The Smiths make Top 10 B-sides list with HSIN - Far Out

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5. ‘How Soon Is Now?’ by The Smiths​

At the peak of their powers, The Smiths were churning out indie hits at such a productive rate that when ‘William, It Was Really Nothing’ was released as a single in 1984, it was backed by both ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’.

In 2007 Johnny Marr told Uncut that he thought ‘How Soon is Now?’ was “possibly [the Smiths’] most enduring record. It’s most people’s favourite, I think,” he declared.

He may well be the right; the track’s post-night-out sadness has graced a million kitchens in its swooning hue of blue. Marr’s trademark tremolo is in full effect, and Morrisey’s miserable wordplay saunters over the top, swinging a wilting bouquet. Perhaps the record’s most remarkable feat is that it escapes insular oblivion behind the song and has somehow managed to worm its way...

SER YT: "Morrissey on Swedish TV" (March 24, 2021)

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Information omitted:
Bingolotto (S30/E14), Sweden, April 9, 2006.
You Have Killed Me & The Youngest Was The Most Loved

(appears better quality than previous YT shares).

BlackBook: "New Film ‘Shoplifters of the World’ is a Poignant Love Letter to The Smiths" (March 22, 2021)

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Black Book - Ken Scrudato.


"Literally no band ever represented said tribalism so monumentally as did The Smiths. And amongst the time-transporting, archival black & white footage woven into the Shoplifters… narrative is a scene of a half-dozen or so young boys biking about, probably somewhere in Manchester (Salford?) around 1984, and all dressed identically in the unmistakable Morrissey regalia – right down to the pompadour and studious spectacles. Then flashbacks to vintage interviews with Marr (“We wanted to ditch everything that people superficially thought was rock & roll.”) and Morrissey (“Do you have any friends?” “No, I don’t” “So The Smiths are your only friends?” “As far as I can see, yeah.”) make for a spine-tingling reminder of what vividly and brilliantly self-drawn characters they were (especially the latter, obviously) – and serve to decisively explicate all the hysteria swirling around them, from the North of England all the way to the...

Slant Magazine: "Review: Shoplifters of the World Fails to Capture What Made the Smiths Special" - 1.5*s out of 5 (March 22, 2021)

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Slant Magazine - David Robb.

The film lacks for the empathy, curiosity, and sense of humor that are the defining characteristics of the Smiths’s music.


"In the absence of fully formed characters, the film leans more toward an idealized, nostalgic fantasy, and the cast does often succeed in injecting the story with a sense of life. Coltrane impressively tempers Dean’s sincerity with a smirking self-consciousness, while Howard has a spontaneous, infectious energy. At their best, these performances suggest the youthful charm of something like Dazed and Confused, though Shoplifters of the World is a bit too polished and lacking in period detail to achieve the effortless joy of Richard Linklater’s classic."

Given how long this film has taken to materialise, please see...

'Panic in the streets of Springfield' - upcoming Simpsons Episode (scheduled for April 18, 2021)

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Well, this could be...interesting, scheduled to air in exactly a month's time.

Lisa becomes obsessed with this kind of famous, alternative Morrissey-type rockstar from the 1980s. It will be a musical episode.

Apparently the 'aging' main character is played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Additional information posted by MrShoes:

The writer for the episode's music is none other than Flight of the Concords himself, Bret McKenzie, aka Rhymenoceros.

A quick search found some additional info from The Laughing Place article here:

Another upcoming episode guest stars Benedict Cumberbatch playing a parody of The Smiths’ lead vocalist Morrissey. Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets fame) wrote the music...

Outsideleft: Can "Shoplifters of the World" Live Up To The Myth It Was Inspired By?

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A film review of the new Smiths-inspired Shoplifters of the World at -- it might be the first review of the film, I haven't seen any others.

Click here for the article:

Myths are always far more interesting than the truths, especially rock and roll myths. Did Jim Morrison really drop trou in front of a rowdy Florida audience? Did Mama Cass actually choke to death on a ham sandwich? Did an overwrought Smiths fan hijack a radio station at gunpoint, forcing the DJ to play the band’s songs after finding out they had just split?

Professor Of Rock YT: "The 80's Song Guaranteed To Break Your Heart" (March 15, 2021)

Gigwise: "11 Underrated Songs: The Smiths A band with a famously flawless discography" (March 12, 2021)

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Hailing from the unrelenting streets of 1980s Manchester, The Smiths have become one of the most well-remembered and influential British bands of their era.

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