Today's song is this Morrissey/Nevin composition, from the Kill Uncle album.
What do we think?
Good point - if this were released right now as a single (other "issues" aside...), Radio 2 would be all over it. It's got that quirky, middle-of-the-road vibe to it.A gentle little plod, King Leer is unlikely to be in anyone’s Morrissey Top 10, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable little number. I find the lyrics amusing, and the reference to Tizer always brings a smile to my face – very Morrissey, very British. The lines ‘Your boyfriend, he / Has the gift of the gab / Or, could it be / The gift of the grab?’ and ‘Your boyfriend, he / Displays to me / More than just / A hint of cruelty’ are ones that often pop into my head when seeing certain couples out and about. We all know the type.
I adore the At KROQ EP and would love for a more rockabilly version of King Leer to exist, as some of the renditions back in 1991 were leaning towards this style. A good song to end the working week on and the type of song I expect could be a gateway drug, luring non-Morrissey fans into the wider world of Morrissey…