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The Smiths Museum: Creating The Queen Is Dead backdrop by John Featherstone

Far Out: "A track-by-track guide to The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead' from Morrissey and Marr" (June 16, 2021)

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On 16th June 1986, The Smiths would release their near faultless third album, The Queen Is Dead, which, for Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, would confirm themselves as being the most important voices of a generation. Now, 35 years later, the album still pulses with the same power and the stories behind the songs all the more important.

The album is widely considered to be The Smiths finest work out of the four records that they made during their time together and encapsulates everything that was great about them. Morrissey’s dark lyricism was juxtaposed alongside Johnny Marr’s sunny guitars, allowing the duality of modern living to come to the fore. The record would become the perfect soundtrack to the 1980s.


A collation of comments track-by-track .
Happy 35th The Queen Is Dead.
Regards,
FWD.

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Shallow Rewards: The Smiths is Dead

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Insightful and informed conversation between Chris Ott and Elliot Busch-Wheaton about Shoplifters of the World and the legacy of the Smiths and Morrissey in America.

Mark Taylor announced limited edition box set of Smiths Indeed fanzines (July 2021 release)

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Mark Taylor announced limited edition box set of Smiths Indeed fanzines

The legendary fanzine Smiths Indeed celebrates the 35th anniversary of issue one with a special limited edition box set of high quality reprints and a limited edition poster.

Produced by editor Mark Taylor with little more than a manual typewriter, Letraset and glue, the 12 issues of Smiths Indeed in 1986-1988 became collectors’ items and often fetch high prices online.

Mark has decided to release the special box set, which will be in a special box and shrink-wrapped with a hand-numbered postcard, to mark the 35th anniversary.

The poster will be released next week and will also be hand numbered and signed by Mark.

The box set will follow in July, with pre-orders announced shortly. Demand is expected to be high so you’ll have to be quick.

For more information about orders, email [email protected]

Johnny Marr video - "Girl Afraid"

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Johnny jogs through 'Girl Afraid.'

Blossoms cover "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"

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...in the bathroom, of all places

Dig!: "The Smiths Artworks: All 27 Album And Single Covers, Ranked And Reviewed" (April 2, 2021)

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I expect no-one in the band had anything directly to do with this, but The Smiths record label Warners have released a new promo article via their Dig website.

https://www.thisisdig.com/feature/the-smiths-artworks-all-album-and-single-covers/

Far Out: "From The Smiths to The Strokes: The 10 greatest albums released by Rough Trade" (March 30, 2021)

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From The Smiths to The Strokes: The 10 greatest albums released by Rough Trade

Far Out Magazine - By Joe Taysom

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The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

The Queen Is Dead set the stall for what an album should be and, ever since, few have made a guitar album that can even be mentioned in the same sentence as this iconic effort. The Smiths were on their third record and at the absolute peak of their powers.

The album is The Smiths’ finest work out of the four records they made during their time together and encapsulates everything great about them as an entity. Morrissey’s dark lyricism was juxtaposed alongside Johnny Marr’s sunny guitars that would be the perfect soundtrack to the 1980s. Every single track on the album is a bonafide classic. It simply wasn’t fair on other bands that The Smiths could cram tracks like ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, ‘Cemetry Gates’ and ‘I Know It’s Over’ all on one album, which confirmed their voice of a...

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