No Doubt--- I was just listening to "I'm Just A Girl" on the radio today and remembered how much I dig them. Gwen Stefani was class of '87 like myself and Tony Kanal was '88 so I know exactly what records by The Specials, The Selector, The Cars, Prince, Eurythmics, The Police, etc. records (wax that is) they were listening to and videos viewing on MTV. They are the perfect pop group in my opinion; old enough to know history without getting too caught up and developed in their own sound.
Morrissey--- I only got up on him about a decade ago but I really dig his music. I wasn't aware of The Smiths at all in high school and I may not have liked them if I was aware of them. But I picked up 'Vauxhall & I' at a pawnshop out of curiousity about why everybody was sweating him so much in the press, especially Spin mag. After that I got it; dude has voice like an veteran lounge singer who never got his big break backed by rockabilly/punk band that wishes they were the Clash.
Only difference is they are successful, the cult group you wish would blow up actually did and their lead vocalist unabashedly knows it. Moz has a dry, laugh-out-loud wit that colors his self-absorbed lyrics incredibly and guitarists Boorer & White craft music that most closely matches the innovation of ex-Smiths Johnny Marr. I'm seriously considering dropping the loot to check them later this month; there are some good seats for under 60 bucks still open. Some bug when they see both Morissey and M.O.P. in my cd collection.
^^^ ha, I feel both of y'all on that.
Dude presents himself in media as an ass, but a damn witty ass. I mean I fall out laughing reading his song titles: I'm the one for you Fatty, The World is filled with Unsufferable Bores, Last of the Gang to Die, Why Don't you find out for Yourself, National Front Disco, Please Give me what I Want, I Have Forgiven Jesus, etc.
I'm going to check that "Frankly" song and "Playboys" is my personal playaz night out theme, heh. His vocals & music with his current band & The Smiths are irresistable. The idea that I would dig anyone who's been so plain about hating all rap music is ironic to me. I still say someone needs to make a mixtape of his vocals over Hip Hop beats a la Dangermouse's Gray Album; maybe with somebody as self-absorbed as him like Kanye...
EVERYONE SHOULD LOVE MORRISSEY!!
It seems that everyone I know doesn't expect me to listen to music that eviates from the norm such as Fiery Furnaces, The Locust, cLOUDDEAD, something that takes musical risks. Heck, even my lady friend doesn't really care for what I listen to.
Jumping back in (and welcome Mari!), Morrissey is coming to Atlanta in January and I need to go. The tix left start at 90 bucks but I've been to the venue (to see Bizet's Carmen with my Mom, how's that for offbeat) and the venue has mostly all good seating and views of the stage. Plus I hear he's retiring at 55 which is in 2 years I believe so this may be it.
Moz fans don't miss what could be that last of the international playboys saying farewell to the stage.