The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 221: WILLIAM, IT WAS REALLY NOTHING

How do you rate William, It Was Really Nothing?

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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 220: Will Never Marry
Part 219: Wide To Receive
Part 218: Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?
Part 217: Whatever Happens, I Love You
Part 216: What's The World
Part 215: What She Said
part 214: What Difference Does It Make?
Part 213: Well I Wonder
Part 212: We'll Let You Know
Part 211: We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Part 210: Vicar In A Tutu
Part 209: Used To Be A Sweet Boy
Part 208: Unloveable
Part 207: Unhappy Birthday
Part 206: Trouble Loves Me
Part 205: Tony The Pony
Part 204: Tomorrow
Part 203: To Me You Are A Work Of Art
Part 202: This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Part 201: This Is Not Your Country
Part 200: This Charming Man
Part 199: These Things Take Time
Part 198: There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends
Part 197: There Speaks A True Friend
Part 196: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Part 195: The Youngest Was The Most Loved
Part 194: The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Part 193: The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
Part 192: The Queen Is Dead
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,(follow this link to first 149 songs).

Best performing songs, parts 1 to 149 (click to vote):

Part 147: Rubber Ring
Part 145: Reel Around The Fountain
Part 140: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Part 136: Panic
Part 135: Paint A Vulgar Picture
Part 128: Now My Heart Is Full
Part 126: November Spawned A Monster
Part 124: Nobody Loves Us
Part 104: Life Is A Pigsty
Part 101: Late Night, Maudlin Street
Part 100: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me,
Part 96: Jack The Ripper
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 57: Handsome Devil
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday
Part 36: Disappointed
Part 26: Cemetry Gates
Part 21: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Part 14: Asleep
Part 1: A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours


from the Ice Age to the dole age
A good song, over-hyped because of the Associates' Steven, It Was Really Something response. This song was on Top of the Pops 2 a while back, presented by Moz' nemesis Steve Wright, who added captions such as "Keen Smiths fans will know...this song is about Morrissey's relationship with Billy Mackenzie" etc :rolleyes:


New Member
Top Smiths, one of my all time favourites.

William, it was really nothing
it was your life

Brilliant & mean:guitar:


16th September 1984, I heard the song for the first time and fell in love with The Smiths.
Pity I never had a chance to listen the song in live when I saw Smiths in 1986.


lovable loser
9! Excellent jangly intro and falsetto outro -wonderful lyrics in between...
and everybody's got to live their life and God knows I've got to live mine...

I work with a William and can't help but think about this song everytime I say or think about his name :p lol

Additional useless info: OutKast's Andre 3000 is a huge Smiths fan-and he named "William" as his absolute favorite.


Doing Very Well
Quintessential Smiths. A classic 10.



Beastly Little Parasite
A lovely, vibrant song that sounds as fresh and alive today as it did when it was released. It's this kind of irresistible melody that Moz sorely needs these days. Marvellous stuff - 9.


Forever Ill
a 9

great song written by Johnny:guitar:

Morrissey's funny and cynical lyrics makes it a perfect single and a
typical upbeat catchy Smiths song

*how can you stay
with a fat girl
who says
would you like to marry me
and if would like
you can buy the ring
I don't care of anyone
accept myself

*lyrics as always straight from the writersblockhead, or so to say me memory
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Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
8/10.... Great tune​

the judge

New Member
Fell in love instantly.
So did I. :)
Love the riff, the descending part and these lyrics especially:
I don't dream about anyone
except myself

And the bit about the fat girl proves that Morrissey indeed knew that some girls are bigger than others. :D:cool:

EDIT: forgot to write what I voted. 9
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RIP The Rev
Within the past few months I fell in love with this song all over again. I love it. Vocally Moz is on fire in this song. It's a great showcase of his vocal range as well as his great talent for writing. Loves it!


i dont know if the song was really inspired ny billy mac kenzie...

i read in one of the books published on moz (must be "sscandal and passion" thts the latest one i read) that billie did indeed fancy morrissey a lot(he told friends so) -billie was gay or bisexual i dont remember now must look in the book

i dont hink it was mutual from morrissey`s side i dont think he did fancy billie(and surely dont have a relationship-)too but he surely find him an interestesting topic enough to be inspired by him but if billie was the subject we dont know mybe another billie?

or could it be inspired by the film billy liar?
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