Today's song is this Morrissey/Street composition, originally a B-side to "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and also featured (in an edited version) on Bona Drag.
What do we think?
"The tune’s sweeping pathos was accentuated with additional sound effects. ‘Morrissey said he wanted the noise of people cheering somebody on running in a race, and kids in a playground,’ recalls Street. ‘He also wanted the sound of a mother calling out to her son. My wife, Sarah, was visiting the studio that day with our baby son, William. Since she was the only woman in the studio, we asked her to do it. So that’s my wife shouting “Steven!” towards the end. Afterwards Morrissey told me it put a chill down his spine every time he heard it.’"Always wondered who the woman was that calls out ‘Steven!’ twice at 2:30. Guessing it may have been someone that worked at the studio,
or maybe Sandie Shaw? sounds like her to me.
Good point about the production... it really shows just how much Street brought to the relationship. Morrissey taking a backseat to the production is not something that would happen often... but it works perfectly here. Of course an equally beautiful vocal and minimal lyric from Morrissey. We were really spoiled by the early solo material, there's not a misstep to be found. 10/10A superb and stunning piece of music, for me the production is the star of this song, with Moz not having to do to much and that’s part of magic, he doesn’t over sing As he doesn’t have to.
I’ve always loved this song
An absolute delight to listen to again