Digital Music — September 28, 2017 at 7:37 am

Listen: The Smiths, ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ — unreleased live in 1986

The weekly dribble of previously unreleased live versions of tracks off The Smiths’ classic The Queen is Dead continues this week, though, for some reason, this latest cut — “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” recorded at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on Aug. 15, 1986 — was released on Spotify and not YouTube like its nine predecessors.

Nevertheless, you can hear what Slicing Up Eyeballs readers concluded is the best Smiths song ever in all its live glory below. And next week should see the conclusion of this series, presumably with the one and only live performance of “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others.”

This latest track, like its weekly predecessors (see links below), won’t be included in the 3CD/1DVD reissue of The Queen is Dead. But the band’s label did recently release one of the tracks that will appear on the Live in Boston bonus disc: a 4-minute medley “Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring.”

The Queen is Dead reissue is due out Oct. 20.

Below, check out the new (old) version of “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.”






  1. Typo or joke (that isn’t funny anymore)???
    Are some girls really better than others? Or are they just bigger? ;-)

  2. George De Pirro

    Saw the Smiths at Aragon this show…most remember Morissey smashing roses on the stage and my brother facing the crowd for most of the show!

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