"Charmless Man" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
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    General Commentsince no-one's put what this is about i mayaswell state the obvious.... it's about men AND women, who are so stuck up and think they're higher class...they know all the right people and go to all the right places. however, its all an act and their lives are infact empty. whoever it's about and whatever their sexuality....it's a brilliant song and SO true. to me, it is reminiscent of "killer queen"- queen, as it also talks about being stuck up and pretentious etc.
    rainbow8711on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthmmmm, why are ppl mentioning Pink Floyd here? I'm pretty sure there's a page for them somewhere on this site.
    As for the song, Damon is singing about the music executives of the world. The suits. Makes sense to me anyway.
    StickDogon January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand, mwalker and punchyk, I have heard that there were rumours it was about Morrissey, but that's totally ridiculous. So people thought it was about him just because The Smiths had a song called "This Charming Man" and because Morrissey once mentioned Ronnie Kray in a song? LOL If you know anything about Morrissey, it's obvious that the person from this song is nothing like him. "Educated the expensive way"?! "those family shares"?! Morrissey is from working class family who always had little money, his dad was a hospital porter, and his mom was a librarian. She always gave him books to read since he was very little so read a lot, unlike most boys of similar background, but he's had anything but expensive education - and he left his secondary school at the age of 16. While the "charmless man" from the song is a snob from a rich background, who brags he can get anywhere for free, Morrissey is hardly the type of man who tries to socialize with a lot of people or get into parties. Not to mention that people who meet Moz never describe him as charmless - in fact, everyone goes on about how charismatic he is. and as you can see in his interviews, he does not "talk at speed" or "tries so hard to please he's just so keen for you to listen", he talks slowly, and as one journalist said, as someone who's used to being listened to. Being too controversial, confrontational, outspoken, a bigmouth, too critical of others, arrogant, difficult, I've heard all these accusations against Moz, but " trying to please people" is one thing that nobody has ever accused him of.

    In short, he's pretty much the opposite of the man described in this song.
    nightanddayon December 28, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about a certain type of Englishman who's set in the past, who has quite a lot of inherited money ("those family shares will protect him) and likes to think of himself as posh and classy ("He knows his claret from a beaujolais") - but is actually a boring dickhead who's full of himself.

    There's a case to be made that the song is a dig at Morrissey, mostly through this couplet...

    "I think he'd like to have been Ronnie Kray
    But then nature didn't make him that way"

    ...which could point to Mozzer's obsession with the Krays. But the rest of the song doesn't seem to back it up.
    RCasementon December 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis stuff has probably been said previously, but I only created an account today despite being a long term Songmeanings user.

    Blur's three Britpop albums, for which I love the band, are famed for their social commentary on Britain. This would suggest that the 'man' in question is a certain member of society, common in Britain. Damon is exhibiting his distaste for such people.

    Damon has however revealed that much of the album is about him. It would therefore make sense to see the 'man' as Damon: he does not like what he has become.
    TheRainbirdon September 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSorry, but I think you heard wrong, Damon Albarn has had a long standing relationship with Justine Frischmann of the band Elastica
    punchykon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe lead singer of suede, not blur.
    mwalkeron June 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyou people are charmless..this song rules
    dariofooon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentrainbow...look around the brit music world and maybe your eyes will be opened to the huge brawls between some of their greatest bands...the jabs (and tribute) taken at others in the media and in song...if you knew more than the lick you think you do...it might be of more interest to you.
    mwalkeron July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's about Morrrissey beacuse Damon Albran decided to he wanted to form a band after seeing the South Bank Show on the Smiths - a fan wouldn't exactly berate the lead singer of a band he likes. Maybe it's a sort of tribute to Morrissey, in a wierd and wonderful way - as are most of Morrisseys/Smiths lyrics :]
    butterflykiss84on March 16, 2003   Link

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