Under the Influence

This gem of a collection, the first in a new series from DMC, finds Morrissey compiling 15 of his favorite eccentric songs by acts that have affected his illustrious 20-year recording career.

This gem of a collection, the first in a new series from DMC, finds Morrissey compiling 15 of his favorite eccentric songs by acts that have affected his illustrious 20-year recording career. It arrives on the cusp of Morrissey's signing to the revived Attack label (for which he is readying a new full-length). Here, Moz charts his most obvious influences (the New York Dolls' "Trash," T. Rex's "Great Horse," Diana Dors' "So Little Time") along with some mighty unlikely choices (the Cajun ditty "Saturday Night Special" by the Sundown Playboys, the Cats' cover of "Swan Lake," Sparks' bizarre "Arts & Crafts Spectacular"). The end result illuminates a clever portrait of an artist whose own features have been shaded by the unique colors of a diverse palette of sound.—TP