Meat Is Murder To Morrissey, But Rejection Is Creative Inspiration
Fans familiar with the his group's defining album would get the reference, when informed that the boy has a thorn in his side. That song is just one of many that could reflect Morrissey, the lead singer of the Smiths, after the recent bad news he received.
His label BMG has ditched him after three albums, the most recent having been I Am Not a Dog On a Chain from 2020.
“This news is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020,” Morrissey told the Independent. “We would be criminally insane to expect anything positive.”
Moz, who has made an entire career out of being dumped, will likely use the rejection to create great ne material. Any new songs about being jilted will fit right in with many others in his catalog, such as these titles that indicate being let down or terminated.
1. Angel Angel, Down We Go Together from Viva Hate
One of his best solo albums, released shortly after the demise of the Smiths, gave fans this piece of pessimistic pleasure.
2. Black Cloud from Years of Refusal
Actually the title of the album sort of suits the category, and this cut is the quintessential delightful downer.
3. Dear God Please Help Me from Ringleader of the Tormentors
While reading this title, you can almost hear Moz whispering a prayer for divine guidance after being cut from his company.
4. Disappointed from Viva Hate
It was actually left off the record until the CD re-release, having been available only as the B-side of “Every Day Is Like Sunday.”
5. Home Is a Question Mark from Low In High School
His first album for BMG showed much promise, spawning hits like this, “All the Young People Fall In Love” and “Jackie's Only Happy When She's Up On the Stage.”
6. My Life Is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye from You Are the Quarry
Clutching a gun on the cover of the album, Morrissey used the photo as a juxtaposition to the sentimental tunes within.
7. Nobody Loves Us from Southpaw Grammar
“Dagenham Dave” was the first single, which if flipped over would reveal this underrated track.
8. Now I Am a Was from Maladjusted
Reversing the clever clause to “I Was an Am” would have the same meaning, which is that Morrissey has been dumped (again).
9. Satan Rejected My Soul from Maladjusted
Fans can appreciate a modern reference to the proper noun in this title, for no one but the devil himself would dare fire the revered baritone songwriter.
10. Trouble Loves Me from Maladjusted
Fans love when trouble visits him, for it invariably results in the creation of great songs.
11. You Have Killed Me from Ringleader of the Tormentors
He could be addressing his old bosses at the record company, but probably its original audience was a lover who broke his heart.
12. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now from Hatful of Hollow
“I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour,” he sings before the refrain in this hit, a sixty minute span he may have to revisit after the pink slip he received.
13. I Know It's Over from The Queen Is Dead
In addition to the morbid title the fourth album is rife with other pessimistic tunes like the one listed above, as well as “Cemetery Gates” and “Big Mouth Strikes Again”
14. Unlovable from Louder Than Bombs
Executives at BMG obviously used this adjective to describe his last three records, for they have given him the ax.
15. Don't Mind If You Forget Me from Viva Hate
Even if the new ex-employers forget Morrissey, you can bet his fans of almost forty years will not.