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7 Morrissey Covers That’ll Make Every Day Feel Like Sunday

When you’re in the mood for a little melancholy, there’s nothing better than Morrissey (or The Smiths). If you’ve worn out the grooves on your vinyl or the MP3s have dropouts, there’s a chance you might like a new take on your favorite track. Here are seven change-of-pace covers that stay true to the Moz.

1. “Let Me Kiss You” Carla Morrison

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Original version: Morrissey

Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison has a refreshing take on this 2004 Morrissey track from the album “You Are The Quarry.” Morrison’s breathy, wistful vocals are the focal point of the stripped down acoustic track.

2. “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” At The Drive-In

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Original version: The Smiths

El Paso outfit At The Drive-In were known for their powerful, frenetic style, but this Smiths cover showed they were at ease with slowing things down. Vocalist Cedric Bixler may lack technique but he makes up for that with emotion.

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3. “Every Day Is Like Sunday” Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan

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Original version: Morrissey

Morrissey’s popularity with Latinos, especially in Los Angeles, may stem from his lyrics about alienation and loss that resonate with the children of immigrants. If you ever wondered what Morrissey would sound like with a mariachi, this cover of “Every Day Is Like Sunday” is for you.

4. “Rubber Ring” Girl In A Coma

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Original version: The Smiths

The San Antonio rock trio kept the original spirit of The Smiths song “Girlfriend In a Coma” and made it their own. Nina Diaz’s sultry vocals give “Rubber Ring” a warmth that may thaw even the coldest of cold-hearted Morrissey fans.

5. “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” Twin Shadow

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Original version: The Smiths

Dominican-born Twin Shadow gets a little help from Samantha Urbani in this chilled out, synth-laden cover. Known for his retro sensibilities, Twin Shadow provides the perfect soundtrack for a late-night drive that lasts until the sun rises.

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6. “Jack The Ripper” Colin Meloy

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Original version: Morrissey

Like Carla Morrison, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists skips the melodrama and sticks to what works: subdued vocals and acoustic guitar.

7. “Esta Luz Nunca Se Apagará” Mikel Erentxun

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Original version: The Smiths “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”

Mikel Erentxun’s 1992 cover is a straight-up copy, translated to Spanish, but it works. For clubs that play “Rock en Español,” this is the fuckin’ closer at last call. Erentxun, previously known for his work with Duncan Dhu, also released a cover of Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday” in 1998, titled “Todo Es Igual Siempre.”

The Tropicalia Music And Taco Festival Is Back In California And The Lineup Is Better Than Ever

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The Tropicalia Music And Taco Festival Is Back In California And The Lineup Is Better Than Ever

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If you’re inclined to think that music festivals are too white — you’re not alone. In fact, it’s really hard to see performers of color headline big shows (because Beyoncé can’t do them all). Thankfully the Tropicália Music & Taco Festival in Long Beach, California is here to save us. The music festival will feature some of the hottest Latino musicians for two days of amazing music and food.

Morrissey and Cardi B will headline the Tropicália Music & Taco Festival at the Queen Mary Park and people are screaming.

They might be two completely different artists, but fans for the two headliners are energized and ready. After all, these two performers know how to get the crowd going.

But there are so many other Latinx musicians and groups rocking the Tropicália stage, like Chicano Batman.

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The psychedelic band is returning after a successful set at the 2017 Tropicália festival. Plus, they are California boys so showing up for their community only makes sense.

Kali Uchis won’t be a stranger with her return to Tropicália.

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The festival is happening November 3 and 4 at the Queen Mary Park. Let’s hope the California weather doesn’t stay too hot then.

Los Ángeles Azules is bring Long Beach their cumbias straight from Mexico.

They will definitely get the crowd dancing in the fall night along the water.

Our favorite sweet songstress Natalia Lafourcade will grace the festival’s stage.

Amigos de Monterrey, está tarde fui muy feliz. Llegue al escenario de este festival que tanto me gusta @palnorteoficial. Tengo tantas razones por las cuales agradecer este día. Simplemente no podía comenzar a cantar por la emoción que sentía adentro de mi pequeño cuerpo tan sólo de estar parada frente a todos ustedes. Primero, gracias por llegar a ese lugar donde todos juntitos cuerpo a cuerpo escuchan y se permiten vivir la intensidad y magia de la música. Gracias por abrazar a mi corazón de vuelta con cariño y complicidad. Gracias porque nos conocemos hace muchos años y cada vez este árbol crece más fuerte y con más conexiónes. Gracias a todo el equipo del festival por apoyar nuestros mundos y universos musicales. México tiene mucho talento y en estos contextos se deja notar. ¿Y qué tal el atardecer que nos acompañó? Fue perfecto y fue maravilloso. Gracias viento, gracias cielo, gracias sol, gracias vida, gracias Violeta Parra por venir a este escenario y acompañarme para cantar tu canción. Gracias a nuestras historias de vida que se entrelazan con cada letra y frase que vive entre melodías y acordes. Todos hemos vivido cosas similares. Gracias al movimiento y la energía entre ritmo, espacio y silencio. Gracias a mi banda que tanto amo y admiro. Gracias a @carolinakuniverse que me regalaron esta belleza de vestido azul con flores rojas a la mexicana, gracias @galaislove que hacen tan hermosos accesorios, mismos que también me acompañaron. Gracias a mis managers que antes de entrar al escenario me ven con ojos lagrimosos, encendidos, ilusionados y llenos de luz. Los amo familia. Gracias a todos. Gracias a la vida. Gracias a los sueños que nunca dejan de visitarnos y siempre hay un nuevo horizonte para explorar. 8 aviones en diez días. Estoy agotada pero sí que vale la pena. Los amo. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🌹 Ya estamos en la intensidad de cierre de ciclo y para mi ésto significa mucho. Cada segundo se disfruta al máximo. Nos seguiremos viendo. ❤️💙

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Her sweet and soulful ballads will serenade everyone under that Long Beach sky.

La Sonora Dinamita is bringing the tropical music to the party.

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Our parents will not be able to keep themselves from dancing during this band’s set.

And, of course, everyone’s favorite twins, Nina Sky, will keep everyone moving.

Other performers include Mac Demarco, Mazzy Star, Toro Y Moi, Cuco Devendra Banhart, BadBadNotGood, Broncho, Boy Pablo, and more.

This festival is giving some of Latin pops greatest names a chance to truly shine in their own festival.


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In Honor Of LA Declaring Nov. 10 Morrissey Day, Here’s Why Mexicans Love Moz So Damn Much

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In Honor Of LA Declaring Nov. 10 Morrissey Day, Here’s Why Mexicans Love Moz So Damn Much

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Yesterday, Los Angeles celebrated Morrissey Day.

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“Los Angeles embraces individuality, compassion, and creativity, and Morrissey expresses those values in a way that moves Angelenos of all ages,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “Morrissey Day celebrates an artist whose music has captivated and inspired generations of people who may not always fit in — because they were born to stand out.”

Scholars, writers, cultural anthropologists, sociologists and generally curios people have attempted to find the origins and reasoning behind the connection between Latinos and Morrissey. They have yet to find a concrete answer, and it is likely that there isn’t one. There’s a very good chance there’s not a singular moment that served as the catalyst for that connection, but rather an overall collection of happenings and cultural shifts that have built this diehard following. That includes the influence of rock and roll on 1950’s pachucos and greasers assimilating to American life.

However, Moz, as he’s lovingly referred to, has his thoughts on the deep love between he and his Latino fans.

“Latinos are full of emotion, and whether its laughter or tears, they are ready to explode, and they want to share their emotion, and they want to give, and show, and show,” he once said in an interview. “I think that’s the connection because when I sing, it’s very expressive.”

Mexicans stand tightly together, heavily tattooed and full of heart, loudly singing along with Moz whether at a concert or in our bedrooms. It’s how we sing mariachi and rancheras with our families and friends.

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His songs are just as much our rancheras as anything by Vicente Fernandez, despite him being a pale British bloke from gloomy England. Both Chente and Moz express the anguish and awkwardness of loss, pain, love and desperation. Latinos are a people who feel and feel big, and The Smiths and Morrissey was another outlet to express our emotions. Particularly if we were outsiders, disappointing our parents with our weird clothes and weirder music.

We bring him flowers and cards, and express our concern when we know he is ill. It’s what we do for our family and friends who are hurting. We create bands in his honor, like the band Sweet and Tender Hooligans or Mexrissey, which does Spanish versions of Smiths/Morrissey songs and incorporates a Mexican sound. Think trumpets. The day Morrissey dies, I’m positive the Mexican flag will wave at half-staff and millions of pompadoured men and cat-eyed women will weep and light candles and play “I Know It’s Over.”

Morrissey is undoubtedly the patron saint of the sweet and tender Mexican. The Mexican who loves their culture –  its music, its language, its passion, its art, its high regard for love and family –  but also rejects its glorification of hyper-masculinity and antiquated gender norms.

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The Mexican who cares about animals and sees the indignity in inequality. The Mexican who seems too soft to their parents and grandparents. That is, until the tequila flows. Then we’re all crying together.

There is a strong undercurrent of anglophilia in Mexican alternative culture. In the past I’ve written about Tijuana’s mod scene and attempted to understand how a subculture that grew as a direct response to post-war Britain had struck a chord with a group of Mexicans thousands of miles away from the foggy UK and who continue to keep the faith to this very day. The same curious connection exists with Morrissey and The Smiths.

Concurrently, my teens and early twenties were made up of countless nights dancing among shaggy-haired Mexicans to Blur, Pulp and, of course, The Smiths in a tiny Tijuana bar called Porky’s. The dance floor filled with screams of excitement when “This Charming Man” came on. The Mexicans that make up these subcultures are mostly working class and dealing with similar identity struggles British working class youth have encountered. There’s a shared experience there that seems to be more meaningful to the Mexican side, who have long adopted the style and sounds of British rock musicians. I’ve yet to meet any British people jamming out to Juan Gabriel or even Soda Stereo.

Morrissey, however, embraces his Mexican following and has adopted the culture to a certain extent. Some even call him an honorary Mexican. “I wish I was born Mexican,” he once told a crowd of Las Vegas concertgoers. He wrote a love letter to Mexico with the song “Mexico,” and gave a nod to his fans with “First of the Gang to Die,” about a Los Angeles gangster named Hector who meets his untimely end from a bullet in his gullet. 

When he sang about the dichotomy between his Irish blood and an English heart, and I could relate as a Mexican-American living life on both sides of a wall. The music of The Smiths and Morrissey often gave me the words I couldn’t form as an angsty young woman carving an identity for myself. Morrissey helped me sing my life, and he’s had the same effect on millions of other Mexicans. So much so that we tacitly forgive him as he devolves further and further into a blithering uncle with a penchant for arrogant shit talk and offensiveness.

Like when he said, “I really like Mexican people. I find them so terribly nice. And they have fantastic hair, and fantastic skin, and usually really good teeth.” He also blamed the near extinction of rhinos on Beyonce, and okayed the use of beloved black writer and cultural critic James Baldwin’s image on a t-shirt that included the lyrics “I wear black on the outside / ‘Cause black is how I feel on the inside,” from The Smiths’ song “Unloveable.” And then his views on immigrants are just…no.

He makes it very hard to love him sometimes, and yet we do. Perhaps because we’ve taken him on as our own.

I couldn’t tell you the first time I heard The Smiths or Morrissey, but as a first-generation Mexican woman who was raised on both sides of the border, Morrissey’s presence in my life has been as prevalent as my mother’s incessant yelling, my father’s rancheras and the deep conflicts that occur when you navigate a life of division.

The border I crossed every day was a too-obvious metaphor for the split in my being, and Morrissey’s melancholy voice and lyrics provided the soundtrack to my coming-of-age, mirroring my own vulnerabilities, anger, humor, heartbreaks, fears and passions. Those passions are shared by Mexicans and other Latinos alike.


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