Today's song is this Morrissey/Whyte composition, released as a B-side to "Satan Rejected My Soul" and later included on the reissued of Maladjusted in 2009.
What do we think?
This is my favourite lyric of the song.
lazy journalism again,spandau ballets song was called Through The Barricades not Betweem The Barricades.I remember buying the CD single and then listening to this at home. I thought it was awful at the time and one of Morrissey's worst songs. I have warmed to it ever so slightly since then, but it is still desperately weak.
The production sounds very cheap, it drags on forever and the repeated "Zip up your mouth" is embarrassing. Morrissey has written quite a few unsubtle political songs, and this is one of the weakest.
Sorry for the people who like it, but a couple of the reviews when Maladjusted was re-released tickled me.
From Uncut: "Moz’s ballad about the Northern Ireland troubles, “This Is Not Your Country”, somehow manages to be worse than Spandau Ballet’s “Between The Barricades”; written before the Good Friday Agreement, it now sounds about as relevant as a song about the repeal of the Corn Laws."
From Drownedinsound: "Chief culprit is the astonishingly bad ‘This Is Not Your Country’, a one-time B-side which is roughly as useful a comment on The Troubles as Band Aid II was on world hunger. And it goes on for seven and a half bloody minutes."
I'm sure there might be good reviews around somewhere, too.
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 235th from 264 solo songs.