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Good cheap intro' to early Morrissey solo work
on 23 February 2006
The second Long Player release in the solo career of former Smiths Front man Steven Patrick Morrissey, Bona Drag is a strange mish mash.
Taking it's name from the comedy language of homosexual stereo types from BBC radios Round the Horn (it means 'good clothes' apparently) the collection features non album singles and B sides. Some are true classics, some seem like strange inclusions at the expense of some much better material from the same era.
The singles themselves are a mixed bag, things start very well with the classic Piccadilly Palare and takes in the brilliant Suedehead and The Last of the Famous International Playboys. But you also get the likes of Ouija Board Ouija Board, not Mozza's finest moment.
It's much the same story with the B sides. Will Never Marry, Hair Dresser on Fire and Dissapointed are classics, but there's also weaker fare. Although interestingly songs like 'Such a little thing' and 'He knows' are knock outs when Morrissey performs them live.
To be fair, many Morrissey fans (myself included) have a strange fondness for some of the worst moments of his back catalog and songs like Yes I am Blind might just bring a smile to your face. At the mid price this album retails for it is certainly worth buying if you are new to Morrissey and are starting to explore his earlier solo work. But if you've got a few Morrissey albums under your belt, ingore Bona Drag and buy the blue singles box set. It features everything here and a lot more besides that eclipses the weaker moments of Bona Drag, but it does cost three times as much.