April 13, 2006

Ringleader Of The Tormentors


Your audience is extremely attached and true to you, and there’s actually no stereotypical Morrissey-admirer. Don’t you sometimes think that this is frightening or intimidating?

“No, but it’s apparently quite clear why my success is a very strange one. Either people are totally obsessed with me, or they just can’t stand me. It seems that there’s nothing between. I never meet people who simply think that Morrissey or The Smiths are okay. The reactions I get are mostly extreme.”

Evidently, all of us here at Snog Blog are such huge Morrrisey fans… We even mentioned him a few times in our graduation book. I went to get myself a copy of Moz’s new album a couple of days back. Like You Are The Quarry, it took a few listens to get me totally hooked. I have to say it probably is one of, if not the best Morrissey album. Described as “the most beautiful — perhaps the most gentle, so far”, it seems Moz has gone back to his post The Smiths days , with his trademark voice and melodramatic lyrics that seem to cover just about every emotion in this world.

My favourite track has to be his first single “You Have Killed Me”. You can take a listen to it on MySpace or watch the video here but really, just go get the album.

Posted by Randy at April 13, 2006 02:46 PM in movies & music

Hey, just discovered your site over here, and boy, am I glad I found it! Great work here!

I admit I was kind of put off by the cover, what with the rather classic stenciling, immaculately decked Morrissey in standard black and white, that violin, soft and slicked hair…forgive my ignorance for initially dismissing this artiste as yet another “renowned violin-ist” of the classical realm.

Oh, his first single “You Have Killed Me” is good. Melodious, emotive…only thing is, his references to French actors and directors of past decades, what does it truly signify? I mean, is it purely reminiscing about their expertise, or simply alluding to that analogy (you know, like “I’ll be the king and you be my casa”)?

Nonetheless, you got me hooked. Melancholy certainly lies in the lyrics…earnest vocals…can’t wait for the other songs!

Posted by: harrison at April 14, 2006 01:06 PM

Actually, his references were to Italian directors. Moz is now living in Rome and the pasta is making him fat. But still bloody charming nonetheless.

More info about the song here and here.

Posted by: Randy at April 14, 2006 01:14 PM

Ahh, I see…thanks randy for that heads-up on the lyrical meanings!

Ooh…the feeling of nostalgia he must have given avid Italian movie-goers.

Posted by: harrison at April 14, 2006 11:34 PM

i dont know. i’m not 100% convinced it’s as good as You are The Quarry. Randy, I have to disagree it’s anything like Viva Hate, which I still consider his best solo album. ROTT is melodrama and strings. His immediate post Smiths stuff still retained (or at least tried to) the Johnny Marr guitars through Vini Reilly and Stephen Street influencing things so much.

For me, nothing he has done has come close to Suedehead, Little Man What Now, Disappointed and even Hairdresser on Fire (hugely underrated song). What a classic opening line … “Can you squeeze me into an empty page of your diary?”

Maybe it’s nostalgia playing tricks on me. I still remember how devasted we were when they announced their break up in 1987, and how great it was listening to BBC’s Top 20 on radio when we heard Suedehead for the very first time entering the charts at #5!

What’s for sure, he has definitely put on quite a few pounds.

Posted by: jimmy at April 15, 2006 01:18 AM

I noticed most “older” Moz fans seem to think Viva Hate is the best solo album so far while the “newer” ones (like me) prefer ROTT or You Are The Quarry. I don’t know. Maybe you’re right, it’s nostaliga. The lyrics of Quarry just hit me where it matters… esp. I Like You and First Of The Gang To Die. Then You Have Killed Me came along.

But then again, maybe it’s cause I’m just high and we’ve been listening to ROTT on repeat for the past 4 hours.

Posted by: Randy at April 15, 2006 01:38 AM

That said, I Have Forgiven You Jesus is pure genius.

Posted by: jimmy at April 15, 2006 01:52 AM

If you heard Live At Earl’s Court, he starts I Have Forgiven Jesus with “This might not be mutual but…”

Wah. Brilliant.

Posted by: Randy at April 15, 2006 01:58 AM

you’re absolutely right to say that different albums get you at different phases of your life.

That’s what’s so great about VH - I hear it now 18 years after I first bought it on cassette from Valentine’s in Paradiz Centre, and I’m still a fan.

Hopefully 18 yrs from now you’ll remember when you first heard YATQ or ROTT.

Posted by: jimmy at April 15, 2006 02:11 AM

I’m a Morrisey fan too!!

Posted by: Kevin Roger at April 15, 2006 06:04 AM

I love Morrissey but this album really isn’t his best… And “You Have Killed Me” sounds very angsty in a teenage crisis kind of way, and not in his usual funny and eloquent way. I’m no expert on Morrissey but he has certainly done better?

Posted by: Charlene at April 16, 2006 07:52 PM

i entered nothing and nothing entered me..

Posted by: morris at April 20, 2006 03:06 PM
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