Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Better Than Sex

There is an inevitable point in the career of every celebrity or musician when that age old question comes into play. That question, of course, is "Are they gay? I think they might be gay." I don't know why this is, espically because at the end of the day it doesn't really matter does it? Historically, the most common answer is flat out denial, which makes perfect sense because rarely do any of these accusations have any basis in well, fact. Easy. In situations when the person actually IS homosexual, they may be inclined to say, "Yeah, I am gay, what the fuck is your problem?" which is, of course, awesome.

But then along comes Morrissey and blows everyone else out of the fucking water. When people started asking if he was gay or straight, the Moz decided to go all out and claim to be 100% asexual and 100% celibate. Sweet.

Despite these claims, which may or may not be true, Morrissey played this video before going on stage during his 2007 US tour which I had the pleasure of attending myself.

You be the judge.

Anyway, my point in bringing this up is that Morrissey has an approach to things that is all his own. From questions about his sexuality, to his approach to music. In particular, his lyrics. The Moz found his voice in honesty, and in a stream of conciousness approach to vocals, with conversation-like lyrics sung in complex weaving arrangements over the music.

Much like David Byrne, who I talked about in a previous Talking Heads post, I actually prefer Morrissey's more recent solo work to the stuff that he performed while in The Smiths, although both are absolutely amazing in their own right. For the sake of going chronologically though, I am going to post a song by The Smiths today. This is my favorite Smiths song.

Ask by The Smiths

By Louder Than Bombs

"Ask" was released seven months after I was born, in 1986, as single without any actual album. Apparently, The Smiths did this a lot back in the day, a time that is oddly foretelling when you consider the current musical climate we are approaching, where bands may simply just start releasing singles on iTunes without them ever appearing on an album. The single went to #14 on the UK charts. "Ask" eventually appeared on a Smiths CD titled Louder Than Bombs, which was a compilation of singles and B-Sides that was originally only released in the US.

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