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The Smiths – Complete

It’s impossible for me to separate The Smiths’ music from my strong personal connection to it. The Smiths were the first band that truly connected me with a world outside of where I had been before. From art, to humor, to the morose, to loneliness and isolation, the music touched me.

I came to find the Smiths in my early teens after a very major car accident in which I fractured my hip, pelvis, wrist (in two places) and had severe nerve damage down my leg. I was in the hospital for a month and a half in traction, unable to move my leg…stationary, idle, and in unbelievable amounts of pain. I had two major surgeries during that time. After the hospital, I had difficulty walking for years, lots of pain, and felt very self-conscious of being different and having different experiences than my friends. It was impossible to feel connected.

Before the accident, I mainly listened to Top 40: Prince, Van Halen (DLR era, thank you sweet baby Jesus), and other mainstream music. Post accident that music didn’t speak to me any longer. I can’t remember how I came across their music…probably 120 Minutes, Rolling Stone (remember when that was a good magazine?), or Spin (ditto), but when I did it hit me like a lightning rod, mainlining directly into the nerve center of where I was and how I was feeling. The Smiths are a touchstone band for me, marking a period of growth, understanding and exploration of music that still envelops my life today (and always will).

Rhino’s new box set includes all eight digitally remastered Smiths albums, including the four studio albums, the three compilations (Hatful of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen, and Louder Than Bombs), as well as the live album, Rank. The remastered music is pristine and the songs timeless.

A deluxe edition includes both CD and vinyl all 25 of The Smiths’ singles on 7” vinyl, art prints, a poster, and a DVD. These are individually numbered and limited to 4,000 worldwide.

It lacks extra vault offerings that remain unavailable due to well publicized differences on just about everything between band members, which disappoints. However, if you haven’t discovered the Smiths, now is a great time to dive in. If you are a fellow rabid fan and haven’t upgraded to the far superior sound of the releases this year, you won’t be disappointed.

How did you first connect with music?

[Editorial note: The “Complete” title is misleading since the set is missing a handful of officially released b-sides, notably “Wonderful Woman” and some live stuff.]


The Smiths Live at Irvine Meadows, 1985

The Smiths, live in 1985The Smiths at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

Irvine, CA, June 29, 1985

I don’t know if it’s still regarded as one of the ultimate destination points for teenagers, but in 1985 you could do no better than Southern California if you were a kid from Iowa. I’m guessing that the internet has localized a lot of the romanticism out of such locales and the landscapes of city individuality have replaced with a constant stream of familiar big box retail outlets, but back then it was cultural ground zero.

Remember the young longhair with the weed hanging out of his mouth getting off the bus in that Guns ‘N Roses video?

That shit really happened.

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Lost Classic: The The – Mind Bomb

The the - Mind BombThe theMind Bomb (Epic)

My introduction to The the was when Jake and I drove across Michigan—from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo to Detroit—to see them. I went simply because Johnny Marr was in the band. I was heavy into all things Marr then and since he was in the band for The the Vs. The World Tour 1990 then I was willing to do it despite never having heard a word or note of the music. That’s what young musical obsessions are all about.

Memories of the show still stir my soul. When the whale songs that made for warm-up music faded out (yes, whale songs) the Royal Oak Theater began to shake as Matt Johnson called out from off stage, “This is a dance band!” As a dedicated fan of The Smiths I have to admit I was a bit horrified by that declaration. But his meaning soon became clear: you will NOT be seated for this show.

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Morrissey Predicted Death of Princess Diana

Video: The Very Best of The Diana-Morrissey Phenomenon

“19 years to-the-day since Morrissey met guitarist Johnny Marr, Princess Diana is killed under circumstances foreshadowed in Morrissey’s work.” I absolutely love shit like this. So good, so fun, so nutty.

Princess Diana smashed into the 13th pillar in the underpass, which therefore means that she smashed into the 13th of the “arches” formed by those pillars. Correspondingly, Morrissey’s 13th word on Side 1 of the album THE QUEEN IS DEAD is the word “arches”; Morrissey’s 13th word on Side 2 of the album THE QUEEN IS DEAD is the word “smash.”

Can’t argue with that! Many more clues at THE DIANA-MORRISSEY PHENOMENON.

Thanks, Ray!

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Come As You Are…To the Hacienda

The Hacienda, ManchesterIt seems silly now, ludicrous even, but at the time I swear it was not only plausible…it almost worked.

In December 1991 I flew to the UK to meet up with Jake, who was on foreign study in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was my first solo foray out of the country and the realization of a lifelong Anglophile dream. The foundation of my friendship with Jake was based on our mutual love for The Beatles, and by extension, British musical culture. Our obsession for the Fabs morphed into an obsession with The Smiths and eventually Madchester bands like The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays. High on our list of tour stops was Manchester, the home to so many of our heroes.

“Oh, Manchester, so much to answer for…”

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Twitter Roundup #10

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter… We’re reposting 138 tweets this time with a total of 107 links to stuff that (mostly) didn’t end up on GLONO.

Phil tweets another show in Portland, this time featuring Hello Morning and Little Beirut. And I upload a blurry twitpic of Robbie Fulks and Nora O’Connor at the Hideout.

# “Stairway To Heaven” meets “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Could be about 40 seconds shorter, but it’s still better than Zep. http://ow.ly/18g23 about 2 hours ago

# Only a few days left to enter our birthday contest to win a free GLONO t-shirt. Do it. http://ow.ly/18dg5 about 4 hours ago

# RT @MOJOmagazine: Primal Scream will play Screamadelica live, in its entirety, at London’s Olympia in November! http://tinyurl.com/yfn6w7h about 5 hours ago

# “…and warning other whites that they can’t ever presume to know racial disadvantage.” (part 2 of 2) http://ow.ly/185cE about 15 hours ago

# “Take away his use of the ‘N-word,’ and you have a white musician commenting on the privilege of race…” (part 1 of 2) http://ow.ly/185cE about 15 hours ago

# “He is your grandmother’s living room. Don’t cause a ruckus.” RT @slicingeyeballs: Re-Surrender to Jonathan Richman http://bit.ly/aLnuaU about 17 hours ago

Lots more below, and you might consider following us on Twitter if you want to keep up with this stuff as it happens…

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Twitter Roundup #8

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Bobby Charles, songwriter of “Walking to New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator”, dead at 71. http://ow.ly/WP6u about 3 hours ago

# RT @slicingeyeballs: Robyn Hitchcock’s ‘Propellor Time,’ due March 22, to feature Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones http://ow.ly/WImE about 6 hours ago

# RT @billboardglenn: First the rumors, now the article. From Billboard.biz: Layoffs Begin Across Universal Music Group http://bit.ly/93c8vm about 17 hours ago

# RT @adamficek: so…….just got the bat call, it seems tonight is babyshambles at rhythm factory. Best get off train. about 20 hours ago

# On This Day in 2004: @staceykanderson interviews the music directors of one of the best college radio stations in America. http://ow.ly/WAGi about 20 hours ago

# RT @rockcritics: Lisa Robinson’s oral history of disco from #VanityFair features Moroder, Rodgers, Gaynor, et al. http://bit.ly/4xWDp7 about 21 hours ago

# Smoking Gun has FCC complaints re: @adamlambert AMA show: “total fagatoni which I am OK with.” Did @Buddyhead write that? http://ow.ly/WykU about 22 hours ago

Lots more after the jump…

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The Smiths Louder Than Bombs Photo Outtake


Posted this to Twitter already, but it’s too good not to share with everybody else. I stumbled across a very cool portrait of British playwright Shelagh Delaney from August 7, 1961 in Manchester. Fans of the Smiths will immediately recognize this photo as being very obviously from the same session as the photo that graces the cover of Louder Than Bombs.

If you haven’t read Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, you really should. It’s good, and it’s a treasure chest of Morrisseyisms. You can barely turn a page without uncovering another Smiths lyric. “I dreamt about you last night. Fell out of bed twice.” “That river, it’s the colour of lead.” And on and on.

Photo by Arnold Newman/Getty Images.

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7 Worlds Collide – The Sun Came Out

7 Worlds Collide - The Sun Came Out7 Worlds CollideThe Sun Came Out (Sony)

It should be enough to say that members of Crowded House, Wilco, The Smiths and Radiohead have come together to record an album. Anyone still on the fence should be swayed by the fact that the proceeds go to a charitable organization that fights poverty around the world with real solutions. Of course, that’s not enough.

Neil Finn originally launched this project as a 2001 live album, credited to Neil Finn and Friends. The original project featured Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien, Tim Finn, Sebastian Steinberg, Phil Selway, Lisa Germano, and Betchadupa (featuring Neil’s son Liam Finn). Eight years later, poverty remains and Finn has again called on some friends to help.

7 Worlds Collide Promo

Stream: 7 Worlds Collide – Learn to Crawl (Neil and Tim Finn)

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Johnny Marr’s Five Fave Singles (ft. Johnny Marr)

In a recent interview with Evening News 24, Johnny Marr admitted that he really likes the music he’s made over the years.

“I really loved the Modest Mouse album. I like a lot of Smiths records. I like Dusk by The The. I like some of the Electronic singles. It’s all part of the same life to. If I owned a jukebox, which I don’t, I could probably fill it with 45s out there that I’ve played on and enjoy.”

Here are the five singles featuring his own work he said he would put in that jukebox.

Video: Electronic – “Get The Message”

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