So, I love Morrissey. I've seen him four times now, and each instance ranks among the happier moments of my life (yes, I know how lame that makes me sound, what of it?). But last night at Coachella apparently wasn't one of his happier moments.
I always tell Morrissey detractors who decry him as just being mopey and gloomy that he's not at all like that, that even his most "woe is me" type songs are pretty tongue-in-cheek, and his current band is tight and rocks in a way that the Smiths never did. But he was pretty mopey and gloomy yesterday, mainly because he didn't like the smell. (Who does like the smell at Coachella?)
"I smell burning flesh," the Mozster said. "And I hope it's human." Pretty funny, typical Morrissey banter. But then he kept complaining about it, and eventually left the stage, at which point I was kinda worried he wouldn't come back, but he did. "The smell of burning animal flesh is making me sick," he said when returning to the stage (he's a vegetarian, natch). He also complained about problems hearing himself in his monitor. Poor guy. He definitely was thrown off his game for the next couple songs, but pulled it back together for "The Loop," and by his closer, the iconic "How Soon Is Now?"
It was a solid setlist, 15 songs (including five from The Smiths, surely pacifying those fans that clamor for a Smiths reunion), with quite a few from this year's Years of Refusal (which rules, by the way). "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was a neat surprise. Here are the tunes!
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"This Charming Man"
"First of the Gang to Die"
"Girlfriend In A Coma"
"Irish Blood, English Heart"
"How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?"
"When Last I Spoke to Carol"
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
"I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
"Seaside, Yet Still Docked"
"Sorry Doesn't Help"
"Let Me Kiss You" (shirt off!)
"How Soon Is Now?"