Metric Stay Loyal to Morrissey’s ‘Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself’

Metric's Emily Haines sings Morrissey

A spoonful of arsenic helps the sugar go down. Morrissey has no shortage of songs with cutting shards of “glass / Hidden in the grass,” but the bitter strummer “Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself,” from 1994’s Vauxhall and I, is the one where he actually uses that particular vivid lyric. Metric, who also faithfully covered Blondie’s disco-pop classic “Heart of Glass” the other night on VH1’s annual Divas special, gave a similarly reverent performance of the former Smiths frontman’s song for another VH1 franchise, You Oughta Know. Moz fanatics won’t find much surprising in this guitar-and-voice take, but Emily Haines commendably makes his cynical sneer here her own, reiterating why Metric earned spots on both SPIN’s Best Albums of 2012 and SPIN’S Best Songs of 2012. “I’ve been stabbed in the back so many, many times / I don’t have any skin,” she sings, and Metric have been around the music business long enough she surely knows whereof she speaks. “That’s just the way it goes.”


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