Thursday, December 18, 2008

November spawned a monster

After the Smiths broke up, lead singer and musical brain Morrissey went solo. He had some reamarkable successes, but the one song that stands out in his career is the gorgeous and controversial November spawns a monster, which was a hit single in the UK, and remains one of the artist's personal favourites. The song deals with the difficult situation of the disabled, a unique subject for a hit single. Morrissey's use of words such as 'monster' and 'twisted' creates a strange mix of revulsion, sympathy and black comedy, all used to enlighten, and disturb, the audience. The middle section has disturbing sound images which many believe to have been recorded by an actual disabled child, but in fact it was the Canadian artist Mary Margaret O'Hara who created this hauntingly effective outpouring. A unique song - which I got to know (better late than never) in 2008...
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)