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Contributed a cover of Back To The Old House to The World Still Won't Listen (A Tribute To The Smiths) (1996).

From Jon Scondotto on the tribute album "The World Still Won't Listen" (1996) - Morrissey-solo (Feb. 15, 2001):

Jon Scondotto (lead singer Synthetic16/Lament) writes:

I know that this may be considered a very old topic and probably not worth writing about, but as a lifelong Morrissey and Smiths fan as well as someone who performed on this comp, I just wanted to get something off my chest about it.

Years ago, when I helped come up with the idea for this comp, it was considered very unique to have hardcore and punk bands cover a band like The Smiths. As I was already on the record label with my old band (Lament), I came up with the concept along with the owner of the label, who himself is a big fan of The Smiths. I wasn't aware of all the artists who were going to contribute, but I tried to get some of the bands and was turned down by a lot of people who I thought would be willing to record, which was a shock.

At the time I recorded my track "Back To The Old House", my band had split and I was left with the dubious task of getting musicians to help me do the song. I found two guitar players named Fran and Paul who loved the idea, and were very happy to do it, even though they never received proper credit for it and even helped pay for the recording cost of the track. I can honestly say that I am very proud of the work that I did on that album and did it with the best intentions.

The Smiths and Morrissey were and still are very important to me and would never want other people to misunderstand my feelings about their music. I have seen on this site along with other related Mozz/Smiths site very negative feedback about that comp and the bands on it. While not every band took this project as serious as other one's did, don't confuse the effort that was put forth by everyone involved and use it to be critical. You don't have to like it, and judging by what I have read, unfortunately, many of you hated it. In the past few years, I have been told by many people that they enjoyed the comp and were glad to see somebody finally paying tribute to a very well deserved group. I follow this site and really wanted to say something about this sooner, but was unable and off-line for a long time. For those of you that don't own it, tell me what you think.

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American hardcore band from Brooklyn, New York City.

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