Love, love, love this track! Refusal is such a great album, especially in its sequencing: starting and finishing the album with two punchy, in your face songs is an exhilarating trick that carries momentum all the way through the album. Great vocal delivery, with production and intensity that sets this (and many other tracks) from standard chug-rock tropes. Lyrics were probably somewhat shocking at the time: Morrissey? OK by himself? But I think it illustrates the power that he has in isolation: it subverts the tropes of the past to open up interesting futures. And, of course, the ending is just completely bonkers, in the best way possible.
Years of Refusal was a slightly weird one due to the fact that, as some of the reviewers noted, You Were Good in Your Time feels like such an obvious closer. It meant that the last two songs felt sort of tacked onto the end, and it didn't help that Sorry Doesn't Help isn't the strongest of tracks.
Judged on its own merits, I quite like I'm Ok By Myself and I enjoy its over the top bizarreness. It's not exactly subtle, but Morrissey is in great voice and Jerry Finn did a very professional job with the production (especially if, as reported, he wasn't fond of the song).
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 67th from 264 solo songs.
I quite like the melodrama of this one! Musically it's slightly better than the standard chug-rock backing (but only slightly) and the lyrics are entertaining. It's nowhere near a top-level Morrissey song for me, though...
It's quite a statement to close an album with. Was he anticipating the rise of the morality brigade when he wrote: I find I'm OK by myself
and I don't need you
or your morality to save me.
Yes, it is very powerful and his voice is very strong, but the music veers too close to heavy metal for me to wholeheartedly embrace it.
Amazing song - 10 out of 10, and a brilliant album closer. I'd love to know who (if anyone) the song is directed at. I know it's the obvious candidate, but was it written towards Johnny after Morrissey changed his mind and decided against that Smiths reunion mentioned in his autobiography? Was it aimed at Alain, who was finally given the boot with this album, and given his marching orders in the car park when he turned up for recording? Or was it for Jake, or one of the other 'significant others'? Or a mixture of all of 'em?
Great "closer " on Years of Refusal . Not as good as Speedway or Hurling, but still great . I love the phrase homespun philosophy and I adore Solomon pounding the bass on the edge of the stage . Hmmm.... 8/10