The Smiths

The Smiths

Mike Joyce is running a competition to win a slipmat or bag:

The items have made it in to record shops too (availability unknown):



A general discussion point, but could well go in collector's corner too - looks like there's a quantity of items to collect alongside the box set.
Several IG posts would imply the items will be given away with the set - let's hope so.

(source: Joyce & various Instagrams).
Via Instagram stories - an image many of us are familiar with.

The mp4 it comes from:

The original image:
Credited to Oli Scarff / Getty.
Published in the Boston Globe, 2010.
Students protesting tuition fee rises.

Related item:
Beautiful clean demo of I Know It's Over, from The Queen Is Dead touched-up album: streaming free Friday 6 Oct for those who pre-order the album, according to Paul McLoone
Exclusive - First Stream The Smiths 'I Know it's Over' - Today FM


Paul McLoone has been given 'I Know It's Over' demo version for exclusive streaming.

Paul McLoone has the premiere stream of the demo version of 'I Know it's Over', taken from the Deluxe reissue of, 'The Queen Is Dead' by The Smiths.

The track goes live as an Instant Grat / streaming single on Friday October 6th. But we have it first!

We told you Paul McLoone is #FirstForMusic!

Doesn't seem any different to the version we all know and love. Still has the slight tape hiss at the beginning. Quite perfect as it is, though.

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Not sure if anyone else has noticed this but partially visible on the box set product overview on Amazon is the cover of the Live in Boston disc which features this photo of Jack Kerouac listening to the radio.

Nice. Now why can't Morrissey follow the same aesthetic with his own solo records?


Sadly, this has just appeared with no fanfare or (as yet) link on the Official Smiths site.
4 wonderful minutes!
Probably would have been a better idea to release this Monday instead of Take 1. It is presented as part of the box set pre-release promotion - so may appear on the 'memories' site yet.
Available on Deezer & iTunes too
(thanks to GMS, Anon & a friend for the info).
*not showing on Spotify USA*
From Autobiography:
"Of course, I have always loved the Aragon Ballroom, with its gangster slop of menaced glop. When I first played here many lifetimes ago, I sneaked a peek at the queue – confrontationally all over the street, disrupting traffic, shouting back, unctuous and effusive, and there stood an army of male blond quiffs, tattooed arms and Hatful of Hollow t-shirts. Nothing, now, could hurt...
The Smiths: 30 years since the split and still the best British band ever? - Metro
By: Alice Wright.

"If we set out criteria for what makes not just a great band, but one of the best (in my heart I know they ARE the best) then this would be the checklist:
  • Iconic songwriting partnership
  • Revolutionary and original
  • Era and generation defining
  • Legendary live shows
  • Controversial, divisive and memorable
  • Passionate fans
  • Musical longevity
  • Life changing songs
  • Something indefinable
Which probably just about sums up The Smiths.

Despite chart success and constant media attention they kept their ‘alternative’ tag – maybe because they were so very different to the glamorous, colourful mainstream 80s music happening at the time – but they were...