Monday, June 7, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 29: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths (1986)

Morrissey is a depressed literati. Johnny Marr bows at the altar of the Byrds and the Paisley Underground's jangly pop. Put them together and you have the best band of the 1980's. While they broke up in 1987, their influence still looms large. It seems every successive teenage generation finds power in Moz's lyrics of love lost and, um...lost. Their finest effort is The Queen Is Dead and this single comes near the end of that platter. You know a love is strong that even dying beside the one you love sounds like a romantic peak. The synthesized strings bring the proceedings extra brevity, and the band sounds just as airy and tight as they ever did. But Morrissey's words are what take us to a higher place, and has enabled this song to become a stadium anthem on his recent solo tours. Death is not the end, indeed.

And this version, using clips from (500) Days of Summer, is just as good!

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