Morrissey

Boxers

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Released as a stand-alone single, all three songs ended up on the World of Morrissey compilation a few months later, rendering it something of a curiosity quickly enough. The revamped band that performed on Vauxhall reappears here, with the Bridgewood/Taylor rhythm section in place of Day and Cobrin; Lillywhite once again produces. Despite his then-stated interest in boxing as a sport, the lead track was taken in many places as Morrissey's rueful comment on his lack of fame in the middle of Brit-pop, thus the opening line "Losing in front of your home crowd." Regardless of intent, it's a fine enough number, with a good overall performance and production to recommend it. "Have-a-Go Merchant" works at about the same level, pleasant if not completely wonderful with some snotty lyrics to boot ("The young baby girl cradled in your arms/Your one good contribution"). "Whatever Happens, I Love You" is the real winner on the disc, a slightly histrionic lead guitar line adding to the nothing-else-but-us lyric and delivery of same, especially towards the frazzled end.

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