The Smiths

The Smiths

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’
I wish all music magazines/newspapers would archive things for us to reminisce over.
Here is Number One Magazine from 30 years ago today (12, March 1988) which gives a little musical snap shot of the more 'pop' side of things (with an indie lean) 45p!!!
I'd urge anyone interested in music of the 80's to dig through all these issues. The classifieds & adverts are a nostalgia overload :)


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Full magazine page scans here:

I bought this magazine a few times myself - simply for the Morrissey bits.


Turns out Shane is a very busy guy and has a vast archive of complete Number One Magazine in a digital format. I haven't the time to go through every one as there's so many, but I'm sure Moz features in others: