How we wind up feeling about life within each of our own hometowns is sure to vary. As our Sunday Song Series continues into week #19, Morrissey along with song collaborator Stephen Street lyrically address this issue within their May 1988 composition Everyday Is Like Sunday.
According to the Wikipedia account…
“The lyrics are reportedly inspired by Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach, about a group of people waiting for nuclear devastation in Melbourne, Australia.”
To be sure… when songsmiths build upon negative vibes such as these, it’s pretty safe to conclude that it was both Morrissey and Street’s contention that many of us do wind up feeling shortchanged.
This vid’s Manchester audience… numbered in the high multiple thousands… certainly corroborates their premise. These concert attendees had strongly identified with Morrissey… known every sung syllable… to the point of raising their voices in unison to transform this into a rousing sing-a-long. Might we even deem this a form of group therapy?
Indeed, Morrissey… stunned by it all… even humbly expressed his disbelief. To virtually situate all the enthusiastic attendees on stage… all the audio engineer needed to do was merely “pot-up” the audio board’s audience microphone levels.
As for a personal take on hometown life… well… let’s just say that the while the not-to-be-taken-seriously, lyrical apocalyptic solution to the problem was intended just for harmless venting purposes… there have been instances where I’d “Etch a postcard” to express “How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here.”
One certainty here… those aforementioned On the Beach vibes did make the auditioning of music videos problematic… some containing such dark, disturbing, depressing imagery that this blogger deemed it best to leave such footage on my own personal cutting room floor.
Our Sunday Song Series will continue seven days from now…