Sunday, 19 June 2016

My Week with Morrissey Day 5 - Panic

Day 5 of my week with The Smiths and Morrissey and today its 'Panic'. 

'Panic' was released as a single in 1986. It wasn't taken from any of their albums, although they had just released their third when this came out. It was a track they released as a single in its own right and it did well reaching number 11 in the UK singles chart. 

Now, as ever, this song caused some controversy at the time. The lyrics were pretty to the point "Hang the DJ" and "burn down the disco" obviously being a little strong!! Morrissey was apparently not impressed with dance music and pop. He felt, as the lyrics say "it says nothing to me about my life". 

In his own particular unique manner, Mozza had a pop at the mainstream scene with this track. Its very good though and in fact is my favourite Smiths tune. Morrissey's vocals are quite beautiful on this one. The boy could sing. 

This is another song consisting largely of guitars. Its very effective, and the combination of the morose warblings of Morrissey and the brilliant skill of the Smith's guitarist - Marr, combine to make one of the all time great songs of the 80's. 

If you haven't heard this before, go and take a listen, or just take a stroll down memory lane. For more music, singles of the week and loads more check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

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