ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Found another Smiths tribute album and finally had enough time to listen to it. I don't know why I do this to myself. I really don't. Anyway, here's 'Wonderwall' here's The World Still Won't Listen.

I'm not sure if the totally inventive and original title should be a plus or not. Considering the contents of the album, it just might be.

front cover


1. "Shoplifters of the World Unite" - Dare to Defy
I was a bit unprepared for the genre I stepped into (yes, people, it's a Genre Album), so I spent this first song with this exact expression: o_O.
Um, the song was fast. Yeah, that's probably best this that can be said about it.

2. "London" - Down By Law
This one is similar to the original except for the guitar coda. The fact that you can actually hear the basisst is, of course, the highlight.

3. "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" - Anal Cunt
Two simultaneous reactions occur while listening to this one: LOL and WTF? Seriously, it sounds like the singer is in grave danger of spraining something (he also sounds like a prticularly annoying frog with a sore throat). I'm almost worried. Apart from that, you won't understand the lyrics if you haven't heard them before.

4. "What Difference Does It Make?" - Subzero
Oh oh, I can recognise the beginning riff - that's always a plus. The vocalist isn't a plus, though. Interestingly enough, he also sounds like a frog with a sore throat but it's not as annoying as the previous one.
The bassist is crap, the chorus was changed, the harmony buggered off to parts unknown. All in all, a more pointless bleating has never been heard.

5. "How Soon Is Now" - The Meatmen
First impression: WTF is this?
*25 seconds in*: Oh, it's 'How Soon... . Okay then.
The vocalist really got into this, though I'm pretty sure that in the first chorus he sings "I'm Ewan..." - I haven't laughed like that since track 2. The lyrics in the subsequent choruses were changed too - to more coarse and more with the image of 'fuck yeah, we're so fucking hardcore, man'. Yes, perfect for The Smiths cover, but it brings to mind Satanism for pre-schoolers just a bit more.

6. "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" - H2O
This... is not bad actually. It does resemble the pop-punk Greenday aesthetics and the singer sounds like he's doing a parody of Mozzer's singing voice, but the drummer gives it all he's got and that's an attitude I like.

7. "Handsome Devil" - Sweet Diesel
Well, at least the beginning is recognisable. The vocalist is a bit annoying (funny, I seem to see a pattern emerging here) and he also sings "a girl in the bush..." - NO HOMO, people, just so we're clear.

8. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" - Slapshot
LOL, the band has got The Animal from the Muppets as their vocalist. Right, whatever floats your boat. You'll have absolutely no idea, though, what said vocalist is singing about (an educated guess would suggest the actual lyrics to "Bigmouth..." but you never know).

9. "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" - Screw 32
Another Mozzer-vocal impostor, but the cover is not the worst I've ever heard. Also, it is entirely possible the singer cries at the end. Emo *trololol*.

10. "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" - Leeway
No idea why this one was included on the cover album since it's obviously Morrissey's solo era, but it too was murdered. The delivery and beat are very straightforward and this is not a compliment. The cover lacks the 'swing' of the original and if there ever was a time to mourn the lack of Joyce's drumming (as it almost invariably is with covers), it is now as well.

11. "What She Said" - Youth Brigade
Another Moz impostor. The song is pretty OK, though the second verse is a bit of WTF musically. No, I don't know either.

12. "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" - Vision
And here we've got a very nice day at the races, to use a quote (faster, man! Faster!). The bassist was all right, at least he tried, even though it didn't amount to much in the end. In a word: not the worst, though that instrumental bit in the middle was pretty unnecessary.

13. "Half a Person" - Edgewise
Hm, this one sounds rather threatening. Brings to mind a mass murderer with a grudge, actually.

14. "Panic" - The Business
Wouldn't know it's "Panic" without the lyrics. But it did have rather nice Slide-like, well... guitar sliding.
Also, the singer's accent is rather endearing. But it does not make the song a good cover.

15. "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" - 59 Times the Pain
Ow, my ears. The vocalist is a complete waste of time. The bassist tried to save the song and if you're feeling charitable you might say he succeeded a bit.

16. "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" - Home 33
Hm, and people pay to see their gigs? Seriously? Wow.
The band try their best to erase anything that resembles melody and harmony from the song. I don't know what it ever did to them.
The bassist heroically tried to save it. Didn't quite succeed. R.I.P.

17. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" - Walleye
Oh, you can recognise the song from the very beginning. How thoughtful. And the song is not entirely horrible. The vocalist gets a tad hysterical, but at least he sings what was written.

18. "Back to the Old House" - Lament
OMG, something slow and it looks like it's gonna stay this way. This is actually pretty good as far as the covers go, but then again, it's very straightforward and very close to the original.

And that is all. Thank God because I don't think I could take much more.


The review was first published in "Shopliftersmag" - an online Smiths fanzine that you can check out on: Google Docs or Issuu
ad00absurdum: (tumblr - oh god)
Oh God, they found me! Jetlag on Tumblr reblogged my photo of Andy Rourke, Ole Koretsky and Allan Dias that Ole posted on his Twitter ages ago. For those having no idea who Jetlag are: they are Ole Koretsky and ANDY ROURKE.

And they've found my Tumblr *is about to hyperventilate*.

OK, OK, it must be just Ole 'cos Andy never goes further than Twitter and Facebook.
The time it took me to convince myself of this has been the most nerve-racking 3 minutes of my life.

Good thing I never post on Tumblr any links to my fics *slumps with relief*.
ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
So, here it is. Finally after months of waiting, the first issue of the SHOPLIFTERSMAG. Read, enjoy and share. And if you like it, please consider leaving a comment on the fanzine's Tumblr or e-mail the editor (address in the fanzine itself).

SHOPLIFTERSMAG on Issuu

SHOPLIFTERSMAG on Google Docs

ad00absurdum: (quote - mitch benn)
So, the new Morrissey album has just been released and the other day I went to a music shop to see if they've already got it and think about maybe buying it. I did buy it in the end - I guess I just like to torture myself. The bloke sure left his philosophy of "we don't have to be violent or ugly, we can just be charming" or "it takes guts to be gentle and kind" a mile behind.
And then there's still the matter of court case and other things and I just want to punch him in the face most of the times.

And his bassists and drummers nowadays make my ears bleed with their utter mediocrity.

Anyway, yeah, I think I need to prepare myself mentally for this album first.

On a more positive note, during that trip I also bought Kajagoogoo's box set: two Kajagoogoo albums, one Kaja album and two Limahl solo albums. And that particular bout of insanity can be ascribed entirely to Whitechapel. Because there is Kent and his stupid tie with his stupid band pins (evidence below). I nearly pissed myself laughing when I saw one of the badges is a Kajagoogoo one and then I got thinking that it must have been the music of Kent's early childhood so maybe he's feeling nostalgic for that and he probably watched Never Ending Story when he was a kid and if he liked/listened to Kajagoogoo when he was little, he probably listened to Eurythmics and is so indoctrinated by Wham!'s Last Christmas he thinks it's not a proper Christmas until he hears it.

Greetings, my dwelling-in-the-same-childhood-music-landscape friend :D

Also, the above story shows once again why I shouldn't be allowed into music shops when I've got spare money on me.

ad00absurdum: (quote - mitch benn)
Thought I'll write something. I'm not quite dead yet, after all.

I've been reading Morrissey's Autobiography instead. Mixed feelings about this one. I'm only 1/3 into the book, but I've had a peek at the later pages and let's just say Mozzer's psyche doesn't look completely healthy. Everyone is out to get his money. Money that should be his and his alone (and no managers because they all just want Mozzer's money too. Managers are probably the source of all evil and out to get not only artist's money but his blood as well). Really sad to read especially because this paranoia cost The Smiths so dearly.

It is a bit better when Morrissey talks about his childhood or early years. His primary goal is still a good turn of phrase rather than the truth (though, in those early years/pages he probably stays closer to the truth than in the later ones), but when he isn't in the middle of his personal vendetta, it's a really great read.

Interestingly enough, we do seem to agree on The Smiths debut album - it should've and could've been so much more. Or in Morrissey's own words: "the album ought to have been a dangerous blow from the buckle-end of a belt, but instead it is a peck on the cheek." Well, I don't mind a peck on the cheek so much, but I do agree with Mozzer, particularly on What Difference Does It Make?: "the loose swain's saunter now sounded stiff and inflexible, the drums sounding too frightened to move, the voice sounding like something gone to its reward - or, at least, resting in peace."

Quite.

As usual, though, the book is fantastic as a fic-fodder. The scene when The Smiths went to New York and Mozzer discovered cockroaches in his room and before he finally went out alone he knocked on the other Smiths doors seems particularly promising. In reality none of the other three were in, but a nice AU could change that a bit *evil smile*.

And, a personal favourite - I like how Moz praises Andy's playing: he says he loved his cello on Shakespeare's Sister and in another place describes Andy's bass as "pealing swagger". I have never heard it described more accurately or more sensually, in fact. I think a new favourite tag has just been born.

All in all, it is a good read, but if someone looks for a factual account of The Smiths days / Moz solo career, they'd better read something else.
ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Holidays holidays and then you blink and it's over. Anyway, listened to a fairly recent programme on EVR (archive) where Tony Fletcher talks about his new book - a memoir Boy About Town. Tony invited Andy Rourke for the second half of the show to sort of compare their growing up in England and their music journey through young adulthood. They began with Andy's metaphor - tasteless as ever :D - comparing big holes in the old singles to... well... other holes decidedly elsewhere. At least it sounded like Andy wanted to facepalm himself that he listened to Tony and said that.

Then it turned out that Andy as a kid had a big crush on Suzi Quatro and, interestingly, some boy-crush(es). Nice and convenient *eyes pen and paper with intent*. It also looks like Andy went to almost every gig with Johnny. And obsessed about Mick Karn.

Oh, and he did a "speed reading" of Morrissey's autobiobraphy. LOL, I can almost see those pink cheeks and pleasant surprise when he read that he was "very funny" and "good bassist". Missed the bit about "overfed Roman Emperor", though, LOL. I haven't reached that point in the book yet either, but I can say it does appear to be rather accurate if funny. Could be applied to Mozzer himself just as well, though.

And since we're on the subject of my favourite bassist, here's a short recent intervew with him. Love the bit about Johnny first handing him a bass and Andy's reaction :D

ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Ahem, don't mind me. Really. Just posting to keep track of the article (oh, Andrew, y u so precious?)

Linked by a friend on Twitter: Bigmouth Strikes Again: Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke Tells All

Highlights include:
- emotional turmoil while listening to The Smiths
- tales of obsessive fans (I do remember A.Ison as well. Good old times.)
- tales of driving around the block with Johnny
- running with scissors (not really, though)
ad00absurdum: (quote - mitch benn)
Time for CD 2 of Please, Please, Please, a Tribute to The Smiths. Hm, it hasn't been a week since CD 1 - I must be tougher than I thought. All right, let's be brave then and without further ado, begin at the beginning:

1. Telekinesis - Sheila Take a Bow
Pretty similar to the original track except the vocalist has a whiny voice that brings to mind Liam Gallagher. Not an association I particularly care for, but that's a question of taste (or lack thereof. No sorry, I'm joking. Sort of. No, I am :) )
Otherwise this attempt falls rather flat, it has to be said.

2. Solvents - Is It Really So Strange?
Ouch, my ears. But I've never liked country, so the nicest thing I can say about this cover is that it's short. The melody is reduced to acoustic guitar, drums (a drum?) and a violin. And a guy singing into a metal bucket (seriously, the echo?). Oh, and then towards the end, a girl joins him in the chorus. What for isn't explained.

3. The Wedding Present - Hand In Glove
Damn, I like The Wedding Present, but I don't buy this version. Still, it's one of the better ones on this album. It's noticeably heavier than the original, full of distorted noisy guitars. Pity the bass line went out of the window, tough. The vocalist seems better suited for something other than this song too - there's something that just doesn't fit here.
I quite like the abrupt ending, though.

4. Mike Viola And the Section Quartet - How Soon Is Now?
As the name of the artist and the accompanying "band" suggests, this is indeed played entirely on strings. Quite interesting, especially how they did the "swamp" effect. And they even played the whistling :)
If only there was no singing. Then it might even be a bit more than bearable. The vocalist - Mike in question, I suppose - has got a really really annoying voice but, as always, you can't have everything.

5. Trespassers William - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Oh no, this is going to be a dirge. A slow dying in other words, considering the lyrics (see, see, a pun :) ) And this is probably just my problem, but I hate American accent in British songs. Even from a female vocalists with nice voices.
Also, the band probably are trying to put the listener to sleep. Quite humane of them, I'm sure, seeing as there are five tracks still left.
I don't know, some cover of this song could probably be good, but this isn't the one. There's no drama of the original, no passion. Remember the second verse? the one about "darkened underpass"? You can hear the hope and desperation and then quiet retreat in the words Morrissey was singing, in how he was singing. Here? absolutely nothing. The underpass is full of sleepy hipster kids, it looks like.

6. Girl In a Coma - Rubber Ring
Well, with a name like this, you have obligations. And what? And... you managed to surprise me.
This starts like another godawful country song until the vocalist starts singing. Then it gets interesting. I really like that woman's voice (Polish listeners may find it a bit similar to Monika Brodka. That's a plus, people). I could even go as far as to say I would love to hear more of Smiths songs sung in that voice, but the music would have to start being listenable as well. That might be a problem.
I like the ending - not as creepy as the original, which is actually good, and those whispers are great.

7. Elk City - I Know It's Over
At first it sounds like just a slightly cheaper version of Vini Reilly's guitar work. Then we have, umm, rhytmic pop. I do like the bass line here even though there's nothing left of Rourkey's sliding (forgive me, Andrew). A bit dance-y version - but fit for a decent indie disco - which is especially obvious in the chorus. And yet, despite all of that, I can listen to it without too much wincing. Amazing.

8. Katy Goodman - What She Said
You know, I'm starting to suspect the sole idea behind the music arrangements on this album was to make lullabies from the most energetic songs and vice-versa. I'm yawning for real now.
Also, I think the vocalist sings "what she read, all heavy books". Yes, she probably read encyclopedia, LOL.

9. Cinerama - London
Cinerama - the name actually sounds familiar. If I could only remember why. Anyway, maybe it's not that great a loss because listening to this cover doesn't inspire confidence in the band whatsoever. Remember what I said about the idea for musical arrangements here? that's right, another dirge. Only peppered with sound effects of a radio set being tuned (you know, the scratchy sound of foreign radio stations).
Whatever for, you ask? I have no idea. It doesn't add meaning to the song, it doesn't do anything actually beside being vaguely irritating. It's like the band got into the studio, got their hands on the sound library and took to it like a horse to hay.

10. Doug Martsch - Reel Around the Fountain
Oh. My. God. The drummer knows what he's doing. And the bassist too, somewhat (catch me, I'm gonna faint from shock). The guitarist indulges in wah-wah somewhere in the middle, but it can be forgiven.
This cover is probably the one of the most faithful to the original. The guys here don't try to make the song better / something terribly inventive / radically different / WTF is that? and it does them credit. It's a simple straightforward cover that gives you an idea why there can never be another band like The Smiths. Not for the lack of trying.


And thus we end our journey into this album's depths. Well, okay, it was more like splashing in a shallow kiddie-pool, occasionally encountering belly-upped fish, but you get the idea.

Good night and thank you.
ad00absurdum: (quote - mitch benn)
album cover

Various Artists - Please, Please, Please, a Tribute to The Smiths


I've recently found that album online and took the opportunity to torture myself with it. Managed to get through to the end, though not in one go. The album consists of two CDs and even I'm not that patient/determined/prone to fits of self-abuse.

CD 1

1. Kitten - Panic
A not entirely bad Panic/Death of a Disco Dancer combo. Would probably be better if the band did a cover of Death... rather than Panic, because the bits of the former that we hear sound much more interesting than what the band did eventually, but what can you do? *he asks rhetorically*.
The singer is a girl with a really nice voice and I've always rather liked to hear the contrast of a female voice in Smiths songs. Also, the lyrics were changed slightly to accomodate American setting (so there's e.g. Los Angeles instead of London).
The band's got a stupid name, but let's not hold it against them because this song is one of the better ones on the album.

2. The Rest - Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
Wow, at first they sound like they're playing in a hangar next door. Pity the walls are so thin. There's also no bass (or if there is, you can't hear it), which annoys me especially because I've got an unhealthy and, let's face it, rather kinky fascination with Rourke's bass lines because the song was originally driven solely by a bass line and it seemed so important part of it that to remove it would be to destroy the song. You just wait for it to crash like a car that's got no driver behind the wheel.
Well, enough bad metaphors. The song actually sounds a bit psychodelic - or noisy, if you prefer - except the singer sounds a lot hysterical (and by that I don't mean funny). I guess he thought with lyrics like that he had to be. The question 'why?' remains a mystery.

3. Joy Zipper - What Difference Does It Make?
And we're suddenly transported into the 80's when New Romantic was the latest fad and Visage ruled the airwaves and the charts.
And that's really all I can say about this cover. The lyrics were changed and one of the lines became And your prejudice won't keep me warm tonight, which seems awfully presumptious.

4. Tanya Donelly / Dylan In the Movies - Shoplifters of the World Unite
Aw, folk slash country song. How... inappropriate. Sort of a waste of time unless someone likes girls with guitars, violins and sleep-inducing voices.

5. William Fitzsimmons - Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want
A guy with a voice like a dying flower (oh so quiet and sensitive) and a banjo. Marr's many many guitar layers are of course gone. Hard to say if it's good or bad. Maybe it's not bad at all because attempting that would probably lead to somewhat of an embarrassment on the attempting guitarist part.

6. Sixpence None the Richer - I Won't Share You
Hey, I think I actually know them. They had this one song which I really liked. I don't remember how cute the singer was in the video so the song must have been good.
This cover - meh, not the worst one. The sound of a tin bucket being hit repeatedly in lieu of a snare drum is somewhat annoying, but I've heard worse.

7. Sara Lov - Well I Wonder
Not bad, but then again this is one of my favourite songs. The two bass lines of the original are, naturally, absent, but this girl has a nice singing voice and there's a nice piano in there and even the dreadfully regular drum pattern doesn't bother me.
On the other hand there's this terrible clapping: e.g on please keep me in mind line and this is the final stand of all I am. Why oh why would someone do something like that?

8. Greg Laswell - Half a Person
Another sensitive guy with a piano this time. In short - an acoustic ballad and that's really all that can be said about it. Entirely forgettable.

9. Dala - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Yet another acoustic ballad: a girl with a guitar and I'm slowly starting to fall asleep. Nice that the end is near.
But seriously, this could be a lullaby - so delicate and so putting to sleep. Drama and heartbreak? whatcha talking about?

10. Chikita Violenta - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
The beginning sounds especially unpleasant, but it gets better (oh thank Lord). Not too much and not for long, but just slightly better. Until the vocalist starts singing. Well now, that's annoying, though one probably shouldn't expect much from the band/performer? with a name like this.
Overall, the song resembles something fit for a really really bad indie disco. And the outro is even worse than the beginning, but yessss, we've finally reached THE END.


I'll review Part 2 in another post at another time. I need to recuperate from Part 1 first. A good cup of tea and Hatful of Hollow on a loop for about a week should do the trick.
ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Day 7: Song That Saved Your Life

Well now, that is a question of quite a mammoth calibre. And there's something wrong with it. It's quite all right to hear it sung by Mozzer (for those who don't know: it's from Rubber Ring and the line goes "and don't forget the songs that made you smile and the songs that saved your life") because the context there is a little bit different. Namely it's quite clear the 'saving' is figurative.
Now, on its own the question implies The Smiths fans are indeed suicidal and need a song to save their life quite literally. And I don't appreciate this implication.

Besides, as another man sang, quite poetically I might add (and I'd have never thought I'd say those words about one of the Gallagher brothers) "Don't put your life in the hands of a rock'n'roll band" and that's the advice we all should heed. Really, we'd be much better for it. Not that we will heed it actually, but that's one of the most useful things (if not the most useful thing) pop music has ever said.

Back to the question, it's This Charming Man for the simple reason of being the first Smiths song I've ever heard. I don't know if there's any other way this question can be answered, really. It has to be the first song you hear because then you discover the band, fall in love and put them in a position to save your life. Simple if a bit disfunctional. Or is it?

And with Day 7, the Smiths meme is finally complete. I bet you all sigh with relief. Yes, I do too.
ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
OK, I thought I might post it to my own journal as well, even if only for the purpose of keeping fic ideas/prompts somewhere I could find them quickly.

So, I have finally finished reading Tony Fletcher's book and it only took me, what, eight months? I could say it was because I wanted to wrap myself in the atmosphere, immerse myself in time past and enjoy tasting every word, but in reality I never had enough time, so the process was slow.

Well, all right, there was some tasting and wrapping as well (to the point that when one afternoon I heard Wham on the radio, I wondered when they were gonna tour their new album. Who needs drugs to alter their perception of reality when you've got books?).

As for A Light..., it really is great and I heartily recommend it to anyone wanting to familiarise themselves with The Smiths history - not only fans but even people who don't know the band. It's a very good read: the book is well-written, the author is actually objective and he doesn't force his own opinions on the reader. And what's even better, the book is actually about The Smiths as a group, and not only about Morrissey and Marr which was one of the major problems (at least for me) with Severed Alliance by Johnny Rogan. Even though I liked that book too, this one is better. Actually, it is probably the book to read if you want to learn something about the group.

And of course, since I am a fanfic writer, or at least I try to be, and since not many things are better inspiration than the truth, here's a list of quotes/situations I thought were especially promising (yes, I actually bookmarked the pages as I was reading).

Feel free to skip this part. No, actually, please do skip it )
ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Day 6: Favourite Photo

Hmm, I don't think I've actually got a favourite photo. There's a ton that make for an excellent fic fodder but a fave - nah.

This one, though, makes me smile every time I see it because I just can't shake the impression they all look at Craig Gannon in that empty swimming pool (it's that photo session with all 5 of them). Sort of like they're all trolling Craig "Swim, boy, swim!"

A bit symptomatic of all The Smiths + Craig setup, if you ask me.

Moz, Mike, Johnny and Andy sitting on an edge of an empty swimming pool
ad00absurdum: (quote - mitch benn)
Day 5: Favourite Video

Hmm, this is actually difficult to answer and not becasue it's all good and hard to choose from but because it's all crap and hard to choose from. I mean, I love The Smihs (no, really?) but the videos they made were nothing special.

Morrissey had refused to make videos (something about how the group weren't going to pander to modern music tastes of cheap "cinematic" entertainment) and the result was that when they had to make a vid promoting the material, it was usually Top of the Pops appearance. Lots of smoke, occasionally baloons, an audience who didn't give a damn what music they were dancing to and dubious lighting.

Therefore I choose an inteview and some staged studio footage. Staged but I still love watchng it (Andyyyy) and as one commenter on YT pointed out: Andy looks cool with his bass, Johnny looks cool with his guitar, Moz looks cool singing. And then there's Mike. Looking like he's about to murder you.



As for the official videos, This Charmin Man has got something of a sentimental value.

ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Yes, I'm hoping to finish this meme before the end of this year. And sorry for spamming your reading/friends pages but it was all too good to miss. So, without further ado:

Day 4: Favourite Drum Part

With this I'm pretty sure my favourite is What Difference Does It Make?, the Hatful of Hollow version. The album version (The Smiths - their debut) is constrained, polished and kept to a painfully narrow unimaginative rhythm. All fault of John Porter who produced their eventual debut and who concentrated on Johnny's precious guitars to the detriment of everything else with perhaps the exception of Morrissey's vocals. Bitter? moi? Never.

Oh all right, maybe Porter's style and focus on Johnny really brought out what we've all appreciated about Marr, namely his stunning guitar-work, but the Hatful of Hollow's versions of the songs from the debut album really let the rhythm section shine and thank God for that.

Mike Joyce's musical roots were punk so it's not surprising he'd want to experiment with odd rhythms and below you can hear the result of that. Listen how splendidly the bass drum doesn't follow the bass guitar and how the stress is put where you wouldn't expect it. The only other drummer I can recall playing like this was John Maher from The Buzzcocks.

And if you need further proof that Mike was/is a brilliant drummer, listen to any cover of any Smiths song. The drummer always always fails to repeat Mike's original patterns.



Well, okay, have a bonus track: These Things Take Time from '83 Derby gig. I've chosen this one because the bass drum is especially clear here.



Damn, have another bonus track: The Queen Is Dead because the drum intro is a thing to behold. Also, this is one of the few Smiths videos directed by Derek Jarman:

ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Erm, Day 3 that turns up five months after Day 2. But never mind, I'm sure you've all missed the meme terribly.

Day 3: Favourite Guitar Part

Hmm, tough choice, that one. Not that the previous choces were any easier. All right, I think I'll choose William, It Was Really Nothing because of the sheer shimmering quality of those guitars. Like rain drops shivering on a delicate spider's web (well well, look me go all poetic about that. Nevertheless, it is true). The proof:

ad00absurdum: (tumblr - what?)
So, it looks like 1/2 of The Smiths plays together again, at least once in a blue moon. And it's great, it really is, but why did Johnny have to choose How Soon Is Now? ? Andy's always said that they could never get the song quite right because of the effects, that it was a pain to play (and I don't particularly like it, so I'll complain all I want).

And more importantly, why does Johnny have to sing *tries not to cringe*? I get it that these are his songs too and he's got every right to include them in his gigs - much like Morrissey does - but Johnny's talents, many though they are, I'm sure, don't include singing.

Oh well, still, we've got this little lovely picture to look at, don't we?

ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
And I've only just found it. All the feels, though, because look at this. Just look at this. Hhnnnnngghhh.

Yes, a manip, but it could have been so true *weeps quietly in the corner*.

The Smiths as they are now
ad00absurdum: (quote - mitch benn)
Well, just one really. In addition to all those books from my previous post, I'm also in the middle of reading A Light That Never Goes Out. The Enduring Saga of The Smiths. And it's pretty damn fantastic. I really appreciate how it doesn't focus on Morrissey or Morrissey-Marr exclusively, but tries to tell the story of the four band members. Also, the beginning is really interesting: the history of Manchester and how it came to be a city such as we see at the beginning of the 1980's. Great read (even if I've still got 3/4 of it to actually read).

Some time ago Tony Fletcher read excerpts from his book in one of the bookshops in New York and later, in the Q&A part of the meeting, he was joined by Andy Rourke himself. I really had a good laugh at one point when Andy was comparing British and American Smiths fans. It's so nice to hear my fanfic descriptions of Andy's thoughts couldn't be truer if he wrote them himself :D

ad00absurdum: (the smiths)
Heh, Tumblr is a funny thing sometimes.

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke standing shoulder to shoulder by the payphones. Andy passes the receiver to Johnny. November 28, 2012
ad00absurdum: (tumblr - oh god)
The whole story is HERE and HERE, but he gist is: The Smiths will reunite for a couple of festivals in 2013, among others the Coachella festival in California, which promised to go 100% vegetarian in an effort to appease notoriously anti-meat frontman Morrissey. In fact, the U.S. festival's offer made it clear that they only required Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr - the rest of the band were optional.

Well, fuck you and your "optional" conditional 100% vegetarianism which you can shove up your collective arse. Just FUCK YOU.

Sorry guys, I really don't swear normally, but this makes me fucking see red. Bassist and drummer - optional. Yeah, like what would remain would be anything like The Smiths, especially after that long. If it's not four of them, it's not The Smiths as anyone who has any sense of hearing - or indeed any sense - should know. And as much as I like Rourkey, I've got to say that replacing Joyce with another drummer would be the most noticeable and lead straight to disaster. The only other drummer playng like him was The Buzzcocks' John Maher and I don't think he could be bothered.

But you know what, go ahead. The four Smiths will never play together again, but maybe hearing Moz and Marr rehashing and in the process most likely killing the old material would finally make some people realise the importance of the rhythm section in a band.

Yeah, fat chance, I know but one can only hope.

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