Our song for today is this Morrissey/Street composition from 1989, which reached #18 in the UK singles chart and was later included on Bona Drag.
What do we think?
Love this ^^Just that thought of actually making contact with a dead friend, only for them to tell you to get lost, is flat-out brilliant.
From wiki, "The single was poorly received by the music press and the public: its highest chart position was No. 18, making it the first solo Morrissey single not to reach the British top 10. It appeared along with its B-side "Yes, I Am Blind" on the compilation album Bona Drag."I can't say that I really dislike the song, but it should never have been released as a single. Stephen Street has said that he didn't envisage it as a single release, and it's no surprise that it broke the run of top 10 hits.
I think that lyrically it set a worrying trend of Morrissey releasing singles with disposable subject matter. Far too many a-sides from this point on were throwaway and I think that played a part (among many other factors) in his reputation declining up to 1997... The hardcore fans enjoyed some of the singles, but the critics hated most of them.
In the poll on the Hoffman board this ranked 118th from 264 solo songs.
Yeah, I'm sure the chart positioning was a disappointment and the press criticism is said to have played a big part in the Bona Drag studio album being abandoned.From wiki, "The single was poorly received by the music press and the public: its highest chart position was No. 18, making it the first solo Morrissey single not to reach the British top 10. It appeared along with its B-side "Yes, I Am Blind" on the compilation album Bona Drag."
I think the fact it didn't reach 'top ten' must have been a complete disappointment to Moz. The B-side contains one of his best ever tracks.
YIAB as an effing B-side?? Christ.
I think the 7 songs recorded were:There was a time when the piece was considered a weak single. Today I would be happy if Morrissey would release such "weak" non-album singles. This kind of music was also unique in 1990. Rich in textures, imaginative and beautifully spun. Maybe in 25 years they will try to release the original Bona Drag concept in album form. It could have been his third best solo album. I wanted to look like Morrissey with spectacles after this video. Lovely eek.