the smiths a-z

  1. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Death at One's Elbow"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from the Strangeways Here We Come album of 1987. The song was never played live by the Smiths but was played by Morrissey at his Wolverhampton show in December 1988 and then resurrected for the Swords tour in 2009. What do we think?
  2. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Cemetry Gates"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from The Queen Is Dead album of 1986. "Cemetry Gates" was also released as a B-side on the "Ask" single, later that year. The song was played live by the Smiths 41 times, all in 1986. What do we think?
  3. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side"

    Our next track in the Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a single in September 1985 and reaching #23 on the UK singles chart. "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" was also included on The Queen Is Dead the following year, as well as being featured on the Rank live album. A demo...
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    The Smiths A-Z: "Bigmouth Strikes Again"

    Our next track in the Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a single in May 1986 and reaching #26 on the UK singles chart. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was also included on The Queen Is Dead (released the following month), as well as being featured on the Rank live album. The song was played...
  5. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Barbarism Begins at Home"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from the Meat is Murder album of 1985. "Barbarism Begins at Home" was released as a single in Germany and Italy in April of that year by Rough Trade and there was also a promo-only UK 12-inch. The song did see a more official UK release as a...
  6. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Back To The Old House"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, which exists in two main iterations: the Hatful of Hollow version (recorded for the John Peel Radio 1 show in September 1983) and the studio version which appeared as a B-side of "What Difference Does It Make?" in January 1984. The song was...
  7. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Asleep"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a B-side on "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" in August 1985. "Asleep" was also included on the compilation albums Louder Than Bombs and The World Won't Listen. The song was played live by the Smiths just the once, at the Inverness...
  8. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Ask"

    Our second track in the Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a standalone single in October 1986 and reaching #14 on the UK singles chart. "Ask" was also included on the compilation albums Louder Than Bombs and The World Won't Listen, as well as being featured on the Rank live album...
  9. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Accept Yourself"

    We kick off the Smiths A-Z project with this song, which exists in two main iterations: the Hatful of Hollow version (recorded for the David Jensen Radio 1 show in August 1983) and the studio version which appeared as a B-side of "This Charming Man" in October 1983. I've also added the Troy Tate...
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