30 YEARS OF 'THE QUEEN IS DEAD'
The Smiths' best album and arguably one of the biggest landmarks in alternative music was released 30 years ago today. And, like a true millennial, I'm gonna re listen to it on Spotify and rank it!
- •Some Girls Are Bigger Than OthersWeird title and lyric. Strangely underwhelming end to an otherwise brilliant album?? (Also let's talk about this siiiick album art)
- •Never Had No One EverOne of the least memorable on the album. A definite album track.
- •The Queen Is DeadThe thing that obviously stands out is the anti-monarchy lyrics but I LOVE Moz's literal wailing in the background. The end lyric, "Life is very long when you're lonely", is so Morrissey, it's almost a parody of himself.
- •Frankly Mr ShanklyThis is the second track on the album following The Queen Is Dead and I love the juxtaposition of the two songs. Another lyrical gem- "I've got the 21st century breathing down my neck". Gaaaah what a brilliant line.
- •I Know It's OverClassic 'slow dance at a disco' beat. I can just see the band up on stage at a high school dance. This song just goes on for a little too long without really going anywhere.
- •Cemetery GatesJangly, poetic and melancholic, as all the best songs are. I think this song is a stand out for Marr. He has an amazing ability to mould with Morrissey's lyrics whilst making the song entirely about him and his guitar playing. LOVE U Johnny ❤️ Plus, there's a great tip on plagiarism in there too!
- •The Boy With The Thorn In His SideThis works perfectly as a stand alone track but, if I'm being honest, by this point in the album it doesn't stand out.
- •Vicar In A TutuI feel like you could line dance to this rhythm. Weird but I like it. I love the whole nonsensical story too.
- •Bigmouth Strikes AgainA fan favourite because it's so bloody catchy. Props for getting Joan of Arc and Walkman into the same sentence and weirdly making it work.
- •There Is A Light That Never Goes OutIt's a classic for a reason. This was the first Smiths song I ever heard and my reaction was 1) what in the hell are these lyrics? 2) what is this man droning on about? 3) where can I listen to more of this? As indie music goes, that song is pretty flipping special.