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The Professor of Rock

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Songbird, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I stumbled upon Adam Reader's YouTube page yesterday and find myself going down his rabbit hole. He's from Idaho and he discusses music as well as anyone I've ever seen. He does a great job interviewing the musicians most of us know and love. His interviews are more like conversations between friends, casual and deep and meaningful. In this video, he explains why The Smiths are his favorite band of all time. But then he said this:

    "Morrissey and Marr are the greatest songwriting duo since Lennon and McCartney."

    I'm very much a fan of The Smiths and then Morrissey but that is a bold fucking statement. Thoughts?

    Here's The Smith's video and you can subscribe to his page and watch more of his musical dissertations. Looking at the right side, I see he has a video on Depeche Mode ...

  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    He's so passionate.

  3. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Not much of a Morrissey fan.

    What I mean is: Morrissey sucks.
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  4. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Hang the Slacker
    Hang the Slacker
    Hang the Slacker
  5. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    You just won yourself a cheap tray.
  6. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    Under appreciated? Yes. The best? That’s a huge stretch.
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  7. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Armageddon, come Armageddon.
  8. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    Reggie Kray?

    Do you know my name?
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I can't name a better one.

    The key there is songwriting duo. There really aren't that many and it means Morrissey's solo work doesn't count.

    Johnny Marr is my favorite guitarist and the stuff they did together is just brilliant.

    Who are the other duo options? Difford and Tilbrook, certainly. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones.

    There's a case to be made for Elton John and Bernie Taupin but they're very much not my thing.
  10. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    Can you pinpoint a duo in U2 or REM?

    Shit, everything Jagger and Richards wrote post-1970 blows The Smiths out of the water.
  11. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Looks like an interesting rabbit hole to venture down when I have the time. Living in Salt Lake City, but apparently from Idaho. Respect!
  12. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I'm going on the assumption that Jagger/Richards would be considered a Lennon/McCartney contemporary and wouldn't count. Otherwise, yeah.

    U2 and REM always credited the full band for songwriting. From what I've seen, in both cases the full bands would create the music and then hand it over to Bono/Stipe for the lyrics.
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