Song of the Day #3,277: ‘Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together’ – Morrissey

Morrissey is a glutton for punishment. I don’t mean that his lyrics are full of him wallowing in misery, though that’s certainly true, too. I mean that he keeps popping up on Random iTunes Weekends despite the fact that I am the only fan of his who reads this blog.

Today’s track is the ninth Random Weekend appearance by Morrissey, and that doesn’t count anything by The Smiths. Continue reading

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Song of the Day #3,230: ‘Hanginaround’ – Counting Crows vs. Morrissey

Entering our third week of Montauk Madness, ten first round mathcups have been posted with 22 to go. I’ll leave all of the polls open for the duration of this round to pick up any stragglers. All of the Round One matchups can be accessed here.

The seeding in this tournament was determined randomly, and it’s fun to see the interesting pairings that result. Today’s battle, for example, is a showdown between depressed whiners Adam Duritz and Morrissey — specifically Counting Crows vs. Morrissey’s work as a solo artist.

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Song of the Day #2,990: ‘Will Never Marry’ – Morrissey

bona_drag‘Will Never Marry’ is a Morrissey track culled from Bona Drag, a collection of hits and b-sides from his early solo career. This track was initially released as a b-side of ‘Everyday is Like Sunday,’ one of Morrissey’s biggest hits.

This is a typically melancholy Morrissey sentiment with moody music to match. I love it.

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Song of the Day #2,691: ‘Seasick, Yet Still Docked’ – Morrissey

morrissey_your_arsenalHere’s a favorite track of mine from Morrissey’s 1992 album, Your Arsenal, his best solo record.

This is the quintessential Morrissey track: morbidly depressing and self-pitying, but quite lovely.

An interesting tidbit I learned when Googling the lyrics of the song today is that they are loosely based on a Joni Mitchell song called ‘Silky Veils or Ardor.’

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Song of the Day #2,617: ‘The National Front Disco’ – Morrissey

morrissey_your_arsenalMorrissey’s solo work after The Smiths’ breakup was solid but lacked a certain musical confidence — Johnny Marr’s absence is clear. But that changed with Moz’s fourth solo record, 1992’s Your Arsenal, the best album he ever recorded apart from his old band.

Producer Mick Ronson, who worked wonders with David Bowie, brought a muscularity to Morrissey’s sound, blending grunge, glam and rockabilly into a collection more aggressive than anything the sad-sack singer had ever released.

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Song of the Day #2,467: ‘Glamorous Glue’ – Morrissey

morrissey_your_arsenalI always sigh when a Morrissey or Smiths song pops up on Random iTunes Weekends, bracing myself for the bashing to come from my regular readers.

I need to find a pocket of Smiths fans to whom I can market the blog on these occasions, so the lovers can drown out the haters.

‘Glamorous Glue’ is a track from Morrissey’s best solo album, 1992’s Your Arsenal. This one of several albums that will always remind me of the year I met my wife.

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Song of the Day #2,101: ‘Papa Jack’ – Morrissey

morrissey_maladjustedWell, I guess the Random iTunes Fairy is on a Smiths kick, or at least a Morrissey kick. ‘Papa Jack’ is a cut from the mopey crooner’s 1997 solo album Maladjusted.

This song appeared on only the early releases of that album, making it a bit of a collector’s item. Perhaps I’ll sell my copy one day and retire on the proceeds, as I might have done with my childhood Star Wars toys had my mother not given them away to a neighbor’s kid. (Just checking to see if you’re reading, mom!)

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