The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 35: DIAL-A-CLICHE

How do you rate Dial-A-Cliche?

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Junior Member
While we wait for the new album to arrive, let us go about rating the songs we know, on a daily basis, and compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100.
And instead of chronologically, let's do them alphabetically.

Song for Today: DIAL-A-CLICHE
The 5th one from Viva Hate we've had already.

Voting should be something along these lines:
10: Classic, perfect
9: Near classic, 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 we've done so far (voting will remain open, click to vote):

Part 1: A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
Part 2: A Song From Under The Floorboards
Part 3: A Swallow On My Neck
Part 4: Accept Yourself
Part 5: All The Lazy Dykes
Part 6: Alma Matters
Part 7: Alsatian Cousin
Part 8: Ambitious Outsiders
Part 9: America Is Not The World
Part 10: Ammunition
Part 11: Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
Part 12: Asian Rut
Part 13: Ask
Part 14: Asleep
Part 15: At Amber
Part 16: At Last I Am Born
Part 17: Back To The Old House
Part 18: Barbarism Begins At Home
Part 19: Bengali In Platforms
Part 20: Best Friend On The Payroll
Part 21: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Part 22: Billy Budd
Part 23: Black-Eyed Susan
Part 24: Boxers
Part 25: Break Up The Family
Part 26: Cemetry Gates
Part 27: Certain People I Know
Part 28: Christian Dior
Part 29: Come Back To Camden
Part 30: Cosmic Dancer
Part 31: Dagenham Dave
Part 32: Dear God Please Help Me
Part 33: Death At One's Elbow
Part 34: Death Of A Disco Dancer


New Member
I gave it a 10. I absolutely love it. The melody is so lovely.

Maurice E

Junior Member
Ooh, I love this song! It's flipping gorgeous!
It's probably the Morrissey or Smiths song that I find myself strumming, if not humming, the most; a really pleasing chord sequence and a lovely flute part.
Can't understand why this song is greeted with indifference by so many.

'Further into the fog I fall'; must be one of the most pleasingly alliterative, opening lines in the entire Mozologue!:)


Gear Changer
'Further into the fog I fall'; must be one of the most pleasingly alliterative, opening lines in the entire Mozologue!:)
Indeed, I have to agree, a wonderful line sung quite beautifully!

English Heart

Initiate Me
Yes I agree, I think it's an underrated song, the line "I've changed but I'm in pain" gets me every time.

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
This song is good, but its not a 10, nor a 9, nor an 8.
Many other songs are though, but not this one.

Its a solid 7.


I'm really new to this song and I find it catches me at unusual moments. More than once I've woken up with it going around in my head!


Well-Known Member
Yes its one of those songs I still find myself singing or humming about xx years of the act!!

Lyrically UP THERE I would say.....


Scorpion Kicker
Gave it a 7 yesterday but it should have been an 8. :o
mmm I like the title of the song, and that is about it...
Maybe i need to listen to it a bit more...


Starved Of Mirth
I think this is one of the songs that Morrissey was talking about when he said, "There's at least six tracks on [Viva Hate] that I'd now willingly bury in the nearest patch of soil. And place a large stone on top." Embarrassingly bad lyrics and slight music... yet, somehow, somehow, I still find something appealing about it. I think it's the vulnerability that Morrissey portrays in this song - that's the thing I miss the most in his later solo work. I especially like the rough outtakes. I give it a 6.
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