Morrissey A-Z: "Satan Rejected My Soul"


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Today's song is this Morrissey/Boorer composition from the Maladjusted album. It was also released as a single, reaching #39 on the UK chart.

What do we think?

Light Housework

anticipating Friday painting and karaoke as usual
A fun gallows humor song.


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Another song that shouldn't really have been issued as an a-side. Despite Morrissey making some efforts to promote it on TFI Friday and by billing it in the U.K. shows as his "Christmas single", it was never exactly going to set the charts alight.

It's a shame that The Edges Are No Longer Parallel wasn't recorded a couple of months earlier, as it would have been a much stronger album closer.

The intro is perhaps the best aspect of it musically, but the verses are meritless gloop. Not one of Boz's better compositions and the band sometimes struggled to perform it in concert. I recall reports that during one American show the song had to be stopped midway through due to their poor playing.

I don't hate the lyrics, but they are a million miles below those that Morrissey became famous for. To call them lightweight would be generous.

In the poll on the Hoffman board this ranked 136th from 264 solo songs.


Game Of Death.
classic M,dont know how anyone could dislike this.
8 reject/10 satan.


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I am of the opinion that to me at least this song could be considered as the least best Morrissey single.I am not too fond of this song and as regards to the Hoffman board this doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Gregor Samsa

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope.
I think it's a superbly strong pop-rocker. The witty and humorous lyrics never become overbearing or silly (as in some other songs of the same musical nature), but rather show religious angst and classic Morrissey-esque alienation, both equally painful. All of this set to a roaring, driving romper of a tune by Boz. There's really nothing to dislike. Maladjusted has even better songs, of course, but that says more about those songs than SRMS.


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Never been a lover or a hater of this one, but when he played it at Wembley last year I found myself enjoying it much more than I would have expected.

When the album first came out, me and my friends used to call this song Satan Inspected My Hole. Ah, the humour of youth.

This Charming Bowie

Welcome to this knockabout world
Great song, the last Maladjusted favourite. Great “Telstar”-esque opening, coupled with a fun, but still ultimately melancholic, riff and lyrics: this time detailing Moz’s refused descent into Hell, to his chagrin. This song actually presents the band being a bit looser and harken back to the Your Arsenal or even rockabilly days, providing some relief at the end of a very hit and miss album. Also adore the intro, with Moz’s cries of “pull me in” and “come on” that ring out into oblivion. It was also excellent to see it played at Wembley last year, when I attended.

Gregor Samsa

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope.
When the album first came out, me and my friends used to call this song Satan Inspected My Hole. Ah, the humour of youth.
I f***ing laughed at this. Timless humor, I'd say. :D

Bill Gatenby

Seen as weak at the time, but I look back on this now with fondness. A lot better than some of the dross he's put out in the last 15/16 years.


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Since the second half of the album sags so badly, this comes across as a nicely energetic closer to Maladjusted. Throwaway stuff but catchy and funny.


Practising troublemaker
In 1991 there was a place in hell reserved for Morrissey. What on earth did he do over the following 6 years to be barred by the Prince of Evil himself? I suppose 'Southpwaw Grammar' didn't go down well in the Underworld?

Phranc & Open

I've known no war
I own the 5", 7" and the 12" of this fine Maladjusted Single, that has echoes of the late Smiths (a critic said then).


It’s an enjoyable song and in some way make for a very playful closer after the more somber maladjusted album. It’s funny, Morrisseys even been rejected by satan, and the tempo is great echoing the energetic enthusiastic way he’s pushing his soul into anyone who’ll take it (for the record I’m claiming Morrisseys soul). It’s not my fav song or one that’s super deep or revealing but I still from time to time find myself skipping to it


This was a perfect single as far as I'm concerned - short, punchy, great melody, and a wickedly unique lyric. Probably the best track on 'Maladjusted' for me, though I think I read somewhere that it originated in the 'Southpaw' sessions, which makes sense - it's got a energetic vibe about it that is missing from the languid, middle-of-the-road feel of the rest of the album.

Also, given how despised Morrissey is by so many folks these days (most of whom seem to consider him to be on the level of Hitler, or worse), this would be great for a reintroduction to the setlist on the next tour. :smilingimp:

Vegan Cro Spirit 444

superbly timeless Moz Masterpiece(y)
5, 7, and 12 inch owned by important fans:hammer:
This Charming Bowie is spot on likening the intro to 'Telstar'

Once again, a promising riff gets bland-ed out when the verse begins.

It happens so often in his solo career, it must be an instruction to the musicians to stop being interesting once he starts singing.
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