Song of the Day #3,259: ‘Vicar in a Tutu’ – The Smiths vs. Ben Folds

At long last, here we are at the final matchup of Round One of Montauk Madness! Thirty-two battles to determine which 32 artists will advance to fight again.

Both of today’s contenders have shown up already in Round One in other incarnations: The Smiths’ frontman Morrissey showed up as a solo act, while Ben Folds showed up in the form of his band, Ben Folds Five.

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Song of the Day #2,536: ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ – The Smiths

queendeadI wish a fond Happy Birthday to America today, a little prouder of my country after the momentous news of a week ago that same sex couples have the right to marry.

We’ll celebrate the 4th of July with a randomly selected song from across the pond, written and performed by a gay icon: ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ from The Smith’s classic album The Queen is Dead.

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Song of the Day #2,123: ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ – The Smiths

queendeadGiven that my first ever Song of the Day post was about The Smiths, it’s only fitting that they find a spot on this desert island list.

I was surprised to see that, unlike every other song I’ve featured over the past two weeks, I have never written about today’s song. ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ is one of the band’s most beloved songs, a highlight of their best album, The Queen is Dead.

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Song of the Day #1,544: ‘The Boy with the Thorn in His Side’ – The Smiths

One guess which musical genome category The Smiths fall into. That’s right, boys and girls, we have another ‘Melancholy’ sighting!

I can also make a strong case for the ‘Pure Pop’ category. Those who are only passingly familiar with the band’s discography might associate them only with self-pitying mope rock and remain unaware of guitarist Johnny Marr’s peerless knack for shimmering pop hooks.

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Song of the Day #1,403: ‘The Queen is Dead’ – The Smiths

Best Albums of the 80s – #4
The Queen is Dead – The Smiths (1986)

I think I just heard Dana’s head explode. Yes, more Smiths!

The Smiths released only four studio albums (among many compilations) and The Queen is Dead is by far the best of them. On this record, they tied everything together perfectly: the pathos, the humor, Johnny Marr’s shimmering guitar and Morrissey’s incomparable vocals.

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