Morrissey always seemed like a rather gloomy chap, on that we can all agree. But how does he stack up against the all-time glum heavyweight, Charlie Brown?
In case you never wondered that before, go ahead and kick yourself just like we did. That's the germ of an idea behind This Charming Charlie, an inspired new Tumblr currently making your favorite music-tracking Web sites drool. (And now this one, it appears.)
The site superimposes dozens of Smiths lyrics onto panels from the old Peanuts strip, and that's about it: Snoopy lazing on his doghouse pondering "Does the body rule the mind or the mind rule the body? I don't know...", Charlie Brown contemplating the sidewalk as he wonders "Is it wrong not to always be glad," Lucy perched on her front step sulking "Now I know how Joan of Arc felt," Marcy informing Peppermint Patty "I dreamt about you last night and I fell out of bed twice." That sort of brilliance.
And so forth. It's tempting to try to think of other '80s acts and classic comic strips that match up as well, but you can't. Garfield just wouldn't look right crooning the lyrics to "Rock This Town," and Family Circus probably couldn't do a whole lot with Psychedelic Furs. Cathy chirping out Go-Go's lyrics? Nah.
Neither anyone from the Charles Schulz camp or Team Smiths has weighed in on TCC's long-term prospects; we certainly hope they let the creators leave it up. And the site appears to have nothing whatsoever to do with Charming Charlie, an accessories boutique that has a gajillion Houston-area locations.
Morrissey, meanwhile, appears to have opted to let his recovery take its course and still has not rescheduled that tour that was originally supposed to bring him to Beaumont last November and then in February. According to a BBC report last month, he's still canceling dates (this time in South America), though this time the cause cited was a lack of funding rather than poor health, so we suppose that's a step up.
Still, don't hold your breath, Texas Moz fans. Sigh.
See more Smiths-inspired art on the next page.
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