52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Is it Really So Strange? by the Smiths

Week 46

The Smiths – despite a relatively small body of work, remain one of the most influential and critically acclaimed bands on the 1980s.  Morrissey’s lyrics are perfectly complimented by the amazing guitar talent of Johnny Marr.

The Smith’s are of course known for being eternally gloomy – an unfair characterization in my opinion.  While they certainly take life seriously – the music is energetic and ultimately fun.

So, just in time for Valentine’s Day – it’s a sort of love song by one of my favorite bands.

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

See what I mean?  That’s serious and funny at the same time.

-cj cheetham

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