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Someone explain the appeal of Morissey to me, if you can please.

Is this just more of that ... mellow pop aesthetic that I don't get or is his... vaguely Kermit the froggish voice something I am missing the beauty in?
Are his lyrics just too deep for me?

Really. I've never understood it and I just heard him perform one of his new songs and ... wow... I still don't get it *and* he's losing his hair.

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wrekehavoc
Sep. 13th, 2002 04:26 am (UTC)
i'll step into the breach. what the hell. i adore morrissey, and believe me, i have had my share of people (inluding my beloved spouse) who absolutely loathe him. i have not heard his latest, so i cannot speak to that.

but why do i like morrissey? well, to be truthful, i preferred him in the smiths, as the combo of morrissey's blunt, depressed lyrics combined with some of the most memorable guitar work in the last 20 years (hell, i nearly fell out of my chair the first time i heard the opening riff to "How Soon Is Now" on a car commercial) thanks to johnny marr. but some of his solo work is wonderful (to me) as well. why? well, for me, he has this gentle way of meandering into all things awful. somehow, this guy has had terrible luck with both men and women, and when i hear him sing in that wacky drone of his, i somehow know that no matter how bad i think i have it, he has it worse and so i should lighten up a bit. some of his solo work is even a little too melodramatic for me, but there have been wonderful glimmers - one album in particular is a favorite, thanks to songs like "The Ordinary Boys" and "Suedehead."

maybe not the most coherent argument, but hell, it's early ;-)
maddening
Sep. 13th, 2002 10:08 am (UTC)
There've been two songs of his (not talking about the smiths, just his solo stuff here) that have made me smirk. "the more you ignore me" and "we hate it when our friends become successful" (which probably isn't even the title).
I can take him in really small doses because well.. his voice *does* kind of annoy me.

But more than just not getting the full appeal of him (which I can SEE, but not experience, ya know? Just like... I understand why people really dig the Cure, but not be able to directly relate...) I don't get the *obsession*.

I can remember reading articles in Spin (back when I thought Spin had some merit as a magazine) about Morissey and how enigmatic and mysterious he was. Why the heck is this guy's sexual orientation such a big deal? He's asexual, according to the article. ::shrug:: so be it. hehe..

I dunno, after watching the audience freak out over and over and over and over at the mention of his name...it felt sort of... TRL welcoming N'Sync-ish, and then having him mumble out an interview (that the audience screamed most of the way through) and say how awful and putrid and bad jazz music is (which even that idiot Craig Kilborn looked taken aback by) and then uh.. do his thing...

I was left baffled. More by the audience's reaction to him than to him. I remember reading the article years ago and thinking that he was just this shy guy who wants to make his music and be left alone otherwise and, that's the impression I got tonight as well.

Oh yeah... and I never got why his fans thought he was a hottie. Of course, I never got why George Micheal's fans thought he was a hottie either. Heh.. I guess I'm just not attracted to gay men.

kaeren
Sep. 13th, 2002 11:13 am (UTC)
in short, he's an icon.
shy, nah. enigmatic, maybe. as a former smiths obsessee, i would say his mass popularity is actually due to his outspoken and contrary personality. pay no mind to the music - its just an easily consumable package for some droll commentary or another- read a few interviews from back in the day. he was disgusted with everything around him. he bizarrely performed wearing hearing aids and throwing flowers at the fans. he taunts the crowd. he poked fun at tender issues like racism and yes, homosexuality. he was midly obsessed himself with serial murderers and wrote several songs about it.
Rave is the refuge for the mentally deficient. It's made by dull people for dull people.-morrissey
maddening
Sep. 13th, 2002 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: in short, he's an icon.
Herm.. maybe that's why I don't get it.
I *can't* pay no mind to the music, I think.

I remember reading about his onstage antics and I thought it interesting that he doesn't have a label. Me and a friend in high school used to listen to Vicar in a Tutu over and over because it was funny.

I don't get Robert Smith either. His "genius" status for his fans or why he's become the everlasting stud muffin he has.
My tastes were just formed in really different areas, I think...

kaeren
Sep. 13th, 2002 12:08 pm (UTC)
everlasting stud muffin, ha ha ha!
Yeah... Robert Smith, I can't offer even two cents on him. And I look back at my Smiths-phase with a little goodnatured shame, only because really, any obsession like that is pretty lame ;)

As far as the music, I think most anyone would agree that the Smiths had something (thanks to Johnny Marr), and Morrissey solo simply does not. He gets by on personality and infamy..
punkalicia
Sep. 13th, 2002 09:34 am (UTC)
i have no real feeling either way...

however, i really recommend you find the song "Morrisey Rides a Cockhorse" by the Warlock Pinchers
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