Smiths tribute "I Know It's Over" - May 2000
Posted on Tue, Oct 19 1999 at 9:35 a.m. PDT
by David T. <[email protected]>
The tribute (on which the Cinerama cover mentioned yesterday will be on) has been mentioned often on this site. From Gagan Palrecha:

...Cinerama covering "London"  is going to be on:

The First Time Records. A Tribute To The Smiths - "I Know It's Over" (tft 001/007).

Also appearing will be The Cardigans, Supergrass, Cinerama, Kent, Ida, Quicksand, The Deftones, Jejune, Cobolt, Billy Bragg, Super Furry Animals, Versus, Pop Unknown, The Gloria Record, and many more. 20 bands total.

We've been planning it for over a year now, and it'll be out next year in May.

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hmmm... i'm a fan of music. but i don't know if i really want to listen to these other groups doing covers of smiths' songs. even if it's a tribute album, come on... can they really do them justice?

i think it's a tribute just leaving these songs alone. it's going to turn out like whatever group that was that did "how soon is now" for the t.v. show (US) "charmed" please, there's gotta to be a certain amount of decency.

Light that never goes out <[email protected]>
Los Angeles - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 12:38:07 (PDT) | #1

"Photosessions [...] the most boring thing apart from Morrissey."
Joakim Berg, singer in the Swedish band Kent who's gonna appear on the tribute album.

- Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 13:10:33 (PDT) | #2

I've heard the Deftones' 'Please, please, please...' and it's quite good. I recommend it. All of these songs are available on mp3 via newsgroups. Not sure which...

mozgrrrl <[email protected]>
Texas - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 14:12:14 (PDT) | #3

THe deftones cover is good.. And the cardigans cover would probably sound alright. The rest of the bands.. i dont know.. They better not totally destroy the songs!

Unruly Girl
- Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 14:35:37 (PDT) | #4

A tribute album really ain't worth it! The Smiths were the smiths and the combination of Moz, Marr, Rourke and Joyce was all we ever needed to hear!! Who can replace that voice?????? The Cardigans can never do The Smiths justice!!!!!!

Papa Jack <[email protected]>
London! - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 14:55:04 (PDT) | #5

This should be interesting, I'm a huge KENT fan, and think they're an incredible and emotional band to see live. Loved Quicksand forever(even the Moondog days), and they did a great version of HOW SOON IS NOW on their first Lp(which was only released as a promo, and on their vinyl version). I've heard JeJunes cover on a split 7" a few months ago and it is very dull vocal-wise, but well played. I'm really excited to also hear what CINERAMA and VERSUS are doing. They are 2 very talented bands. You guys shouldn't be so down about this. I'm sure HERMAN'S HERMIT'S fans were bummed when they heard Moz's cover of "East West" even if he did do it 100x's better than the original. LAMENT did a brilliant cover of "Back to the old house" and Trash Can Sinatras do an awsome version of "I know It's Over."
Give it a chance, you might like it.
Sorry this is long :-(

RobM <[email protected]>
Sandy Grrringo - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 15:08:43 (PDT) | #6

yeah guys...even if it turns out to be horrible(which I really doubt it will, with some of those great bands) it is still flattering to Morrissey(and his fans). People continue to care greatly.

Pennsylvania - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 15:40:39 (PDT) | #7

Correct me if am wrong, but isn't there like two other tribute albums floating around honoring the smiths. I think theres on in Italian and one done by some indie bands in florida if i remember correctly. if so and know any info. please e-mail me if there any good.

Mozcowboy <[email protected]>
Long Beach - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 17:43:58 (PDT) | #8

One question: Is Billy Bragg going to ride The Smiths coattail forever???

Abrahan Garza <[email protected]>
Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 17:57:25 (PDT) | #9

Oh, haven't we learned our lesson with other tribute albums? Most of the flop. I have to agree with certain people and say that Smiths songs aren't meant to be covered. I mean, they are so genuine in there present state. I would hate to hear how the Cardigans will cover let's say "Hand In Glove". Don't get me wrong, the Cardigan's are pretty spiffy, but not that spiffy! Good luck to the bands :)

Eileen <[email protected]>
Miami, Fl. - Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 18:51:02 (PDT) | #10

i heard a while back that radiohead was gonna take part in a smiths that still happening?

state of emergency
- Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 21:01:08 (PDT) | #11

Kent have stolen the intro to one of their songs from "I Don't Owe You Anything", pretty amusing to hear, actually.

Henrik Rydéhn <[email protected]>
- Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 03:09:32 (PDT) | #12

The best cover of a Smiths-song: J. Mascis´s version of "The Boy with the Thorn in his side"

Radiohead? Please not . . .

Loretta Scars
Deadham, Mass. - Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 05:36:35 (PDT) | #13

I hate tribute albums. I cannot think of one single tribute album that I've ctually liked in my life. What made me almost throw up was the cover of "Bigmouth Strikes Again" by Placebo. That was, euphemistically speaking, outrageous.
So, that's gonna be another cash-in.
Don't buy it.

Claude <[email protected]>
- Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 05:38:22 (PDT) | #14

You guys are weird..... The point of a tribute album is not to "cash in". Bands and labels alike stand to make very little money, if any by doing these things (w/rare exception i.e. stones, zeplin etc..). 99 out of 100 times, they are the result of someone at a label being a huge fan and simply asking bands to contribute. Tribute albums are actually the purest form of flattery there exists in the industry. I had the very lucky experience of helping work on "THE SMITHS IS DEAD" (albeit in a very small way) for Inrockuptibles and can assure you nobody made money on that. It took over three years to "put together" as the bands would drop in and record whenever they happened to be in Paris. Nothing speaks of the genius of The Smiths / Morrissey than bands from all walks of life playing there music. Music history will tell a remarkable story about The Smiths / Morrissey as the years slide by. Enjoy the songs and remember that immitation is the sincerest form of flattery =)

goodbye to you my trusted friend
screaming with joy; mortally depressed - Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 10:04:40 (PDT) | #15

well, i'm excited. . .

danyale <[email protected]>
- Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 10:23:02 (PDT) | #16

I have that indie Smiths tribute album "The World Still Won't Listen" and I've listened to it one time, and now I know why the world still won't listen: the thing sucks! "The Smiths is Dead" is decent though. I hate the fact that the show Charmed uses that horrible version of "How Soon is Now?" (by Love Spit Love, also featured in the movie "The Craft") Maybe this tribute album will be okay, I agree that it is flattering to the band.

I do have a couple tribute albums that are good. The Depeche Mode one "various artists for the MASSES" is quite good. The Pixies tribute album "Where is my mind?" is good also. Finally, "The Duran Duran Tribute Album" is fun if you like punk music (I like these versions better than the originals).

joe <[email protected]>
ct - Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 15:14:56 (PDT) | #17

deftones.. ugh..

cheers, shawn
get Punch Drunk @

adrift <[email protected]>
- Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 16:31:52 (PDT) | #18

yes, so some songs can be absolutely deplorable but some good does come from the tribute albums, e.g. "I Know It's Over" by the Trash Can Sinatras, a truly "original" (take the word in context) take on a wonderful song that made me not upset for spending the $15 on the album.. and it's better than having to track down b-sides to hear other group's renditions of our favourite songs... though i do wonder... to where does all that money go? That question does stir up a possible controversy.. shouldn't there be some charity or something? or does it just go to some magazine i have never read?

(i also read about the Radiohead cover, here i think, so was that it... just something to whet our appetites - at least alot of our appetites?)

malhomme <[email protected]>
Austin, Texas - Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 20:29:11 (PDT) | #19

I withdraw my "charity" comment..after submitting that, it dawned on me how absolutely ridiculous the music/charity thing can be. someone somewhere probably does make some money... but honestly, i don't really care...

and in response to number #15... your comments are much appreciated but before you tangle your web further, the liner notes of the album reveal that the majority of the songs were recorded in London and none in Paris, unless Milo studios is there.

malhomme <[email protected]>
Austin, Texas - Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 21:02:55 (PDT) | #20


The artists all "recorded" their versions at various studios around the globe. Backing tracks, mastering, final engineering, etc... were all done here in Paris. Sorry to have spoken in such a vague broad stroke! Very good eye noticing though! kudos to you =)

goodbye to you my trusted friend
screaming with joy; mortally depressed - Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 21:40:44 (PDT) | #21

how about the billy bragg cover of 'never had no one ever' that was on the 'smiths is dead' cover album? i thought it was brilliant with the brass section and the sax...kept true to form without screwing up the song (because of "artistic" license, which for some, should be revoked!) and making it a crappy cover.

i'm curious how radiohead would sound covering the smiths...what songs is yet another question.

state of emergency
- Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 22:06:41 (PDT) | #22

If you haven't heard "Godfathers of change Volume #1 : The Smiths" you are missing out on some of the best and worst smiths covers ever. Rosewater elizibeth does a cover of "I know it's over" that borders on the greatness of the original ( kill me now) and I really like "handsome devil" by I buried paul which samples several other smiths songs to redo the old classic..... I suggest it if you haven't heard it yet...2 cds for $14.99 isn't too bad......

iamawas <[email protected]>
FL - Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 01:58:30 (PDT) | #23

Kent has stolen more than one thing from The Smiths: on their second album, 'Verkligen', there's a song called 'Vi kan väl vänta tills imorgon?', which ends like 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore'. I.E the music fades out, and fades in again though with no vocals this time....

Per Klingberg <[email protected]>
- Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 04:12:18 (PDT) | #24

Anyone heard Paul Westerberg's version of "I Want the One I Can't Have"? Delicious...

London - Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 08:07:31 (PDT) | #25

Sounds interesting, what cd is it on?

Whatever Happens, I Love You
- Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 08:33:33 (PDT) | #26

(fair enough "goodbye to you my ...." its really immaterial anyway, just struck me as odd 'tis all)

... yes Westerberg is great and i would love to know where one can find that cover!

Also i believe i once read somewhere that Robyn Hitchcock covered a Smiths song live, anyone know anything about this?

malhomme <[email protected]>
Austin, Texas - Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 12:46:20 (PDT) | #27

I think it would be cool if Morrissey did a slowed down cover of "Creep" by Radiohead. If you slow down the track and try to imagine Morrissey singing the lyrics, it would have been a perfect Morrissey tune. As for others doing covers of Morrissey, I don't think anyone compares voice wise and they probably shouldn't try.

Vicar in a tutu
- Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 13:08:20 (PDT) | #28

The Super Furry Animals will rock whatever Smiths song they choose to do. If you don't have their newest album Guerilla buy it soon.

- Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 17:45:57 (PDT) | #29

I found out the Barenaked Ladies did a cover of Still Ill. umm. what??? Has anyone heard this? I sure dont want to.

Milwaukee - Fri, Oct 22, 1999 at 09:03:07 (PDT) | #30

Kent are drrrrreadful. Surely if there was a competition of "worst Radiohead-influenced band" they'd win hands down, even beating Muse! There are lots of rules in life, one of them being "all Swedish bands are shi*e unless they're Abba"

John <[email protected]>
Scotland - Fri, Oct 22, 1999 at 12:39:17 (PDT) | #31

But on a more +ve note, ver Furries will redeem the entire project. They're one band who you WOULDN'T associate with Ver Smiffs and I'm sure whatever they do will be inventive and fascinating.

John <[email protected]>
Scotland - Fri, Oct 22, 1999 at 12:41:39 (PDT) | #32

Kent often names The Smiths as, besides The Cure and Depeche Mode, the band that has meant most to them. And as I have understood it, Joakim Berg isn't very fond of interviews either... They steal quite a lot from many artists... Does it sound familiar with a countdown from 10-0 in a song with astronauts and the title "when it blows on the moon"?
But isn't "Helter Skelter" the original with fading out and coming back like that? But who cares anyway...

- Fri, Oct 22, 1999 at 15:44:08 (PDT) | #33

I deffinetly want to hear Radiohead and Belle & Sebastian do covers. I hope they are.

- Sun, Oct 24, 1999 at 01:10:44 (PDT) | #34

i think that everyone's just a little too overprotective on this site. I mean a tribute album is exactly what it says- a tribute. It isn't meant to take place of the originals...of course that could never happen. I hope that it is nearly as good as the Depeche Mode tribute 'For the Masses'. I would love to hear Gus Gus cover a Smith's song anyday.

mozfan <[email protected]>
Sacramento,CA - Sun, Oct 24, 1999 at 19:29:13 (PDT) | #35

"I Know it's Over"? Its been over.

- Tue, Oct 26, 1999 at 21:43:23 (PDT) | #36

* return to Morrissey-solo