The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 85: I'LL NEVER BE ANYBODY'S HERO NOW

How do you rate I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now?


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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: I'LL NEVER BE ANYBODY'S HERO NOW

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: 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
Part 60: He Knows I'd Love To See Him
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 62: Heir Apparent
Part 63: Hold On To Your Friends
Part 64: How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 66: Human Being
Part 67: I Am Hated For Loving
Part 68: I Am Two People
Part 69: I Can Have Both
Part 70: I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
Part 71: I Don't Owe You Anything
Part 72: I Have Forgiven Jesus
Part 73: I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Part 74: I Keep Mine Hidden
Part 75: I Knew I Was Next
Part 76: I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 78: I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Part 79: I Like You
Part 80: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 82: I Will See You In Far Off Places
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 84: I'd Love To
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
Another absolute beauty!
One of Alain Whyte's finest compositions to date. A pleasing intro (not sure about the live trumpet arrangement), a gentle verse, a fantastic ascending chorus melody, and a lovely understated tinkling piano part in the middle eight!

"and my love is under the ground, my one true love is under the ground".
Moz, please stick to this kind of unrequited doomed romanticism rather than the 'kegs between legs' thing!
 
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Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
I absolutely adore this song. A 9 from me. I love the high "I'll never beeeeeeeeeeeeee, I'll never beeeeeeee.....tell me I'll never be, anybody's lover noooow"... fabulous. "Haves cannot stand have-nots", another great line :)
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
I absolutely adore this song. A 9 from me. I love the high "I'll never beeeeeeeeeeeeee, I'll never beeeeeeee.....tell me I'll never be, anybody's lover noooow"... fabulous. "Haves cannot stand have-nots", another great line :)
Well done Amy.
My faith in your musical taste is duly restored!
 

Abrahan

...with an N.
Moderator
Subscriber
i hear "no surprises" by radiohead everytime i hear this song.
 

Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
Well done Amy.
My faith in your musical taste is duly restored!
What ruined your faith initially? Me liking Come Back to Camden? :p
 

Hellie

Lost
Words cannot express how much iIabsloutely LOVE this track.Its in my top three ever.My fave is Every Day is Like Sunday,second Come Back to Camden and this third. I hope he has more like this on his next album.I love anthems.It has a bit of the Say Hello,Wave Goodbye about it.
 

I am a Ghost

New Member
The best song on "Ringleader". As it starts, it is music that sounds as if it has been going on forever and ends the same way, timeless in that sense. Fantastic music, haunting words, extraordinarily impassioned crooning by The Great Man.
Echt Morrissey.
 

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
I really adore this song. It's definately my personal favorite track on Ringleader... To Me You are a Work of Art comes close :) Both Whyte tracks.
Its beautiful, and the vocals are great, and new.
The lyrics are classic Morrissey.

10.
 

lottie

Love Me Outside!
I absolutely adore this song. A 9 from me. I love the high "I'll never beeeeeeeeeeeeee, I'll never beeeeeeee.....tell me I'll never be, anybody's lover noooow"... fabulous. "Haves cannot stand have-nots", another great line :)
i ADORE it too, especially the bits mentioned above, and everytime i hear it, im just wanting to shout, but you are! look at all those peeps at the front of your gigs. :rolleyes:
 

Corrissey

lovable loser
Believe it or not, something from me under an 8 :o) I give it a 5. It's the one song I don't care for off Ringleader. I think it's the musical/tone change. Something just doesn't sound right. Maybe it's MY hearing. Oh well. Beauty is in the ear of the beholder. Moz, you will ALWAYS be my hero!!!
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
9...Absolutely brilliant...and a song I would expect from him at this point in his career...basically questioning why anybody follows him....

Highlight of Pasadena was that he kept playing it...Hopefully I didn't witness it's final performance ever..
 

celibate

Forever Ill
a 7

after pigsty, one of the best songs on ROTT, but i'm still not fond of that album

[100 dutch musiccriticasters choose their all time favourite album in
Dutch leading musigmagazine OOR, and The Smiths-the Queen is dead was
nmbr.5, which I find incredable positive, btw the banana album was nmbr 1]
 

nugz

SUPAHSTAR!
its the best track on ROTT, yes better than Pigsty, yeah I said it. but still, only an 8.

I really wish he would start playing this live instead of At Last I am BORED. :cool:
 

Mel_Torment

Dismember
A vastly underrated song, one of the few gems on ROTT that saves the album for me.

I was so happy when he debuted it at the London Palladium. I screamed and hugged my friend. I think you can even hear my scream faintly near the beginning of the live track that was made into a b side. That was a brilliant recording, but in subsequent shows, it wasn't living up to its potential. Moz wouldn't hit all the difficult notes, and the slow pacing dragged the show down. So I wasn't too sad that it was retired from the setlist. At least we have a brilliant live recording done professionally.
 

celibate

Forever Ill
and again, the famous Comtesse & I voted the same [happens a lot]

[wonders what Miss/Mrs Despair has in mind for the future of her wardrobe, leave
it , or make it kinda updated]
 

AHappyRocket

New Member
It's filler album tracks like this that make it SO difficult to remember that Morrissey once ruled the world! This is just drivel, sorry...
 

Maurice E

Junior Member
It's filler album tracks like this that make it SO difficult to remember that Morrissey once ruled the world! This is just drivel, sorry...
you are right that there is loads of 'filler' on modern day Moz albums but this song sure ain't in that category! father must be killed, streets I ran, at last I am born etc all filler but 'hero' is simply majestic!

do you pay a musical instrument? I only ask because I think this is a very rich piece of music and, if you were a guitar strummer or piano tinkler, I don't think you could fail to appreciate it. admittedly, lyrically the song isn't that inspired but it's a fine, fine piece of music.
 
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