Kill Uncle, Morrissey's 2nd proper solo album, is best described as "quirky". Released in
March 1991, the frankly
bizarre sound and musical construction of this album, is almost, but not quite, pulled off
with a certain charm. The album's inherent near-mythological quaintness is just irritating
at first; it is only after many listens that it becomes bearable to listen to. After many many more
listens you will find yourself curiously entranced by it, and be unable to explain why.
With the exception of "Our Frank", there are no songs trumpeting the usual Morrissey trademark -
musically simplistic songs, highly melodic, and transformed by a fine lyrical tone and an ear
for an interesting vocal. The track "Driving Your Girlfriend Home" hints towards further efforts
such as Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself with its
stark yet fulsome acoustic guitar and vocal arrangement. Interestingly enough, Linder, Morrissey's oldest friend,
contributes backing vocals to this track, making it one of the more successful ones on this
This album preceded a large tour, where material from this album sometimes shone in live form, which is
documented in the video "Live In Dallas".
Morrissey got the inspiration for the title of this album from the sixties film called "Let's Kill Uncle",
about a twelve-year-old boy who must defend himself from a greedy uncle after an inheritance.