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The Guardian: Rick Astley on his Smiths covers gigs: "I’ll use a karaoke machine if I have to’" (September 21, 2021)

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Ahead of his two Morrissey-channelling gigs with Blossoms, the singer talks Twitter, his London pub and how he once followed Andy Rourke around the Arndale centre


“Obviously, after the whole Rickrolling thing,” – the internet bait and switch prank that fooled you into landing on the Never Gonna Give You Up video – “people are going to see Rick Astley Sings the Smiths and think: yeah, right? So this was our way of saying: this is actually happening.”

So, where did this unfathomably unlikely idea come from? “I performed with Noel Gallagher, the Courteeners and Blossoms at Manchester Arena in 2017,” he continues. “We were backstage, having a drink, which led to me appearing on...

Rick Astley Twitter: Rick Astley & Blossoms perform the songs of The Smiths - 2 Smiths-themed concerts in October (September 14, 2021)

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Further to today's coverage of their Smiths covers, Rick Astley & Blossoms are playing 2 special Smiths-themed gigs in October.
Thanks to @davidt for the information.
Confirmed via ticket outlets:

(Link courtesy of @Uncleskinny)


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NME: "Watch Blossoms and Rick Astley team up to cover The Smiths" (September 14, 2021)

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As first spotted by @BookishBoy in the Strange... thread (who supplies the Twitter link), NME take up the footage:

Watch Blossoms and Rick Astley team up to cover The Smiths

“Since it’s London, we thought why not do something special?,” said frontman Tom Ogden. “So we’re going to do some songs by one of our favourite bands with a friend of ours from the North West. Welcome our friend Rick Astley.

“Do you want to tell them what band it is, Richard?” asked Ogden, adding, “It’s The Smiths everybody,” before tearing into ‘Panic’ and ‘This Charming Man’.


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Blossoms cover "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"

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...in the bathroom, of all places

Bradford FB: "Skin Storm '21" - due May 18, 2021

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The Strad: "I don’t feel at all guilty about tinkering with the "classical canon" – David LePage" (Smiths cover - January 12, 2021)

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I don’t feel at all guilty about tinkering with the "classical canon" – David LePage

"Violinist David Le Page explains how he found the connections between Rameau and Radiohead, Schubert and The Smiths through arrangements for Orchestra of the Swan’s new album Timelapse."

Salient part:

"On Timelapse I have ‘reimagined’ well-known songs by David Bowie/Brian Eno and The Smiths. The process I have used is different from working out a carbon copy arrangement or a cover version. The Bowie/Eno song Heroes, in its original form, is a driven, yearning and almost uncomfortably layered slice of pop/rock; euphoric and poetic in equal measures. I wanted to preserve the ‘feel’ of course but in my version I have substantially slowed everything down so that aspects of the music can be examined in an entirely different...

Far Out: "How The Smiths changed Chloë Sevigny’s life" (December 19, 2020)

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By Joe Taysom.


"Chloë Sevigny has carved out a wildly impressive career in the world of film. While she’s appeared in films such as Kids, David Fincher’s Zodiac and The Brown Bunny, it is music that has played an equally special part in her life. Sevigny got her first break as an actor as an adolescent when she appeared in iconic music videos for Sonic Youth and The Lemonheads but, even with that early influence, it has always been The Smiths that have held an unbreakable place in her heart."

Subsequently tweeted by 'officialmoz' Twitter & posted on FB - December 21, 2020.

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The Guardian: "The Avalanches' teenage obsessions: 'I cried hearing Strawberry Fields Forever'" - Smiths/Morrissey mentions (December 2, 2020)

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