Southpaw Grammar is a brilliant album. Maladjusted is also great and it contains imo some of his best songs, 'Maladjusted', 'Alma Matters' and 'Trouble Loves Me'. We'll have to agree to disagree.
"occasionally becomes a flaming racist." I stopped reading at that point. Anyone who has any common sense knows that Morrissey has never been even remotely racist. He was accused of racism in 85 for saying that "reggae is vile", first of all I think it's actually rather racist to assume that simply not liking a particular genre of music means that a person is racist. Also Morrissey later said that he didn't mean it and he only said it to piss off the NME. Of course the media ho were hounding him conveniently forgot that he had already said that he was greatly influenced by many black artists, for example one of his favourite songs of all time is Young Gifted and Black by the Jamaican duo Bob and Marcia (he is also a huge fan of The Cats, a reggae band and was greatly influenced by The Shirelles, The Crystals etc.) He was also accused of racism because his song Panic was wrongly construed as an attack on disco music due to the associations of the word disco. This is ridiculous. He was accused again of racism when he launched his solo career and released the songs 'Bengali in Platforms' and 'Asian Rut' and by now of course it is easy considering his history for the mindless sheep to assume that these songs have racist meanings despite them not containing any degree of racial hatred whatsoever, I rather think that most people just read the title of the songs and jumped to the ridiculous unsubstantiated conclusion of racism. The song that caused him the most trouble though was 'National Front Disco' a song that describes a young man's descent into a the far right group. The line which is always picked is 'England for the English', a line which Morrissey did NOT MAKE UP. This is a quotation, and if Morrissey had as he had always previously done included a lyric sheet would have been known (his only mistake where this is concerned). But of course that wouldn't have helped his case against the imbeciles who only read the title of the songs and not the content. As Morrissey once said, 'I was stopped by many journalists who obviously raised the topic in an accusatory way. And I would say to them, "Please, now, list the lines of the song which you feel are racist". And they couldn't. Nobody ever ever could, and that irked me. Even though, simply in the voice on all of those songs one can plainly hear that there is no hate at all. 'But you soon realise that they are out just for you and it doesn't matter what you say or do'. He was also accused by the NME (surprise surprise) of racism after wrapping himself up in the Union Jack at the Madstock festival, yet couple of years later the Union Jack was embraced by the British music industry (Noel Gallagher and Geri Halliwell used the flag when performing) and for having a fascination with skin head imagery, even though the roots of the Skin head culture is Jamaican. Morrissey has also been accused of racism regarding his views that 'You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies', which is recited by those who accuse him of racism very conveniently outside of the context in which he made the statement. When Morrissey said that he was talking about the nations general appalling mistreatment of animals, if this level of animal abuse was going on anywhere else in the world instead you can bet that Morrissey would have directed this statement to that place instead. As Simon Goddard said, 'It has surely been dumbfoundingly obvious that Morrissey, the outsider's outsider, is by his very Morrisseyness entirely incapable of racism'. Apologies for writing a comment nearly as long as the article itself. As for you being disappointed at Morrissey 25 Live, I'm sorry to hear that. I was at the show and in all honestly i thought it was an amazing gig, one of the best I've been to and I've been to many of his gigs since the early 90's. I suppose it doesn't come across as good in the cinema.
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