Track of the week : The Smiths – A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours

I’ve previously spent a lot of time worrying that, because this blog is about fatherhood and music, every post I write must touch on both of those subjects. I’ve come to realise that, actually, I can write whatever I like, and I suspect no-one is going to tell me off if I write posts that are just about fatherhood, or indeed just about music.

So, on that note, a new series. Each Friday I will be recommending a song, band, album or artist. Some may be new, some may be old, but they will all be music that I love and am listening to a lot at the time.

As I posted a Smiths song in yesterday’s blog, I’m going to start this series with another. Most of The Smiths’ most well known songs, such as This Charming Man, How Soon Is Now and so on are from their earliest years. However, having been listening to a lot of Manchester music recently for another project, I have grown to love their final album, ‘Strangeways Here We Come’. In particular, the opening track ‘A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours’. I love it partially because it’s musically so untypical of The Smiths, but my favourite part of the track is the noise Morrissey makes just before the chorus. Not quite scream, not quite yelp, I think the closest approximation is a growl. Anyway, it needs to be heard.

I doubt this is the song that will change the mind of any Smiths haters out that there, but it does at least show off a different side to them. Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Track of the week : The Smiths – A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours

  1. postpostmoderndad April 21, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Yes, a growl. I like that one too. It’s funny – I can not stand Morrissey’s solo work but I quite enjoy The Smiths. Kind of like Echo & The Bunnymen versus the solo stuff of Ian McCollough (I think that’s how it is spelled).

  2. amethyst3704 April 21, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    There are occasional Morrissey solo songs I like, but mainly from the first few years after The Smiths. The stuff he released in my formative musical years (mid 1990’s) was pretty dire. Not sure I’ve ever even heard any of Ian McCollough’s solo material, but I’m sure you are correct that it is best avoided.

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