Recent content by Mike Rourke

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    Johnny Marr announces new double album

    Maybe on 6 Music but Radio 2 are extremely open minded when it comes to age of the artists. They playlisted songs off the recent albums by both Tom Jones and C Richard who were/are in their 80s.
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    Johnny Marr - Leeds gig, 20th Sept

    Thanks, although not too encouraging! He wrote so many beautiful, melodic guitar lines and lovely strummy chord sequences in The Smiths, I don't understand why he doesn't at least try to do them anymore. Extended jam session is an apt description. I didn't bother with Call the Comet - his...
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    Johnny Marr - Leeds gig, 20th Sept

    Setlist below. I'm guessing at least some of the 'live debut' songs were off the new album. Bit of a dream setlist with 7 Smiths, 2 big Electronic singles, solo highlights and a bunch of new songs. What did you think of the new ones Amy? Did any stand out at all or just more of the usual...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Tony the Pony"

    Mark E Nevin has described this song as his favourite Morrissey co-write and I can see why. It’s a beauty. Some lovely guitar jangle, a super-melodic bassline, a beautiful cello part, a wistful lyric, a punchy rhythm, some great vocal gymnastics from Mr M, and he does that favourite trick of his...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Tony the Pony"

    Listen with headphones - it's clearly 'there's a free ride on soft touch Tony'. Read the lyrics to the previous verse - 'there's a free ride on gullible Tony'. Gullible and 'soft touch' mean virtually the same thing. Soft touch is defined as 'a person who readily gives or does something if...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "Tomorrow"

    Despite being a big fan of the album, I always struggled with this song. Music never seemed that great and I felt the lyrics were a bit too needy ('tell me that you love me' - yawn!). However, it seems I'm in a minority of one! Loved the B-sides on the 12" single though.
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    Chicago, IL - Riot Fest - Thursday Preview Party (Sep. 16, 2021) post-show

    He has indeed been surrounded by a toxic atmosphere since day 1. However, what changed when he declared his support for the far right in 2018 and 2019 was that tens thousands of people who had actually stuck with him for all that time decided to jump ship. He still has a pretty decent fanbase...
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    Chicago, IL - Riot Fest - Thursday Preview Party (Sep. 16, 2021) post-show

    Here's a review of last night's show from the NME: https://www.nme.com/reviews/live/morrissey-at-riot-fest-review-chicago-3048341 4 stars - 'Morrissey at Riot Fest review: pop’s problematic uncle wisely shuts up and plays the hit' 'If this Riot fest set proves anything, it’s that Morrissey...
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    NME: “Johnny Marr gives his verdict on Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths Covers Band” (September 17, 2021)

    Don't have strong views on this, for or against, but interesting that Marr is pissed off. I'm no music snob but I do think Astley's voice sounds pretty horrible on This Charming Man, (e.g. when he holds on to the notes for too long). Hopefully it'll sound better on the slower songs. Astley has...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "This Is Not Your Country"

    This one's a beauty - the music is really pretty, some great singing melodies and really powerful imagery. 'British soldier pointing a gun and I'm only trying to post a letter. A short walk home becomes a run, And I'm scared, and I'm scared, I am scared'. One of his best long songs and a really...
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    Morrissey A-Z: "There Speaks a True Friend"

    Love this one – the music’s sharp, punchy and tuneful unlike so much of the generic indie stodge that characterised a vast chunk of the '95-2010 output. And the words are glorious. Brilliantly honest, super witty and painfully self-aware. Vintage Morrissey!
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    Morrissey A-Z: "That's How People Grow Up"

    Not bad music, bloody awful lyrics. Next!
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    Morrissey Central "Thank You" (September 7, 2021)

    I expect it's just hyperbole and also a show of support for Alain (as there were rumours of some bad feeling between the two of them). So great to see Alain back in the fold, and can't wait to hear the new Morrissey/Whyte songs.
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    Johnny Marr announces new double album

    Cosmic stoner crap? Brilliantly expressed!
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    Morrissey A-Z: "(A) Swallow on My Neck"

    Yep, this one's an absolute beauty. Love the harmonies from Alain W. In fact, could this be the only Morrissey song with a harmony running through the whole chorus? Here's a live version from New York in 2000.
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