12 Dec 2005

"I am the son and the heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar"

The Smiths were 'one of those bands' in the eighties that I wasn't particularly into. In fact truth be told I never really got into them until they'd split up. I got a mate to record me a 90 tape (remember those fellow old people?) of the cream of Morrissey and the Smiths and it was a new direction for me, finally I began to move away from the chart pap of the middle eighties and begin to rediscover the well crafted songs. After one incredibly dull journey from Norfolk to Bournemouth via coach I'd become a convert. Morrissey is much misunderstood as just a miserable git but if you delve deeper into the lyrics you see a wry sense of humour.

Lyrics like " I was minding my business Lifting some lead off The roof of the Holy Name church" and "I dreamt of you and I fell out of bed twice" always make me smile and let's face it you can't get a better lyric than "If a ten tonne truck kills the both of us, to die by you side well the pleasure and privilege is mine."

Today's offering is the 'Thank your lucky stars' bootleg from Los Angeles 26-Aug-86. Hope that you enjoy this as I have others.



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