The Smiths, 'The Smiths'

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the genre-shaping debut album from The Smiths, the John Porter-produced self-titled effort that remains, these three decades later, a point of contention among fans: Did these recordings best represent Morrissey and Marr’s early songs? Or do the Peel Session recordings collected on Hatful of Hollow a better debut?

To mark today’s milestone, we present this full hour-long concert recorded May 4, 1984, in Hamburg, Germany, for the legendary “Rockpalast” TV series. Check it out below:

 

 

The Smiths, “Rockpalast” taping, Hamburg, Germany, 5/4/84

1. “Hand in Glove”
2. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
3. “Girl Afraid”
4. “This Charming Man”
5. “Pretty Girls Make Graves”
6. “Still Ill”
7. “Barbarism Begins at Home”
8. “This Night has Opened my Eyes”
9. “Miserable Lie”
10. “You’ve Got Everything Now”
11. “Handsome Devil”
12. “What Difference Does it Make”

13. “These Things Take Time”
14. “This Charming Man”
15. “Hand in Glove”

 

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