20 Favorite Smiths & Morrissey Songs
In honor of the Mozzer's current tour and and new album "You Are The Quarry" out this month.
1. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The quintessential Smiths song captures all the majesty, pathos, humor, and pop sensibility that made them the greatest English band since The Beatles.
2. This Charming Man
One of the great opening guitar riffs in the history of the six-string sets the stage for one of the great bouncy pop songs of all time, in same vein as The Jam's "Town Called Malice"--a song that segues with this like butta.
3. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Another almost-overly-maudlin weeper saved by lines like "Why do I smile at people who I'd much rather kick in the eye?"
4. Half A Person
New math: 50 percent of a human being, 100 percent of a song.
Moz's first post-Smiths offering is arguably the most poignant and accurate musical articulation of what a breakup feels like.
6. Barbarism Begins At Home
A nearly seven-minute tour de force for the band carries the most listenable song ever about violence against children.
Millennial paranoia hasn't sounded this much fun before or since, nor at any other time has a record spinner been handed a better self-deprecatory line than the ending chant of "Hang the DJ!"
8. How Soon Is Now?
Somewhere along the line, this more or less became the national anthem of the indie/'80s/Brit club world. Deservedly.
9. Now My Heart Is Full
Shudder to think what this would've sounded like if he'd written it when his heart was empty.
The only happy-go-lucky Smiths love song, aided and abetted by the vocals of the late, great Kirsty MacColl.
11. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
In some ways, this could represent the ultimate truth of The Smiths' greatness, as it's a brilliant song despite its Mope-a-palooza words not being counterbalanced by any overt levity or humor.
12. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
The favorite song of every stalker, as well as those in deep, deep denial about potential romantic entanglements.
The b-side of "This Charming Man" is a raw stomper.
14. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
You know what this is? It's the world's smallest violin playing just for Morrissey.
Being lonely and depressed all the time sure wears out a fella.
16. What Difference Does It Make?
Or, the normalization of hopelessness.
17. Interesting Drug
The video depicts the opening line "There are some bad people on the right"--and true enough, but why then does the lyric sheet in "Bona Drag" say those bad people are on the "rise"? Either way, this is yet another smashingly brilliant pop song that either is or is not about the pacification of society; one of those two.
18. William, It Was Really Nothing
Proof that smalltown blues and intricate, shimmering guitar work can be a winning combination.
19. I Want The One I Can't Have
How soon is never, indeed.
20. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
A desperate cry for help on the band's final album; sadly, by the time anyone heard it, it was already too late.