The Smiths

The Smiths

"Suffer Little Children: the story of Morrissey's obsession with the Moors murderers" - The Telegraph
By Alice Vincent
16th, May, 2017

A very long, interesting article - worth a read.
The full article requires free registration or paying a subscription so it is here in full minus the pictures and videos used.



Further to this article is a similar one in The Guardian (with Moz references):

"Suffer little children: how Ian Brady cast a dark shadow over popular culture" - The Guardian
by Dorian Lynskey
16th, May, 2017

Excerpt:
"In Autobiography, Morrissey remembers the long shadow that the Moors murders cast over his northern childhood. “A swarm of misery grips mid-60s Manchester as Hindley and Brady raise their faces to the camera and become known to us all,” he writes. Then later: “Everyone appears to know someone who knew Myra Hindley, and we are forced to accept a new truth; that a woman can be just as cruel and dehumanised as a man, and that all safety is an illusion.”
"The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" (Demo) debuted at #172 in UK Singles Chart.

source http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk

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"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" has reached Silver status (200k sales) in the UK.

source https://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
It was officially the second-best selling single of RSD2017

Record Store Day 2017 uncovered: the best-selling vinyl albums and singles revealed - Official Charts
Record Store Day was all about the legendary David Bowie.

The best-selling vinyl singles of Record Store Day 2017 are:

1 NO PLAN DAVID BOWIE
2 THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE THE SMITHS
3 INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE PINK FLOYD
4 RED HILL MINING TOWN U2
5 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER BEATLES
Siobahn says she was obsessed with The Smiths when she left the group

‘People wet their knickers when they find out I was in Bananarama’: the 80s trio return - The Guardian

Excerpt:

“It was a combination of the fact that, musically, we’d gone absolutely full-on pop, at a time when I was feeling lost and dark and depressed in my life. I was obsessed with the Smiths, and I just wanted something that would …” Fahey pauses. Even after three decades, it doesn’t seem to be a comfortable topic. “It had been a real pressure cooker, the three of us being together 24/7, for years. It couldn’t continue.”
Seven bands from the 80s we wish would reunite - BBC News
By Emma Saunders

Children of the 1980s, rejoice - the original Bananarama line-up is back together at last. Which got us thinking - lots of 80s bands have reformed over recent years but which ones are we still wishing would reunite?

Excerpt:

2. The Smiths

Never gonna happen. Yes, we know. But just imagine! Johnny Marr and Steven Morrissey formed the band in 1982 with bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

They went on to release 17 singles and four studio albums, becoming one of the most influential bands of the 1980s.

Hits included This Charming Man, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, How Soon is Now?, Big Mouth Strikes Again, Panic and Girlfriend in a Coma.

But the dream combo of Marr's melodies and Morrissey's musings was broken with the band's acrimonious split in 1987.

In Marr's autobiography Set The Boy Free, he revealed that the official...
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"The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" (Demo Mix) / "Rubber Ring" (Early Drone Studios Version) - The Smiths, 7" vinyl is out via Rhino for Record Store Day 2017 - April 22, 2017.



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Smashing Pumpkins Member Reveals Why Morrissey Lost ‘Grandeur’ Of Smiths - Alternative Nation

Mr. Chamberlin (drummer) offers an explanation of sorts...

“We knew how we wanted to make ourselves feel. That’s a great reference point, I think Mike Joyce and the way he played with the Smiths, was just an incredible inspiration to me, just because of the sensitivity and power that he played with, and the grandeur that he played with, that I think Morrissey was never able to capture later. Those early Smiths records were face melting, just in the production. Nirvana was kind of the punk rock version of that.”


The brief article then segues in to a recap of recent live events with no real attempt at cogency.
Not the best of writing.
April 19th, 2017:...
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* NOTE Mar. 26 - main page article had to be re-created as it was accidentally deleted a few days ago.

New sleeve from the Pitchfork article, link posted by an anonymous person (original post):

The Smiths 7” With Unreleased Music Set for Record Store Day - Pitchfork

Also, posted by GMS:

Here's what's written about it on RSD's website:

Smiths, The - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Format:
1 x 43g 7" Black vinyl (dinked)...