The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 93: IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART

How do you rate Irish Blood, English Heart?


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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: IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART

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
Part 85: I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now
Part 86: I'm Not Sorry
Part 87: (I'm) The End Of The Family Line
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 89: If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Part 90: In The Future When All's Well
Part 91: Interesting Drug
Part 92: Interlude
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
This song holds a special place in my heart because I was present in Berkeley, CA when he played it for the very first time. It's an excellent song with powerful lyrics... but it has always felt incomplete to me. I think it needs another verse to complete it. Still, it's one of the best moments on You Are The Quarry. I give it an 8.
 

Roma De Moz

Fat Children Took My Life
Like some of his other best work i.e Alsation Cousin, this song wins hands down due to it's density and emotional reticence. At under three-minutes, and only two verses, Morrissey manages to A) Dispell the racist accusations for good with real vigour B) Cram patriotism, pride, tolerance and politics into a neat little package and C) Redeem his rock credentials with a powerhouse musical accompaniment.

Aswell as all that, it's just a great great song. A 9.
 

Your Arsenal

yes I am blind
A change of style for Morrissey, which is great.
Love the riffs, love the intensity of the song. Good lyrics, but still, I can only give it an 8. Dunno. Just not a personal favorite, but I can really appreciate the meaning of this song in his career.
 

celibate

Forever Ill
an 8

i liked it more live in the gong tour [2002], than on Quarry, and live since
with keyboards
but it's definately in the list of my fav 8 songs on Quarry
[there are
2 or 3 songs I rate lower than 7/8...]
 

herzeleid

New Member
8.

I much preferred it on the '02 tour. Finn's quirky production diluted some of the power (particularly the keyboard hocus on the instrumental outro).

I also feel that the lyric lets down a superb song and evocative song title. As has long been observed the Cromwell reference makes no historical sense, and the reference to the English being sick of Labour etc is extremely clumsy. What about the Welsh and Scots? Or does England equate to Britain in Moz's Devolution denier mindset?
 
This was the first solo morrissey song i heard and it got me into Morrissey( well i would have anyway through the smiths). So it reminds me of when i first discovered all of Morrissey's songs.
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
Too Short...although I think I should have given it a 9 instead of 8 for it's Sick to death of Labor and Tories....
 

Johan de Witt

Senior Member
Like some of his other best work i.e Alsation Cousin, this song wins hands down due to it's density and emotional reticence. At under three-minutes, and only two verses, Morrissey manages to A) Dispell the racist accusations for good with real vigour B) Cram patriotism, pride, tolerance and politics into a neat little package and C) Redeem his rock credentials with a powerhouse musical accompaniment.

Aswell as all that, it's just a great great song. A 9.
I agree, abut the 9 as well.
Maybe not the best Moz-song of the last 10 years, but certainly the most important.
 
I remember when it was first released, i had just started getting into music and heard some Smiths songs that i loved. Then i was flicking through TV stations this came on and "Oh he's still got it" came into my mind. It was the start of a wonderful journey into his back catalogue. Anyway 10
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
I should also mention that this song is notable as being one of the very few Morrissey songs that my girlfriend actually likes.

"So how did I end up
attached to this person
when her taste in music
grows gradually worser?"
 
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