All You Need is Morrissey

Former Smiths lead singer Morrissey has released a new single, “All You Need is Me.” It’s from his Greatest Hits compilation, released back in February.

The only time I’ve mentioned Morrissey on this blog is listing him among the Top 5 Off-Key Songs and Musicians – a dubious distinction that is somewhat unfair when viewed within the context of his career. The Smiths were a pioneering band in the 1980s, and his song “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get” is an all-time favorite of mine.

Morrissey looks more like a suburban dad nowadays; like me, he has grown heavier and grayer, and his pompadour hair has been tamed. But he’s also finally grown into his baritone voice, and the pitchy parts are few and far between. This song is classic Morrissey, uptempo with thrashing guitars and instantly memorable. Morrissey preens as he exclaims, “You bang your head against the wall / And say you’re sick of it all / Yet, you remain / ‘Cause all you need is me.

Rock on, old man.