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NON-COMM Recap: Morrissey brings theatrics and bombast on opening night

Morrissey | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Morrissey was as cynical, self-obsessed and self-assured as ever at NonCOMM on Tuesday night. “I have to warn you before I begin,” he offered slyly as he took center stage. “I have never in my life been this close to another human being. So If I don’t do something illegal, I will do something extremely… enjoyable.”

The World Cafe crowd responded with a roar, and the band burst into a rowdy rendition of “Alma Matters” from Morrissey’s 1997 album Maladjusted. His croon was grave and full-throated, and the band matched his machismo with pounding drums and several wailing guitar solos early in the set. Morrissey strutted across the stage, full of pomp and in his element; he danced with his microphone stand, clapped along to the band, and took every opportunity to denounce his critics, including in song. “So, the choice I have made may seem strange to you. But who asked you anyway? It’s my life to wreck, my own way,” began his opening number. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wedding Bell Blues” by Morrissey ft. Billie Joe Armstrong

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Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

“Wedding Bell Blues” is a song written by Laura Nyro in 1966 and first recorded on her debut album of the same year, More Than A New Discovery. Three years after Nyro released the song, it was covered by the singing group The 5th Dimension, who had a number one hit with it.

Teaming up with Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, Morrissey covers “Wedding Bell Blues” on his new collection of cover songs, California Son. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Back On The Chain Gang” by Morrissey

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Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Morrissey’s cover of “Back On The Chain Gang,” originally on Pretenders’ 1984 album, Learning To Crawl, is a bonus song that he released for the deluxe edition of his recent album, Low In High School. Pretenders once covered Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday” on their 1994 Last of The Independents release. Continue reading →