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Bona Drag

MorrisseyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (December 8, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LLI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piccadilly Palare
2. Interesting Drug
3. November Spawned A Monster
4. Will Never Marry
5. Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
6. Last Of The Famous International Playboys
7. Ouija Board, Ouija Board
8. Hairdresser On Fire
9. Everyday Is Like Sunday
10. He Knows I'd Love To See Him
11. Yes, I Am Blind
12. Lucky Lisp
13. Suedehead
14. Disappointed

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Certified at 500 thousand units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miserable Morrisey's "Drag" May 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Former "Smiths" frontman Steve Morrissey had plenty to sing about after his departure from one of Manchester's most prolific bands, The Smiths. His patented whine and curious songwriting made him hip in the '80s. His songs were hardly one of inspiration. Indeed, many music listeners during this time turned to alternative for as sense of reality; far from the bubbly, happy-go-annoying music that perpetuated the big '80s music scene.
Yet Morrisey took his brand of musical misery to new heights. Already popular after the Smiths, "Bona Drag" is a compilation of his early solo music. It delights and excites! Songs like "Suedehead," mocked the punk rockers who were letting their hair grow out, and thus, becoming ostracized. "Interesting Drug" prods both animal rights and English politics. While "Last of the Famous International Playboys" (clearly one of Morrisey's best works) haggles two of England's most infamous criminals, Reggie and Ronny Kray. Other standouts such as "Ouija board..." and "Hairdresser on Fire" lend to Morrisey's inspirational side. He's one charmer and lend many hints to his subdued abilities.
Both Smith's and Morrissey fans will be glad to know that minus guitar player/songwriter Jonny Marr, the original Smiths bassist and drummer play on most of these songs. Furthermore, the very cripst guitar of Stephen Street give Morrissey an added fluidity. These songs can be found on the now-rare "Morrissey-'Hulmerist'" VHS video.
"Bona Drag" is a compilation of Morrissey's best work, I believe. His latter work has gone more raw and unforgiving. It lacks much of the emotion and catchyness of his earlier work. Yet I really enjoyed the "Bona Drag" compilation. I think you will too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i's quite good, then June 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that made me...well, maybe not a Morrissey fan, per se, but at least turned me onto a smatch of previously obscure tunes that quickly became personal favorites.
The impetus behind my buying this album in '90 escapes me, as I wasn't familiar with even one tune. But my blind leap of faith was rewarded for, even though I was just out of my teens, I was still a moody bugger and Morrissey's incessant whine and English misery were a perfect soundtrack for my life.
As I've grown on, I've continued to appreciate the tunes for what they are: well-crafted, alternately dark and whimsical pop tunes. It's a fine collection of a-sides and equally worthy b-sides, with an album track or two thrown in for full measure. Some of these tunes are not available on album elsewhere, so you should complement, or at least begin (and possibly end) your Morrissey collection here.
In today's age of (add nausea here) punk-metal, rap-punk, blah blah blah, all of it being faux-punk (see any current excessively tattooed band for examples of this), real and respectable pop music such as this is a rare and welcome treat. Where is our Morrissey of today? And please don't say John Mayer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozzer During His Glory Solo Years. August 13, 2002
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Since the Smiths disbanded in 1987, Morrissey's solo work has been as consistent as the cash flow in my checking account. But if you want a one-stop guide to Mozzer at his solo peak, "Bona Drag" is the way to go. This compilation of singles, b-sides, and album cuts covering 1988-1990 shows the many sides of Morrissey: cynical, detatched, hilarious, and insightful. "Yes, I am Blind," "Will Never Marry," and "Everyday Is Like Sunday" reinforce Mozzer as one of pop's leading prophets of gloom. And I'm probably the only person who doesn't think "Ouija Board" is the disaster many people think it is. Other key favorites of mine are the lovely "Disappointed" and the well-crafted "He Knows I'd Love to See Him." Some casual listeners may turn a contemptuous nose at this album, arguing that it isn't on par with his work with the Smiths. To that I say, "rubbish." "Bona Drag" is a fine album on its own terms, and it's a great place to introduce yourself to one of Britian's great lyricists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Therapy September 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, this may be a very unpopular opinion (probably garnering a 0 out of 999 people found this review helpful), but I truly believe that this is the ONLY Morrissey solo album that comes close to the glory of The Smiths. Oh, how I did TRY to like 'Kill Uncle', 'Your Arsenal', etc., but the tracks that those albums were laden with just didn't have anything that sparked them from mediocrity to genius. I listened to all of them numerous times, but even 'Viva Hate' (from which some of these tracks were culled) was bogged down with other tunes that just were not album material.

I hate to detract from Morrissey's plethora of talent because he has the most incredibly passionate voice one could ever hope to hear in a recording, coupled with his brilliant lyrical ability, ranging from songs of gloom and despair to songs about topics you never thought you would hear on any album or you had never even thought of, period.

Now, if I had never heard of The Smiths, I would be saying that this album is pure genius. 'November Spawned a Monster' was not only a really strong tune musically, but also one of many of his songs about unloved outcasts, with which I could really relate. The line, "A symbol of where mad, mad lovers must pause and draw the line," really spoke to me as a teenager and gave me much reason to pause later in life when I thought about having a child.

'Ouija Board, Ouija Board' was another song that grabbed me right away. Reaching out to the afterlife was something that really spoke to me in times of teenage turmoil, but again in adult life these songs blossom into a richness that you don't fully see when you are younger.

'Yes, I am Blind' was the pinnacle of this album for me. I was sure he had channeled into my body and seen life through my eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get.
If I were to introduce Morrissey's solo career to the unenlightened, I would whip out my copy of Bona Drag. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dancinhomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey's Best album!
This is probably my favorite Morrissey album. It really doesn't need any encouragement to purchase. Its just a really great album!
Published 13 months ago by chkrbrdvans
4.0 out of 5 stars Bona Drag
I choose this cd because I want have every cds of Morrissey in Studio and because the low price. I received the product in time and it's ok.
Published 15 months ago by KATIA CRISTINA VILLARES
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
Great collection for any true Morrissey fan. It features all his singles after Viva Hate that didn't appear on albums as he independently released them as so. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert E. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked (and still like) the Smiths... YOU WILL LOVE THIS!
Being an 80s and also a "Smiths" fan. Bought this CD when it was released just for curiosity. Well it turned out to be one of the best CDs that you won't stop playing. Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Leonardo Arbelaez
5.0 out of 5 stars Moz and his Amazing Early Singles
The 14 songs on "Bona Drag" are some of Morrissey's finest. Buy this album, and you will not be disappointed. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by thesmiths
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
A superb album. This is one of the rare albums where each track is distinctive and invigorating, very enjoyable and addictive. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Aaron Garrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Hairdresser on Fire rocks!
This is is such a great album, a classic. I've worn out two CD's and I'm on my third, it's on constant rotation in my car.
Published on November 10, 2009 by Becky L. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
I had to purchase this album again because my original copy was scratched. It came quick and in good condition.
Published on May 1, 2009 by David Bernal
4.0 out of 5 stars Bona Drag
Bona Drag being a 1990 release and is a compilation of works recorded between 1987 and 1989 and contains such great tracks as "November Spawner a monster", "The Last of the Famous... Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
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