Some say it was inevitable, others ask how manyÂ â€œOkesâ€ will there be, but most are letting out a resounding and collectiveâ€œYes (biting lip and clenching fist)!â€Â Eastside Luv presents MorrisseyOkeâ„¢.Â For one night,Â Â patrons of the Boyle Heights bar will be given the chance to try out their rush hour traffic and shower song renditions of Smiths and Morrissey classics in front of a live drinking audience. In the same tradition ofÂ MariachiOkeâ„¢, Â there will be no bouncy balls or highlighted words for your lyrical comfort; ESL adheres to the “Sink or Swim” policy. Â Although, I believe most of the attendees and participants are bilingual or trilingual: speaking English, maybe Spanish, but certainly fluent in Moz lyrics. So you won’t be entirely alone on the stage. Â But when singing along with Morrissey, are you ever really?
His trembling falsetto brings to mind the rich, sad voice of Pedro Infante, while his effeminate stage presence makes him a UK version of Juan Gabriel. As in ranchera, Morrissey’s lyrics rely on ambiguity, powerful imagery and metaphors. Thematically, the idealization of a simpler life and a rejection of all things bourgeois come from a populist impulse common to ranchera.
So prim those pompadours, Â throw on your cardigan, and be prepared to swoon side to side in communal teary reflection to covers of that Charming Man.