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Sincerely, how long can fans carry this weight before they are drawn under, stifled from air, and sink beneath the waters of some mossy dark pond. So perhaps once Morrissey didn’t fit in, but now, now I just see an older man who’s got to keep the depression thing going, it’s all he’s got, it’s all he’s selling, and I [? The US edition adds "This Charming Man," for which John Porter provided a flattering and dynamic production. It also has a wider outside pressing ring, the Sire name at the upper R of the logo instead of underneath, and ring text at the bottom of the label. Yes, I’ll freely admit that I’m a huge Galaxie 500 fan, and there is some darkness there, though mostly from inner band struggles, and not from a genuine or imposed sense of gloom and doom depression.

Smith fans are fanatics, almost boarding on the religious, right down to their hipster skinny jeans, even making excuses fro Morrissey’s inherent racism [or has he turned a corner since those bygone days?I know, you don’t have to lecture me, it’s easy to ignore music one doesn’t like, yet in the same breath, when that music was such a part of the scene, it does make me want to comment on it without passing judgement, without making anyone feel badly, because music represents who we are, and if I dislike something you value, that in turn often leads to the notion that I don’t value others personally, and thats just not the case.

But I could only listen to these songs a few times before the sheer weight of them locked me into an angst that one does not instantly see coming on.But the world is too large for anyone to allow themselves to be laced into the sad life of a lonely man, who seems to grow ever lonelier. For me, Morrisey has bland vocals, and an even more white bread style of poetry, deeply rooted in his sincere struggles with depression and gay theatrics. In 2003, all four of their albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Now when I hear a song from The Smiths, it’s good for about ten seconds, then I begin to get angry, angry that I allowed myself to be taken down into the bogs by so many sudo-intellectual friends who though we were sharing a bit of a joke on the world, that the answers to all our issues could be solved if only we could touch the lyrics of The Smiths in mid air, where Morrissey would tell us how to live, where to live, who to love, what to eat, whom to hate … when in fact it was merely Morrissey singing these songs to himself, obsessed with everything around him, and the fact that he could not, dared not fit in. It’s more that this angst begins to reshape the listener, ever drawing them in, converting them, infusing them with an unfounded frustration, to the point where I often feel that I’m in the middle of a 1980’s Woody Allen movie where the sky is always cloudy, the washing machine is perpetually broken, and I walk the days away wrapped in an oversized angst coat, shivering against a coldness that’s burrowed its way into my very bones.

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