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  1. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "You Have Killed Me"

    I don't know if I agree with "at his most mediocre" - but the first song out doesn't sound like Jesse added much to the table. I thought that the YATQ singles as a totality were better than RotT but, with maybe the exception of "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now," Alain didn't write an "obvious"...
  2. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Whatever Happens, I Love You"

    This song accounts for the oddest moment in my Morrissey fandom. I was attending the 2007 Clearwater show during a vacation and he played this as a complete one-off. I don't believe it had been played since the Boxers/In Person tour and I'm fairly certain it has never been played again...
  3. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"

    Obviously not the best song on Your Arsenal - lower tier, if there even is such a song on the album - but it is thoroughly perplexing that this has never been revisited live. If this popped in as the first song of an encore I think it would go down an utter storm.
  4. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Trouble Loves Me"

    Right from the opening figure - a lonely barroom piano near closing time - this is easily one of the best Morrissey/Whyte contributions. All the musicians are on point as the melody wends its way through the peaks and valleys of quiet intimacy and dramatic bombast. Lyrically, he's in fine form...
  5. Jamie

    Morrissey Central "SHOT IN CHICAGO" (September 23, 2021)

    A wrinkle here or there, but otherwise Alain and that guitar could be pictured at any Morrissey show 1991-June 2004. His interaction with Solomon brought a different energy to "Boz's side" of the stage. I suspect this is how he and Gary Day would have interacted if they had both been stage left...
  6. Jamie

    NME: “Johnny Marr gives his verdict on Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths Covers Band” (September 17, 2021)

    I think you were being tongue-in-cheek in asking the question so this isn't directed at you specifically, but it would be helpful for all if someone created a flowchart where every pathway to a Smiths reunion ultimately leads back to "NO."
  7. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "(The) Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils"

    That's what I'm hearing, too. Or this is a scaled-back mix removing the layers of instrumentation. I think they did the same thing for the "acoustic" version of A Swallow On My Neck that appeared on the scrapped Vauxhall expanded Rhino reissue CDR. It's definitely the completed vocal take. The...
  8. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Sunny"

    A thing of real beauty, with both sadness and punch in turn, from both Morrissey and Alain. The guitars sounded so full and crystalline on the "Boxers"/"Sunny" session. The tone straddles the line between the nostalgic sheen of Vauxhall and the acetylene bite of Southpaw. It's a real shame that...
  9. Jamie

    Johnny Marr announces new double album

    My statement was not particular to this thread, but it comes up all the time on this site. There is a thread right now in the General Q&A asking if he wears a wig, ffs.
  10. Jamie

    Johnny Marr announces new double album

    That so much focus is spent on Johnny's hair/hair color is a sad testament to how far our culture has devolved and now overemphasizes image. Who gives a sh-t? If he wants to do it and likes it and feels comfortable doing it, I continually fail to see why it's such a pressing issue for people who...
  11. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference"

    Indeed it was - but I preferred the melding of Such A Little Thing and I Know It's Going To Happen Someday as on Beethoven Was Deaf. Two really stellar renditions. It was a treat all those years later to hear the song performed in full on the Quarry tour and captured on Who Put The M. Mikey...
  12. Jamie

    Johnny Marr announces new double album

    A new JM song and the usual round of reactions huffing that he has failed to provide Strangeways Part 2 or match the heights of the unrepeatable experience that was the Smiths yet again. Quelle surprise. This is a good natural extension of "Armatopia" and sounds sure to go down a storm live...
  13. Jamie

    Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Aug. 28, 2021) post-show

    There were plenty of times Alain played lead/principal parts. To my ear/eye, he played far more lead than Boz typically has in recent years.
  14. Jamie

    Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Aug. 28, 2021) post-show

    Dipped in and out of the extant footage - and was quite happily surprised by how well Alain and Jesse meshed, e.g. taking solo turns on Ouija Board.
  15. Jamie

    Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Aug. 28, 2021) post-show

    It's been played to death but it's genuinely surprising that First of the Gang To Die wasn't played with Alain returning. Is this the live debut of Sunbathers?
  16. Jamie

    Matt Walker on Too Much Effing Perspective Podcast - Morrissey mentions (August 24, 2021)

    Had the Riot Fest date preceded the Vegas shows his status in the band would have been very clear. Matt lives in the suburbs north of Chicago. Presumably, this also means that a freshly-rehearsed Alain will be appearing in Chicago.
  17. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Southpaw"

    I believe Morrissey commented on how the Miraval renderings felt lifeless/flat and the In Person shows reinvigorated him. One indisputable factor was switching out Woodie Taylor for Spencer. They were the perfect drummers for the respective albums they made - and, arguably, neither Vauxhall nor...
  18. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Southpaw"

    I loved Southpaw Grammar from the start. It was the first new Morrissey album released during my fandom, it appealed to me as a young American who listened to alternative and the so-called grunge almost exclusively at the time and the bitter dregs of personal disappointment that seemingly...
  19. Jamie

    Ten favourite Morrissey/Whyte songs

    Probably the wild clarinet flourishes - he rarely seemed to play woodwinds on songs that weren't his own. The other notable exceptions I can think of are Wide To Receive and It's Not Your Birthday Anymore - and Human Being as far as covers go.
  20. Jamie

    Morrissey A-Z: "Sorry Doesn't Help"

    That's about where I am on this. The first 5-10 seconds are a good injection after the hellscape at the end of You Were Good In Your Time but, for me, the album ends poorly with this and I'm OK By Myself. It's a shame Jerry Finn fell ill before they were able to finish the handful of other songs...
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