Songs that influenced The Smiths & Morrissey compilation (MP3)

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  1. Famous when dead

    Famous when dead Vulgarian Moderator

    Dec 7, 2000
    Birmingham, U.K.
    Here's a wonderful bit of work.
    Back in the mists of time - 2007 to be precise, Uncleskinny shared a compilation that is very worthy of adding to any collection:

    Songs that influenced The Smiths & Morrissey.

    I have uploaded it to a static address to share, upgraded a Billy Fury track, sourced track 30 and added a picture of Victoria - which seemed apt.

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    Useful information was added with each track:

    1) Elvis Presley - (Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame
    The melody is borrowed for Rusholme Ruffians

    2) The Beatles - Dear Prudence
    Death Of A Disco Dancer has a very similar tune and structure

    3) Hamilton Bohannon - Disco Stomp
    Marr has written that he borrowed the rhythm of this for How Soon Is Now

    4) Victoria Wood - Fourteen Again
    Rusholme Ruffians borrows lyrically from this song. It also borrows from another Victoria Wood song - 'Funny How Things Turn Out', which contains the line "My faith in myself is still devout". However, I couldn't find this song to include in this compilation. Can anyone help? -
    Now added - see track 30 FWD.

    5) James Taylor - Handy Man
    Reel Around The Fountain has a similar structure

    6) Sandie Shaw - Heaven Knows I'm Missing Him Now
    The title has obviously been appropriated...

    7) and 8) Marvin Gaye and The Rolling Stones - Hitch Hike
    The opening was borrowed for There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

    9) The Velvet Underground - I Can't Stand It
    Marr has written that the structure and 'feel' of the song as in his mind while writing The Queen Is Dead

    10) Billy Fury - I'll Never Quite Get Over You
    Goddard points out that Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me draws on this song

    11) Paul Jones - I've Been A Bad Bad Boy
    Uses the line "I'm not the man you think I am", as heard in Pretty Girls Make Graves

    12) The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash
    Often cited as an influence on The Queen Is Dead

    13) Patti Smith - Kimberly
    The Hand That Rocks The Cradle has a very similar stucture

    14) David Bowie - Kooks
    Contains the line "If your homework brings you down, then we'll throw it on the fire" - very similar to the line in Sheila Take A Bow

    15) New York Dolls - Lonely Planet Boy
    There Is A Light...draw on this song for inspiration, especially the bits about "..driving in your car"

    16) The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
    Drawn on for The Draize Train

    17) T-Rex - Metal Guru
    The inspiration for Panic

    18) Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
    Although few have heard it, Marr admits it is identical in tune and structure to the lost song "A Matter Of Opinion". One of the reasons it was dropped was that Marr thought it was too blatant a steal.

    19) Sparks - Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
    Astonishingly similar to Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference

    20) The Cookies - Only To Other People
    Borrowed wholesale for Girl Least Likely To

    21) T-Rex - Ride A White Swan
    Recycled for Certain People I Know

    22) Jo Jo Gunne - Run Run Run
    Johnny Rogan cites this song as the inspiration for What Difference Does It Make, although it's not easy to spot

    23) Johnny Tillotson - Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
    Lyrically culled for Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

    24) Reparata - Shoes
    Drawn on for A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours

    25) Leonard Cohen - Take This Longing
    Hand in Glove borrows the line "Everything depends upon how near you sleep to me"

    26) Ricky Valance - Tell Laura I Love Her
    Goddard points out that Girlfriend In A Coma draws on this song

    27) Elvis Presley - That's Alright Mama
    Some say How Soon Is Now owes a bit to this song

    28) Joni Mitchell - The Silky Veils Of Ardor
    Seasick Yet Still Docked borrows several lines

    29) Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us
    William It Was Really Nothing borrows the line "The rain is pouring on the foreign town, the bullets cannot cut you down"

    30) Victoria Wood - Funny How Things Turn Out
    Which contains the line "My faith in myself is still devout"!I8dRAaqJ!J9WYByKhcut121N2x9bfkA

    A HUGE thanks to Uncleskinny for pulling the tracks together 12 (!!) years ago.
    I hope people will still find it useful.

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  2. Old Mathew

    Old Mathew Active Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Thanks FWD! To be more specific re: Jumpin' Jack Flash:

    "Guitarist Johnny Marr told Guitar Player that this was The Smiths' answer to The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash": "With 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', I was trying to write my 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.' I wanted something that was a rush all the way through, without a distinct middle eight as such."
  3. beanburger

    beanburger New Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Big thanks for this, Famous. I've always thought Mr.Soul owed more than a little to Keef's Satisfaction riff.
  4. Halloway

    Halloway Guest

    In light of recent comments by Johnny, 'Rebel Rebel' by David Bowie could be added to this list. He cited that song as an influence on the opening riff on 'Hand in Glove.'
  5. Famous when dead

    Famous when dead Vulgarian Moderator

    Dec 7, 2000
    Birmingham, U.K.

    This too:

    The collection isn't exhaustive and could certainly be added to.

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