Redefining an 80s generation of disillusioned youth caused by Britain’s inane ability to rid itself of the poverty and turmoil of the era, The Smiths were the neo-intellectual person’s answer to the dullness surrounding them.
As is so often the case, the sum of The Smiths parts was always less than the whole, the group’s influence on modern music incalculable, their unique sound echoing through the strains of countless indie success stories and untold hopefuls alike.
The Smiths provided a guitar-based alternative to the synth-pop sounds of so many other early 80s UK bands, paving the way for the 90s Brit-pop explosion, and the Smiths’ distinct LPs are still studied by millions of sensitive types all over the world.
In this chapter of our The Many Faces series, we will explore The Smiths´ unparalleled repertoire and a fantastic early live performance of the band.
LP1 – THE SMITHS LIVE
1 HAND IN GLOVE The Smiths
2 THE BOY WITH THE THORN ON HIS SIDE The Smiths
3 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
4 HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
5 THIS NIGHT HAS OPENED MY EYES The Smiths
6 WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? The Smiths
1 PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES The Smiths
2 MISERABLE LIE The Smiths
3 REEL AROUND THE FOUNTAIN The Smiths
4 STILL ILL The Smiths
5 HANDSOME DEVIL The Smiths
6 THOSE THINGS TAKE TIME The Smiths
LP2 – THE SONGS
1 PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT William Fitzsimmons
2 THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT Trespassers William
3 SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE Tanya Donelly
4 LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVE ME Dala
5 WHAT SHE SAID Katy Goodman
6 SOME GIRLS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS Chikita Violenta
1 HOW SOON IS NOW? Mike Viola & The Section Quartet
2 WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Joy Zipper
3 REEL AROUND THE FOUNTAIN Douf Martsch
4 STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD THIS BEFORE The Rest
5 I WON’T SHARE YOU Sixpence Non The Richer