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Morrissey and Joey

Top 5 and why they influence me 

The Smiths

I only got into Morrissey’s lyrics and Johnnie Marr’s guitar rifts long after they had been popular. As I was born in 1982 by the time I was 5, The Smiths were no more. I moved in with my grandparents at 14 and there I was really fortunate was that my dad’s youngest brother Tom was a massive Smiths fan. To the extreme, Moz quaff and all. Tom had everything The Smiths had every done, not only that he was keen to tell me just how good they were. It is down to him that I found The Smiths when I did, it’s the greatest gift he has ever given me…

Oasis

When I was a teenager Oasis and Blur were massive. You could only be one or the other. I was an Oasis fan. Mainly again influenced by family members this time as well as Tom, I had two older females cousins Nadine and Kirsty. They were all into Oasis in the really early stages, I so naturally I cottoned on. Borrowed their CD’s and away I went. I have seen and met the Gallagher’s many times (I played for the team they supported!) and have always been a massive fan. Not quite at Morrissey’s level but who is…

The Beatles

Obviously being born and raised in Liverpool. The fab four are a massive part of our heritage and culture. Liverpool is really proud of the four “scallys” that shook the world. Nobody needs reminding how good The Beatles are, their back catalogue speaks for itself. Everybody has a favorite Beatle and mine is George. I just love how cool he was. He was so happy being in the background, knowing all the while just how cool he was. There is something about people who just know they are cool. I like that in a rock star.

Arctic Monkeys

The band that sings about my life to me. The Monkeys are northern lads, the same age as me, from a similar background and their lyrics just reverberate around me and my close friends. The sing about getting into the sorts of scraps we got into, about getting knocked back from nightclubs like us and like longing for girls like we did. Whenever I hear any of their early music, it reminds my of making my first team debut and those early seasons of my career, when the world was there for the taking. I have also named a lot of racehorses ive owned down the years after tracks on their albums. I have known the lads from the band for years, since they started gigging really and they are really humble down to earth lads.

The La’s

Again another Liverpool band. More specifically form Huyton, where I am from. Although the band has only released one full album to date. That album is unbelievable. Known to have been a massive influence on Noel Gallagher, in his younger days. Morrissey is also been on record praising some of the bands songs. I have no doubt this band would of gone on to have been a household name in this country had they not had ,much publicized problems in and away form the studio. Songs like “There she goes” is a classic but add into that my favorites “Timeless Melody” and “Feelin’” and you have a top, top album. John Power from the band went on to form another top band in Cast. I was also a big fan of these when I was an florescent adolescent…

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DebbieMcDermott
DebbieMcDermott

Hi Joey, Have you ever heard a band called cheap cuts? there song a message of support for our boys is worth a listen :)

Julie M
Julie M

Hi Joey,

 

Amazing, you've got my top 5 there... I'll just add The Rolling Stones then it will be a top 6. I've grown up with Oasis, my heart band forever I guess.

 

I've been through your website and I have to say I am really impressed by the number of subjects you write on, the way you analyse things around you and your awarness.

 

I'm not really into football to be honest, just following now and then, even if I was actually playing myself. From a rugby town I'm far more into rugby, your article about the game in Toulon is I think the best I've read about this sport.

Concerning your article on the Olympics, a deep great analysis. It is not obvious for me to read more than few lines, but your website seems to have something magic.

 

And to finish, this article on your top 5 music has definitely signed the "I have to follow this website"!!

Thanks a lot for sharing on all these topics and for your great talent of writter.

 

I wish you to have a nice future in football and in France.

Cheers

 

Julie

 

Chhadase
Chhadase

music is impossible to live without and it inspires me every day, I really like Morrissey myself wouldn't have him in a top 5 though but he is up there. In fact I think it's difficult to name out 5 bands/musicians. Each decade have their own style and I like a bit from all of them. Should i pick 5 out then it would most likely be: The Doors (I am a big admirer og Jim Morrison), The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Crowded House and Alice Cooper. There's also a massive good band from my home country but don't think many knows them outside my country. Mainly I prefer the music from the generation before I was born but there's great bands/artists from the 50's until the very present. Have to stop now could ramble on about music forever.

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

Love the artists u have mentioned would love 2 add 2 your list; The Jam led zeppelin The Maccabees love them at the mo. iron maiden. Music is a blessing. Got on the train the other week listening 2 my tunes on my phone. Was really in 2 it. At the next stop some deaf kids on a school journey got on the train speaking 2 one another in sign. My heart & compassion went out 2 these kids as well as a few tears who would never know this joy. Puts life in perspective.

Gary_Ho
Gary_Ho

Hey Joey,

 

Have you heard of a band named Milburn ? They have the same roots as the Arctic Monkeys - Sheffield and for me it was a massive pity that they have not become as successful as the Monkeys. Well Well Well..

 

Hope you get to listen to them - love to hear what you have to say about them.

MalcStoney
MalcStoney

Just want to point a couple of things out Joseph.

 

1. The Smith's guitarist is called Johnny Marr.

2. He plays riffs, not rifts.

3. You were not born aged five years old, you need to put a comma after 1982.

4. Quiff.

5. If Tom is your dad's youngest brother, then he is family. Pesky commas.

6. Morrissey is not a massive Oasis fan.

7. You need to employ a proof reader.

8. Or study the English language.

Nick_A_How
Nick_A_How

Joey, I'm a massive Morrissey fan myself.

As much as this is probably near on impossible what are some of your favourite Morrissey lyrics?

If not pin-point favourite, what are some stand out lines that speak to you?

shakedownSTHLM
shakedownSTHLM

This website is great Joey! Totally agree on your band choices! Im in the band "Shakedown Stockholm' we our huge fans of Oasis and The Smiths! Would be great if you had a place on your site where 'unsigned' bands could post their songs get their music out there! :) Check our music out @shakedownSTHLM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOWUPIkH7Xw  

 

Josh87Davis
Josh87Davis

I listen to Oasis every day. Every week i'll change my mind about what my favorite song is. (Right now it's Gas Panic) Never really got into the Smiths. I've tried but, their not for me. I listen to some music that gets on radio nowadays and cringe! I've 2 boys and want them to have as much of a wide taste in music as possible. But i also want them to know what real music is! Nothing wrong with being creative on a P.C making a dance track or whatever but.... you will never beat a good band. Putting a song on knowing it'll give you goosebumps or make you feel like you're the greatest person in the world, (even if you're just walking to the shops!) Oasis, The Verve, The Arctic Monkeys, The Stone Roses etc.. those guys give me that feeling. And what a feeling it is!

thomaskelly
thomaskelly

Nice selection, Joey. What's your favourite Smiths lyric? Think mine would have to be the 'Gasping, but somehow still alive..' one from 'Well I Wonder'. Don't know if you've heard this tune but you should check out a song by 'Ride' called 'Vapour Trail' - it strikes a great balance between melancholia and happiness. The lyrics are great, too!

rgogarty1
rgogarty1

Top music taste for a footballer in this era.  Do you think Oasis will ever reform like the Stone Roses have recently?

mcnamara89
mcnamara89

The Smiths, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys are my 3 favorite bands, what's your favorite Smiths song Joey? it would have to be this charming man for me mind!

Curragh_Boy
Curragh_Boy

Great list and cool section. You must be the only professional footballer to have his own music section on his website.

 

The Smiths reign supreme. Oasis I grew up listening to in the 90s. Arctic Monkey's are the best thing musically to come out of the UK in years. Last of the Shadow Puppets were also fantastic. Check out 'My Mistakes Were Made For You' by them. Turner is unreal. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23PkA3G6NL8&feature=relmfu

 

Top notch website man. Now a daily visit for me.

ashleyboyne
ashleyboyne

Persuade Joe Carnall to get Milburn back together wil ya Joey?

Graeme63
Graeme63

What do you think of 'The Fall, Mark E Smith' ?, I've just been listening to 'are you missing winner?', they've made so many good albums.

therapy20
therapy20

As a music fan yourself I thought you'd appreciate the recent success of my favourite artist Ginger Wildheart.  If you didnt hear about it then i'll fill you in.  He was the lead singer of a band called the Wildhearts in the early 90's, on and off he has released solo albums but recently became disallusioned with the music industry (shit pop, record labels screwing artists out of money, no promotion etc).  He has always had a rabid fan base who worship him so he became very interactive with us by using Twitter, facebook and answering questions on Formspring daily.  He then turned to a website called pledge music which enables artists to self fund recordings through fan funded music.  He asked fans to pledge money for a new album which would only be available through pledge, he set a target with a 60 day limit. 

 He broke the target within a record 6 hours and raised 555% of his initial target, a large percentage went to charity.  He then release a commercial slim lined version of the album on his own record label which charted at number 9 in the mid week charts outselling the likes of Rihanna and Coldplay, prompting the music media to wonder how he did it and who he is.  Just think its an amazing story of incredible hard work from an artist and a big fuck you to record labels.  If you ever get a chance check out his music on youtube or something, the guy is a genius.  Obviously i'm biased.  Nice story though, i'm sure you'll agree!

tdoggy74
tdoggy74

Where's the roses? Weren't you at heaton park!! Still surprised of ur love for mozza. Saw him at ally pally in93. What did ur mates in Huyton think of this?

RadcliffeShaker84
RadcliffeShaker84

I think that The Coral are an underrated band, and as good as those mentioned here. They never sold out so unfortunately never became massive but they used to get a fair bit of radio play.

Jack96Gilbo
Jack96Gilbo

I had you down as a bit of a Coldplay fan? I agree with 4 out of the 5, I've never heard of 'The La's'. I know that you are a fan of 'The Bookclub' too, I heard it a few songs on YouTube, the videos were not great quality though. If you have any links would you please send them to me please? Either on here or on twitter Jack96Gilbo ? Cheers

Graeme63
Graeme63

Digital by joy division is my favourite track of theirs. I also managed to see them at the warehouse in Preston , superb gig. Makes me feel so old thinking about them and the smiths.

JamieBell1
JamieBell1

The Rifles - best british band ever.

kh7
kh7

* Smiths fan, followed by Joey Barton

yongkuk
yongkuk

I had no idea  that you were into your sounds so much, its good, and its good you like talking about it too. I am going to do some shameless self promotion here and post my blog. I am listening to all my albums one at a time, and writing about them. It is called 3000 albums in 3000 days. http://300albums.wordpress.com. feel free to delete this post if it infringes on your posting rules, no bother.

Dec_Taylor
Dec_Taylor

What do you think of Noel's new band? Obviously it doesn't come close to Oasis but I think he is still making some great music with them!

SwimForLuca
SwimForLuca

The Beatles are the best Joey, the famous four have changed Liverpool and the world of music forever! #YNWA

NUFC4
NUFC4

Favourite oasis song? mine is whatever, also opinions on joy division?

Brownboy
Brownboy

@MalcStoney 'Or study the English language.' Is not a proper sentence. Those in glass houses... Really, what is the point in petty minded attention to a few minor errors that do not really affect your understanding of the article? This does not count as practical criticism. Grow up and get a life, please

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

@MrMenoo @Joey B good shout. Ian brown a legend 2 me.

Graeme63
Graeme63

@rgogarty1 I hope they don't , I prefer to remember bands as they were, a studio album maybe but not any live gigs.

Joey B
Joey B

 @Graeme63 have you heard The Killers cover of some of their tunes?

Joey B
Joey B

 @yongkuk no problems brother. Nothing wrong with a bit of self promotion. For sheer audacity and honesty it can stay on. Ill have a gander and get back to you...

Joey B
Joey B

 @Dec_Taylor good album that mate. High Flying Birds are decent. Seen the at the Roundhouse, they were bang on. Played loads of early Oasis as well, I was buzzing...

Joey B
Joey B

 @NUFC4 Slide away. Love Joy Division. Shadowplay reminds me of being in Strangeways, Manchester. Don't ask me why, it just does...weird

Graeme63
Graeme63

@Joey B No I haven't heard those, I'll have a listen, wonder if they are on spotify

tartpumper
tartpumper

 @Joey B I know but its true. Its a tragedy that the arent more well known. Listen to an album called 'The Great Escape, the 3rd time you listen to it I think you will agree. Ony costs about £6 on Itunes or wherever

SwimForLuca
SwimForLuca

 @Joey B What would you say is your favourite Beatle's song? I don't really have a number one as I love the majority of their songs but Hey Jude is one of my favourites..

yongkuk
yongkuk

 @Joey B Just daft really, sometimes I think people like it if you can sum up something in a couple of words. Maybe it is just the age we are living in.

Joey B
Joey B

 @yongkuk love it mate. great little blog space that. Why the 2/3 word reviews? Great idea but why?

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