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    Morrissey A-Z: "Spent the Day in Bed"

    Like others here, I was disappointed when I first heard Spent The Day in Bed – being the lead single of the album I was hoping for something a little… stronger. On hearing this and seeing that album ‘artwork’ for Low In High School, I was rather nervous. As an album track or B side it would have...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Southpaw"

    A wonderful opposing bookend to The Teachers Are Afraid of The Pupils which starts our commute to and through ‘Southpaw Grammar’, this album finale, another ten minute topper, is just as absorbing. Lyrically Southpaw, to me, is an enjoyable slice of cathartic self-therapy. Couple that with some...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Sorry Doesn't Help"

    Years or Refusal is a difficult album for me, I would hazard a bet that it is the studio album I listen to the least (OK… it may tie with Ringleader of the Tormentors). In my mind the album has a few great songs, but is defined by a good half a dozen or so songs that are just a little…...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Sorrow Will Come in the End"

    I doubt this is a popularly held opinion, but I think Sorrow Will Come In The End is a fantastic song. The seething loathing, acerbic bitterness and cutting delivery just draws me in. The theatrical carnivalesque music and cracking whip sound of the gavel seems to only strengthen Morrissey's eye...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "(A) Song from Under the Floorboards"

    Love the original, love Magazine, love Howard Devoto and love this cover. There is a chap near me who I see walking out & about on an almost daily basis - he looks a bit like Howard, and I am always reminded of his great music. I also adore his sole solo album, Jerky Versions of the Dream...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Something Is Squeezing My Skull"

    This highly enjoyable raucous number is one of Morrissey’s last truly great singles – as freshly energetic in 2021 as it was in 2009. The thoroughly quotable and addictive lyrics engage at every frenetic twist – all burns fast and bright and crashes out spectacularly around the 2 ½ minute mark...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Smiler with Knife"

    Love it! For me Smiler Is Knife is one of World Peace is None of Your Business’ highlights. That voice is on top form, the melody is intoxicating and lyrics both intriguing & enjoyable. By placing Smiler With Knife after the remarkably average Kiss Me A Lot, this song also gets a further boost….
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    Morrissey A-Z: "(The) Slum Mums"

    A day behind, but... I have to say, my addled mind drew a brief blank when I saw this song title: The Slum Mums? One of the less memorable ‘You Are The Quarry’ b-sides - if my memory serves me? Of course after the first few seconds the entire song bubbles up from the murky pools – how could I...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Skin Storm"

    Did the Ordnance Survey put Bradford on the map with a little help from Morrissey, or was it the other way around? I do prefer the guitarwork of the original (which I must admit, I only listened to for the first time a few months back) and this song is fine as a B-side, but it doesn’t do a great...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Sister I'm a Poet"

    Morrissey So L'eau? Have a great holiday!
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Sister I'm a Poet"

    A truly wonderful song, Sister I’m A Poet has one foot in The Smiths and the other kicking the door to Morrissey’s solo career off its hinges. With pure energy and captivating lyrics it is a sheer joy from start to finish. Sublime!
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Sing Your Life"

    Although the 'wasteland of my head' is a little foggy this morning, I can with confidence still say that this is near perfect Morrissey. The stars compeletely align on this one: a tight band, strong and eminently quotable singalong lyrics & a happy Morrissey! I even liked the singles cover...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear" (live cover)

    This song, well, the Alan Price Set's version, is a happy, cheery number - an occasional go to of mine. Alan Price is rarely mentioned these days, but wrote/performed some great stuff a way back when and, I believe, still tours/performs. 'Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear,' along with...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Shame Is the Name"

    Lamentably, few people "write home' these days. Should they, I doubt many would be writing home to inform their nearest and dearest of their adoration for Shame Is The Name - certailnly not with a 1st class stamp. It's fine, but it is a little too colour-by-numbers for me - not one I can...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "(The) Secret of Music"

    This one certainly does divide opinion – I am not quite sure what The Secret Of Music is really about, and I am not convinced it sits well on the album, but, bar a few iffy lines, I enjoy it nonetheless. Perhaps this would have been better as a very welcome B-Side? It seems bizarre that no...
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