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    Johnny Marr responds to Morrissey's open letter via Twitter (January 26, 2022)

    Ultimately, cynically, it's just basic business savvy. Morrissey's perspective: Johnny has a new album coming out in less than a month - on a major label that wants nothing to do with him anymore, no less - and get your name in the public eye again and trending on social media to set the stage...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Death at One's Elbow"

    If it's a pace or two off what preceded it, at least it doesn't overstay its welcome. I quite like the bass playing - which seem to be a nod to the slapback sound of the Fifties rockers on an electric bass - as well as the deep tremolo bar guitar flourishes and the frenetic piano runs. As a...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "In the Future When All's Well"

    It was a steep fall-off from "You Have Killed Me" to "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy." But he wasn't really spoiled for options, as Alain's contributions were not single-/radio-oriented - with the one exception perhaps being "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now."
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    Which record label should release "Bonfire Of Teenagers"?

    I believe this tilt-at-the-windmills ended after the following: In a nutshell, the order of events was: 1. Morrissey publicly claimed Universal refused to...
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    'Autobiography' as an authentic source

    This sums it up pretty succinctly. How he experienced it is accurate. How some events actually transpired - or what the truth is about another party he writes about - is probably subject to debate. In my opinion, the title is a bit of a misnomer to begin with. Some parts I'd classify as memoir...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You're the One for Me, Fatty"

    I've always enjoyed it. Sometimes a pop song is just a pop song. For my money, the jackbooted version on Beethoven Was Deaf has never been bested. The Bob Clearmountain mix makes the guitars growl, bark and bite in all the right measures.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"

    I don't think a single Morrissey album has been bookended as perfectly as Your Arsenal. [Edit: Of course I thought of Vauxhall & I two hours laters.] Absolute perfection at the beginning and end, with very few flaws in between. The impact of Mick Ronson was glaringly obvious from the very first...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You Have Killed Me"

    I don't know if I agree with "at his most mediocre" - but the first song out doesn't sound like Jesse added much to the table. I thought that the YATQ singles as a totality were better than RotT but, with maybe the exception of "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now," Alain didn't write an "obvious"...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Whatever Happens, I Love You"

    This song accounts for the oddest moment in my Morrissey fandom. I was attending the 2007 Clearwater show during a vacation and he played this as a complete one-off. I don't believe it had been played since the Boxers/In Person tour and I'm fairly certain it has never been played again...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"

    Obviously not the best song on Your Arsenal - lower tier, if there even is such a song on the album - but it is thoroughly perplexing that this has never been revisited live. If this popped in as the first song of an encore I think it would go down an utter storm.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Trouble Loves Me"

    Right from the opening figure - a lonely barroom piano near closing time - this is easily one of the best Morrissey/Whyte contributions. All the musicians are on point as the melody wends its way through the peaks and valleys of quiet intimacy and dramatic bombast. Lyrically, he's in fine form...
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    Morrissey Central "SHOT IN CHICAGO" (September 23, 2021)

    A wrinkle here or there, but otherwise Alain and that guitar could be pictured at any Morrissey show 1991-June 2004. His interaction with Solomon brought a different energy to "Boz's side" of the stage. I suspect this is how he and Gary Day would have interacted if they had both been stage left...
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    NME: “Johnny Marr gives his verdict on Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths Covers Band” (September 17, 2021)

    I think you were being tongue-in-cheek in asking the question so this isn't directed at you specifically, but it would be helpful for all if someone created a flowchart where every pathway to a Smiths reunion ultimately leads back to "NO."
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    Morrissey A-Z: "(The) Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils"

    That's what I'm hearing, too. Or this is a scaled-back mix removing the layers of instrumentation. I think they did the same thing for the "acoustic" version of A Swallow On My Neck that appeared on the scrapped Vauxhall expanded Rhino reissue CDR. It's definitely the completed vocal take. The...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Sunny"

    A thing of real beauty, with both sadness and punch in turn, from both Morrissey and Alain. The guitars sounded so full and crystalline on the "Boxers"/"Sunny" session. The tone straddles the line between the nostalgic sheen of Vauxhall and the acetylene bite of Southpaw. It's a real shame that...
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