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  1. This Charming Bowie

    Morrissey A-Z: "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden"

    The live covers have never been my favourites: they seem to be leading up to the more ambitious California Son and don’t really have much to recommend them, thanks to the limitations of live sound and instrumentation. This is fine, enjoy the little introduction passage, but apart from that...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"

    Always loved this one. Beautiful guitar from Vini turns this into more of a Durutti Column track in spirit (which is in no way a bad thing), with the wistful yet pained vocals from Moz. Very simple, but it's extremely effective. 9/10
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"

    Arsenal’s my favourite Morrissey album, so I enjoy every track. It goes without saying that this song in particular is great, even with the less than subtle nods to Bowie. Nice placement coming after the desolation of “Seasick...” and setting up for the more glammy and frivolous “Tomorrow” with...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Knew I Was Next"

    Surprised to see love for this track: I’ve always thought that this is one of his weakest songs. Bland instrumental. Bland, uninspired lyrics. Serviceable vocal melody. Don’t listen to this often: I doubt that will change. 4/10
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy"

    I'd say so. That track is another of my least favourites, but at least the lyrics are more interesting, to a degree.
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy"

    My least favourite on Ringleader. Assembly line Jesse Tobias rock, with barely any distinguishing qualities from similarly composed tracks like “Youngest Was The Most Loved” aside from the (admittedly enjoyable, though he did it better on “When Last I Spoke To Carol”) mariachi finish. The...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Have Forgiven Jesus"

    A truly amazing song, showing the strength of the Quarry singles and the relative OK-ness of many of the other tracks. Great, blackly comedic lyrics with suitably funereal instrumentation that builds to a vindictive crescendo. While there are other good songs after this on Quarry, the double...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"

    Interestingly, I just read in Mozipedia that Stephen Street himself played the guitar on this track: the Buzzcocks-like solo was “too simple” for Vini, so he refused to play it!
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"

    Out of the two Motown style tracks from the late 80s era (the other being “Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness”), I definitely prefer this one. Some nice guitar touches with a great pop/soul swing to the drumbeat and bassline. It's only been recently that I've grown to like this one more -...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Couldn't Understand Why People Laughed"

    Forgot what a lovely song this was. Nice production highlighting the use of lots of natural instrumentation I don't think I've heard on (m)any other Moz songs. Confessional and funny lyrics - I'll say it, this is what I expected “Trouble Loves Me” to sound like, and believe that this track...
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    Whats your favourite morrissey album ?

    “Oboe Concerto” is there... But no “Art Hounds” because I wanted to keep it to under an hour and didn’t really know where to place it.
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    Whats your favourite morrissey album ?

    My attempt: World Peace... Istanbul One Of Our Own Neal Cassady... Earth... Kiss Me A Lot Drag The River Bullfighter... Smiler With Knife Mountjoy Oboe Concerto I'm Not A Man Total Runtime: 52:07
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Bury the Living"

    OK, here we go... I love this song; I think it’s a great achievement, especially for Moz, who is in the technical “latter half” of his career. Surprisingly, most of the phases work together: I appreciate the contrast between the louder, more vicious first section’s instrumentation and the second...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Am Not a Dog on a Chain"

    Great little pop song, with the deceptively airy instrumentation contrasting with the more enraged lyrical presence. Some of the lyrics are extremely cringeworthy (rhyming dictionary, anyone?), but I appreciate the sentiment - which feeds throughout the album, and all critics seemed to fail to...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "I Am Hated for Loving"

    I like it, but along with "Used to be a Sweet Boy", this is probably one of my least favourites on the album. I enjoy the instrumentation, and the chord sequence, while lapsing into generic Whyte at points, is very pretty and aids the misty production. The lyrics are a little too repetitive for...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Human Being"

    A fine cover, not much to add to the original, but harmless nonetheless. Sturdy instrumentation with a good vocal performance. The addition of a sax breaks up the texture as well. The lyrics obviously intertwine with classic Moz themes, making it a shoe-in cover. Not sure which of his Dolls...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?"

    No, sorry, not at all keen on this song. Bland, plodding instrumental without any textural relief. Regurgitation of lyrical themes and even phrases from the rest of the album. A whiny tone that can’t really be taken ironically thanks to the moaning and groaning of the lyrics (I know, more than...
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    Funniest Morrissey 1 liners

    From the Guardian(!) 2010: Morrissey: Am I looking in the mirror? Photographer: Yes, please. Morrissey: ‘Twas ever thus
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Home Is a Question Mark"

    I don’t know about others, but I adore this song. The instrumentation builds and climaxes, offering a less brittle alternative to some of the other LIHS material (which I like, most of). Some of his best vocals ever, especially that majestic ending. The lyrics are classic Moz despair and...
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