Morrissey A-Z: "(The) Youngest Was the Most Loved"

BookishBoy

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Our song for today is this Morrissey/Tobias composition, released as the second single from Ringleader of the Tormentors and reaching #14 on the UK chart.

What do we think?
 

Gregor Samsa

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope.
Bit of a throwaway, but still an impassioned pop rocker. I enjoy it immensely.
 
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A good olde pop /Rock sing along this tune is.
A classic single from a classic album
The video leaves a lot to be desired but the song has wonderful guitars and production, with a heavy rock sound.
A great way to start a dreary Monday morning
 

This Charming Bowie

Welcome to this knockabout world
A fine rocker that suffers from many of the same problems as the other tracks from the album. The tune is barely there, a few chord thrash and bash that has little dynamic shifts, although I chalk that down to the weak production, another drawback here. The lyrics and vocal melody are entertaining: what other song uses the word “retroussé”? The story about shielding a child from the outside world leading to their stint as a killer has probably some truth in it, and the addition of the children’s choir (while grating by the end) is an ironic touch that elevates the craft of the piece a little.
6/10
 

Thewlis

Junior Member
A fine song and a fine single, but only a mid-table one for Moz. Why he himself expected this to do better than You Have Killed Me and potentially to be his first UK number 1 remains a mystery.

7,5
 

gordyboy9

Game Of Death.
good song,voice is in good form here,lyrics are dark and funny at the same time.this was a great time to be an M fan,touring non-stop,£32 a ticket you could fill yer boots with the number of shows you could go to.
8 cherubs/10 youngest.
 

Phranc & Open

I've known no war
I am the oldest of 3 kids and I wasn't loved very much. So, I don't like the song.
 

Flibberty

Well-Known Member
Probably my favourite of the singles on this album.

There are one or two nice lyrical ideas and it's the kind of song that is typical Morrissey (in a good way). It would be good to see it back in the live shows.

In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 91st from 264 solo songs.
 

Mozmar

Well-Known Member
It's a great thumping, upbeat, rocking track. Especially love the drums on this, played with such gusto on that Jools Holland Live version. Looks like Matt W on drums to me, but if it's 2006 guess it was Matt Chamberlain.
Regardless, wonderful track. Rocktastic.
 

Gregor Samsa

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope.
It's a great thumping, upbeat, rocking track. Especially love the drums on this, played with such gusto on that Jools Holland Live version. Looks like Matt W on drums to me, but if it's 2006 guess it was Matt Chamberlain.
Regardless, wonderful track. Rocktastic.
I could be mistaking, but I think Walker played on the live shows, and Chamberlain in the studio?
 

T. H. Auden

Well-Known Member
Morrissey was NOT happy with the promotion of this, cf. this mail from 2006:

From: Ed Mendoza
Reply-To:
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 06:57:56 -0400
To: Merck Mercuriadis
hello Merck
I'm printing this on Eddie's pc - mine's still a mess.
Hope you are well.
1/I'm satisfied with the Daily Mail reply - given their nature I think it's a success, and I wasn't looking for an Apology, but a Correction.
2/The situation with "the Youngest" is grave and somewhat deadly. It has set a new low for all of our spirits. The single was launched and then received by the media like a release from a complete nobody. I am less than nothing. This is appalling given the combined efforts of:
A-30 date sell-out UK tour, B-on the heels of a #1 album, C-powerful B-side package, D-great video, E-great sleeve artwork, F-Jonathan Ross and Jools Holland shows, G-enormous tabloid coverage of my animal rights comments, H-week of NME Smiths cover (my face foremost) ;
but the welcome is censorian. It is a flop.
As far as airplay is concerned, it was classically ignored. Also, no national airplay throughout 30-date tour, and no airplay for the #1 album. CJ and Tony are absolute rubbish. The excuse of the football songs is the same as the excuse for You Have Killed Me and Irish Blood - all halted by gimmick releases, yet no one is affected except me - Keane storm on, etc.
By common consent, Sanctuary has stalled and have no muscle. This is what I am told and this is what I see. Jennifer says The Youngest suffered because "certain people would not spend digital dosh"; Jennifer put the single back one week and then left the country for that week of release. I ask Toby H three times for a list of possible Euro TV shows and, two months down the line, still no list. Ringleader zooms from #1 becoming the fastest fall from the top 100 in pop history.
In truth, the Youngest is an unavoidable #1 single - as was You Have Killed Me. By my very presence alone (music apart), my time is Now. The band are flying high. Where the BBC and radio 1 and the press are concerned, Jennifer and CJ are afraid to even whisper.
I understand that your instinct is to flee from the scene of the carnage and move on quickly. but "the Youngest" is a dream of a gift for any label, and if you can't make this fly then I can't see how you can do it with anything else.
The disaster of "the Youngest" is Sanctuary's 2nd major failure
- the first being releasing Quarry on day 2 of a 7 days sales week, thus no #1 position.
Meanwhile, Jed continues to have the time of his life - at my expense - but also, at yours.
Merck, the fate of "the Youngest" is appalling. Sanctuary have blown the whistle on themselves and there is no excuse.
MORRISSEY.
E. Mendoza
Security Director, Morrissey
+1 310 497 5498 Blackberry
+44 (0) 792 023 8631 UK Mobile
+1 801 439 6359 efax
 

Janice

Well-Known Member
Morrissey was NOT happy with the promotion of this, cf. this mail from 2006:

From: Ed Mendoza
Reply-To:
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 06:57:56 -0400
To: Merck Mercuriadis
hello Merck
I'm printing this on Eddie's pc - mine's still a mess.
Hope you are well.
1/I'm satisfied with the Daily Mail reply - given their nature I think it's a success, and I wasn't looking for an Apology, but a Correction.
2/The situation with "the Youngest" is grave and somewhat deadly. It has set a new low for all of our spirits. The single was launched and then received by the media like a release from a complete nobody. I am less than nothing. This is appalling given the combined efforts of:
A-30 date sell-out UK tour, B-on the heels of a #1 album, C-powerful B-side package, D-great video, E-great sleeve artwork, F-Jonathan Ross and Jools Holland shows, G-enormous tabloid coverage of my animal rights comments, H-week of NME Smiths cover (my face foremost) ;
but the welcome is censorian. It is a flop.
As far as airplay is concerned, it was classically ignored. Also, no national airplay throughout 30-date tour, and no airplay for the #1 album. CJ and Tony are absolute rubbish. The excuse of the football songs is the same as the excuse for You Have Killed Me and Irish Blood - all halted by gimmick releases, yet no one is affected except me - Keane storm on, etc.
By common consent, Sanctuary has stalled and have no muscle. This is what I am told and this is what I see. Jennifer says The Youngest suffered because "certain people would not spend digital dosh"; Jennifer put the single back one week and then left the country for that week of release. I ask Toby H three times for a list of possible Euro TV shows and, two months down the line, still no list. Ringleader zooms from #1 becoming the fastest fall from the top 100 in pop history.
In truth, the Youngest is an unavoidable #1 single - as was You Have Killed Me. By my very presence alone (music apart), my time is Now. The band are flying high. Where the BBC and radio 1 and the press are concerned, Jennifer and CJ are afraid to even whisper.
I understand that your instinct is to flee from the scene of the carnage and move on quickly. but "the Youngest" is a dream of a gift for any label, and if you can't make this fly then I can't see how you can do it with anything else.
The disaster of "the Youngest" is Sanctuary's 2nd major failure
- the first being releasing Quarry on day 2 of a 7 days sales week, thus no #1 position.
Meanwhile, Jed continues to have the time of his life - at my expense - but also, at yours.
Merck, the fate of "the Youngest" is appalling. Sanctuary have blown the whistle on themselves and there is no excuse.
MORRISSEY.
E. Mendoza
Security Director, Morrissey
+1 310 497 5498 Blackberry
+44 (0) 792 023 8631 UK Mobile
+1 801 439 6359 efax
God. Not ‘that’ email ☺️
 

skull

Active Member
I've always considered this one of the worst songs on Ringleader. It is not that bad, but it is very weak.
 
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Ketamine Sun

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"enormous tabloid coverage of my animal rights comments"

Enough said.

I see how some can see that, but I
never saw it as a negative statement.


yeah, I know.. of course I wouldn’t, blah,blah,blah.
 

Ketamine Sun

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A fine song and a fine single, but only a mid-table one for Moz.

Why he himself expected this to do better than You Have Killed Me and potentially to be his first UK number 1 remains a mystery.

7,5

makes one wonder if he actually sat down and listened to it. I mean it’s
plainly not catchy, no dynamic, and the effort of the children’s choir (which I love) doesn’t help.


Having said that, it’s a good album song, interesting. it’s aggressive in a way, not radio hit material really.
 
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