This is an absolutely essential song in any Morrissey.collection.
And guess wha, just had a look at the “This is Morrissey” playlist on Spotify, and it’s not there !,
So it is honestly better to be maladjuste in this age of modern music.
Because these music sélection algorithmes - never to be trusted.
On the subject of this song in the 2009 expanded and redesigned edition of the "Maladjusted" album, Morrissey wrote:
"Boz had written a risky tune with a dramatic outro. I ignore the risky tune and utilize only the outro, making it the entire recorded song. If Life is meaningless, then why did it ever begin? Michael Bracewell asks, 'are you mentioning Stevenage because you like Here we go round the mulberry bush so much?' and my answer is No. It is enough just to be."
I don't really understand why Boz's songwriting contributions are overlooked so often around here, let alone the grief he sometimes cops.
Alain was a fine songwriter, and is rightly missed, but when it comes to the very best tracks - the honest-to-Moz, platinum-plated masterpieces - Boz's chunky guitar riffs are seldom far away. I'm thinking of 'Maladjusted', 'Speedway', NMHIF - even latter-day powerhouses like 'Mountjoy' and 'Istanbul'. They all have the signature Boz sound.
As a guitarist, I find it amusing watching Boz on stage. His default position is to look disinterested and strum the chords - it helps that you can rarely hear him in the mix! Sometimes it provides a brilliant comic foil to the comparatively histrionic Moz.
The only time I can recall him vaguely appearing to put some effort in was when he played the solo to 'Shoplifters' c 2012 (while in his 'Gaynor Tension' drag attire). And even that is hardly a stretch musically... Nonetheless, it's clear that Boz is an excellent musician. He just knows exactly what to play - and when.