Super Furry Animals cover The Smiths’ ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ - NME

Listen to Super Furry Animals cover The Smiths’ ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ - NME
Jun 19, 2017

Super Furry Animals have released a cover of ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ – and it couldn’t be any more different from the seminal Smiths track.

The Welsh band are gearing up to re-release 1997 album ‘Radiator’ – and are releasing a whole load of bonus material to go with it.

As part of this, they’re including their extremely unique cover of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side – which was initially recorded by the band for the cover CD of a French music magazine.

Describing the track, frontman Gruff Rhys said: “We wanted to translate the lyrics of the Smiths track into French, so I spoke to a French friend of mine, who was actually working in Manchester, hence the half-French, half-Mancunian accent on the spoken introduction.

“It didn’t quite work out that way, although are elements of the translation on it if you listen carefully, so what we have instead is an instrumental homage. I can’t remember why it didn’t get released, but am glad it hasn’t been lost forever and Furries, perhaps even Smiths fans, can now make their mind up on how it compares to the original.”

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Always crashing in the same car
And wherever this cake was made, that bakery should be closed down forever.
:lbf: Don't blame the cake! It was just sitting there being delicious when these electro-clowns came in and stole it!


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The Super Furries are one of the most original and inventive bands of the last 20 or so years. Sadly this isn't one of their more inspired moments. (Morrissey's had quite a few of them too)

Quando quando quando

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Shouldn't there be a sticker on it? :rolleyes:
To get it available for at least as many real fans as possible and undermining the money making scoundrels on eBay?
And the Super Curries getting all worked up and showing their fans how much they love them?


I didn't hear a single note of the original Smiths' song in this cover.

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