6 January 2010

Mr. Floppy - 100,000 Morrisseys


Mr. Floppy - 100,000 Morrisseys

Label: Waterfront

Year of Release: 1990

Badly recorded, shambling, jokey and frequently rather coarse indie singles have been a staple of the scene since its birth, and as you'll probably have gathered from the sleeve, this single isn't particularly complimentary towards Mozzer. Taking in (almost certainly unauthorised) samples of The Smiths work, it poses the rather confusing question: "What shall we do when 100,000 Morrisseys come marching over the hill?" It's an eventuality I've never really planned for.

With its thudding drum machine and barking vocals this is very close to TISM in spirit, and indeed I've heard rumours that it may actually be a TISM member moonlighting - certainly, both artists are from Melbourne and have a similar DIY ethic. Whatever, despite picking up some press at the time, this single failed to really set many people's souls alight in the UK irrespective of some mischievous airplay from Peel, and remains a noisy and indecent curio.

Mr. Floppy eventually released a whole album on Zombie Penis Death records entitled "The Unbearable Lightness of Being A Dickhead" which has largely been forgotten about despite including a cover version of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights". With that, the band disappeared for good.

Incidentally, if Mrs Daves reaction has been anything to go by, Smiths and Morrissey fans alike seem to find this disc rather irritating.

8 comments:

Cocktails said...

Thanks for reminding me of Waterfront records and their Sydney-loving sleeves.

No thanks for reminding me of this single though. It is truly awful.

23 Daves said...

Ha! I think it received terrible reviews at the time as well (or at least it did in the UK). Still, if you're an indie act and you write a tune slagging somebody famous off, you seem to be guaranteed exposure regardless of the contents. See also - "Richey Manic is Dead", "Bobby Gillespie is a Virgin", etc. etc.

Cocktails said...

I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of hearing "Bobby Gillespie is a Virgin".

Mind you, that doesn't mean that I want you to post it!! Unless of course you think it would enhance my life somehow.

23 Daves said...

But I did post it, as part of the "Novelty" compilation last year (unless I'm going mad).

I don't think you need to hear it, no. I don't think anybody *needs* to hear it, although we can probably all nod at the general sentiment behind the record.

Cocktails said...

Oh, you may have. I can't recall how much I actually listened to that one to be honest. I prefer the er, more 'serious' compilations.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the limited edition release on "Meat coloured vinyl"!

Got me one of those. :)

Anonymous said...

taking this release seriously was your first mistake.
Long Live Noonan!

23 Daves said...

I did what?