A Hidden Gem |
There is a few moments on the album Bona Drag where you wonder what was Morrissey thinking. This collection of songs from his first attempts at a solo career after the demise of The Smiths. You pick up the gold sleeved vinyl (or CD) of Suedehead and you know you've got a pure gem of his solo work, funnily though on both sides.
This track can make you weep with it's beauty and simplicity. It makes you wonder why 'Interesting Drug' ever came about if quility like that could be achieved or why 'there is a place....' was even allowed to see the light of day. It is a single I'll love forever because it shows the very best of Morrissey and he did it without Johnny Marr. Maybe even Marr himself must of wondered, if only briefly, that Morrissey could be all inspiring by himself. Morrissey never could capture the consistantcy of his work with The Smiths but when he is on song those warbles can survive without the jangly guitar of Marr.
I Know Very Well How I Got My Name |
For me, Morrissey’s best. Simple, straightforward song of friendship or brotherly love lost. B Side to Suedehead in 1988, with incredible understated guitar accompaniment from Vini Reilly. Two minutes of perfection! I fell in love with this song singing my first son to sleep at three o'clock in the morning... I would sometimes play it at 33rpm and it still sounded wonderful...
A unique gem was dropped into the muck and was swallowed up. |
This is one of my favorite Morrrissey songs, but was buried on the B-side of a vinyl EP, released in the late 80's or early 90's. I have never seen it re-released on CD.
It is a downtempo song, accompanied by guitar, a bit in the vein of "There's A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends" and "I've Changed My Plea to Guilty," but it strikes a uniquely sweet, infinitely sad note.
I think the lyrics say (to correct what is transcribed on some websites):
A child with a curious face
A man with a sullen ways...
... When the teen is old
who dyed his hair gold...
Check it out if you can find it. I'm sure it is floating around as an MP3 somewhere.
JEM 14 Sept 2005