the smiths a-z

  1. Famous when dead

    The Smiths A-Z: "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"

    With possible musical roots in early 1985, next up we have Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others. Released as a German-only single (Zensor/TELDEC). Cover star: Yootha Joyce as "Nan" in Catch Us If You Can (US: Having A Wild Weekend), 1965 by John Boorman. Although "produced by Morrissey and Marr"...
  2. Famous when dead

    The Smiths A-Z: "Shoplifters Of The World Unite"

    (Photo by James R. Reid, Memphis Press-Scimitar offices, '55). Next up in the push towards completing The Smiths A-Z is Shoplifters Of The World Unite. Recorded in November 1986 and produced solely by a post-accident Johnny Marr (Stephen Street was asked, but was unavailable). The track...
  3. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Sheila Take a Bow"

    Our next track in the Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a standalone single in April 1987 and reaching #10 on the UK singles chart. "Sheila Take a Bow" was also included on the compilation album Louder Than Bombs. The song was never played live by the Smiths, and has been performed...
  4. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Shakespeare's Sister"

    Our next track in the Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a standalone single in March 1985 and reaching #26 on the UK singles chart. "Shakespeare's Sister" was also included on the compilation albums Louder Than Bombs and The World Won't Listen. The song was played live by the Smiths...
  5. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Rusholme Ruffians"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from the Meat is Murder album, released in 1985 and subsequently included on the Rank live album. The song was performed live 75 times by the Smiths, but has never been played by Morrissey as a solo artist. What do we think?
  6. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, the lead-off track from the Strangeways Here We Come album of 1987. The song was never played live by the Smiths but has been played 15 times by Morrissey. What do we think?
  7. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Rubber Ring"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, originally a B-side on the "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" single in September 1985, and subsequently included on Rank as well as The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs compilations. What do we think?
  8. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Reel Around the Fountain"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this, the lead-off song from the debut album of 1984 - also included on the Hatful of Hollow compilation. The song was played live 70 times by the Smiths. It has never been performed by Morrissey. What do we think?
  9. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "The Queen Is Dead"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project, and just in time for the start of the Jubilee weekend in the UK, is this song, the title and lead-off track from The Queen Is Dead album, released in 1986. The song was also released as a single in June 2017, when it reached #85 in the UK singles chart. The...
  10. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Pretty Girls Make Graves"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from the debut album of 1984. The song was played live 58 times by the Smiths. It has never been performed by Morrissey. What do we think?
  11. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, originally a B-side on the "William, It Was Really Nothing" single in August 1984, and subsequently included on the Hatful of Hollow compilation. The song was played live 21 times by the Smiths, and has been played 121 times by Morrissey. What do...
  12. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Panic"

    Our next track in the Smiths A-Z project is this song, released as a standalone single in July 1986 and reaching #11 on the UK singles chart. "Panic" 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. The...
  13. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Paint a Vulgar Picture"

    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 has been played 46 times by Morrissey, all in 1997. What do we think?
  14. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Oscillate Wildly"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this instrumental track, first released as a B-side on the "How Soon Is Now?" single in 1985 and then included on The World Won't Listen compilation. The song was never performed live by the Smiths (although they did soundcheck it on the North American part...
  15. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Nowhere Fast"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from the Meat is Murder album, released in 1985. The song was performed live 71 times by the Smiths, while it has been played live four times by Morrissey, all in 2009. What do we think?
  16. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Never Had No One Ever"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, the fourth track on The Queen Is Dead album, released in 1986. The song was performed live 30 times by the Smiths, while it has been played live six times by Morrissey, all in 2021. What do we think?
  17. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Money Changes Everything"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this instrumental track, first released as a B-side on the "Bigmouth Strikes Again" single in 1986 and subsequently included on The World Won't Listen compilation. The track was then adapted into the Bryan Ferry song "The Right Stuff" - released as the first...
  18. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Miserable Lie"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song from the debut album of 1984. The song was played live 103 times by the Smiths. It has never been performed by Morrissey. What do we think?
  19. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "Meat Is Murder"

    Next up in our (much delayed, apologies!) Smiths A-Z project is this song, the title track from the Meat is Murder album, released in 1985. The song was performed live 75 times by the Smiths, while it has been played live a meagre 386 times by Morrissey. What do we think?
  20. BookishBoy

    The Smiths A-Z: "London"

    Next up in our Smiths A-Z project is this song, originally a B-side on the "Shoplifters of the World" single in January 1987, and subsequently included on The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs compilations. The song was played live 11 times by the Smiths, and has been played 41 times by...
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