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The Smiths...

This may surprise you but I have made it through 33 and a half years and managed to NEVER hear a Smiths album all the way through. Sure I know a number of their songs (who growing up in the 80's and being part of the alternative scene doesn't), sure back in sixth form The Smiths were a popular band and got played on the stereo in the common room, but I've never owned a Smiths record and never listened to more than a few songs courtesy of friends or fellow students.

This was partially because I never really used to think much of them. I liked a couple fo tracks here and there but on the whole I could pass them by quite easily.

Well, years pass and after hearing a few of their tracks recently both on telly and at work courtesy of Sean (a *big* Smiths/Morrissey Fan) I found myself wanting a better listen. Then I discovered their 'The Very Best Of....' on a site for £6. 22 Tracsk. All the popular tunes. Well, I thought why not and ordered it.

It arrived today.

I've so far listened to the whole thing twice. It seems that The Smiths have finally grown on me. Not when I was a mopey teenager but now when I'm a mopey thirty-something. Better late than never I guess?

Anyway, I take back anything negative I've ever said about The Smiths. My teenage student mates were right. They are pretty good.

Although saying that I am now listening to HIM's latest offering 'Dark Light'. Just for a change of pace you understand :p


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Dec. 13th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
"The Smiths" and "The Queen Is Dead" are the two MUST OWN albums of theirs.

So much of their stuff has been repackaged so many times, it's nice having these two in their original form.

"Meat Is Murder" and "Strangeways Here We Come" are both quite good, but the other two are near-perfect.

Must listen to "The Queen Is Dead" now...
Dec. 14th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
I just can't get past the whiney voice I'm afraid, which is probably a shame. Morissey is up there with Tony Blair and Michael Douglas on my to be avoided at all costs lists.

So I've made it beyond 40 without ever hearing a Smiths' album through. Or a Cannibal Corpse album either.
Dec. 14th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
I know, I can't get past the voice either. I think he needs to suck some Lockets, and clear out his nasal passages.

Dec. 14th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
The Smiths- the first ORIGINAL British band ever created.

Think about it.
The Beatles began doing rock and roll covers.
The Stones were derivatives of the emergent evolutionary British sound.
The Sex Pistols were just ripping off the New York Dolls.

The Smiths appeared with NO previous form.
Morissey's voice is actually quite varied when you listen to it. The lyrics are often painfully funny... and you forget Johnny Marr's AWESOME guitar sound ("How soon is now" IS a classic rift, up there with the greats).

I HATED the Smiths when they first came out. Took me a few years- I was a DJ. Watched the reaction to "What differance does it make" a few times, started listening and POP! Hooked!

That was the key really... if The Smiths were so morose and whiney, I could never work out why they did so many dance floor fillers!
Dec. 14th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
I was very disappointed by HIM. I thought from the imagery that they were death metal slightly to the right of Slipknot and Amen, so was quite shocked to hear that they sound like a bad rip-off of the Mission. Didn't quite fit, somehow.
Dec. 14th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
I've never listened to a whole Smiths album
Dec. 14th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
I do like the Smiths... mostly because Morrissey is such a comedian! I am sure there are people out there that will shoot me down for that comment but so many of the songs are just so funny! Cutting in some cases - but funny.
Dec. 14th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Not as whiney as Tom Yorke, Matt Bellamy, or Alan Titchmarsh.
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