Video — July 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

Video: Cheeky ad for The Smiths’ ‘Best…’ spoofs comp as suicide soundtrack

The folks over at the U.K. arm of Rhino Records recently discovered this little gem in their archive of material by The Smiths: a 1992 advertisement for the then-new 14-track Best… compilation that apparently was shown in British movie theaters.

As you can see above, the cheeky clip finds a suicidal young man sitting in his car listening to “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.” He keeps pulling the trigger on his gun to no avail, and, after the final click, tosses it out the window — and the gun finally goes off, shooting out his tire.

A voice then chimes in: “Fourteen of The Smiths’ jolliest tunes… all on one uplifting album.”




  1. Jim McCabe

    haha. Good stuff!

  2. Ben Gahley

    Those two Best Of compilations were horrible. So contritely packaged with such strange and disjointed play order. I always felt bad for the people who discovered the Smiths through those.

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