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

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By Famous when dead on Jun 26, 2018 at 5:26 AM
  1. Famous when dead

    Famous when dead Vulgarian

    Dec 7, 2000
    Birmingham, U.K.
    (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.
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    1. Lustman
    2. Try Anything Twice
      Try Anything Twice
      Confident I can come up with a grain silo but not sure about finding a green one.
    3. terrancestamp
      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.
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    4. ExpectingToFly
      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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    5. Eric Hartman
      Eric Hartman
      Strangeways is a great album. It’s the one where the true potential of The Smiths shines through. Fucking brilliant!
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    6. docinwestchester
      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)
      Ennio Morricone - Ennio Morricone Happening - Acid Sides of the Maestro [Soundtrack] (CD)
      Joshua Waletzky - Music For The Movies: Bernard Herrmann (DVD)
      James H. Bride - The Transcendentalists: Teaching Ralph Waldo Emerson - Philosopher, Writer & Intellectual (DVD)
      Bonobo - Black Sands (CD)
      Sally Mann - What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (DVD)
      John McLaughlin - My Goal's Beyond (LP)
      Mary Ann Braubach - Huxley On Huxley (DVD)
      Wire - The Ideal Copy (CD)
      Wire - Object 47 (CD)
      Jack Hazan - A Bigger Splash (DVD)
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    7. dotmatrix522
      If Morrissey ever does the James Corden show again Reggie can get his LP signed. :thumb:
    8. Qvist
      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. :)
    9. Charlie Cheswick
      Charlie Cheswick
      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.
    10. Peppermint
      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.
    11. Qvist

      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.
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    12. scatterkeir
      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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