The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 94: IS IT REALLY SO STRANGE?

How do you rate Is It Really So Strange?


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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: IS IT REALLY SO STRANGE?

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
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
 

SNS22

Not Dead Yet
One Of The best Smiths B-sides...could have and should have been an A-Side...Got much more airplay here in LA..than Shelia Take A Bow did...It was in fact one of the most popular songs of 1987 here....

Am I the only one who thinks Morrissey "borrowed" bits of this song for Life Is A Pigsty...

"You can punch me and you kick me....and you can break my spine..."

"You can shoot me and you can throw me off a train......"

Very similar sentiments...
 

MozIsGod

Active Member
One Of The best Smiths B-sides...could have and should have been an A-Side...Got much more airplay here in LA..than Shelia Take A Bow did...It was in fact one of the most popular songs of 1987 here....

Am I the only one who thinks Morrissey "borrowed" bits of this song for Life Is A Pigsty...

"You can punch me and you kick me....and you can break my spine..."

"You can shoot me and you can throw me off a train......"

Very similar sentiments...
And don't forget that he crashed and broke his spine. ;)
 

Comtesse

Starved Of Mirth
This song is totally "Smiths-by-numbers" for me. Uninspiring both lyrically and musically. And isn't it really the same song as "Sheila Take A Bow" just with different lyrics? I always thought it was odd that they put them back to back on "Louder Than Bombs" - kind of supported the complaints that Smiths-haters had that "all of their songs sound the same". I give it a 7.
 

Bassist-In-A-Tutu

New Member
I've always loved this song, accidentally voted ten, but worth a 9
I voted 9 - I love this song.

...you say yes - (and you will change your mind)

Makes me laugh every time I hear it.
 

Corrissey

lovable loser
I agree, Comtesse -well said. Here's one song that never really did anything for me. I'm gonna 6 it.
 

snapyou

Humdee,dumdee,homocide
Worth an 8 just for the line
"I lost my bag in Newport Pagnell"
 

TLOTFamousIP

At Last, I Am Born
Absolutely love it. Never fails to make me smile, some great lines and a hopelessly infectious tune.

Just to prove it, I couldn't help taking this picture on Sunday

 

the judge

New Member
Yes, it's similar to Sheila Take A Bow, which is a favourite of mine. It's a strange opening track for Louder Than Bombs. Sheila would have been a better opener. Maybe.
 
I can't help but laughing at the person who wrote Meat Is Murder singing "I got confused I killed a horse":D 8 from me
 
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