The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 179: THE FATHER WHO MUST BE KILLED

How do you rate The Father Who Must Be Killed?

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


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: 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, click to vote):

Part 178: The Edges Are No Longer Parallel
Part 177: The Draize Train
Part 176: The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Part 175: The Boy Racer
Part 174: That's Entertainment
Part 173: That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Part 172: Teenage Dad On His Estate
Part 171: Sweetie Pie
Part 170: Sweet And Tender Hooligan
Part 169: Sunny
Part 168: Suffer Little Children
Part 167: Suedehead
Part 166: Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
Part 165: Stretch Out And Wait
Part 164: Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
Part 163: Still Ill
Part 162: Spring-Heeled Jim
Part 161: Speedway
Part 160: Southpaw
Part 159: Sorrow Will Come In The End
Part 158: Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
Part 157: Slum Mums
Part 156: Skin Storm
Part 155: Sister, I'm A Poet
Part 154: Sing Your Life
Part 153: Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Part 152: Sheila Take A Bow
Part 151: Shakespeare's Sister
Part 150: Seasick Yet Still Docked
Part 149: Satan Rejected My Soul
Part 148: Rusholme Ruffians
Part 147: Rubber Ring
Part 146: Roy's Keen
Part 145: Reel Around The Fountain
Part 144: Redondo Beach
Part 143: Reader Meet Author
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 Saying 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 (follow this link for first 40 songs).


Senior Member
I don't understand why so many people hate it. I think it's hilarious.

Me too. I think the story is great and then vocals are brilliant.

Much as some people moan that Morrissey does the same thing, the minute he tries anything different they don't seem to like it at all. Look at the response to Southpaw Grammar and Sweetie Pie too.


Starved Of Mirth
I have no idea why so many people have unkind things to say about this song. The lyrics sound to me like an homage to Patti Smith, especially the ending verse. They are delightfully morbid and the melody is quite jaunty and nice as well. A wonderful song to sing in the shower whilst visions of Mother dance in your head: 8.


New Member
Clearly one of the strongest song from ROTT, I'm especially fond of the line "the way he chews his food / rips right through your senses" since dinner time can be a real horror in any family and enough to break any relationship.


Active Member
Not one of my favorites. Lyrically it's probably the worst on Ringleader. Musically, the change in key sounds nice, but the chorus sounds dull and could've been better.

However, it does sound much better live, so I'm giving it a 7.


Doing Very Well
A good example of the Camp Mayhem subgenre (see also: "Shoplifters," "November Spawned a Monster," and "Lifeguard Sleeping," among others). Some really nice, poetic imagery sprinkled in there--an overall top-notch lyric. . .It's like a movie/poem/story/song/thingy.

If fractions were allowed, I'd give it an 8.51, so I gave it a 9.



lovable loser
I gave it a 7. I'm glad to see others like this song.And to quote myself from the YATQ vs ROTT,
I know a lot of people don’t like "The Father Who Must Be Killed", but there’s something about it that I DO. It’s very Nov. Monster/Mute Witness’ish ('kooky' storyline) I like the drum line love how he says ‘stepchilllld’. I’m a stepchild myself but not the killing kind ~lol

Just as motherless birds fly high then so shall I... so shall I...


I like ROTT. I really do. i stick up for it endlessless, as my husband hates it. However, I cannot defend this song. Truely, truely awful. A 2 from me.

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
I actually really enjoy this song. But like coffee, you either love it, or you dont . so I give it a 9. coz i do like it


Junior Member
I gave it a 3, which is rather generous. Sorry Morrissey, this one sucks big fat eggs from hell.
Let's just move right along shall we, and put that one behind us. :p


Forever Ill
a 4

and this, being ina very bad monday mourning mood, is a giver

nothing venomous I can add whats already written about this very poor ROTT song

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