Thursday, 23 June 2016

My Week with Morrissey Day 6 - This Charming Man

Day 6 of my week with Morrissey and today its 'This Charming Man'.

'This Charming Man' was released by The Smiths in 1983. It was the second single they released.

For me, aside from the fabulous guitar in this - lots of complicated sequences which make this track instantly recognisable, are the wonderful lyrics. Its like the stuff of classic poetry.

Lines such as "on a hillside desolate", and "Why pamper life's complexities" demonstrate a beautiful usage of the English language, not representative of where The Smiths band members came from. Its like the language of a bygone era.

Then there are the now infamous lines "I would go out tonight but I haven't got a stitch to wear; this man said It's gruesome that someone so handsome should care". Let me tell you, when I was young, I had no idea what this meant in reality, but we would often quote that line getting ready to go out!

Whatever Morrissey and the band were implying in this no doubt cleverly worded track, was lost on me back in the day. Now, it seems quite obvious that it was Morrissey was vocally protesting over the pop scene once again, protesting against how gay men in particular were being famed in a way he didn't associate with.

Morrissey was an altogether different kind of star. Swinging his gladioli, with his shirt open and necklaces in the video, he somehow managed to be ironic yet popular, flamboyant but morose all at the same time. His vocals, as ever, beautiful. The words clever, and educated.

I had forgotten how good this track was. Go take a listen, and let me know what you thought of it - be it new to you, or just an old familiar.

You can find loads more of my week with choices, singles of the week and more over at My Music page here. Happy listening :)

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