We kick off the week with this Morrissey/Langer composition from Kill Uncle.
What do we think?
Kill Uncle’s best offering, I think. While there are other good tracks on there, this is the only one that seems almost complete. A character sketch in the vein of “November Spawned a Monster”, the chirping piano and wailing feedback calls back to Roxy Music, while the minor key and sorrowful tone makes for one of the best vocal performances on the LP, too. As with all the Uncle tracks, it would have been better with more lyrics, a bit more fleshed out, by the sarcastic repetition of “your taxi is here, my dear” seems to unearth some of the prejudices people have towards disabled people. The overall message of the song isn’t necessarily comedic, more comedic through the eyes of those around her. They used it as a title for a horror film, so it can’t all be positive, can it?
Definitely my Kill Uncle favourite - always coming back to this one.
I've seen an UFO. In fact, I'm sure I've been on a UFO!Surely this is one of the best and most subtle songs ever written about a UFO encounter. Like almost all the Kill Uncle material, it benefits from its more energetic live performance. Reminds me of this passage from The Severed Alliance:
"On the evening of Sunday 9 March, he and a friend witnessed a fleet of flying saucers traveling across the sky in a hexagonal formation.
The sighting lasted almost a full 10 minutes and rendered him absolutely speechless. 'The whole thing had an astonishing effect on me'
Morrissey told friends. For days afterward he felt inexplicably strange whenever he recalled the incident. The eerie encounter left him firmly
convinced that the government was covering up the truth about UFOs."