The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 60: HE KNOWS I'D LOVE TO SEE HIM

How do you rate He Knows I'd Love To See Him?


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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: HE KNOWS I'D LOVE TO SEE HIM

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
Part 58: Have-A-Go Merchant
Part 59: He Cried
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
This is a really lovely song.
Wistful, melodic, it even has a Paul Young style, fretless bass!
A great contrast to the A-side (November Spawned a Monster).
I'm giving it a 9.
 
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Dave

Guest
This is a 10. Usually after I vote and check the numbers I have picked the number with the most votes but I'm surprised this time.
 

westendgirl

Active Member
This is definitely a big FAT *10*!!!
Since the first time I heard this song, it really touched me. And I loved this song from the very start.....Definite 10!
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
I've just never felt this one...My least favorite from Bona Drag..

Although I like the ending :D

Still an 8...When Morrissey was at his best writing b-sides as good if not better than the a-sides...I like Girl Least Likely To better
 

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
I love this song alot. :) At first I thought it was of homosexual content, coz I was kind of coming out at the time I heard it in 94, so I read it that way. But now I know its not really about love for a boy lol, but anyway, its still a great song.
I love how he talks about the events that happened when his house was raided by the police.
I love how he sees the way people view him. Kind of a reflection of a reflection. His voice is very delicate, and sounds different than many other songs he's done. 10!
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet

SNS22

Not Dead Yet

Radio Berlin

moz is ♥
10 ffs
this is one of the most beautiful songs ever, his voice and the melody just makes me cry.
The best part is "and the police they actually know me..."
 

Musley

wild and free
Rumoured to be about his father but the conspiracy theorists like to think it's to Johnny Marr! Either way a beautiful song. 9 from me.
 

Johan de Witt

Senior Member
Yes, it was Kevin Armstrong.
It's a nice enough song I would say, but nothing really special.
A solid 7.

It's his reaction to being interrogated by the police about Margaret On the Guillotine apparantly, and a much more gentle response than the 'smelly uniform' one in How Could Anybody... 15 years later, after being interrogated by the FBI.
A much better song, too.
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
Yes, it was Kevin Armstrong.
It's a nice enough song I would say, but nothing really special.
A solid 7.

It's his reaction to being interrogated by the police about Margaret On the Guillotine apparantly, and a much more gentle response than the 'smelly uniform' one in How Could Anybody... 15 years later, after being interrogated by the FBI.
A much better song, too.
Thanks for that. I think Armstrong wrote Piccadilly Palare too, so a pretty decent songwriter.
Nice observation about the lyrics to How Could Anybody. It's indicative of the decline in Morrissey's skills over the last 10-15 years, Humour, poetry and pathos give way to resentment, bitterness and aggression (although sometimes the fog clears and Moz occasionally still writes lyrics that are up there with his best work).
'How Could Anybody' is surely the bluntest and most charmless song he's ever written...
 

Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
I really like the slow melodic tune and bass line in this number. The line "When I lived in the arse of the world..." is great. Im giving this bad boy a 7.​
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
well the requisite sample size has now been achieved.
bring on the next song and, with it, the hotly anticipated top 60 songs to date!
hmm, I wonder how many non-Marr/Street songs will survive in the top 20...
 
This is a 10. Usually after I vote and check the numbers I have picked the number with the most votes but I'm surprised this time.
10, no doubt.
I find the results strange - the first time my predicaments were wrong (no matter how much I like a certain song, I can more or less easily imagine the outcome of the voting - usually).

And this song is on my current playlist..

[...] you want to turn it on its head
by staying in bed!"

I said: "I know I do"
 
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