The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 259: STRIPTEASE WITH A DIFFERENCE (final song)

How do you rate Striptease With A Difference?

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In 2007, and early 2008, we put up polls for all 234 then released Morrissey and The Smiths-songs. More than 25,000 votes were cast and the result was The Morrissey/Smiths Top 100, or indeed, The Morrissey/The Smiths Top 234. This year many people have asked me to continue with the polls as 18 new Morrissey-songs have been released since. With the release of 'Swords' now seems as good a time as any to start them.

Now that we've done all the new songs from 2009, and the older songs released this year, and with no foreseeable new songs in the near future, to finish these series off we'll move to the unreleased (full) tracks that have emerged over the last couple of year, i.e. Born To Hang, Happy Lovers United, I'm Playing Easy To Get, Lifeguard On Duty, Oh Phoney, Please help The Cause Against Loneliness and Striptease With A Difference, in that order.



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 should be ashamed


So vote while you still can:

Part 258: Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness
Part 257: Oh Phoney
Part 256: Lifeguard On Duty
Part 255: I'm Playing Easy To Get
Part 254: Happy Lovers United
Part 253: Born To Hang
Part 252: You Should Have been Nice To Me
Part 251: Fantastic Bird
Part 250: Honey, You Know Where To Find Me
Part 249: I'm OK By Myself
Part 248: Sorry Doesn't Help
Part 247: You Were Good In Your Time
Part 246: It's Not Your Birthday Anymore
Part 245: One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
Part 244: When Last I Spoke To Carol
Part 243: Black Cloud
Part 242: Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed
Part 241: Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Part 240: Because Of My Poor Education
Part 239: Shame Is The Name
Part 238: I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Part 237: My Dearest Love
Part 236: Drive-In Saturday
Part 235: Children In Pieces
Part 234: That's How People Grow Up
Part 233: All You Need Is Me
Part 232 and previous
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Forever Ill
a 6

as 'the cause against...' to me it's like song which had to record when
really finished the song, now they sound like demoos to be worked out

sorry that the poll ends with this kinda song, it deserved a better end.
anyway, my thanks for Mr Houdini, for this legendary poll,
it'll go down in virtuel history

proud that a member of small country did this enormous work,without
any flaws,Dutch citizens are well known for there liberal culure and open
for debate anything that might be important or have a positive influence on
future life and living

Mr Houdini is one of those, who just did the job, knowing he's has not that much free time on his hands as many here

my compliments G.
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Gregor Samsa

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope.
Another 7. Very lightweight, but still very well done. Both lyrically and musically. Good pop.


Junior Member
I'm sad its the final song, what will you do now Houdini? :straightface:
Count the votes and publish them here next week!
Then I'll slip into obscurity again, most likely.

For anyone who hasn't voted yet in this or in any of the other 258 polls, now is your chance to still do so!


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A strong seven. Lovely bitter-humorous lyrics, catching Madness-like tune. Should definitely have been a single.



Duck. Duck. Duck. Goose.
There's something quintessentially Morrissey about this song:

the sick curse of luck

I'm cutting this queen / well this six is chewed / you're all undisguised / I'm stuck on shoes

So have you ever met a bad winner?
"Well how do you do?"

The very notion of manipulating a game of strip poker so you've got an excuse to get your kit off is pure Morrissey.

The melody is almost jaunty but there's a sense of grim purpose in the lyrics and vocal delivery.

Serious and silly; flippant and meaningful; carefree and doomed. How does he do it? How does he bring all these contradictions together into something so neat and narrow as a pop song? :confused:
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