The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 192: THE QUEEN IS DEAD

How do you rate The Queen Is Dead?


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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: THE QUEEN IS DEAD

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 191: The Public Image
Part 190: The Ordinary Boys
Part 189: The Operation
Part 188: The Never Played Symphonies
Part 187: The National Front Disco
Part 186: The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Part 185: The Loop
Part 184: The Lazy Sunbathers
Part 183: The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Part 182: The Headmaster Ritual
Part 181: The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye
Part 180: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Part 179: The Father Who Must Be Killed
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).
 

Chartres

New Member
Their strongest opener if you don't count "Reel Around The Fountain" & "The Heamaster Ritual". "A Rush And A Push And This Land Is Ours" is quite close too.
 

bored

Lust a prima vista
What have I done? I am the only voter so far to give it a 9. I'm sure the lynching will be tonight.
 
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Alcoholic Afternoons

Guest
Their strongest opener if you don't count "Reel Around The Fountain" & "The Heamaster Ritual". "A Rush And A Push And This Land Is Ours" is quite close too.
So, in other words, their strongest opener except maybe all their others?
 

mozmal

Beastly Little Parasite
People, people, come to your senses. The best opener on the best Smiths album. A frantic and wild song that caused probably more controversy than any other in their short time together. It's energy is just irresistible. It just has to be a 10. I'm on my way round to your houses with an angry mob.
 

snapyou

Humdee,dumdee,homocide
The best intro to a song EVER:Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty merging into THOSE drums

I think this is as much Stephen Street's track as The Smiths.
His production it is breath taking
 
This is a truly astonishing song, and perhaps represents the four Smiths on top of their game better than any other.

After the perfectly chosen movie clip, Joyce's drum into gets it off to a flier, the build-up - there's a suspense to it, you know that something big is about to come crashing in. He keeps the intensity going for the rest of the song.

Marr and Rourke prove again that they were the second truly great partnership which made the Smiths what they were. The energy and power of the song comes from them, and they complement each other wonderfully.

Then there's Morrissey's lyrics, which are some of the best he's ever written. It's political, but it's also personal. It isn't a simplistic anti-monarchy rant - it's one person reflecting on the loss of the country he knows, and the sense of loneliness he feels at being the only one who realises what is happening. It's endlessly quotable, beautifully written, truly poetic. And his vocal work is equal to it.

The best opening to an album ever. I'd give it 11 if I could.
 

Worm

Taste the diffidence
Oh, the happy coincidence of having this as the Poll of the Day when we've all been discussing whether England has changed or has he changed.
Just wait until Mike Joyce "coincidentally" releases the ultra-rare unreleased version with a "newly discovered" extra verse:

No English accents in Knightsbridge
No English accents in Knightsbridge
I bought some crisps from an obseqious Hindu
Their blessed god has got six sets of arms
(AND NOT ONE OF THEM'S HOLDING ME CLOSE)

Passed the pub...e&c​
 
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Just wait until Mike Joyce "coincidentally" releases the ultra-rare unreleased version with the extra verse:

No English accents in Knightsbridge
No English accents in Knightsbridge
I bought some crisps from an obseqious Hindu
Their blessed god has got six sets of arms
(AND NOT ONE OF THEM WRAPPED AROUND MY NECK)

Passed the pub...e&c​
 
D

Dave

Guest
Just wait until Mike Joyce "coincidentally" releases the ultra-rare unreleased version with the extra verse:

No English accents in Knightsbridge
No English accents in Knightsbridge
I bought some crisps from an obseqious Hindu
Their blessed god has got six sets of arms
(AND NOT ONE OF THEM'S HOLDING ME CLOSE)

Passed the pub...e&c​
I like it!
 

Worm

Taste the diffidence
In honor of the righteous anti-racist hero Conor McNicholas I think it's only fair that we ask Morrissey to re-record "The Queen Is Dead" to better suit the kind of McWorld McNicholas wants to live in:

THE QUEEN OFFENDS ME

Farewell to this land's preserved wetlands
Hemmed in like two clouds between two clouds
Our symbolic sovereign dealing with health issues
I apologize in advance - but in my humble opinion it's an agreeable situation in which to find oneself

Pardon me, Charles, don't you ever crave
To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
In full state regalia preserving quaint local customs?
Oh ...
And so I Googled all the registered historical facts
And I was shocked into shame to discover
How I'm the 18th pigmentless descendant
Of some former racist slavemaster or other

Oh, has the world changed or am I out of touch with progress?
Oh, has the world changed or am I out of touch with progress?
Some 9-year old oppressed youth who peddles drugs
I swear to a pantheistic non-denominational higher spirit
I was lucky not to know what drugs were because of my socio-economic privilege as a white male
Oh...
So, I creatively entered the superannuated ancestral home
With a biodegradable sponge and a recycled spanner
She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
I said : "That's just your opinion - and while I respect your right to have an opinion I must cordially disagree"

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about non-exploitative authentic trinkets from self-empowered emerging market exporters
But when your Mother has stunted your growth with anachronistic tribal bonds
No-one talks about forced genital mutilation
Oh ...

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about non-exploitative authentic trinkets from self-empowered emerging market exporters
Like politically correct reggae on BBC1 and establishing non-confrontational social diversity
Oh, these are the things that are hurtful to my self-esteem

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about non-exploitative authentic trinkets from self-empowered emerging market exporters
But the rain that flattens my hair ...
Fellows, we really MUST get serious about global warming

All their untruths about make-up and long hair, persist in their late capitalist systems of racism and domination

Past the drinking establishment that minimizes the efficiency of your circulatory system
And the church who'll reduce your level of consumer spending
The Queen is offensive to under-represented portions of the population, boys
And it's so challenging to support positivity on a limb
Past the drinking establishment that minimizes the efficiency of your circulatory system
And the church who'll cut your consumer spending

The Queen is offensive to under-represented portions of the population, boys
You can trust me, boys

Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
 

esheh195

'Kills threads dead'
In honor of the righteous anti-racist hero Conor McNicholas I think it's only fair that we ask Morrissey to re-record "The Queen Is Dead" to better suit the kind of McWorld McNicholas wants to live in:

THE QUEEN OFFENDS ME

Farewell to this land's preserved wetlands
Hemmed in like two clouds between two clouds
Our symbolic sovereign dealing with health issues
I apologize in advance - but in my humble opinion it's an agreeable situation in which to find oneself

Pardon me, Charles, don't you ever crave
To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
In full state regalia preserving quaint local customs?
Oh ...
And so I Googled all the registered historical facts
And I was shocked into shame to discover
How I'm the 18th pigmentless descendant
Of some former racist slavemaster or other

Oh, has the world changed or am I out of touch with progress?
Oh, has the world changed or am I out of touch with progress?
Some 9-year old oppressed youth who peddles drugs
I swear to a pantheistic non-denominational higher spirit
I was lucky not to know what drugs were because of my socio-economic privilege as a white male
Oh...
So, I creatively entered the superannuated ancestral home
With a biodegradable sponge and a recycled spanner
She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
I said : "That's just your opinion - and while I respect your right to have an opinion I must cordially disagree"

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about non-exploitative authentic trinkets from self-empowered emerging market exporters
But when your Mother has stunted your growth with anachronistic tribal bonds
No-one talks about forced genital mutilation
Oh ...

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about non-exploitative authentic trinkets from self-empowered emerging market exporters
Like politically correct reggae on BBC1 and establishing non-confrontational social diversity
Oh, these are the things that are hurtful to my self-esteem

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about non-exploitative authentic trinkets from self-empowered emerging market exporters
But the rain that flattens my hair ...
Fellows, we really MUST get serious about global warming

All their untruths about make-up and long hair, persist in their late capitalist systems of racism and domination

Past the drinking establishment that minimizes the efficiency of your circulatory system
And the church who'll reduce your level of consumer spending
The Queen is offensive to under-represented portions of the population, boys
And it's so challenging to support positivity on a limb
Past the drinking establishment that minimizes the efficiency of your circulatory system
And the church who'll cut your consumer spending

The Queen is offensive to under-represented portions of the population, boys
You can trust me, boys

Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
Life is very long, when you're unable to establish healthy emotional connections with others
bwa-hahahahahahaha!
:D:D Thank you, Worm...I think you just made my day! It is quite the catchy diddy.
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
Morrissey doesn't write 'em like this anymore. "Life is very long when you're lonely" is a line that meant the world to me, as I'm sure it did to most people. I was always a bit disappointed when he would cut out the "but the rain that flattens my hair, these are the things that kill me" line when he performed it live.

Oh, what is there to say? An easy 10.
 
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