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    The Smiths A-Z: "Cemetry Gates"

    I think you're forgetting which song comes next. ;)
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    The Smiths A-Z: "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side"

    Nothing against Morrissey's vocal melody at all. But the vague theme of being underappreciated was tackled with infinitely more substantial lyrics on Hand in Glove. The fact, as you've hinted, that this song is one of Morrissey's early complaints about the music industry also doesn't improve it...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side"

    Another song that was given a lukewarm reception upon release and another where Johnny's contribution outstrips Morrissey's. It performed quite badly in the charts and I seem to recall that Morrissey commented at a solo show that he never thought he would ever hear the song be greeted by cheers...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Bigmouth Strikes Again"

    It's funny to think back now, but this song received a savage review from Danny Kelly in the NME when it was released. It probably wasn't the best choice of single - especially considering the chart position - but a fine song nevertheless. For the second song in a row, Johnny's contribution...
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    Morrissey Central "RONNIE SPECTOR, RIP" (January 13, 2022)

    Sadly this is the way life will be from now on for most of us. So many icons who became famous in the 60s and 70s are now reaching a certain age and it is inevitable that they will pass away on a regular basis. As Morrissey was growing up during those years, it's only natural that they will...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Barbarism Begins at Home"

    An interesting choice for a single in some territories and a fairly rare version for a long time. This is one of the few songs (along with the instrumentals obviously) where Morrissey's contribution is clearly less important than the music. His lyrics and yodelling are fine (although the...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Back To The Old House"

    The band version is ok, but I agree that the Peel session is infinitely more moving and evocative. It's an odd coincidence to be discussing the two non-Andy/Mike songs in succession. Wonderful lyrics from Morrissey, a very effective vocal and I've always loved this one. Just to show other...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Asleep"

    Simon Goddard's book suggests as much. It hints that those suicides had taken place across the entire history of the group up to that point rather than after the song was released.
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Asleep"

    A really interesting and unique track for the group. Johnny makes the most of his "limitations" and by that I mean that he has admitted that this was the only way that he knew how to play the piano. Hence it sounding so similar to the end of the Suffer Little Children demo. Morrissey has...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Ask"

    Looking back at The Severed Alliance now, it's interesting that John Porter states with regard to Craig Gannon's claim that he felt he could have had a writing credit, "I didn't ever imagine him having any input." He, Johnny and Mike all seem to have been deeply underwhelmed by how little...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Ask"

    Again you have omitted another all-important John Porter quote, "we didn't have automation at Jam studios, so I knew I was going to have to mix it somewhere else at a later date." He has also said that he "tossed off" a rough mix for the band to listen to on tour, so according to him it wasn't a...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Ask"

    That omits the all-important John Porter comment, "I haven't even mixed the bloody thing."
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Ask"

    According to John Porter, he hadn't mixed the song before the group went off on a tour of America so it was never completed.
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Ask"

    A high quality pop song and an interesting change of direction after Panic. It's a shame that John Porter never got to complete his mix of the song, so we will never know exactly how it was intended to sound. I think that has more to do with Steve Lillywhite being Morrissey's man than anything...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Accept Yourself"

    There was another Troy Tate version of the song which I think can be heard here at 1:04:21
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