Leg of lamb wrote:DiamondDog wrote:to be fair, it's highly unlikely that marr would have known what lyrics would have been put to the tune he came up with. generally, he did the music then morrissey added his two pen'orth.
Aye, fair enough. Still, the point stands that it's not a mawkish tearfest.
I've always marvelled at how that partnership must have worked. I mean, did Marr have any idea about what the vocal melodies would have been when he was writing the music?
this is something that fascinates me too. as far as i know, it was the mozz who came up with the vocal melodies - if that's true, he has a great deal more musical talent than he's generally given credit for.
the most famous case of the way they worked, of course, is "some girls are bigger than others". as you probably know, it's generally reported that marr was dismayed that this beautiful piece of music he'd composed was reduced to some base observation on the nature of lust. personally, i think it's one of morrissey's finest moments.
but getting back to the point, anyone who doubts steven morrissey as a musical great should listen to the vocal melodies (as well as the killer lyrics, of course) and the strange and wonderful sounds he's making when he's not even articulating any words. try "well i wonder," for example. it's breathtaking - makes so much other guitar band stuff sound so very ordinary and uninspired.
nobody else was doing stuff like that.