There are few tracks around that really grab me like this, something to do with the way they seem rooted in a certain time and place for me. Station Approach does this for me too, being originally from Manchester and missing the place terribly. The line 'I haven't seen my mum for weeks' still gets to me, even at 29.
So back to Morrissey. I'm not a huge fan of Camden, having like, y'know, grown up a bit and gotten into showering regularly of late. That aside, this track will always mean LONDON to me, and with a move to New Zealand on the cards I'm starting to appreciate this smelly, overcrowded, expensive and yet utterly loveable place more and more. There's so much in the very fabric of this track that'll drop me right back in the heart of Soho, wherever I am in the world.
Funny how a piece of music can jump into your awareness, cut through anything else you might be doing and demand your FULL attention RIGHT NOW. I reckon that, along with the two above, I can add Still Fighting It to that list, for reasons I'm not totally sure of.
They say that smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. I'm not so sure.