Morrissey - “Lifeguard on Duty” (6.57MB mp3 file)
To just say that I’m a Morrissey fan feels like the understatement of the century. This site’s name is culled from the lyrics of The Smiths’ “Rubber Ring.” The color scheme is stolen from the layout of The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead album. If one single artist has had the most impact on every aspect of my life, it’s Morrissey. Growing up, I read all of the books he suggested in interviews, I listened to all of the musicians he championed, and for a time in high school I even dressed like him, wearing button-downs and blazers with turned-up jeans and Doc Martens. (Yes, I am fully aware that I’m a girl.) His lyrics got me through so much, and although we are all supposed to grow out of being awkward teenagers, I feel like there are things he has said that I indentify with more as I get older.
However, having said all that, I do have a sense of humor about it. I do realize how funny it is for grown folks to follow this dude around and hang on his every word. I get why the people that hate him hate him, and I can certainly see why he’s made fun of by the uninitiated. In the space year 2000s, I take the “time machine” jokes in stride when I tell people I still like/follow Morrissey.
But, for better or worse, I still love him, and I have everything he’s ever done, and he’s one artist whose releases I eagerly anticipate and pre-order ages in advance, and I check the Web almost daily for any new information or interviews or appearances. And, just a few weeks ago, a story showed up on Morrissey-solo about a recently released bootleg with previously unreleased songs! I already had all but two (again, I keep up with this stuff), and this tune was my favorite of the pair.
I love this song, I do. It’s from the Viva Hate era, and you can definitely tell. In fact, to me it’s such an archetypal Morrissey song that it’s almost like a parody of itself. “Lifeguard, save me from life.” I mean, I can see a comedian sitting down and writing that if he wanted to do a fakey Morrissey goof! But I still love it, heh. And have you ever heard the word “vestibule” in a pop song? No. No you haven’t.