"... a forgettable wisp of a tune"
BoxersHave-A-Go MerchantWhatever Happens, I Love You
Released In January 1995
"On closer inspection, each single has at least one great song on it- try... 'Boxers' (which is as good as anything he's done) and realise how few singers can leave you as despondant, elated or intrigued. "
- Ian Harrison, Q
goes back to hanging around with the hard boys for this distinctly lightweight
elegy to the mean and existential heroes of the ring. Though his archly-turned
vignettes can occasionally be affecting, Morrissey is far better at
writing about himself. 'Boxers', sadly, is just another example of his
tedious obsession with bits of rough who'd give him a kicking given
half a chance, hitched to a pale, forgettable wisp of a tune. Plus,
however much you try to be objective, any enjoyment of his records nowadays
is tainted by the fact that a nasty taste from all those obnoxious,
apologist, quasi-libertarian quotes still lingers.
"I don't know a great deal about boxing. I released a single called "Boxers" and everyone assumes I'm some authority and I'm not. I'm not an expert on the manly art or the sweet science as it's called. I just enjoy the violent aspect of it. I think it's quite glamorous. I long for my chance to join in. No, no, I don't think I'm ready to spring into the ring."
- Morrissey, Q, September 1995