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by Dan Weiss

July 18, 2014

Songs About Morrissey

by Dan Weiss  |  July 18, 2014

One of the most iconoclastic artists in rock history is one with few vocal precedents and surprisingly few antecedents (James Mercer does a decent Moz on The Shins' "Australia," though). Between Morrissey's long-contested sexuality, humorless convictions about animal rights, and myriad lore about controversial things he's said and done -- not to mention his eternal association with the word "miserable" -- he's an easy target for parody, as well as being one of music's most influential icons.

With the release of his 10th album this week, World Peace Is None of Your Business, we've decided to collect the great number of songs written about Morrissey or referencing him, implicitly (Pet Shop Boys' "Miserablism," Electronic's "Getting Away With It") or explicitly (Sparks' "Lighten Up, Morrissey," God Damn's "Like Meat to Morrissey"). Help She Can't Swim's excellent "What Would Morrissey Say?" turns the titular antihero into a judge of bad dancing, over a dead-at-a-disco beat of its own, and A Wilhelm Scream's "Me vs. Morrissey in the Pretentiousness Contest" is a post-hardcore blast whose title speaks for itself. Perhaps most loving of all is Pansy Division's "Homo Christmas," which pleads "Don't be miserable like Morrissey" and proposes sex under the Christmas tree as an alternative.

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