The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 42: FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE

How do you rate First Of The Gang To Die?

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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.


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
Part 35: Dial-A-Cliche
Part 36: Disappointed
Part 37: Do Your Best And Don't Worry
Part 38: Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
Part 39: Driving Your Girlfriend Home
Part 40: East West
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday
When i first started playing this, i could not get enough of it!
Sadly after 100s of times playing this track, it has got a bit dull. Saying that though, it is a 'cool' and great song :)


Not Dead Yet
Great "Comeback" song...even though Irish Blood was released first...Thought it was a bit trendy at first in he was trying to cater to his newfound "culture" audience...but it grew on me....5 years later I still think it's a winner..and thought it was great that he chose it to close out the last night in Pasadena....

Maurice E

Junior Member
Quite possibly the only truly wonderful Morrissey single since the Bona Drag era. This gets as good a reaction as any of the best Smiths songs when played live or at the indie disco!
It's witty, poetic, upbeat, tuneful, melodic and brilliantly arranged.
The line about 'the rich and the poor and the not very rich' is vintage Morrissey-pop gobbledegook!


New Member
Fantastic tune, I first heard a snippet of it on the 'Importance of being Morrissey' and was instantly hooked, what a way to come back into the mainstream.


Lust a prima vista
This is just one of those songs that never did it for me.

I think I'm missing something because this song is immensely popular.


New Member
Certainly a great single and as such it's a ten out of ten. But when it comes as a regular song and an album track I'm less convinced, compared to some album songs it's just witty but really nothing more. I'm not saying that it's a bad thing but still...

I'm gonna ahve to wait a while before I can rate it:(

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Saint Louis' Finest
Eight. Because I think its a great song, but with comparably sub-standard lyrics and music. Sounds great BLASTING from a car stereo however, and it always makes me think of southern California and the hispanic ghettos for some reason.

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
This is a great single, and its definately the type of single I hope Morrissey keeps putting out. I give it a 9 :)

Radio Berlin

moz is ♥

But now i regret my vote on everyday is like sunday, I like this one much more...
"you have never been in love..."

Poco Innocente

A ring a ding ding
i know, let's all be bellends and give every song either a 9 or 10


It's a good song, I remember the first time I heard it at the Royal Albert Hall and thought- yes.
But it's been overplayed. Sick of it now.


New Member
not really that keen on it, to be honest.

Oh my god. it's Robby!

spontaneously luminescent
sometimes i wonder if i can get drunk enough :eek:
to still think mozzy babie made this song 4 me :o

i have always liked Hector :)
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