The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 111: MARGARET ON THE GUILLOTINE

How do you rate Margaret On The Guillotine?


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Houdini

Junior Member
Let's compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 232 Moz/Smiths-songs.
And instead of chronologically, let's do them alphabetically.

Song for Today: MARGARET ON THE GUILLOTINE

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 Top 100 so far:

1) Everyday Is Like Sunday, rating: 9,50
2) I Know It's Over, rating: 9,49
3) Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, rating: 9,45
4) Bigmouth Strikes Again, rating: 9,37
5) Hand In Glove,rating: 9,34
6) How Soon Is Now?, rating: 9,29
7) Late Night, Maudlin Street, rating: 9,25
8) Jack The Ripper, rating: 9,24
9) Cemetry Gates, rating: 9,23
10) Half A Person,rating: 9,15
11) I Want The One I Can't Have, rating: 9,14
12) Hairdresser On Fire,rating: 9,03
13) Asleep, rating: 9,01
14) A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours, rating: 9,01
15) First Of The Gang To Die, rating: 8,99
16) Irish Blood, English Heart, rating: 8,99
17) I've Changed My Plea To Guilty, rating: 8,98
18) I Won't Share You, rating: 8,97
19) Girlfriend In A Coma, rating: 8,94
20) Handsome Devil,rating: 8,93
21) Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, rating: 8,90
22) Disappointed, rating: 8,83
23) Life Is A Pigsty, rating: 8,82
24) Girl Afraid, rating: 8,67
25) Frankly, Mr Shankly, rating: 8,61
26) I Started Something I Couldn't Finish, rating: 8,60
27) Is It Really So Strange?, rating: 8,59
28) Ask, rating: 8,57
29) I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday, rating: 8,56
30) Back To The Old House, rating: 8,50
31) I Have Forgiven Jesus, rating: 8,49
32) Let Me Kiss You, rating: 8,46
33) I Am Hated For Loving, rating: 8,45
34) Interesting Drug, rating: 8,43
35) Hold On To Your Friends, rating: 8,43
36) Come Back To Camden, rating: 8,42
37) Alsatian Cousin, rating: 8,40
38) Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning, rating: 8,38
39) Friday Mourning, rating: 8,37
40) I'd Love To, rating: 8,36
41) Barbarism Begins At Home, rating: 8,34
42) Jeane, rating: 8,33
43) I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, rating: 8,33
44) Lost, rating: 8,31
45) London, rating: 8,29
46) Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together, rating: 8,28
47) Maladjusted, rating: 8,28
48) I Can Have Both, rating: 8,23
49) Boxers, rating: 8,18
50) Ganglord, rating: 8,15
51) I Don't Owe You Anything, rating: 8,13
52) I Don't Mind If You Forget Me, rating: 8,11
53) Lucky Lisp, average rating: 8,08
54) Glamorous Glue,rating: 8,04
55) Death Of A Disco Dancer, rating: 7,92
56) I Like You, rating: 7,91
57) It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small, rating: 7,88
58) Alma Matters, rating: 7,80
59) Girl Least Likely To, rating: 7,80
60) Driving Your Girlfriend Home, rating: 7,77
61) A Swallow On My Neck, rating: 7,74
62) The End Of The Family Line, rating: 7,73
63) Certain People I Know, rating: 7,71
64) Little Man, What Now, rating: 7,70
65) Dear God Please Help Me, rating: 7,68
66) I'm Not Sorry, rating: 7,67
67) If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me, rating: 7,64
68) In The Future When All's Well, rating: 7,64
69) Billy Budd, rating: 7,61
70) I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now, rating: 7,61
71) Break Up The Family, rating: 7,58
72) Have-A-Go Merchant,rating: 7,56
73) Interlude, rating: 7,55
74) I Will See You In Far Off Places, rating: 7,53
75) He Knows I'd Love To See Him,rating: 7,47
76) Accept Yourself, rating: 7,47
77) I Knew I Was Next, rating: 7,42
78) Good Looking Man About Town,rating: 7,33
79) Do Your Best And Don't Worry, rating: 7,27
80) Let The Right One Slip In, rating: 7,27
81) King Leer, rating: 7,25
82) Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice, rating: 7,24
83) Bengali In Platforms, rating: 7,24
84) How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?, rating: 7,23
85) A Song From Under The Floorboards, rating: 7,22
86) I Just Want To See The Boy Happy, rating: 7,19
87) I Keep Mine Hidden, rating: 7,15
88) Dial-A-Cliche, rating: 7,11
89) Human Being, rating: 7,10
90) I Am Two People, rating: 7,09
91) Heir Apparent, rating: 6,98
92) Christian Dior, rating: 6,87
93) Dagenham Dave, rating: 6,78
94) At Amber, rating: 6,76
95) At Last I Am Born, rating: 6,72
96) Ammunition, rating: 6,67
97) Best Friend On The Payroll, rating: 6,52
98) Cosmic Dancer, rating: 6,51
99) Asian Rut, rating: 6,51
100) East West, rating: 6,49
 
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snapyou

Humdee,dumdee,homocide
I love Vini Reilly's guitar on this : SO sad and beautiful
 

Roma De Moz

Fat Children Took My Life
Hackneyed and lazy; Morrissey talks through the lyrics in plodding fashion, and the songwriting itself is pure self-indulgence from Moz's point of view. I don't like Thatcher (although my antipathy is based on reading, and must be pretty tepid compared to certain people who lived through it), but she's such an easy target and Morrissey's venom and spleen for this women just isn't all that interesting. The guillotine sound is cheesy in my opinion, and comes of as daft rather than threatening, and the repeated "Please die" has to be one of the most ungracueful, unpoetic things Moz has ever put to song. And not in a good way.

A 4 from me.
 

Jones

Senior Member
Very funny song. You can just imagine them all falling about laughing in the studio as it ends. :p
 

Walkers Crisp

Nobody's Nothing
It's not a masterpiece, but a funny little track. I read that the "falling scaffold knife" sound at the end was Vini Reilly's idea.
 

HIM

New Member
rubbish
 

Radio Berlin

moz is ♥
a fun track indeed, nice music. 7.
good to see everyday is like sunday in the lead again.
to bad my favorites are in place 36 and 75! outrageous. :p
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
Of course, I adore the sentiments (especially when I replace "Margaret" with a certain leader of the free world who shall remain nameless for fear of a very long "vacation" in Eastern Europe), but there isn't much of a melody and the music is among the blandest of Stephen Street's compositions. Blah, blah, blah. I give it a 6.
 
i feel it was just an add on to the lp, couldn't put it anywhere in the lp tracking listing, so stick it on the end. Should of put it on a singles B-side.
 
No good karma... Songs like this explain nicely why Morrissey, unlike some of his friends, did not become a buddhist:p
 

gaz217

Junior Member
I don't know if this has been mentioned but if Morrissey plays a new song live then will that be included in this poll or is it just recorded songs?
 

threllyp

Member
this is one of morrisseys worst songs in my opinion. I just can never get mysef to listen to the whole thing. I always have to turn it over. :(
 

TLOTFamousIP

At Last, I Am Born
Love it to DEATH. Hilarious lyrics, sung paradoxically over the top of some of the most beautiful music in his solo catalogue. 9 from me.
 

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
The lyrics are good, but unfortunately the music just doesn't cut it.
If you're going to make fun of royalty, or anything, hum, do it like "the Queen is dead," its just more creative, and its not a waste of ink.
 

snapyou

Humdee,dumdee,homocide
It seems I'm alone thinking that the music is really beautiful and that the song isn't humourous at all:more a sad longing desire to see the witch finally taken care of
 

celibate

Forever Ill
a 6

should be a 5 but gave it 1 point extra for the title

weak fillertrack from Viva Hate, which suprises me cause HE had good
material which later released on several b-sides
Typical Morrissey, he makes that error over and over on every album,
or HE simply holds a few good songs that gonna be b-sides from the singletracks, I dunno what descision is right or wrong
 
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Dave

Guest
I gave a 10 because I can't imagine anyone else singing this. Maybe that's due to my lack of imagination. Also I love the line "People like you make me feel so tired".

And someone could write a really good paper where they compare the way he does this violent (?) song in such a sedate way as opposed to the way it used to be a real punk thing to take some pop hit and punk it up.

Of course Limp Bizkit put an end to that when they did George Michael's "faith", and it's a shame. Once again Morrissey stands diametrically opposed to Fred Dirst and everyone that thinks like him. A+
 
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