Ha. Just found out that the grumpy granddaddy covers Pretenders classic, “Back on the Chain Gang”. Not bad, Moz.
(I’m sure he refused to add “Ooh!” and “Aah!” during chorus of the song. He’s not the most easy person to handle, we all know that.)
According to Rolling Stone, the former Smiths frontman recently recorded his version of the song for an its double-vinyl reissue of his Low in High School album.
Morrissey dubbed the original track a âpop classic, and as always with the Pretenders, of the brain as well as the loins.â He also called the cover a tribute to the singer of Pretenders, one of his closest companions, Chrissie Hynde.
âChrissie is one of my longest and enduring friendships,â he said. âI donât have many. She sang on my 1991 U.K. single âMy Love Life,â and also on a track on my Swords album called âShame Is the Name.â Chrissie is the funniest person in the world, yet she has absolutely no sense of humour. We have been in many absurd situationsâall her fault, of course. I know sheâd marry me tomorrow, but sheâs already had 11 husbands and sheâs always being spotted digging in the garden at midnight.â
I include the original composition of “Back on the Chain Gang” by Pretenders so you have better ideaâand start digging more classic stuff rather than the lamest punk rock band ever: Blink-182.
The one below is “My Love Life”, featuring Hynde on harmony vocals. I used to own the videoâin VHS formatâof this tune, together with Moz’s other single hits.
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