Tunes Du Jour Presents The Smiths and Morrissey

The Smiths, fronted by the iconic Morrissey, left an indelible mark on the landscape of popular music with their distinct blend of jangly guitars, poignant lyrics, and an often somber, yet ironically humorous, outlook on life. From their debut single “Hand in Glove” to classics like “This Charming Man” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” The Smiths captured the hearts and minds of listeners in the 1980s and beyond, creating a legacy that continues to influence countless artists today.

At the heart of The Smiths’ sound was the partnership between Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. Morrissey’s unique vocal style and melancholic, introspective lyrics were perfectly complemented by Marr’s melodic guitar work. Tracks like “How Soon Is Now?” and “Bigmouth Strikes Again” showcase this synergy, with Morrissey’s expressive voice riding the wave of Marr’s intricate guitar riffs. Their music often tackled themes of love, alienation, and societal critique, resonating deeply with a generation of fans.

After The Smiths disbanded in 1987, Morrissey embarked on a successful solo career, continuing to explore similar themes but with a broader musical palette. Songs like “Everyday Is Like Sunday” and “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get” highlight his ability to craft memorable melodies and incisive lyrics. Morrissey’s solo work retained the wit and introspection of his days with The Smiths, while tracks such as “Irish Blood, English Heart” demonstrated his willingness to address political and social issues head-on.

Despite his musical achievements, Morrissey’s career has been marred by controversy. He has faced accusations of racism and criticism for his provocative statements on immigration and national identity. These controversies have alienated some fans and led to heated debates about the separation of art and artist. While Morrissey’s outspoken nature has undoubtedly cast a shadow over his legacy, it has also sparked important discussions about the role of artists in society and the impact of their personal beliefs on their public personas.

The Smiths and Morrissey have received numerous accolades over the years, including critical acclaim and dedicated fan followings. Their influence can be seen in the work of bands like The Stone Roses, Radiohead, and Oasis, all of whom have cited The Smiths as a significant inspiration. Despite the controversies, the enduring appeal of songs like “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and “Panic” underscores the lasting impact of The Smiths’ music.

In sum, the music of The Smiths and Morrissey remains a cornerstone of alternative rock, celebrated for its lyrical depth, melodic innovation, and cultural significance. While Morrissey’s controversial stances have sparked debate and disapproval, the artistic contributions of The Smiths continue to resonate, offering solace and connection to listeners navigating the complexities of life.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 7-8-23

Beck Hansen came up with a nifty guitar lick, to which a friend of a friend added beats. The beats inspired Beck to recite an improvised poem, on which he attempted to sound like Chuck D of rap group Public Enemy. Listening to the playback, Beck thought “Man, I’m the worst rapper in the world. I’m just a loser.” He started singing “I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me?” That became the chorus of his song “Loser,” along with “Soy un perdedor” – “I’m a loser” in Spanish.

Today is Beck’s birthday. A smattering of his work is included on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 5-22-23

Lots of songs from The Smiths and their lead singer Morrissey on today playlist.

Today is Morrissey’s birthday, and I feel the need to mention that to me and many many others, he now comes across as a repugnant person who shares his abhorrent thoughts. He may have always held repellent views, but as opposed to the means during the heyday of his career, it is now easier for his offensive quotes to go viral. Before he utters his next racist pronouncement, he should heed the advice in the first line of the chorus of “How Soon Is Now?:” “You shut your mouth.”

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