Our song for today is this one, originally a B-side on the "November Spawned a Monster" single and also rounded up on Bona Drag.
What do we think?
You say all this as if Morrissey actually writes the songs. He really doesn't. He is provided with a completed piece of music and sings some words over the top. This is indeed a superior b-side but mainly because the songwriter wrote a great piece of music and not a bog standard piece of generic indie guitar pop. Morrisseys musical contribution is the icing on the cake - not the cake itself.A superior b-side, this is one of three songs from the failed Bona Drag sessions that I think would actually have been good enough to make a studio album. Of course, the fact that Morrissey could emerge from said sessions with so few decent songs says a lot about how patchy his creativity had become.
One big issue was that he was writing so few songs with autobiographical elements, so it's a relief to have the police reference and to know that he was singing about his own life. The balance at this point was skewed too far in favour of 'themed' songs, and the quality of the lyrics certainly dipped as a result. This is one of his better songwriting efforts of the period.
A neat bassline from Andy perks things up.
In the poll on the other board it ranked 137 from 264 solo songs.
That's interesting. Brushes do rather take the energy out of the drums, which is fine for acoustic jazz but less so for pop and rock.Andrew Paresi played them on some other songs, including King Leer, but said that he considered them to be the "kiss of death" for some tracks.