Louder Than Bombs has always been my favourite collection of the Smiths' music, even though it's not properly an "album" of theirs, but rather a collection of singles and such. This was probably the most listened-to music of my undergrad years and was hugely meaningful to me at the time, and is still something I can listen to with pleasure, although some of that is now nostalgia. I found myself not even terribly interested in seeing Morrissey when he went on tour last year, even though he performed a few blocks from here: I just found myself shaking my head that he still seemed to be going on about the same things, despite all the years. I guess I just can't be as compelled by an artist who doesn't seem to grow with me over the years.
I am surprised, though, hearing these tunes again, that this didn't make as much of an impression in my writing as I might have expected. Certainly Morrissey's lyric-writing have likely had a long-term effect in my own refining of my words, but the style of presentation lyrically, and the lush guitar-laden music of Johnny Marr aren't obvious influences in Life and Other Impossibilities or in what I've written since, as far as I can tell. Certainly my friends from undergrad, who were overwhelmed by my devotion to this disc, would be amazed. And perhaps grateful. Nevertheless, I did a little dance of joy in the elevator when I figured out what the package was. What a collection! Masters of the three-minute pop song, this disc has 24 tracks while being no longer than my own ten-track album. I'm sure there's a thing to learn there, too. This is a CD well worth picking up if you don't own it, and has been sorely missed in my music collection over the past several years.
iTunes, meet Louder Than Bombs.
I left the north
I travelled south
I found a tiny house
And I can’t help the way I feel
Oh yes, you can kick me
And you can punch me
And you can break my face
But you won’t change the way I feel
’cause I love you
And is it really so strange ?
Oh, is it really so strange ?
Oh, is it really so, really so strange ?
I say no, you say yes
(but you will change your mind) ...