The 10 Most Mexican Morrissey/Smiths Songs of All Time

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Morrissey at his finest
Tomorrow, Morrissey will defy his doctor's orders and play a show at the Observatory. The show sold out in seconds despite the hefty price tag, and the show will overwhelmingly be Mexican, as they have been in Southern California for the past 20 years or so. I wrote about the phenomenon back in 2002, and Morrissey has only become even more Mexican since then.

Yet the question continues to get asked: Why do Mexicans like Morrissey so much? I will answer it anew in the video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column this coming Monday, but the short answer is the music: as I wrote in my article so long ago, "For all the machismo and virulent existentialism that Mexican music espouses, there is another side--a morbid fascination with getting your heart and dreams broken by others, usually in death." In other words, Morrissey--and behold 10 proofs for my conclusion: the most Mexican Morrissey/Smiths songs of them all.

See also:
Review: Morrissey - The Observatory - May 8, 2014

10. "Glamorous Glue"


All these years later, I still don't know what the hell Morrissey is singing about save for the following, which I mentioned in my article:

The argument can even be made that Morrissey's acknowledgement of his Latino lovers goes back as early as 1992's Your Arsenal; on "Glamorous Glue," he wondered, "We look to Los Angeles/For the language we use/London is dead/London is dead/Now I'm too much in love." Elizabethan English and its people have perished, he tells us; long live the Spanglish race of Nuestra Lady de los Ángeles.

Morrissey would eventually get more blatant in his valentines to his Mexican fans, as the following songs will show, just like...

9. "Mexico"


Um, DUH. Here's a lyric: "It seems if you're rich and you're white/You'll be all right./I just don't see why this should be so." Ranked low on this list, though, because it's a bit too obvious a bone thrown to the fánaticos and relies more on truisms than thematics for its Mexi mettle. On the other hand...

8. "Sing Your Life"

Morrissey expresses the fierce individualism that has characterized his career, the fierce individualism also praised in Mexican song and in the Mexican character--a fierce individualism that society always tries to smothere or rob. "You have a lovely singing voice/a lovely singing voice/and all of those/who sing on key/they stole the notion/from you and me," he sighed A particular favorite of the Mexican female Morrissey fans that I know, for the obvious reasons.


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69 comments
SpitFyre
SpitFyre

I'm from Chicago, and we Mexi kids love the f* outta Morrissey too! It ain't just an L.A. thing. It's ALL natural.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Can't believe "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" wasn't #1!  


Listen to the lyrics, son!  



GARCIA_ROME
GARCIA_ROME

every Mexican in Southern California knows this song whether they love the Smiths/Morrissey or not, because their damn Eastlos cousin used to blast this song back in the day." I am mexican and raised in EAST LOS and know for a fact NOT everybody likes this FAGGOT!!!!!

Michele Beisser
Michele Beisser

I've never heard of this phenomenon neither has my mexican boyfriend

Alfred Holguin
Alfred Holguin

Saybrook Park is in East LA...close enough though, lol.

Virginia Martinez
Virginia Martinez

Because he says the shit that Mexicans cant say.. Even the hardcore ones.

Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez

Jessica L. Espinoza Saturday is your day!

Carlos Moran
Carlos Moran

Erin Leon cuz tix are 175 and we have Vegas in a few weeks lol We being responsible

Joe Felix
Joe Felix

There was a time when kroq music was a spark again in the mid & late 90's inside night clubs. The trend back then for Latinos was "Rebel attire clothing" ( slick pomp hair, white tee's, dark Levi jeans-ankles cuffed , wallet chains, Harley Davidson belt buckles, steel toe black boots ..) the sound of kroq music transformed into Rocken Espańol ..! There it picked up more & more of moresey style of tune.. I dearly miss the Rocken espańol music back then .. it was a sexy generation no doubt..!!!

Doug Brein
Doug Brein

Ocean of tortabillys will be there

Brian Gregg
Brian Gregg

Eric Lane can you imagine how much crying will be going down at this show.

Michele Perez
Michele Perez

I won't b there Misty Snitzer but we r going to his concert on Saturday!!!

Fernando Rios
Fernando Rios

This weirdo compares eating meat to pedophilia.. #byefelicia

Erin Leon
Erin Leon

Why aren't we going Carlos Moran?

thenational
thenational

@GARCIA_ROME Good lord, what a tool. I'm surprised you can even use a computer. Go back to mowing lawns, Paco. 

markcote77
markcote77

@GARCIA_ROME room temp IQ, comments that take us back to Memphis in the 60's what a tool, get over it dude.  nobody cares that you spank the monkey when you need some, so who cares what Morresy does to get his rocks off.  Damn if anyone should understand discrimination it is someone of Latin heritage.  your grandparents are so proud of you right now.

markcote77
markcote77

Saw him in Irvine once, three songs in, someone jumped up on the stage, the bouncer pushed the kid back, Morresy yelled at the security guy, so the security just said fak it, and let everyone up on stage, five minutes later the drum set was destroyed, the house lights came on and the show was over, I was pissed. If he would have canceled I would have at least seen a refund.  I had one beer in me and had to  wait two hours to get out of that crappy parking lot.

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