Monday, March 12, 2012

My Music Monday

I was all in the mood for doing a Smiths video / song today. Sure, I can post the audio portion, but damned if the ex-group or label have not blocked all embedding capabilities of their videos.

Those not familiar with the Smiths (and really, I hope you all are familiar with them), they were four lads from the UK with a penchant for poppy tunes and not so poppy lyrics or song titles.

Back when living in Columbus, many a moon ago, CD101 had a daily contest on "What Would Morrissey Do?"

They would give a scenario and three multiple choice answers.  The answer was C. The answer was always C:  write a song about how lonely and depressed he was.  It never failed to make me laugh....but I'm easily amused.

My first choice of "official" videos was "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", but then Morrissey was so much cuter in "Girlfriend in a Coma".  You actually forget how handsome he was.  I found an unofficial official copy that I will post below.

Of course, Morrissey is gay - but back then (you know, the '80s!) people only suspected, I suspect. But loved the story of a guy I used to go out with who was called a 'fag' by a kid wearing a Smith t-shirt.  Jeff's immediate response was, "you're wearing a Smith t-shirt and you're calling me a fag?".  The only good memory I have from him.

But being a youthful pseudo-angsty gay man, one could easily gravitate to his lyrics about killing the DJ, about the music that they constantly play that says nothing to me about my life. He made it relate.  Well, except for hanging the DJ part.

I'm still a big fan of the Smiths and Morrissey's solo work. Most songs really hold up, but honestly, and this is gay blasphemy, but I don't care if I ever hear "How Soon is Now?" again.


Anonymous said...

“Hang the DJ” was a metaphor for a…ooops, bigmouth strikes again. Now I know how Joan of Arc felt.

Good post.

Anonymous said...

I love this song and my initials are DJ. Wonderful choice.

Ur-spo said...

I too enjoyed it.

Erik Rubright said...

How is it that I didn't know that Morrisey is gay?