Next up in the A-Z is "The Boy Racer" (appearing alphabetically as "Boy Racer, the) - the second single from Southpaw Grammar. What do we think of this one?
is entirely superior and deserving of its own release. Suppose Morrissey thought so too but then he went "Ah no, we're gonna kill this pretty thing" and buried it deep in the vault.
It fine but it doesn’t do much for me. Energetic and catchy enough but it feels slight. There’s not much in the lyrics I’m interested in and i don’t like the go though oh bit
That's true up to a point, but I think the warning signs were there back in 1992. I felt that - with the exception of The More You Ignore Me - Morrissey almost forgot how to write singles at this point and over that 5 year period you had the likes of We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful, Fatty, Dagenham Dave, Alma Matters and this one. All very repetitive and none of them with much lyrical substance.Agreed. Marks the beginning of the age of repetition in Morrissey songs - ad nauseum. I just felt like he began to not give it his all - lyrically - in each and every song.
But having said that, I admit it is catchy.
The thing about Boy Racer was, it was written at a time when the boy racer was the common enemy of all lads with even a strand of panache in their pursuit of the young ladies of the day.
It was an incredibly current observation of youth culture from a man who was increasingly moving away from ever being exposed to youth culture.