Just over ten years ago (11th October 2004 to be precise) Morrissey released his 27th solo single. It was called Let Me Kiss You and was the third lifted from the LP You Are The Quarry.
Also on the 11th October 2009, Nancy Sinatra released her version of Let Me Kiss You, also on the Attack label that was Morrissey’s home at the time.
Both singles charted. Morrissey’s reached #8 (giving him a third successive Top 10 placing for the first time since 1989). Nancy Sinatra’s version hit #46, but was her first appearance in the UK charts in well over 30 years.
The fact of the matter is that Morrissey, along with his sidekick Alan Whyte, originally wrote the song for Nancy Sinatra to record and then, understandably, decided it was such a strong track that it should be included on his own LP. It really is one of the best ballads the great man has done during the solo years:-
mp3 : Morrissey – Let Me Kiss You
One of the reasons the single did so well, despite being the third lifted taken from You Are The Quarry, is again down to the inclusion of previously unreleased tracks that could easily have fitted on the LP:-
mp3 : Morrissey – Don’t Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice
mp3 : Morrissey – Friday Mourning
mp3 : Morrissey – I Am Two People
Trying to be objective however, only Friday Mourning, with its great lyric, fine arrangement (once you get past the first few seconds where it sounds like a late 80s Elton John tune) and heartfelt Morrissey delivery is a truly special song, with the other two tracks being let down somewhat by dull tunes – but this is in the context of all the other songs that Morrissey had released in 2004. They still are a million times better than most of the content of the late 90s LPs.
The rather fetching cover photo (how does he still get such a quiff at his age?) was taken by Hamish Brown, who has worked with some major league pop and sports stars in his time….
Oh and Nancy’s version.
Well, it isn’t all that different really from the great man’s:-
mp3 : Nancy Sinatra – Let Me Kiss You
And to round things off here’s Nancy’s b-side:-
mp3 : Nancy Sinatra – Bossman
Trivia fact. The harmonica on Bossman is played by Richard Hawley.