If you were cool and British and lived in the 80s (‘I’m against the 80s’), you didn’t listen to The Smiths. You listened to Felt.
Less obvious, less popular ('it's better to be lost than to be found'), less depressing, not any less talented. Lawrence is an amazing character, certainly one of Britain’s greatest songwriters. Whether it’s Felt or Denim or Go-Kart Mozart, he’s always had the tunes.
Like Peter Perrett, he seems to be a bitter man these days, but that’s the price you have to pay for being too good for the general audience (‘we’re lazy and selfish and greedy’). Even with all those pop songs. And even when he wrote the inescapably irresistible “Summer Smash” in 1997 – it all went so hilariously, so horribly wrong after a certain high-profile car accident at the end of August.
Well, who wouldn’t be bitter?