Reggie Watts picks Strangeways in Amoeba Record's What's In My Bag?

(Originally posted in the Strange/unexpected Moz references? thread)

Reggie Watts picks Strangeways (his favourite Smiths' album) as part of Amoeba Record's What's In My Bag YT series.
Starts @ 7:37min:


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terrancestamp

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Not sure who this guy is but he is mixing up the songs. I guess that makes sense since he is on Robitussin while listening. "Paint A Vulgar Picture" is the song he mistakes for "Death Of A Disco Dancer". "PAVP" is an amazing song that is well ahead of its time and solidified Morrissey as one of the greatest of all time. Who else but Moz would take such a wonderful left hook to the industry and of course even predict his bands own demise. Say what you will about his politics but the man is a notch above.
 

ExpectingToFly

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Not sure who this guy is but he is mixing up the songs. I guess that makes sense since he is on Robitussin while listening. "Paint A Vulgar Picture" is the song he mistakes for "Death Of A Disco Dancer". "PAVP" is an amazing song that is well ahead of its time and solidified Morrissey as one of the greatest of all time. Who else but Moz would take such a wonderful left hook to the industry and of course even predict his bands own demise. Say what you will about his politics but the man is a notch above.
I've seen a couple of youtube videos - his Radiohead parodies are pretty funny.

I was confused when he was talking about Death of A Disco Dancer, I thought he'd made some sort of bizarre interpretation, until you mentioned Paint a Vulgar Picture :lbf: Strangeways is such an excellent album. Special mention for I Won't Share You too, very underrated and just the perfect song to end The Smiths.
 
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Eric Hartman

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Strangeways is a great album. It’s the one where the true potential of The Smiths shines through. Fucking brilliant!
 

docinwestchester

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What's In My Bag? is a favorite of mine. Johnny Marr did an episode in 2011:


His picks were quite obscure:

Ennio Morricone - Crime and Dissonance [Soundtrack] (CD) http://bit.ly/2kbgfMx
Ennio Morricone - Ennio Morricone Happening - Acid Sides of the Maestro [Soundtrack] (CD) http://bit.ly/2jerXXw
Joshua Waletzky - Music For The Movies: Bernard Herrmann (DVD) http://bit.ly/2kckEPB
James H. Bride - The Transcendentalists: Teaching Ralph Waldo Emerson - Philosopher, Writer & Intellectual (DVD)
Bonobo - Black Sands (CD) http://bit.ly/2kuVQj8
Sally Mann - What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (DVD) http://bit.ly/2kbnJiC
John McLaughlin - My Goal's Beyond (LP)
Mary Ann Braubach - Huxley On Huxley (DVD) http://bit.ly/2kv036k
Wire - The Ideal Copy (CD)
Wire - Object 47 (CD) http://bit.ly/2jG8viv
Jack Hazan - A Bigger Splash (DVD)
 

Qvist

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Strangeways is a great album. It’s the one where the true potential of The Smiths shines through. Fucking brilliant!
That'd be "Hatful of Hollow", in my opinion. I still consider Strangeways by far their weakest album. Nothing on it that'd be in my top 25 Smiths songs. Still one of the best 10-20 albums ever released, though. :)
 

Charlie Cheswick

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That'd be "Hatful of Hollow", in my opinion. I still consider Strangeways by far their weakest album. Nothing on it that'd be in my top 25 Smiths songs. Still one of the best 10-20 albums ever released, though. :)
Strangeways' strength is in the production. That said I'd argue that stuff like Last Night I Dreamt and I Won't Share you are as good as anything they did.
 

Peppermint

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That'd be "Hatful of Hollow", in my opinion. I still consider Strangeways by far their weakest album. Nothing on it that'd be in my top 25 Smiths songs. Still one of the best 10-20 albums ever released, though. :)
Ah, you see, I would disagree. For me, despite gems like How Soon is Now and Reel Around the Fountain, those earlier albums are spoiled by the weaker tracks where Morrissey had yet to get fully into his melodic, and vocal stride. Tracks like Girl Afraid, Accept Yourself and You've Got Everything Now are the reason why I hated The Smiths in the beginning (although I am well old enough to have been a fan at the time). I thought Morrissey's voice was a droning aberation and the vocal lines were tuneless. I am well aware others think them fabulous, so perhaps I'm just not hearing something! But they never really did it for me until they started to write consistently good tunes, and Morrissey learned to sing.
 

Qvist

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Ah, you see, I would disagree. For me, despite gems like How Soon is Now and Reel Around the Fountain, those earlier albums are spoiled by the weaker tracks where Morrissey had yet to get fully into his melodic, and vocal stride. Tracks like Girl Afraid, Accept Yourself and You've Got Everything Now are the reason why I hated The Smiths in the beginning (although I am well old enough to have been a fan at the time). I thought Morrissey's voice was a droning aberation and the vocal lines were tuneless. I am well aware others think them fabulous, so perhaps I'm just not hearing something! But they never really did it for me until they started to write consistently good tunes, and Morrissey learned to sing.

Well, as you'd expect, I'd look differently on that. :) Girl Afraid and You've Got Everything Now and even Reel Around The Fountain is in my opinion better songs than anything on Strangeways. And the way they sounded in that early phase and their songwriting and the way Morrissey sang is exactly what makes them great to me. So Charlie, this speaks to your production point as well. Compared to which Strangeways just sounds so ordinary, too polished, too conventional, without a clear character, curiously low on energy and drive. Even though the songs are very good. But all of this is of course totally subjective.
 

scatterkeir

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Well, as you'd expect, I'd look differently on that. :) Girl Afraid and You've Got Everything Now and even Reel Around The Fountain is in my opinion better songs than anything on Strangeways. And the way they sounded in that early phase and their songwriting and the way Morrissey sang is exactly what makes them great to me. So Charlie, this speaks to your production point as well. Compared to which Strangeways just sounds so ordinary, too polished, too conventional, without a clear character, curiously low on energy and drive. Even though the songs are very good. But all of this is of course totally subjective.
There's a unique quality to his voice at that time that's very special, which I think was lost a little, perhaps inevitably, with experience.
 

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