22 May 2009

did i listen to pop music because i was miserable? or was i miserable because i listened to pop music?

I own this store called Championship Vinyl. It's located in a neighborhood that attracts the bare minimum of window shoppers. I get by because the people make a special effort to shop here. Mostly young men, who spend most of their time looking for deleted Smiths singles, and original, not re-released underlined Frank Zappa albums. Fetish properties are not unlike porn. I'd feel guilty taking their money, if I wasn't......well, kind of one of them
Morrissey
born May 22, 1959

Once again the greatest book & movie of all time relates to everything. In one of the final scenes in high fidelity, Rob gets interviewed by Caroline Portis of the reader. She asks him for his all time top 5 records to which he responds: "in a club or at home?" When she asks if there is a difference; in the movie he tells her he'll make her a tape, in the book he offers up an explanation,
"Of Course...Well Yeah, a bit. 'Sin City' by the Flying Burrito Brothers is an all-time top five, but I wouldn't play it at the club. It's a country-rock ballad. Everybody'd go home."

He goes on and gives her four other songs, (off the top of my head: New Rose - the damned, Hit it and Quit It - Funkadelic, Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello (japanese import, no horns), Mystery Train - Elvis, Spaced Cowboy - Sly and the Family Stone) but through out the course of the interview he changes his mind and makes several substitutions before settling on his top 5. Then a few days later he phones her with a completely new list despite the fact the article has already gone to print.

Point being, I've been having a hell of a time trying to come up with my top 5 Morrissey songs. So in a complete and total cop out I came up with two lists, one top 5 from his solo albums, and one from the smiths. Even with expanding the field to ten total songs, I've spent the better part of three days revising my choices.
So happy birthday to the mozfather and enjoy bithces:

top 5 Morrissey Songs


The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

Vauxhall and I 1994
I used to think this song was about stalking some broad with a restraining order against you, which I can totally relate to,"I hold more grudges, than high court judges. When you sleep, I will creep, into your thoughts, like a bad debt". Turns out - former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce sued Morrissey and Johnny Marr for royalties in 1989. He was finally awarded 1 million pounds in 1996, plus a 25% share of all Smiths royalties. Then he tried to have the Mozzer's mother's house seized in 2001. Clearly if there is a Smith's reunion in the future Phil will have to play the drums.

Will Never Marry

Bona Drag 1990
No better song to sit around drinking your fifteenth redbull and vodka of the morning, feeling sorry for yourself while having a good old fashioned pity party using your own tears for lube while masturbating to faded pictures of ex-girlfriends thinking about how miserable your life has become....or so I've been told. "I'm writing this to say, In a gentle way, Thank You - but no, I will live my life as I will undoubtedly die - alone"

Everyday is Like Sunday

Viva Hate 1988
The second single off of Morrissey's first solo album, probably one of his most popular songs. The video featured none other than 13 year old Drew Barrymore in the height of her cocaine binge days, but before her suicide attempt a year later. I don't remember who said it, "but while other song writers in the 80's were rhyming kiss and miss, Moz was writing: 'Trudging slowly over wet sand Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen'"

First of the Gang to Die

You are the Quarry2004
You are the Quarry was Morrissey's first studio album in seven years. Since the release of Maladjusted in '97 Morrissey had left the UK for Los Angeles. The Moz has attracted a strong latino fan base in the years since his move to the states. First of the Gang to die is a rugged portrayal of street crime and along with Irish Blood English Heart one of my favorites from the album.

Suedehead

Viva Hate 1988
As a youth the Mozzer would write letters to NME reviewing albums, his favorite act the New York Dolls. It was a surprise when both NME and music magazine The Word both made accusations claiming Morrissey was a racist. "The NME have calculatedly tried to damage my integrity and to label me as a racist in order to boost their diminishing circulation. Word magazine made the mistake of repeating those allegations, which they now accept are false and, as a result, have apologised in open court." Strangely enough one of Morrissey's most popular songs shares it's name with a 70's era UK offshoot of the skinhead movement - the suedeheads. "We all know for a fact he's not. Because if he was, the fucking news of the world would have uncovered it first - forget the fucking NME" - Noel Gallagher

back later with the top 5 smiths songs...

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