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Watch: Twin Shadow, Samantha Urbani Cover The Smiths’ ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.’

Another in Twin Shadow’s UNDER THE CVRS series, this time a cover of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” with help from singer Samantha Urbani.

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Watch: Johnny Marr Performs The Smiths’ Classic “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

Johnny Marr performed “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Friday night. This is a beautiful version.

This new one, “Generate! Generate!,” off Marr’s album,The Messenger is pretty good. It’s growing on me. Cool guitar.

Watch: Johnny Marr On “Conan,” Is He The New Keith?

Photo via Consequence Of Sound.

You know how Keith Richards is an amazing guitarist (duh), but not so good in the vocals department?

Well, same goes for Johnny Marr, the brilliant and onetime guitarist for The Smiths.

Check out this video for confirmation. The song isn’t so hot either. And the guitar playing? What do you tnink?

Books: Early Reviews Are In On Morrissey’s “Autobiography”

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Morrissey’s much awaited autobiography, “Autobiography,” published by Penguin Classics, appeared in bookstores today in the UK and Europe. It has not yet been published in the U.S.

The first reviews are in. In the English paper, The Telegraph, Neil McCormick writes:

“With typical pretension, Morrissey’s first book has been published as a Penguin Classic. It justifies such presentation with a beautifully measured prose style that combines a lilting, poetic turn of phrase and acute quality of observation, revelling in a kind of morbid glee at life’s injustice with arch, understated humour, a laughter that is a shadow away from depression or anger. As such, it is recognisably the voice of the most distinctive British pop lyricist of his era. It is certainly the best written musical autobiography since Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, and like that book it evokes a sense of what it must be like to dwell within such an extraordinary mind.”

Over at iJamming!, Tony Fletcher praises Morrissey’s writing ability. Fletcher says Morrissey’s description of his childhood has:

“…such vivid detail and such literary prowess that it competes amongst the very best writings on 1960s and 1970s Manchester.”

Over at Consequence Of Sound they’ve put together a list of all the most important revelations that are in book, based on what reviewers have written so far.

Here’s a few:

“Morrissey was upset to discover that The Smiths’ debut album was released in different configurations around the world (via Telegraph). He writes, ‘I vomit profusely when I discover that the album has been pressed in Japan with Sandie Shaw’s version of “Hand in Glove” included. I am so disgusted by this that I beg people to kill me.'”


“Morrissey received a letter from Johnny Marr years after The Smiths’ broke up, which he reproduces in the book (via The Daily Beast): ‘I’ve only recently come to realize that you genuinely don’t know all the reasons for my leaving. To get into it would be horrible, but I will say that I honestly hated the sort of people we had become.'”

For more: Consequence Of Sound 


Alternative Covers For Morrissey’s Book

Morrissey autobiography design by KIERONDF

The Guardian asked its readers to submit alternative covers for Morrissey’s much anticipated (at least in England) autobiography, which is called “Autobiography.”

Here are a couple of the submissions:

Morrissey autobiography design by Paul Whitehead

Morrissey autobiography design by DavidWickes

To see the others, head to The Guardian.

And while you’re at it, check out this essay about Morrissey and The Smiths by Jon Savage.

And if you’re in the mood, “How Soon Is Now” by The Smiths.


Time Machine: The Smiths In Manchester, 1983; Plus Morrissey Autobiography News


This is the Smith’s third ever public performance, according to Consequence of Sound.  Which reminds me, Morrissey’s autobiography is due from Penguin Oct. 17, according to The Atlantic Wire.

As for the video footage from the group’s show at The Hacienda in Manchester on February 2, 1983, this is really awesome stuff, and there’s 29 minutes of it.

Dig it!