The Smiths - Frankly, Mr. Shankly
It corrodes my soul
Morrissey's excoriation of "Mr. Shankly" is partly a piss-take of the dreadful Scouser Bill Shankly, once manager of Liverpool Football Club. (It also mocks Geoff Travis, head of the Smiths' Rough Trade records.) Bill Shankly once said, "some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude--I can assure you it is much, much more important than that," proving, in one sentence, what a fool he truly was. Morrissey, said to be a fan of Manchester United, Liverpool's arch-nemesis team, morphs his ill-humor at Bill Shankly into a musing on celebrity and making records--and this bead's signature song is seen here performed live in 1986.