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  1. BookishBoy

    Judge John Weeks dead (April 2021)

    I'm fairly sure it was Judge Weeks' final wish on his deathbed that his passing would inspire such a fevered debate as to who exactly wrote what, with regard to The Smiths.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Mute Witness"

    One of absolute favourites from Kill Uncle, I've loved this song since the first day I heard it. Fascinating lyrics which could equally be sung over a slow, mournful backing but here juxtaposed with Langer's bouncy, upbeat Roxy-esque sounds. And there are so many elements to Morrissey's vocal...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Mute Witness"

    We kick off the week with this Morrissey/Langer composition from Kill Uncle. What do we think?
  4. BookishBoy

    Morrissey A-Z: "Munich Air Disaster 1958"

    Oh it was just a cheap joke. I quite like the song and it's a great one to play at any Manchester shows but outside of that...well, there are other songs I'd much rather hear. (But then I guess we all think that, right?)
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Munich Air Disaster 1958"

    I sometimes wonder if the 1958 in the title is the number of times he intends to play it live...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Munich Air Disaster 1958"

    Today's song is this Morrissey/Whyte composition, a B-side of "Irish Blood, English Heart" and also included on the deluxe YATQ. What do we think?
  7. BookishBoy

    Morrissey A-Z: "Mountjoy"

    Today's song is this Morrissey/Boorer composition, from World Peace Is None of Your Business. What do we think?
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Morning Starship"

    "Your Voice Doesn't Go with Your Face" sounds like a half-decent Morrissey B-side...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Morning Starship"

    I'm with you on this - absolutely love it! It just sounds so fresh and sparkly and crisp and the way he enunciates in his singing is spectacular. I still listen to this loads and loved it at Wembley last year, too.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Morning Starship"

    Our song for today is another cover version, this time Morrissey's version of Jobriath's "Morning Starship", taken from his self-titled album of 1973. Morrissey's cover was the lead-off track on California Son. What do we think?
  11. BookishBoy

    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon River"

    wow, that is such a strange tracklisting on that album!
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon River"

    It's completely incongruous with the song, really, but it's inextricably tied up for me with memories of living by the beach in Florida and that's why I love listening to this, from time to time. Just one of those weirdly pure memory triggers.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon River"

    Today's song is Morrissey's cover of the Mercer/Mancini composition from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. Morrissey's version was recorded in 1994 and featured as a B-side on the "Hold on to Your Friends" and "Now My Heart Is Full" singles. I've included the short and extended versions here, as...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon Over Kentucky"

    I don't think of those as covers, really, but I know what you mean! I liked what Belle & Sebastian did for a while, where they'd play one cover at each show, which was connected to that town or city. (Or sometimes they'd improvise a cover based on a shout-out from the audience, although that's...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon Over Kentucky"

    I've never understood the appeal of Sparks, either. But fair play to those who adore them, I guess...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon Over Kentucky"

    A bigger debate here, maybe: if you're paying £60 / $100 / whatever to see Morrissey, how many cover versions are acceptable during a 20-25 song setlist?
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Moon Over Kentucky"

    We can maybe give ourselves a slight breather today with the live-only cover version of a Ron Mael / Jim Mankey composition, first included on the Sparks album A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing from 1973. Any thoughts on this one? (The next two days feature cover versions as well, but both recorded.)
  18. BookishBoy

    Morrissey A-Z: "Michael's Bones"

    I can hardly bear to listen to this, even 30+ years after first hearing it. It just feels so personal and intimate and desolately sad. (And of course with that typically Morrisseyesque twist at the end, of feeling jealous of someone who's dead / disabled / imprisoned, etc.) Beautiful song.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Michael's Bones"

    Today's song is this Morrissey/Street composition, a B-side from "The Last of the Famous International Playboys". What do we think of this one?
  20. BookishBoy

    Book sales: Musicians and their memoirs

    If anyone can explain to me why/how Dannii Minogue's book is so high up on that list, I'd be grateful. Honestly have no clue.
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