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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!
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.
A lot of people complain that Morrissey could never be as good as the Smiths, I actually feel that Morrissey is just as good as the Smiths, if not better. Since I've purchased this album I've been listening to it more than I listen to all my Smiths Albums. So for all you skeptical Smiths fans, don't let you love and devotion for the Smiths deter you from purchasing this amazing album.
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.Read more ›
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Great pressing of a classic, get it while it lasts. Super clean tracks. Double gate fold with a poster of Moz. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rob. S
Love this one, on time today , new. Thanks
This is a e.u. import..sounds terrif.
I was surprised that this was reissued domestically. For any Moz fan it's a must have item. Comes with 2 Lps with great art work and a poster is included. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Amezcua
I have mixed emotions about Bona Drag. Yes, it offered some really good songs and then at the same time it offered up some of the same songs that appeared on Viva Hate. Read morePublished 16 months ago by By CJs Pirate