Saturday, February 14, 2009

Butchering 'This Charming Man' Is Hard To Do (But Morrissey's Gotta Do It)

It pains me to say it but, I've had enough of Morrissey. He's past his sell-by date. I'm sincerely sorry to have to admit this, but I can only handle so many of his solo albums.

His recent performance on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross TV show was evident that the sun has long stopped shining on his solo works. Once treated and hailed as a god, the Mancunian has been running on empty for the last 5 years. The first few solo albums were okay, but none of his solo work has ever been up to scratch with the songs he co-wrote with the great Johnny Marr of The Smiths.

Morrissey's new album sees him holding a baby. How controversial!

The singer now looks like a middle aged bloke performing in the local pub. On the Jonathan Ross Show he butchered a live version of "This Charming Man" with a band that we on par with a local bar band.

One can't help but compare Morrissey's ill-fated solo works with that of John Lydon, when the latter continued with a bastardised version of PiL. Lydon's Live in Tokyo PiL album saw our opinionated glove-puppet performing with a really dreary rock and roll bar band.

Can't Lydon and Morrissey understand that they were NEVER the only ingredient to their original success?

It's like Mick Jagger going solo without Keith Richards (or vice versa).

How soon is now?

Oh, just about when The Smiths called it a day.

And on that note, here's the magic that made The Smiths that special something in their heyday (Les Miserables). . .

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