SARA LOV | Well I Wonder (The Smiths)

I can’t say I know much about singer-songwriter Sara Lov, but she’s one of the artists featured on “Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths”, a 20-track double-CD tribute to the music of The Smiths, due out on December 13th. I’d written more extensively about this record back in October, but it doesn’t hurt…

THE SMITHS | A Tribute

Okay, so there are more The Smiths tributes, covers, and ‘Best Of’ collections than anyone can count. And frankly, Mr. Shankly, there are a good number of bad Smiths covers. But it’s still difficult to stay away from it all. There’s always that chance you’ll find that one cover that will make you forget, if…

MORRISSEY | New Tracks

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has three new tracks he unveiled live at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 2 to kick off a new tour which begins in Perth, Australia tomorrow. The songs are posted at YouTube by a user “sdsuedehead”. The rollicking rocker, “The Kid’s A Looker”, begins with this classic Morrissey verse: “He…

MORRISSEY | Glamorous Glue

Okay, so this is just a two-track CD/7-inch release, featuring the previously-released, “Glamorous Glue”, remastered from Morrissey’s “Your Arsenal” — and the other is a previously unreleased demo called “Treat Me Like a Human Being”, that’s been floating around the internet under the title, “Treat Me Like A New York Doll”. It’s easy to see…

THE SMITHS | The Troy Tate Sessions

The story of The Troy Tate Sessions is legendary among fans of The Smiths. The Smiths had recorded 14 songs with producer Troy Tate in the summer of 1983, 13 of which were supposed to become their debut album, seemingly titled “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”. Disagreements arose regarding the sound production, and The…

PAST MADE PRESENT | The Smiths

Starting today, I’m going to try and post something once a week about the music that has come before. To make the past present so to speak. Maybe it’s an old video I love. Maybe it’s a short piece about a long-gone style of music or an essay about a critic or album from the…

THE SMITHS | The Demos (Bootleg Vinyl)

Article & artwork by David D. Robbins Jr. | The Smiths ‘Demos’ find long book introductions tedious. So, I won’t bore you with a history of The Smiths, or how they were one of the greatest bands on the planet. Chances are if you’re reading this far, then you already love the band. As many…

BONA DRAG (20th Aniv. Ed.) | Morrissey

Article/artwork: David D. Robbins Jr. (Art uses photo from Morrissey’s official website) Album: Bona Drag (20th Anniversary Edition w/bonus tracks) THE ELEGANT MILLER OF MOPE: It’s an understatement to say Morrissey has a way with words. He is their lion-tamer. Perhaps more-so than any other musician this side of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Twenty…

BONA DRAG REISSUE | Morrissey

LOVELY NEWS: Okay, anything related to the music of Morrissey or The Smiths is going to be posted on this blog. Here’s some good news from True To You: A Morrissey Zine: “To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, on 27th September, EMI will release through the resurrected 1960s Major Minor label, with Morrissey’s full cooperation, a…

TOP TEN SONGS | The Smiths

By David D. Robbins Jr. ♦ Their Bated Breath The Smiths are one of the best and most influential bands of the modern era. Ask any indie artists today which bands are at the top of their artistic pedestal and you’ll likely hear The Smiths as much as any other. The band was formed in…