Unfortunately not one of my favourites. I never really warmed up to this single. The production leaves no room to breathe or play around. Also not really attractive in terms of melody and far away from his best work.
A strong song, but under normal circumstances this would never have made the top ten. It shows just how much Morrissey-fever had taken hold in 2004 that this could be a decent sized hit.
Having said that, I don't think Jerry Finn's clean production sound did any harm in getting airplay for the singles.
Roger Manning's involvement in the sessions also gives them a different (and imo superior) sound to the previous album.
I enjoy the dark humour of the lyrics.
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 42nd from 264 solo songs.
He's always smirked when he mimes on these mainstream programmes. He used to smirk on Top Of The Pops. The scoundrel. I don't know whether it's because he's embarrassed about being so open about his plight on mainstream TV and wants people to take it all with a pinch of salt.Oh god that little smirk on his face at the ridiculousness of it all.
He's always smirked when he mimes on these mainstream programmes. He used to smirk on Top Of The Pops. The scoundrel. I don't know whether it's because he's embarrassed about being so open about his plight on mainstream TV and wants people to take it all with a pinch of salt.
It is obviously not a Christmas carol. It just made the Christmas chart in 2004 and had Jesus in its title. Yet it is nice to know that Jesus still has a place in Morrissey's heart, in spite of all the guilt and self-depreciation that religion has imposed (and continues to impose) on him, and that he has the ability to forgive, which is a very Christian thing after all.Christmas song?
Sort of surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reaction this song is getting. It's a good one, but didn't realize how beloved it was around here. To call it his "best ever" seems absurd. That said, I very vividly recall hearing this during his Apollo Theater run in 2004 before Quarry came out and being taken aback by the strength and darkness of its finale.