The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 143: READER MEET AUTHOR

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Houdini

Junior Member
Let's compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 232 Moz/Smiths-songs.

Song for Today: READER MEET AUTHOR

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 142: Pretty Girls Make Graves
Part 141: Pregnant For The Last Time
Part 140: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Part 139: Piccadilly Palare
Part 138: Pashernate Love
Part 137: Papa Jack
Part 136: Panic
Part 135: Paint A Vulgar Picture
Part 134: Our Frank
Part 133: Ouija Board, Ouija Board
Part 132: Oscillate Wildly
Part 131: On The Streets I Ran
Part 130: Oh Well, I'll Never Learn
Part 129: Nowhere Fast
Part 128: Now My Heart Is Full
Part 127: Now I Am A Was
Part 126: November Spawned A Monster
Part 125: Noise Is The Best Revenge
Part 124: Nobody Loves Us
Part 123: No One Can Hold A Candle To You
Part 122: Never Had No One Ever
Part 121: My Love Life
Part 120: My Life Is A Succession Of People Goodbye
Part 119: Mute Witness
Part 118: Munich Air Disaster 1958
Part 117: Moonriver
Part 116: Money Changes Everything
Part 115: Miserable Lie
Part 114: Michael's Bones
Part 113: Mexico
Part 112: Meat Is Murder
Part 111: Margaret On The Guillotine
Part 110: Maladjusted
Part 109: Lucky Lisp
Part 108: Lost
Part 107: London
Part 106: Little Man, What Now?
Part 105: Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
Part 104: Life Is A Pigsty
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
 

HIM

New Member
i really like this, quite a lot.
 

snapyou

Humdee,dumdee,homocide
Never got in to this song until I heard him playing it live but think it's pretty good with a great tune
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
it's the one decent song on Southpaw Grammar!
there are some great melodies on this especially the guitar lines and the strings which remind me of a Lloyd Cole song (not sure which...).

according to Morrissey, it's Boz Boorer's finest composition. not true, of course, but it's still pretty flipping good.
well done Martin!
 
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Dave

Guest
I like this one. It's "tough guy" Morrissey, and that's always good for a classic tune. He should eat his Wheaties more often.
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
It's definitely one of the best songs from Southpaw Grammar, which isn't saying much, really. There's really nothing particularly notable about it, it's just as solid pop song. An 8.
 

celibate

Forever Ill
a 7

Great lyrics, good tune, a song which I really had come into, as the whole
of Southpaw Grammar cost me years to apreciate

Bring back Steve Lilliwhite [must make that a sigline]
 

Tomi

Junior Member
I was so happy that they performed this song during the early part of the tour last year. It sounded great. Don't know why they dropped it.
From me a resounding 10! :)
 

EastOfEden

New Member
"Reader" is a forgotten great track. Boz sounds amazing on it. I believe the lyrics are about Richard Allen - a middle class and middle aged man who wrote books about skinheads, borstals and football hooligans. They were badly written, trashy "novels" and Mr Allen was just raking it in by writing these "horrible" stories.....which weren't a part of his life at all.
Some of Richard Allen's books are fetching ridiculous money on eBay....
 

mozmal

Beastly Little Parasite
"Reader" is a forgotten great track. Boz sounds amazing on it. I believe the lyrics are about Richard Allen - a middle class and middle aged man who wrote books about skinheads, borstals and football hooligans. They were badly written, trashy "novels" and Mr Allen was just raking it in by writing these "horrible" stories.....which weren't a part of his life at all.
Some of Richard Allen's books are fetching ridiculous money on eBay....
You're probably right about this song. It's got a great melody and is instantly likeable. 8 from me.
 

Johan de Witt

Senior Member
it's the one decent song on Southpaw Grammar!
there are some great melodies on this especially the guitar lines and the strings which remind me of a Lloyd Cole song (not sure which...).
You probably mean Rattlesnakes? I never thought of it before, but yes, this song has definitely a Lloyd Cole-vibe, which is a good thing of course :)

Not the best song on Southpaw (that would be Southpaw for me), but certainly the most 'radio-friendly'. Also the most played Southpaw-song live, and the most recently played Southpaw-one (so quite possibly the last)...

I give it 9.
 

M-in-Oz

Active Member
love the song!

but i thought i read at the time the lyrics were regarding Martin Amis? Or maybe that was just the journalists assumption.
 

Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
7/10. I like it.​
 
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