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  1. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Jack the Ripper"

    By my lights, in the top 10 songs of his entire career - and indeed in the top five if looking only at his solo work. It's always been reliably strong live, but the Beethoven Was Deaf version has really never been bettered - much like the Introducing Morrissey version of Speedway.
  2. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Have-A-Go-Merchant"

    The Boxers single was one of the best because all of the tracks were derived from one session so the sound/production is consistent. At several points in his career - especially in the Bona Drag & Kill Uncle days - Morrissey culled the tracks for singles from multiple/standalone sessions or cut...
  3. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Hairdresser on Fire"

    Pretty much a 5/5, both musically & lyrically. It showcases the strengths of Vini Reilly and Andrew Paresi as players and they each give it some extra welly on the outro. It needs be said that the real strings/arrangement elevate this even higher. The ratio of bathos and pathos in Morrissey's...
  4. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Friday Mourning"

    Neither Morrissey's nor Alain's finest moment. But "I Am Two People" is worse.
  5. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"

    Correct, though he was present for the Maida Vale radio session and, obviously, the version on Who Put The M In Manchester?
  6. Jamie

    "Kill Uncle" at 30: Oddball album or timeless classic? - Dickie Felton

    My favorite thing about Kill Uncle is that it directly paved the way to the supercharged renditions of the songs on the 1991 tour and Your Arsenal. Beyond the odd and end fine curio (e.g. Our Frank, Sing Your Life, Driving Your Girlfriend Home) there is not much here that I cling to or revisit...
  7. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Come Back to Camden"

    In the rare times these days that I focus on any of the solo material beyond 1997, it's with some wistfulness that there weren't more recordings made by this particular version of the Lads (Whyte, Boorer, Day, Butterworth, Manning and/or Farrell). This - along with First of the Gang to Die and...
  8. Jamie

    Johnny Rogan Dies (February 12, 2021)

    Then it remains to be told. He failed miserably at it in Autobiography.
  9. Jamie

    Alain Whyte YT: "Whyte Christmas" teaser video (December 13, 2020)

    I like his arrangement of "Last Christmas." If you like the guitars/feel of the Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal tours, you'll want to hear this and his take on "Jingle Bells."
  10. Jamie

    C86 Show podcast: Alain Whyte in conversation (November 20, 2020)

    Thanks for sharing, @Famous when dead. There were some interesting Morrissey-related tidbits that didn't get covered when Alain did the Julie Hammill and other UK interview earlier this year and he expands more on some of the other, established anecdotes. He claimed that Morrissey e-mailed to...
  11. Jamie

    What was the first The Smiths / Morrissey record you bought?

    Given that I bought it in the Midwestern United States, I suspect that had absolutely nothing to do with it.
  12. Jamie

    What was the first The Smiths / Morrissey record you bought?

    I discovered Morrissey solo first. My first purchase was a used copy of Your Arsenal on CD in June 1995. Southpaw Grammar was the first new release I bought. I branched out to the Smiths by purchasing Best 1 & 2 on CD in spring 1996.
  13. Jamie

    Morrissey Central "SOON / 2020 new releases" (September 6, 2020)

    If these are not placeholder images, they are risible covers. He looks positively cross-eyed in the Southpaw picture.
  14. Jamie

    Alain Whyte & Band: "Tell Me" - 'lockdown' version premiered (August 5, 2020)

    I would argue that Gary and Jonny were best suited to the albums they played on - though, at a push, it would have been interesting to hear Gary play on Southpaw. Boz's bass work on "Do Your Best And Don't Worry" seems like a "what would Gary Day play" moment on the album. It feels like a...
  15. Jamie

    Morrissey deluxe edition box sets - the lack thereof

    I think it's fairly normal for any artist to hold highest regard for what they have just produced, or what they are working on now. Ultimately, the point is to be artistically in the moment. I can't fault him for that logic, whether or not I agree with it. (E.g., Maladjusted as the best of him...
  16. Jamie

    13 Morrissey studio albums ranking

    1. Vauxhall & I 2. Your Arsenal 3. Viva Hate 4. Southpaw Grammar 5. You Are The Quarry 6. Ringleader Of The Tormentors 7. Maladjusted 8. Years Of Refusal 9. World Peace Is None Of Your Business 10. Kill Uncle 11. I Am Not A Dog On A Chain 12. Low In High School 13. California Son
  17. Jamie

    Alain Whyte: "Tell Me" teaser video & lineup/tour update (August 2, 2020)

    That rhythm section makes this line-up sound about twice its size. Fitting that you mention Noel Gallagher and Craig is playing a Gibson 335 in the performance.
  18. Jamie

    Compelling Couplets

    Cold Love in prose We stole each other's clothes **** Then I was wrecked again with the men full of bluff and ardour from a well-known funeral parlour **** I'm writing this to say in a gentle way Thank You - but no I will live my life as I will undoubtedly die - alone **** Oh, you look...
  19. Jamie

    Alain Whyte: Nobody Loves Us - Safe At Home Sessions (June 23, 2020)

    So, by this logic, Morrissey should stop singing any songs he wrote before 1995, as its a "cheap way" to sell concert tickets. Alain is also playing his own solo songs in these sessions. Apparently, he, too, can have both.
  20. Jamie

    Alain Whyte: Nobody Loves Us - Safe At Home Sessions (June 23, 2020)

    When and where has he spoke ill of Morrissey in interviews? Specific examples, please. Alain is performing mainly songs that he co-wrote and sharing them at no cost - hence no "peddling" - via his YouTube and Facebook pages. He seems to enjoy it and the vast majority of his fans clearly do...
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