hard man/gangster shtick he was peddling at the time, but this is a truly great song.
Exactly my feeling.... I got into the Smiths in 2003, fell in love with them, and decided to check further into that Morrissey singer solo career... this was the first song I heard from him after a totally random search on Soulseek, and I immediately fell in love with it, everything in the song spoke to me.One of my top 10 Moz songs, which shows that it doesn't need much to touch the chords; a gentle and modest voice, some comforting words for someone who feels like a loser and who can't live up to the ideal any longer, and a appeasing melody.
I also thought that. Take for example the line "Hell is the bell that will not ring again". It refers to the end of the boxing career, a farewell to the boxing ring. But it might as well be the end of his own performing career and a farewell to the concert stage (artists also hear a bell when it is time to go on stage). Or likewise "Losing in front of your hometown, the crowd call your name, they love you all the same".I always thought the boxing theme was a metaphor for his career at the time and the criticism he'd been receiving from the NME, etc.