The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 58: HAVE-A-GO MERCHANT

How do you rate Have-A-Go Merchant?


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Houdini

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: HAVE-A-GO MERCHANT

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 is still 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
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 43: Found Found Found
Part 44: Frankly Mr Shankly
Part 45: Friday Mourning
Part 46: Ganglord
Part 47: Get Off The Stage
Part 48: Girl Afraid
Part 49: Girl Least Likely To
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 51: Glamorous Glue
Part 52: Golden Lights
Part 53: Good Looking Man About Town
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 57: Handsome Devil
 

Vauxhall95

I Know It's Over...
I gave it 6.

OK but not something you rush to when you want to hear a Morrissey track.
Me too. A ten?! People are giving it a ten?! So "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," "How Soon Is Now," and "Have a Go Merchant?"

Please tell me this is the result of some terrible Saturday night hang over?

Oh the humanity!

:)

-Vaux
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
Is this song really a slap at Natalie Merchant? If so, it deserves extra points for that...
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
an 8, one of Morrissey's underrated songs/singles.

if 100 fans give their top 10, their will be no have-a-go-merchant in their lists
nope because Disappointed, Sister I'm A Poet, Will Never Marry, Hairdresser On Fire, Yes, I am Blind, I've Changed My Plea To Guilty, Jack The Ripper, Nobody Loves Us, Lost, Friday Mourning, and The Never Played Symphonies are all 9 and 10s
 

Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
Meh.... a 5......​
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
Come on, next one please!
Have A Go is pretty so-so. An ok melody and a passable lyric. Chorus ain't bad and some good guitar lines. Gave it a 6.

Hmm, so what will be next?
Could it be 'He Knows I'd Love to see him'...
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
Come on, next one please!
Have A Go is pretty so-so. An ok melody and a passable lyric. Chorus ain't bad and some good guitar lines. Gave it a 6.

Hmm, so what will be next?
Could it be 'He Knows I'd Love to see him'...
Bet it will get a lot of 10's too
 

Vauxhall95

I Know It's Over...
I know. Let's all start a poll on which song will be next!

:)

-Vaux
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
I didn't care for Boxers but I absolutely adore both Have-A-Go Merchant and Whatever Happens, I Love You. I think Have-A-Go contains my favorite Alain guitar figures, and the lyrics are great too - especially this classic couplet:

Small girl runs crying through the park
So freely her daddy berates her
Just then so for the rest of her life
She is convinced that her daddy hates her

Such brilliant lyrics don't come around every day!
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
Me too. A ten?! People are giving it a ten?! So "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," "How Soon Is Now," and "Have a Go Merchant?"

Please tell me this is the result of some terrible Saturday night hang over?

Oh the humanity!

:)

-Vaux
Yep! A 10!!! I think it's actually more enjoyable to listen to than How Soon Is Now? I'd choose hearing Have-A-Go Merchant over How Soon Is Now? in concert anyday.
 

esheh195

'Kills threads dead'
Yep! A 10!!! I think it's actually more enjoyable to listen to than How Soon Is Now? I'd choose hearing Have-A-Go Merchant over How Soon Is Now? in concert anyday.
I tend to agree with you. I love How Soon is Now?, but to be honest, nothing would get me more psyched than to hear the opening chords of Have-A-Go Merchant at a live show. I like the lyrics and the energy, and it's a great sing a long tune. Oh, btw, in case you didn't guess....10! :p
 
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