I loved The Smiths. I loved the melancholy lyrics, the hurt and pain in Morrissey’s singing. It seemed to fit with my lifestyle, as a teenager full of angst myself. I think some of the Smith’s songs are incredibly beautiful and meaningful, in a world full of (at the time) throwaway pop like Bros and Kylie. He wrote from the heart, and I was one of his biggest fans in the 80s. He was intellectual, and he wrote lyrics which I could relate to, at that time in my life. Plus Johnny Marr was (is) a great guitarist.
Best Smiths songs:
*There is a light that never goes out
*Hand in glove
*Girlfriend in a coma
*Reel around the fountain
I like some of the stuff after he went solo, but some of it seems a little xenophobic. There’s a lot of focus on his Englishness, bordering on the jingoistic.
The stuff I really liked:
*Every day is like Sunday
Examples of some of the stuff that put me off:
*The National Front Disco
*Bengali in Platforms
Any other fans out there share similar thoughts? Is he even still writing new stuff these days? Anyone else think of him like I did (with fond memories)?