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Review: Morrissey & Blondie Light Up Madison Square Garden

A countless number of fans spent Saturday evening with Morrissey at Madison Square Garden. The concert proved to be a mixed bag, yet the spirits were high.

Blondie gave an incredible set with intense energy and sound; I was shocked to see a woman who could sub in for my grandmother rock it out like that. With her motions, dance moves and so on, while she might as well be dancing the way she did five decades prior. There was an athleticism and energy unlike any other. Also, for the LGBT fans, Blondie gave a special little tribute midway through her performance telling fans that all they’d need to do to find out where the pride parade was is to “call me”.

For whatever reason, Morrissey took roughly 10-20 minutes longer than expected to get on… granted, with him it could be expected. To kill time during the wait, the venue played video clips of other musicians, films or poets. Some made sense… a five minute rant which sounded like poetry written by a 17 year old goth girl was, however, confusing. A few funny images posted up bashing the royal family and naturally some photos bashing meat showed up.

With keeping to the political nature of Morrissey, the big man entered in with a classic, singing “The Queen Is Dead” from the Smiths. And in short, it was absolutely 100% perfect. Every note he did has gotten better with age and in a concert format was just absolutely incredible. It was literally perfection where so many fans had tears of joy and were singing along to it in incredible rhythm.

After this opening, Morrissey gave fans about three major hits and the rest was loaded with lesser songs, new songs, bad songs and a little piece of debate known as Meat Is Murder.

With that, while Madison Square Garden setup an incredible show with a sound system superior to perhaps any other stadium on the east coast, Morrissey blew it by just not giving casual fans what they wanted. While the songs he performed were great, you could find droves of people leaving in the final third becoming bored with songs they just didn’t know. Even the big fans who were crying and singing along with every song found themselves stumped in their singalongs.

Upfront, fans were really locked in joy over what was going on and showed more a genuine happiness over other concerts. Where most concerts find themselves with a fan base of boozed out idiots who don’t care about the music and more about convincing the girl next to them to go topless, this was an experience where people were 100% on Morrissey… he probably loved that. Morrissey struck a chord well with fans and showed his music at least for now has no chance of being forgotten, and the field had enough people intensely into this that it shows there is still an audience for the lesser known Morrissey songs.

There was some pleasantry in not having the stench of hot dogs or burgers in the location. Also with the vegan options given for popular snack items, it could be argued they tasted better over traditional products. While not endorsing veganism, it’s safe to say they can have some good cooking done that no animal would feel unhappy about.

All in all, Blondie stole the night. She just had what the fans were looking for more,  though nothing is quite like being up close and personal at a Morrissey concert.

Setlist

The Queen Is Dead
Suedehead
Staircase at the University
Ganglord
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Speedway
Kiss Me a Lot
Alma Matters
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Istanbul
Will Never Marry
I Will See You in Far-Off Places
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
The Bullfighter Dies
Meat Is Murder
What She Said

Encore:
Now My Heart Is Full

Top 10 Unique & Exciting Morrissey Lyrics

Morrissey has been a legend in the new wave music scene since the time mom jeans were cool and people thought Apple stock was worthless. Yet, with that legend, people tend to sometimes listen to a song and just go “Ugh….. WTF?”. Regardless of how good they are, meet the top ten Morrissey/Smiths songs which will confuse but excite you with their offbeat lyrical content, topics ranging from the double decker bus to your girlfriend being in a coma.

Be sure to check out our other #MorrisseyWeek articles in commemoration of our recent interview with Morrissey himself.


 

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10. November Spawned a Monster

Perhaps one of Morrissey’s lesser known pieces, it does carry the legacy of the great English singer to be edgy, different and holds a bit darker tone. Yet why does it hit this list? It focuses on the disabled and how that burden can be like a monster in itself. A very unusual topic for a song, but once again in a very strong set of lyrics and melody give this rare topic of a song a great delivery. Why number ten? Well, while great, it’s just not the song people remember from Morrissey.

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9. Death of a Disco Dancer

The song is great and it was a well known classic by him. Now, it doesn’t really dive that hard into some of the issues or tough lines which his other songs get. So why number nine? Well, that moment someone looks at your laptop to see the song that’s playing and read you are listening to something called “Death of a Disco Dancer”. Now, while not the best song ever in terms of lyrics, the melody and changes in pace to it really do make it memorable.

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8. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

While many songs have without a doubt gotten into the idea of envy, this song without a doubt is the only one in my memory which flat out says the reality of how almost everyone thinks. We live in a world where one friend getting the job you’ve never even wanted, but just the happiness of it makes them have bitter envy. The song itself also nails the lyrics which unlike many Morrissey songs holds a diverse choice of words and lines, but manages to hold on well.

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7. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

Without a doubt a classic to anyone who’s even a moderate fan of Morrissey and the Smiths. It is a classic in any right and also sparked controversy being attached to the line “Suffer small children”. .

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6. Panic

The easiest song by far to sing along with of any Morrissey song with a strong nature of chanting and very positive stream. Panic delivers a ton of cultural and political references, but at the end of the day just holding the line “Hang the DJ” over and over and over manages to lock it up for an easy number six.

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5. Meat is Murder

This song just is clearly about passion. The idea a musician will go this far out to stretch an entire album and song into the mission of stopping consumption of animal products is simple amazing. Without any doubt, the song’s message and focus gives it a clear frontrunner status for the most interesting song Morrissey has done. That said, it’s not his best song. The lyrics and melody while good nowhere near catchup to many of his cult classics.

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4. Suedehead

We interviewed Morrissey while putting the song “Suedehead” in the context of the question. He corrected us on how we totally missed the meaning of the word suedehead and for that, this interesting and fun song needed to be in the top five.

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3. Irish Blood English Heart

This song very well could be Morrisseys greatest song. It is literally a massive party in the form of music. The political nature of it is soothing and intelligent, but the focus on how it moves in such rush can make this truly a classic song to want to get into UK history. Educational, fun and even a bit weird. A lesser known piece, but easy number three.

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2. Bigmouth Strikes Again

At this point, you probably want to read more articles on this site or just go and listen to Morrissey songs. With that, I’ll make this one quick. Listen to this song!

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1. Girlfriend In A Coma

First off, the melody is absolutely fantastic. Probably the most unique of any song he’s ever done. That said, the lyrics made this a clear shot for number one. This while just being another relationship song does nail how what many relationships are like. The focus is simple. For perhaps the majority of relationships, you could want to murder the partner, but when it actually comes, you don’t want death or pain to happen.

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