This is one of Morrissey’s many, many very, very gay songs. He always had a fetish for a certain North-of-England homoerotic masculinity, as exemplified by the boxers and hooligans who appear so frequently in his mythology. He’s right in that there’s nothing sexier than a … Continue reading Spring-Heeled Jim
Morrissey keeps on being problematic, but then he keeps on writing things that magically speak to me. Even though he seems to be way past the point of becoming anything other than a caricature of himself, he’s still capable of being sympathetic. All it takes … Continue reading Spent the Day in Bed
I don’t know if there was just something in the water than made 2019 a particularly inspiring year for music, or if it was my ears pricking up more than usual, but it was a very good year for music. I certainly went out of my way to hear more, and as a result, I’ve had to pick more favorites. From old geezers doing what they do best, to new-establishment favorites, to newly-discovered talents holding their own; from huge stars to obscure imports; in every genre and all over the map – it’s just been a really good year for music.
- Androgyne – Gyasi
2. Better In Blak – Thelma Plum
3. California Son – Morrissey
4. Chronologic – Caravan Palace
5. Cry – Cigarettes After Sex
6. Cuz I Love You – Lizzo
7. Daylight – Grace Potter
8. A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) – Aurora
9. Eve – Rapsody
Rapsody is the antidote to every hoodrat female rapper who talks about stripping, hustling and beefing with rivals. With each track named for a legendary Black woman, from Nina Simone to Afeni Shakur, Eve is a collection of poetry about the embattled lives and deep strength of Black women.
10. Free – Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop is already rock’n’roll’s most unexpected survivor, but even more unexpected, he’s one who still loves what he does and fearlessly jumps in entirely new directions. For the Godfather of Punk, a new direction might mean a horn section or a reading of Dylan Thomas, but then, he’s always been deeper than his antics led us to believe.
Say what you will about Morrissey, but he had an undeniably great run in the 2000’s. His solo career had started strong but wilted by the end of the 90’s. Between 2004 and 2009 it was like he had rediscovered his passion and set out … Continue reading Something is Squeezing My Skull
Morrissey has finally released a covers album, long awaited by no one but me. In typical aggravating fashion the controversy overshadowed the music. Did he or didn’t he surreptitiously show his support for a right-wing political candidate on late night TV? I don’t know anything … Continue reading Some Say I Got Devil
Well, here I am asking myself if it’s wrong that I still enjoy Morrissey’s newer records. Morrissey once said that being his fan must be very hard, and ever since, he’s thrown down the gauntlet to make it even harder. Why does he keep saying … Continue reading Smiler With Knife
I can see Morrissey having an alternate career singing lounge jazz. If he had more musicality and less dysfunction, he could have made it on the cocktail lounge scene for sure. He would, of course, be a very a very campy lounge singer, perhaps the … Continue reading Sing Your Life