posted by davidt on Thursday November 27 2003, @12:00AM
BlueGirl writes:

Not quite in time for our holiday shopping, but something to look forward to nonetheless- Matinée Records is putting out a Smiths tribute compilation with some super indie bands, including The Lucksmiths and The Snowdrops.

From the Matinée Recordings News:

Our 30th album release is a daring compilation entitled "Romantic and Square is Hip and Aware" (matcd030) ? and the exceptionally bright among you may recall that phrase from the run-out groove of a certain single by 80's mega-legends The Smiths! The keen management here at Matinée happen to think The Smiths are the greatest band of all time so we asked our talented coterie of artists to take a stab at a Smiths cover and compiled this special tribute album to mark the 20th anniversary of the band. Yes, we know there have been Smiths tributes already but none of them in our humble opinion come anywhere close to paying proper respect to the brilliance of the band so we've had a go ourselves.

"Offering a mix of songs from throughout the band’s venerable career, the contributors include: The Pines, with a jingly-jangly version of the hit “Ask”; Pale Sunday, providing a magnificent bossa-nova and shoegaze reworking of “I Know It’s Over”; The Lucksmiths, who approach the mighty “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” as a duet and come out smelling of roses; Slipslide, with an expertly crafted cover of “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”; Pipas, adding a great dance beat to the early classic “This Night Has Opened My Eyes”; Lovejoy, contributing an admirable cover of “Girlfriend In A Coma”; Would-Be-Goods, with an unforgettable version of “Back To The Old House”; The Young Tradition, putting their polish on a slowed-down version of “Sheila Take A Bow”; Simpático, with a convincing rendition of “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”; The Guild League , glam-ing up the already glam hit “Panic”; The Liberty Ship, attacking the rollicking “Sweet and Tender Hooligan” in fine fashion; and The Snowdrops, with a splendid live recording of the single “Bigmouth Strikes Again.”

A demonstration of our profound hubris? You bet! Preparing ourselves for cries of blasphemy? Of course! It’s at the CD plant now and we will have copies available sometime in late December exclusively via the mailorder. Otherwise, look for it in shops in January. "

Full tracklisting and links to soundclips here.

Track listing:

1. The Pines - Ask
2. Pale Sunday - I Know It's Over
3. The Lucksmiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
4. Slipslide - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
5. Pipas - This Night Has Opened My Eyes
6. Lovejoy - Girlfriend In A Coma
7. Would-Be-Goods - Back To The Old House
8. The Young Tradition - Sheila Take A Bow
9. Simpático - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
10. The Guild League - Panic
11. The Liberty Ship - Sweet and Tender Hooligan
12. The Snowdrops - Bigmouth Strikes Again (live)
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  • excellent excellent indie-pop label... top-notch bands... can't wait to hear it!

    Anonymous -- Thursday November 27 2003, @12:18AM (#80573)
  • I'm actually looking forward to this.
    Brighton Rich -- Thursday November 27 2003, @01:10AM (#80581)
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  • Wonderful to hear this, I just love that label and have seen the Lucksmiths live last week. It will surely be the best Smiths tribute album of all time. But they should've included Lovejoy's version of 'Everyday Is Like Sunday'. 340 different Smiths cover songs and 40 different Moz cover songs in my collection so far ...
    Mozzamaniac -- Thursday November 27 2003, @02:32AM (#80587)
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    because of all the things that you see when your eyes close
  • amazing covers, very witty and sweet. a little off the usual rhythm, especially 'bigmouth' but its worthhearing the samples. 'panic' sounds a primary school-kid singing, very cute!
    Anonymous -- Thursday November 27 2003, @03:38AM (#80592)
  • I like what I've heard so far. Different, yet loyal to the originals. The Lucksmiths? Didn't a guy called Darren Hanlon once be a memeber? I remember seeing him in Belfast 3 years ago. Met him, nice chap, bought his 'Early Days' CD which I still listen to today.
    Anonymous -- Thursday November 27 2003, @07:16AM (#80606)
  • Which single was "Romantic and square" etched onto?
    Gabriella -- Saturday November 29 2003, @11:57AM (#80759)
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    And me and my heart, we knew...we just knew...forevermore...
  • I've always thought that "Please Don't Get Married (Without Asking Me)" was one of the best song titles Morrissey never wrote… and yes, the sound is somewhat reminiscent of Smith's early years too.
    so, now that Belle & Sebastian have definitely "lost it", try some lovely stuff by The Pines.
    charles byron <{boy_afraid} {at} {}> -- Saturday November 29 2003, @10:32PM (#80784)
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    life without my sweetheart is only half a life
  • 'Romantic and square is hip and aware'. This reminds me of the Lewis song 'Hip to be square'.

    how about Moz and Huey hit the comeback trail together next year with a joint tour?

    Anonymous -- Monday December 01 2003, @02:35AM (#80838)
  • as is your reply
    Anonymous -- Friday November 28 2003, @01:50AM (#80671)
  • I am a fan of Belle & Sebastian, but this stuff sounds like B& S on crack.....People have to stop with these covers......PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!
    Anonymous -- Friday November 28 2003, @09:59AM (#80705)
  • Yesss!!!! IAGRE!!!

    plese somebodey tel me why al these SUPID IDEOT'S have to pretend to be MORISEY (ie by singeing "EVRYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY lalalalalalal!!!!!!!")!!!!!!!

    Prehaps they think that it wil help them 2 get GIRLFREND'S (ie becuase they wil go "o i love MORISEY prehap's this man wil SEXXX me up!!!!!!!!!)


    I wish ppl who try to be MORISEY wold take a scharp knive and cut they'r supid supid tounge's out AND NEVAR SINGE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

    pps andey joice is a rubish gitarist and he is a "cog in a wasching maschine!!!!!!!!!!!!!" ahahahahahah!!!!!
    clueless_joe -- Friday November 28 2003, @02:29PM (#80726)
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