Tag: Morrissey

Release Radar 3/20/20: Morrissey vs Alkaline Trio

Release Radar 3/20/20: Morrissey vs Alkaline Trio
Morrissey has returned this week with his finest work in 20 years. Some of the songs, on I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, harken back to The Smiths, and early Moz, pre-Viva Hate. It’s an album chock-full of great songs, with barely a weak one in the bunch. His California Son album was... Read more »

Release Radar 1/31/20: De Lux vs Gorillaz

Release Radar 1/31/20: De Lux vs Gorillaz
Guess who’s back? We got some new Gorillaz! Damen and Co return with a little punk rock and a lot of hip-hop. I’ve been a fan of De Lux since the amazing single, “LA Threshold,” so I always look forward to a little heat from the dance-rock outfit. “Everybody’s Alright” continues to edge towards that... Read more »

Release Radar 1/10/20: Drake vs Morrissey

Release Radar 1/10/20: Drake vs Morrissey
The drop on Friday morning is usually hit or miss, but this week’s Release Radar it’s too legit to quit. Morrissey and Drake, are at the top, and then there’s Nada and Bowie. Remember Nirvana covering, “The Man Who Sold The World?” Bowie’s original version is spectacular and must be heard. Not sure why Drake... Read more »
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Two Reasons To Play The Smiths' "Hatful of Hollow"

Two Reasons To Play The Smiths' "Hatful of Hollow"
Hatful of Hollow has two unique versions of ‘Smiths songs that beg to be played. “This Charming Man,” and “Still Ill,” both from a BBC Session recorded for John Peel, in the fall of 1983, specifically on the 21st of September. Also included in those amazing sessions were, “Back to the Old House,” and “This... Read more »

Morrissey Is In Good Spirits at Ravinia 9-14-19

Morrissey Is In Good Spirits at Ravinia 9-14-19
For Morrissey, the last six months have been mired in turmoil over a pin that he’s worn, attaching him to certain political groups and leanings. I’ve gone back and forth with his politics, and, while I don’t agree with all of his beliefs, I decided to see him play live at Ravinia. He was in... Read more »

Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders

Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders
In the last couple of weeks, two unique artists have released tasteful covers of The Pretenders. Morrissey can be heard crooning over “Back On The Chain Gang,” where he plays a mean guitar, albeit pretend. IMO this was one of Chrissy Hynde’s greatest achievements, and Steven Patrick Morrissey does it justice. “I found a picture... Read more »
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The Cubs & The Smiths, A Good Combination?

Did you ever think there would come a day when you would hear The Smiths‘ music used in a news piece for The Chicago Cubs? Hard to believe, but it’s true. “Please, Please, Please, Let me Get What I Want” can be heard playing in the background while folks lament about lost loves who never... Read more »

Morrissey: Wolverhampton Civic Hall (1988) Gig Is Nostalgic But Lacking Typical Polish

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Billed as a dedication show to all Smiths fans, the remaining members of the band, along with guitarist Craig Gannon, played a farewell concert at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on December 22, 1988. For a long time, this show was unavailable to the public. Now that it is, thanks to some eBay bootlegs and... Read more »

Morrissey Plays Best Live Show In Years-July 11, 2015

Morrissey Plays Best Live Show In Years-July 11, 2015
Morrissey’s show at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts, was one of the best I’ve seen in 25 years. The sound was incredible, and the venue a perfect fit for the ringleader of the tormentors. His vocal range was wide, while he narrowed his stage banter to sarcasm about ” a bug bite,” that’s all... Read more »
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"World Peace Is None Of Your Business:" Best Of 2014

I think it’s been a little while since I placed a Morrissey album in my year end Top 10 list. As a quick precursor, I should mention that The Smiths and Morrissey have been favorites of mine for the last 25 years. Loving him over the last ten years has been a bit harder, as... Read more »