Attack ATKXS021 / ATKXD021: 21st August 2006
1. In The Future When All’s Well
“Armed with wealth and, the best of health, in the future when all’s well, I will lie down, and be counted, in the future when all’s well”
2. Christian Dior
“Christian Dior, you wasted your life, sensually stroking the weaves of a sleeve”
3. I’ll Never Be Anybody’s Hero Now (Live)
“Warm lights from the grand houses blind me, haves cannot stand have-nots, and my love is under the ground”
4. To Me You Are A Work Of Art (Live)
“I see the world, it makes me puke, but then I look at you, and know that somewhere, there’s a someone, who can soothe me”
‘In The Future When All’s Well’ seems an odd choice for the single because there are much stronger tracks on ‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’. It does have its moments like the catchy Glam riff and the line “Living longer than I had intended, something must have gone… right!”.
‘Christian Dior’ can be added to the long line of dead gay icons in Moz’s personal ghostly hall of fame (Like Oscar Wilde, Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, James Dean, Jobriath etc). This time, instead of singing their virtues, he scorns Dior for wasting his life. But in the final verse we find Morrissey is really angry with himself at wasting his own life when he could’ve “Run loudly and proudly”. It’s one of his finest B-sides and could have easily been the single instead.
The fact that the last two B-sides are live tracks would be a little disappointing, if they weren’t so damn good (They were recorded at The London Palladium in May). On ‘I’ll Never Be Anybody’s Hero Now’ Moz’s voice seems to strain towards new heights with every line. On ‘To Me You Are A Work Of Art’ there is added bite in the way he spits out the word “Puke” compared with the way he sighs “Art” and he even barks like a dog at 1.58. I would love to get my hands on a bootleg of this concert, it sounds like he was absolutely on fire.
Once again, I must mention Fabio Lovino’s fantastic cover photography. Such is the strength of Morrissey’s carefully constructed image that a photo of him licking an Ice Cream seems satirical, contemplative and even sexually suggestive.
I’m Playing Easy To Get (Janice Long Session) mp3 (An excellent song that somehow got lost between Moz’s current album and his last).
Here are links to get Sandie Shaw’s breathtaking covers of ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ and ‘Jeane’ as mp3s (They’re better than The Smiths’ versions).
Click here to watch the video for ‘In The Future When All’s Well’ and ‘The Making Of’ video on YouTube.
Other YouTube highlights include ‘The Smiths On Charlie’s Bus With Sandie Shaw’, the ‘Importance Of Being Morrissey’ Documentary part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4, ‘Morrissey Sings The Frosties Commercial!’ okay not really, ‘Bernard Manning Sings The Smiths’, ‘November Spawned A Monster’ and lastly nothing brightens my day like ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now on Top Of The Pops’ (Probably my favourite Moz clip).
There are countless Morrissey fansites but three of the best are ‘Shoplifters Union’ (For extensive links), ‘Wor(l)d Of Morrissey’ (A large and up-to-date lyrics archive) and ‘Passions Just Like Mine’ (The most complete Discography available).
Kristeen Young (She supported Moz on his last tour) has just released a 7″ on Morrissey’s own Attack imprint. Visit her Website site here and her MySpace Page here.
Morrissey Website / Morrissey MySpace Page / Morrissey Official Fansite