Everything in the right place. Love the string section and the strong melody. Moz had no problems (then not now) delivering b-sides that should have been a-sides. Still sounds totally (british) late 80s to me. Stephen, please come back. Pure kitchen sink drama!
(I have to confess that when I first heard this song on the 12-inch of "Suedehead" I thought it was stupid, and beneath Morrissey to write and sing about such trivial matters. Now, of course, I think it's one of the most Morrissey songs of all...)
I love this one. A classic. Full of great lines and the music never gets old. I just noticed the part where it sounds like bells when he sings "hairdresser on fire," and it sounds familiar. I think I should know what it is.
Only Morrissey can write such eloquent lyrics about the troubles of getting a hair appointment. Brilliant lyrics. And the music, bombastically 80's yet completely indie, is gorgeous. And the vocal melody...just listen to what magic he can create in that department when given a strong composition to work with.
However, I think my favorite version of this song is the live version from 2004. Then it really came alive. If I have any qualms about the studio version from 1988, it's that it sounds a bit restrained.
Out of all of Morrissey's frivolous, silly pop songs, this one might be number 1.
An absolute classic: great instrumentation, frivolous lyrics that contrast (and somewhat aid) the drama unfolding in the music. Oh, and Vini’s guitar solo: the cherry on the already delicious cake. Still great even after countless plays: newer live versions are good too, with some different, more comedic (and therefore less ambiguous) lines (“psychologically shave me”).
Simply, truly – beautiful; Hairdresser On Fire is up there with the very best of Morrissey’s work. Tucking this song away as a B-side was a simultaneous act of pure madness & pure Morrissey. In the words of André Gide, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”