Monday, 20 February 2012
Misery Monday - The Smiths
At some point Misery Monday had to feature a track by the Smiths. If you liked the Smiths when they were around it is a fair bet that you had to put up with the "but they are just so depressing" comments from less enlightened friends.
I gave up early on trying to point out that the humour in Morrissey's lyrics and the lightness of Marr's melodies meant they could never be just misery merchants.
That's not to say they didn't do some of the saddest songs going. I could have gone for Please Please... or Suffer Little Children, but my favourite is a song that just has a weight of loneliness and defeat on its shoulders
Starting with what sounds like the howling wind a simple piano underpins a lullaby of despair, matched with Morrissey's understated vocal
Asleep - The Smiths