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June 12, 2006

MORRISSEY – The Youngest Was The Most Loved (2x CD Singles)

The Youngest Was The Most Loved CoverAttack ATKXS018 / ATKXD018: 5th June 2006
1. The Youngest Was The Most Loved
"A lop-sided grin, strained to keep the shyness in"
2. If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
"If you don't want me, you don't have to have me, I just thought you might feel the same, that's all"
3. Ganglord
"They say 'To protect and to serve', but what they really want to say is 'Get back to the ghetto'"
4. A Song From Under The Floorboards
"But the brightest jewel inside of me, glows with pleasure at my own stupidity"

Despite its subject matter 'The Youngest Was The Most Loved' stood out as an obvious single right from the first time I listened to 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors'. It opens with the ominous sound of sirens and a chainsaw. It then recounts the tale of a boy who becomes a murderer. It also features a children’s choir singing the chorus "There is no such thing as normal" (They are possibly the cries of his victims). Morrissey also does some of his most expressive yodelling since The Smith's first LP. I couldn't say if this killer is a fictitious one, or perhaps a return to the subject of the Moors murders that so shocked Morrissey as a child.

'If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me' is pretty much Morrissey by numbers stuff. It's just about saved by great vocals and Moz humming away to himself. However 'Ganglord' stands right out because of the recent Forest Gate Police raid, with lines like "Ganglord, the police are kicking their way into my house". It's a song about somebody who feels betrayed by the police and turns to the underworld for help. When Moz wrote it he was probably thinking of that scene from the Godfather, but now it takes on a different meaning. 'A Song From Under The Floorboards' is cover of a Magazine track. It's so well chosen that it seems like it was always a Morrissey song.

I must mention the superb cover photo by Fabio Lovino (He's responsible for all the Tormentors photographs). It's like a great painting, you can stare at it for hours and spot little details. The Beer bottle is obvious, so he's been at a party. But look, his bow tie is crooked, so perhaps it was a very good party. But if it was so good, why has he left? Is that just the light, or is it a tear catching in his eye? Is the look on his face joy or regret? If you're a big Moz fan I'd suggest getting a copy of the NME as it's got the un-cropped photo on the back. Sadly the version on the 7" has had an inch cut from the bottom and left edges.

'Striptease With A Difference', 'Oh Phoney' and 'Born To Hang' (Rare never-released Demos) mp3s

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