8.0 Q: Any tunes in his repertoire that were more difficult to learn than you may have expected?
A:Some of The Smiths songs are a challenge. Not from a technical stand point, but trying to capture their essence which is largely dependent on the style of drummer Mike Joyce, and the way the drums and bass interacted. Additionally, there was a certain sound they had that lent itself to Morrissey’s vocals – In a live situation, with a catalog as expansive as Morrissey’s, it’s challenging to go from one era to the next in a single set, it’s almost like time travel.
From January 2012:
Jimmy Fallon and guest Fred Armisen do a cute, impromptu impression of "Morrissey singing the Beatles!"
Moz reference starts at 2:33 (after the requisite annoying ad!)
That's funny! You know...... they're making fun (and by extension bringing to light so that alchemists can convert funny shit to gnosis gold) of the sacred tonal range of someone tuned into and taking orders from God. Just sayin. Okay I'll shut up now.
Her initial musical love was a certain morose Mancunian. “The first album that I bought on my own was when I think I was 11 and it was The Smiths’ Hatful Of Hollow. I would lock myself in my room for hours – I was a huge Smiths fan. It’s funny, because all my little girlfriends love The Smiths too.”
The interview then digresses for several minutes, as we swap stories about our mutual love of The Smiths and I try to impress Frankie by telling her that, as a child, I lived a few hundred yards from Morrissey’s family home. However, Frankie is keener to expand on Morrissey’s impact on her parent’s country of birth. “There is this phenomenon of Mexicans who love Morrissey. I was one of these young Latina ladies, and my mother loves Morrissey too. Maybe there is something about his crooning voice and the romanticism – ‘romantica’ is a big cultural thing in Mexico.” To be fair, that is more interesting than the location of my childhood residence