The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 104: LIFE IS A PIGSTY

How do you rate Life Is A Pigsty?

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Let's compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 235 Moz/Smiths-songs.
And instead of chronologically, let's do them alphabetically.

Song for Today: LIFE IS A PIGSTY

Voting should be something along these lines:
10: Perfection
9: Near perfect, brilliant
8: Really good Moz/Smiths song
7: Good Moz/Smiths song
6: Decent, OK, Nothing special
5: Uninspired
4: Poor
3: Bad
2: Should never have been released
1: He/They should be ashamed

The songs so far (voting is still open):

Part 103: Let the Right One Slip In
Part 102: Let Me Kiss You
Part 101: Late Night, Maudlin Street
Part 100: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Part 99: King Leer
Part 98: Journalists Who Lie
Part 97: Jeane
Part 96: Jack The Ripper
Part 95: It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small
Part 94: Is It Really So Strange?
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
Part 92: Interlude
Part 91: Interesting Drug
Part 90: In The Future When All's Well
Part 89: If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 87: (I'm) The End Of The Family Line
Part 86: I'm Not Sorry
Part 85: I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now
Part 84: I'd Love To
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 82: I Will See You In Far Off Places
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 80: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Part 79: I Like You
Part 78: I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 76: I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
Part 75: I Knew I Was Next
Part 74: I Keep Mine Hidden
Part 73: I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Part 72: I Have Forgiven Jesus
Part 71: I Don't Owe You Anything
Part 70: I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
Part 69: I Can Have Both
Part 68: I Am Two People
Part 67: I Am Hated For Loving
Part 66: Human Being
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 64: How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Part 63: Hold On To Your Friends
Part 62: Heir Apparent
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 60: He Knows I'd Love To See Him
Part 59: He Cried
Part 58: Have-A-Go Merchant
Part 57: Handsome Devil
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 53: Good Looking Man About Town
Part 52: Golden Lights
Part 51: Glamorous Glue
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 49: Girl Least Likely To
Part 48: Girl Afraid
Part 47: Get Off The Stage
Part 46: Ganglord
Part 45: Friday Mourning
Part 44: Frankly Mr Shankly
Part 43: Found Found Found
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday
Part 40: East West
Part 39: Driving Your Girlfriend Home
Part 38: Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
Part 37: Do Your Best And Don't Worry
Part 36: Disappointed
Part 35: Dial-A-Cliche
Part 34: Death Of A Disco Dancer
Part 33: Death At One's Elbow
Part 32: Dear God Please Help Me
Part 31: Dagenham Dave
Part 30: Cosmic Dancer
Part 29: Come Back To Camden
Part 28: Christian Dior
Part 27: Certain People I Know
Part 26: Cemetry Gates
Part 25: Break Up The Family
Part 24: Boxers
Part 23: Black-Eyed Susan
Part 22: Billy Budd
Part 21: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Part 20: Best Friend On The Payroll
Part 19: Bengali In Platforms
Part 18: Barbarism Begins At Home
Part 17: Back To The Old House
Part 16: At Last I Am Born
Part 15: At Amber
Part 14: Asleep
Part 13: Ask
Part 12: Asian Rut
Part 11: Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
Part 10: Ammunition
Part 9: America Is Not The World
Part 8: Ambitious Outsiders
Part 7: Alsatian Cousin
Part 6: Alma Matters
Part 5: All The Lazy Dykes
Part 4: Accept Yourself
Part 3: A Swallow On My Neck
Part 2: A Song From Under The Floorboards
Part 1: A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours


Starved Of Mirth
The most important song Morrissey has recorded since "Speedway" and an absolutely stunning beauty. The lyrics of this song always choke me up, especially the "Even now in the final hour of my life I'm falling in love again" ending. As a fan who has been following Morrissey religiously since 1984, and has seen plenty of ups and downs in my own life, I find this sentiment - that even after so many years of longing and heartbreak, Morrissey can still find renewed hope and enthusiasm for love, until his dying breath - to be enormously uplifting, and I think it sums up what Morrissey means to me as an artist in 2007 more than any other line. The music is also gorgeous, as is Morrissey's vocal melody. Pure 10.


Active Member
Almost perfect, if not perfect. Powerful, heavy, rain, dogs... Powerful song. Love his voice, the music, lyrics, length... Love it.

moz'art girl

oh la la
Oh my god, I absolutely adore that song! It is epic! 10!


lovable loser
This is a 10! It's like two songs in one (which would make it a 20!) and even tho it's the longest track, I don't care if it went on even longer!! It's a classic. Who else can sing about life being a pigsty (and has that word ever been in any other song?!) oh right... the same guy who can sing about forgiving Jesus :rolleyes: Not to mention this song is even more awesome live. The gong doesn't hurt, either!! "I can't reach you anymore"... oh, yes you can and you do Moz!!

p.s. Comtesse, you are my favorite music critic. You totally know your Moz :D -thank you


Queen Bee
This song is a grand, sweeping epic like some musical equivalent of "Gone With the Wind." It's got drama, it's got humor. I love it. Perfect.


New Member
this song starts okay (musically) and gradually becomes ridiculously bad. it's several minutes too long, the lyric conveys nothing ("it's the same old sos" - yes it is, you prick. get some new ideas and change the f***ing record. "i've been shifting gears all of my life" - so what?) and the metaphor of the title is uninspired, to say the very, very least. i remember reading what music journalists had to say about this song, in advance of its release, and lost count of the number of times it was likened to radiohead's "paranoid android" simply because of the change in time signature, halfway through. the lyric is laughably crap and, in the context of fans' and journalists' hyperbole, it turns out to be overblown shite. it sounded pretty good, live, though.


from the Ice Age to the dole age
It's absolutely awful.

Unlike "Come Back to Camden", which is a divine, heartfelt song of stunning beauty, this is overlong, overhyped, dull plodding dirge. 3. My lowest rating yet.


New Member
It's absolutely awful.

Unlike "Come Back to Camden", which is a divine, heartfelt song of stunning beauty, this is overlong, overhyped, dull plodding dirge. 3. My lowest rating yet.

indeed. i'd rather eat sardines than listen to this.


from the Ice Age to the dole age
indeed. i'd rather eat sardines than listen to this.

I dislike this song intensely but... sardines?

God, to brave the terror of sardines ... I would almost rather have sex with John McCririck. Almost.


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