I heard about the Smiths in 1984 when my sister played "This charming man" again and again in her bedroom I was 15 then. My father and I complained about this. "He canīt sing, turn it off, please! And whatīs the name of the band? The Smiths? The what? Thatīs ridicoulos, I canīt even spell this" we said. After a week or two she switched to boring stuff like Culture Club. Well, I nearly forget about this Band with this strange yodeling singer.
As I was really into new records these days, I noticed "Meat is Murder" a year later in our local record store. The words "Meat is Murder" on a soldiers helmet. Thatīs strange, I thought. Ah, itīs this strange band my sister heard last year. Hmm, I deceided not to buy this record. Another year later I heard "Bigmouth strikes again" on the radio and I was completely enthusiastically about ist. What a fantastic record I thought. I have to buy it as soon as possible. We were on holiday, driving with a car. The radio dj announced "Bigmouth". I told my Father, my Mother and my Sister to shut up as I record it from the car radio to my battery driven radio recorder while my father was driving the car. After the holiday I bought "The Queen is dead", and I was totally stunned about the record, wich came in green vinyl here in Germany. My favourite track was "There is a light". I heard it so often, that I deceided to buy a C-120 tape and recorded just that song about 25 times one this tape. Itīs my favourite track still today, and Morrissey and The Smiths gave me the finest moments of my life. Thank you.