Vauxhall And I, and I

20 years ago yesterday, my favourite Morrissey album was released: it just sounds so beautiful: Steve Lillywhite did a spectacular job with the production, especially when you consider the twin guitarist sledgehammer duo of Whyte and Boorer were involved.

I was going to blog a bit about the album, but this article does it more justice than I ever, could. Enjoy it, here

I was studying at the SSR in Manchester at the time, so on the day of release, I queued up about 8 hours to get my album signed. I shared cheap cider with the others in the line and had a great old time…. when my time came to get the CD signed, I slipped a cheeky extra poster out from under my T Shirt (you were only supposed to get the album signed, naughty me) and he said : ‘What’s your name?’ ‘John’ ‘With an ‘h’?’ ‘Yes’. I then said the immortal line ‘I’ve missed Home and Away for this!’. ‘No, you haven’t’ he retorted. I know… a life as a comedy writer for me!

Anyway, I gave him a hug and left happy as a happy thing.

….a weird anomaly from the same sessions but released a while after

 

 

 

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Morrissey Live 27 6 11

On monday I went to see Morrissey in Bradford at St Georges’s hall.. a lovely old theatre.

I cried a bit.

It was the 8th time I’ve seen him…. Last time was a cold arena, and it didn’t suit him, and he played too much filler from the ‘Ringleaders’ album. But this time, with no album to plug, the set list was flipping lovely: even the ’funny little singles’ from the 90’s sounded fresh and ace: yes, that included ‘Ouija Board’ and ‘You’re the one for me, Fatty’. The band still aren’t subtle but made good work of ‘Meat is Murder’ and ‘Speedway’. Highlight was ‘I know it’s over’, a song I’ve loved since buying the ‘Queen Is Dead’ in the 80’s… to hear it live and sang, and I mean really sang so beautifully made me have a little sniffle.

Yes his albums are patchy as hell, but, really…… he’s a one – off, and worth the wait for the little gems.