The Smiths

The Smiths


Famous when dead also posted:

"Clive Whittaker booked the Smiths for two gigs:
3rd June 1983 @ The Fighting Cocks in Moseley & 20th March 1984 @ The Tower Ballroom, Birmingham.
Clive informs me that the gig at the The Fighting Cocks in Moseley was only 2/3 full and he lost a lot of money. As a result, The Smiths management gave him the Tower Ballroom gig cheaply as a means of recouping his loss."

Same year, a couple of months later.

Manchester Evening News.

By Emily Heward - 6th October, 2018.

The Smiths photos that got pulled because the NME said they'd 'never be big enough'

This week marks 36 years since their first live gig at Manchester's Ritz.
We spoke to photographer Kevin Cummins about his work with the band.


"At the time they were a breath of fresh air, we'd had a couple of year of New Romantic style bands like Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, much poppier bands who were the kind of thing your kid sister would like," he says.

"Then suddenly The Smiths came along and The Jesus and Mary Chain and they had a lot of presence and influenced a whole generation."

All images © Kevin Cummins.


Johnny/Morrissey on cover!

Siren Song: My Life in Music Hardcover – June 12, 2018 - Amazon
by Seymour Stein (Author), Gareth Murphy (Author)


The autobiography of America’s greatest living record man: the founder of Sire Records and spotter of rock talent from the Ramones to Madonna.

Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now sixty years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing.

Since the late fifties, he's been wherever it's happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna,...

Late Late Show - Craig Ferguson ('08).
Interview @ V Festival ('06).
O2 silver clef award ('04).
Fatty & Certain People - Tonight Show/Leno ('92).
Daddy's Voice - Lopez Tonight ('09).
Peter Jordan cover of TBWTTIHS.
Morrissey Day - São Paulo: TBWTTIHS.
William Lee cover of TBWTTIHS.
Jejune cover of TBWTTIHS.
Jeff Buckley cover of TBWTTIHS.
Morrissey Day - São Paulo: brief TV coverage of the event.

The 4th episode of Rhino's podcast is about The Queen Is Dead's remaster. It's pretty good.
A new biography about The Smiths, "The Smiths. Piosenki o twoim życiu" (eng. "The Smiths. Songs about your life"), will be published on the 20 April 2018 in Poland. It was written by Maciej Koprowicz, a journalist of, an alternative music radio station and website.

Here's some information I found about the book:
"I Don't Owe You Anything" was going to be a single? I don't recall seeing or hearing this previously.

The 15 Greatest Manchester Albums Ever - NME


12. The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’
6. The Smiths – ‘Louder Than Bombs’
1. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’