I love the Brits. Even tho the island is comprised primarily of fucking savages, God love their music press. For some reason, it's mandatory that every 3 months or so, a UK magazine needs to have a Smiths/Morrissey special issue, in exactly the same way ever 2-5 years Bad Boy will release another Biggie album (I'm pretty sure the next one is going to be "Duets Remixes").
If you've read the amazing "Songs That Saved Your Life" or the less good "Severed Alliance" Q or Mojo won't really reveal anything you don't already know, mostly because it's always the same shit, mining interviews with everyone associated with the 4 Smiths LPs, or going back and elucidating for the millionth time that Johnny Marr liked the Gun Club and wanted to record electronic music.
However, I'm always ready to start downloading anything that British magazines tell me influenced Moz. After all, who would know better? There are some exceptions though: to paraphrase nerdkiller, "Sandie Shaw, just because Morrissey liked you doesn't mean I have to."
Billy Fury "I'll Never Quite Get Over You" (mp3)
NY Dolls "Lonely Planet Boy"
allegedly the source for "There is a Light"s line 'driving in your car'
here's a link to my old Moz-worshipping comic, wherein he is likened to Girl Talk (whoops, I mean Jesus Christ!)
Monday, April 16, 2007 Posted by Woods 1:31 AM