Cultural Criticism Based On Pop Lyrics
The singer of the British indie rock band The Smiths is twisted but the fact is that the members of this band are considered to be one of the best lyrics writers of all the long history of pop music. The provocative personality never minced words during his time with the group or during his solo years. Stephen Patrick Morrissey relied on razor-sharp, socially critical texts where other unimportant love songs thrilled with innocent lyrics. That has repeatedly given him massive criticism from all sides, but the British singer who has the Irish roots has never paid too much attention and was just focused on his art. The best example of his poetic lyrics is his solo hit Everyday Is Like Sunday.
Released in the time of massive hate that was called the Thatcher era, the lyrics of the song begin happily and immediately plunge into the most profound depression. Armageddon was already in the room before the chorus started. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders praised the credibility of his lyrics. The frontwoman of the band was known for her incredible songs and praised Morrissey’s hit single at that time. She was impressed by his sense of storytelling. Its sharpness and irony were vibrant. She considers the text of Everyday Is Like Sunday as a masterful prose piece. That was a rare feature, especially with modern songwriters. So there is no surprise that Hynde immediately covered the highly acclaimed song himself.
Life Is An Endless Loop
In his song, Morrissey describes the sadness of everyday life. For him, you can compare it to a Sunday that nobody likes. You know them by blandness, lousy weather, lousy running, and closed shops. In the song, Everyday Is Like Sunday, that nightmare is never over. The scene is a British sea band. Surrounded by cheap alcohol, bin halls, and souvenir booths, life becomes anything but worth living. The accompanying video only enhances the mood. They shoot the video in Southend-on-Sea. These originally modern seaside resorts degenerated into the target of countless retirees who shaped the scene for a long time. Young people tried to sneak through in the face of this seeming hopelessness. The lousy mood inevitably became an art form.
The Place Influences The Personality
Morrissey picks up on this timeline in his song and gives the lost generation a voice. Everything was grey, mad, and hostile. In his text, the singer refers to the novel On the Beach from 1957. There, Melbourne is the scene of the action and the story takes place during a nuclear war. The last residents of the city are waiting for the radioactive woks that will draw right on them. Morrissey firmly believes that the places we grow up have a massive impact on us. So he is mentally in line with another great role model. It is the poet John Betjeman. Cities and their buildings also play a significant role in his work. These are above all those who shaped contemporary England. Morrissey drives the longing for beauty, which connects him with his great idol Oscar Wilde. That must inevitably lead to disappointment. So it is not surprising that The Smith and Morrissey songs quickly became the anthems of disaffected youth.