Recent content by Mike Rourke

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    Which record label should release "Bonfire Of Teenagers"?

    There is nothing intrinsically wrong with being a pop star and having right-wing views. There are tons more people that could be added to your list above. The problem is that the Smiths had an aesthetic (pretty much entirely created by Morrissey) that embraced sensitivity, compassion, empathy...
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    Morrissey Central "PEOPLE ARE THE SAME EVERYWHERE" (October 27, 2021)

    Oh dear - if he genuinely thinks this pile of crap is worth resurrecting, it doesn't bode well for the quality of the new album!
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    NME: "Does Rock 'N' Roll Kill Braincells?!" - Billy Bragg (October 21, 2021); Smiths / Morrissey mentions

    Bragg has covered several Smiths songs (including Ask and Never Had No-one Ever) and has always been mates with Marr so I wouldn't say he was jealous of them. In response to another comment, he has challenged Morrissey's muddled political comments/stance in the past, way before the For Britain...
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    @morrisseyofficial / Instagram post Oct. 22, 2021; appears to be controlled by Quest Artist Management

    What are the comments about? His support for the far right? If so, he needs a clear statement retracting this support (that can be linked to). Until he does, no-one can really post anything solid in his defence.
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    13 Morrissey studio albums ranking

    1. Viva hate (by a long way) 2. Your arsenal 3. Vauxhall 4. Dog on a chain 5. World peace = 6 Maladjusted = 6 Years of ref 8. Kill uncle 9. Low in high school =10 Quarry/ringleader 12. Southpaw grammar
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    Rick Astley & Blossoms - O2 Forum, Kentish Town post gig thread (October 9, 2021)

    As a pop fan and someone who hates indie snobbery, I've tried to be positive about this whole thing but Rick really seems to mishandle these songs. He just belts most of them out at top volume without tone or nuance. Credit where it's due, though, the rendition of Well I Wonder is a beauty. -...
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    Johnny Marr - News At Ten - talks about reunion offers (October 21, 2021)

    Marr won't do it until/unless Morrissey unambiguously and publicly retracts his official support for a far-right political group, which he has yet to do. Marr is simply too decent a person to be associated with that ugly world, and as long as Morrissey remains a far-right sympathiser (on record...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You're the One for Me, Fatty"

    The context of this song partly explains the polarised opinions. At the time it seemed pretty bog standard - nowhere near the sparkling quality of the Bona Drag era singles (from just over 18 months before) and further still from the genius of The Smiths. But looked at nowadays, and given the...
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    Alain Whyte FB: reminisces about TV appearances (October 15 -> ongoing)

    I'm not the biggest A Whyte fan (like quite a few of his songs but prefer the Street/Bona Drag era) but he has written more songs with Morrissey than anyone else including Marr, including the majority of the songs on his two most acclaimed albums (Your Arsenal and Vauxhall) so I'd say this news...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"

    Diptych? Not sure I've come across that word before although I think someone might have shouted it at me as I walked down the street the other day.
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    Alain Whyte FB: reminisces about TV appearances (October 15 -> ongoing)

    Great stuff. I guess 'recent picture' means before the concerts a few weeks ago. Also, not entirely sure what, 'I’m excited for doing an album with Morrissey' means. He's actually done an album, or is the work ongoing? And from that it sounds like he's recorded/recording a whole album although I...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You Have Killed Me"

    A plain dreary old song - hard to believe that Jesse T would go on to write such musical delights as Knockabout World, Hurling Days, What Kind of People etc. And bonkers to think this was the closest Morrissey ever got to a UK #1 single, due to the post-Quarry hype and a singles chart at its...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "You Must Please Remember"

    It's damning with faint praise but this is way better than pretty much everything on Southpaw Grammar. A sturdy tune and evocative, haunting lyrics beautifully sung with some really great harmonies in the final minute or so courtesy, presumably, of Mr Alain Gordon Whyte. Really looking forward...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "World Peace Is None of Your Business"

    A great piece of music (well done Boz) but ruined by some exceptionally foolish lyrics. Like Dog on a Chain, it's such a shame that a really good album was named after its worst song.
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    Rick Astley & Blossoms - Albert Hall, Manchester post gig thread (October 8, 2021)

    I like this whole concept and Richard clearly means well but his singing voice is a bit ... yuck. He just seems to belt out everything at top volume without any light or shade, a bit like Liam Gallagher. Nuance-free cover versions. Still, maybe some good will come of the whole thing...
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