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

Mayfly

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I am the oldest of 3 kids and I wasn't loved very much. So, I don't like the song.
I am the youngest of 3 kids, but that doesn’t make me feel excited about this song.
It flows well as part of the album, but I never understood why this was chosen as the second single. Thé Roman police sirène at the beginning is the best part of the song. I can’t help but think there was a strong biais towards Jesse’s compositions as single choices, but I only really liked You have killed me and to a lesser extent In the future when all is well.
 

Verso

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Awful song with almost no redeeming qualities. By the time the children’s choir comes in, I actually get chills of embarrassment. That email from Morrissey shows how completely detached he is from perceiving his own work with any objectivity.
 
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Mr Anonymous

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Really bad song. To me it always sounded like a theme song for a TV show titled The Youngest Was the Most Loved.
 
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A fairly good song, certainly by the standards of Ringleader. But the chorus sounds a little like something being uttered by a sixth form sociology teacher.

I found Morrissey’s faith, in the song’s chart potential, utterly perplexing.
 
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Anonymous

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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

Posting this email at this time is NOT going to help Morrissey find a new label! I wonder if he is still like this.
 
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Anonymous

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I wonder if he is still like this.
Given the amount of pages in his autobiography moaning at Rough Trade regarding Smiths chart positions, I suspect he's always been like this. Leaks like this letter, and the one pushing for a 'Throwing My Arms Around Paris' hit single after the Bataclan massacre I could really do without. These peeks behind the curtain are just depressing. :(
 

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I don't think it's terrible but if this was my introduction to Morrissey I would have never been a fan. The music and vocal melody aren't bad but I have no idea what he's singing about, says nothing to me about my life, etc, etc.
 

Verso

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I don't think it's terrible but if this was my introduction to Morrissey I would have never been a fan. The music and vocal melody aren't bad but I have no idea what he's singing about, says nothing to me about my life, etc, etc.
It’s okay, he has no idea what he’s singing about either.
 
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Anonymous

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It's not awful, but it kinda sounds like a throwaway B-Side. There's nothing musically interesting happening, and the lyrics aren't much to write home about either. The idea that Morrissey thought this would be a mega-hit single is baffling.
 
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