Far Out: "The Story Behind The Song: The Smiths lay strong foundations on ‘This Charming Man’"

Far Out Magazine - Jack Whatley (January 2, 2020)


The Story Behind The Song:
The Smiths lay strong foundations on ‘This Charming Man’

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Excerpt:

"The story goes that The Smiths were enjoying a two-week break from the road which led to Morrissey sitting down in front of his television ready to take in some of Britain’s finest programming. He happened to land upon the late night showing on BBC1 of the 1972 film Sleuth. The film starred the acclaimed pairing of Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine and it was an exchange between the two which would spark the wheels of the song in motion."

https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/the-smiths-morrissey-marr-this-charming-man-story-behind-the-song/

A look at some formative factors around the song.
Regards,
FWD.
 

gordyboy9

rip roaring,free scoring,never boring, celtic.
watched sleuth a few weeks ago,olivier says to caine,your just a jumped up pantry boy,great film with the legendary larry olivier.
 

Houdini

Junior Member
this charming man? Don’t be daft. It’s b-sides, Jeane & Wonderful woman are better. TCM is one of my least fave smiths songs.
Also Great but nothing beats TCM. Be it the Manchester, London, Hatful-version. Just the opening note and line kills me.
 
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