Album of the Day
Released 25 years ago today, SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR came at the end of Morrissey's tenure on Warner Bros. and got little promotion, but its strengths are clear in hindsight. While the performer's lyrical wit and distinctive vocals remain impressive, the set allows the band to shine as well; singles “The Boy Racer” and “Dagenham Dave” make excellent use of guitarists Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer, while drummer Spencer James Cobrin is elsewhere afforded a solo. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album also features a pair of extended songs including “The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils,” with a surprisingly effective classical music sample. The collection's title and original cover photo reflect Morrissey's fascination with boxing, and SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR does indeed pack a punch.