If you need a kick start for your Monday, forget the caffeine and take this five minutes and 20 seconds of musical adrenaline from one of the greatest live albums of all time. If, by the last 45 seconds—with a bunch of hyper German teens yelling “what’d I say!” back at the Killer—you’re not hopped up and ready for anything, then you and I are very different people.
The dissonance of the vocals against the music of this track is strange, but whatever your reaction to it, stick around for the amazing cascade of synths in the middle (with an encore at the end). Dancing shoes required.
If you can track down Soul Jazz’s excellent Saturday Night Fish Fry comp, then lucky you. It’s an amazing one. This track, Eldridge Holmes’ “Humpback” re-introduced itself to me yesterday and I was blown away all over again.
Reading over the reflections of the some of the musicians involved in the 20th anniversary of Morrissey’s Vauxhall And I, which gives some insight into Morrissey’s recording processes (of which his autobiography gives absolutely none). I was reminded what a great opening “Now My Heart Is Full” is, and strangely, how good it makes me feel to read that other people feel as strongly about the song as I do.
I still feel its power comes from one of Morrissey’s most melodic lines. The song begins with Morrissey relying on his two-note step melodies, but at just the right moment, he lifts up his voice into a towering peak: “Tell all of my friends; I don’t have too many; just some rain-coated lovers’ puny brothers”. Glorious.