Tag: The Smiths

Audio: Demo of The Smiths’ ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ off ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Audio: Demo of The Smiths’ ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ off ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Fans of The Smiths’ underrated final album, ‘Strangeways, Here We Come,’ are abuzz about a rough demo of ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ that recently hit the web. The track features slightly different lyrics, and in a different order, than the 1987 album version.

U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’ tops Spin magazine’s list of the 125 best albums of last 25 years

U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’ tops Spin magazine’s list of the 125 best albums of last 25 years

As it marks its own 25th anniversary this year, Spin magazine has churned out a list of the 125 best albums of the past quarter century — an honor roll topped by U2’s 1991 left turn ‘Achtung Baby,’ a record the mag says ‘genetically engineer(ed) rock music into the hybridized mutant we know today.’

Video: Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence’ covered by Maritime for the A.V. Club

Video: Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence’ covered by Maritime for the A.V. Club

Promise Ring offshoot Maritime covers the Depeche Mode classic ‘Enjoy the Silence,’ with a keytar no less, for the A.V. Club’s ‘Undercover’ series.

Playlist: Sirius XM’s ‘Dark Wave,’ 4/25/10

Playlist: Sirius XM’s ‘Dark Wave,’ 4/25/10

Tonight’s episode of ‘Dark Wave’ on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave featured rare airings from Concrete Blonde (‘Darkening of the Light’), The Smiths (‘Unloveable’) and David J (‘Girl On Fire’), not to mention true shockers from Theatre of Hate (‘Original Sin’) and Stewart Copeland and Stan Ridgeway (‘Don’t Box Me In’).

Freebass — Peter Hook, Mani, Andy Rourke — releases debut album, ‘It’s a Beautiful Life’

Freebass — Peter Hook, Mani, Andy Rourke — releases debut album, ‘It’s a Beautiful Life’

Less than a month after dropping its debut EP, Peter Hook’s triple-bass supergroup Freebass — which also features The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream — today released its five-years-in-the-making album, ‘It’s a Beautiful Life.’

Robyn Hitchcock releasing ‘Propellor Time’ on ultra-limited, ‘hand-assembled’ cassette

Robyn Hitchcock releasing ‘Propellor Time’ on ultra-limited, ‘hand-assembled’ cassette

Attention tapeheads: The ever-iconoclastic Robyn Hitchcock is releasing an ultra-limited run of his new album ‘Propellor Time’ — on which he’s backed by members of R.E.M. and The Smiths — on ‘hand-assembled’ cassette.

Peter Hook’s Freebass releases ‘Two Worlds Collide’ EP, sets June live debut in London

Peter Hook’s Freebass releases ‘Two Worlds Collide’ EP, sets June live debut in London

Ex-New Order bassist Peter Hook’s long-gestating Freebass — a triple-bass supergroup featuring The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and Gary “Mani” Mounfield of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream — today released its debut EP and will make its official live debut in London and Manchester in June.

Video: Ted Leo & Pharmacists cover Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’

Video: Ted Leo & Pharmacists cover Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists cover Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ in the debut of the A.V. Club’s new ‘Undercover’ series, which will feature bands covering tunes by The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, R.E.M. and more.

The La’s ‘Callin’ All’ 4CD, 91-track box set to feature unreleased rarities, live cuts

The La’s ‘Callin’ All’ 4CD, 91-track box set to feature unreleased rarities, live cuts

The short career of enigmatic Liverpool indie-pop act The La’s will be celebrated this spring with Callin’ All, a four-disc, 91-track box set that compiles singles, b-sides, unreleased outtakes and live material — and no fewer than six versions of ‘There She Goes,’ the band’s signature tune.

Playlist: ‘Dark Wave,’ on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave classic-alternative station; Feb. 21, 2010

Playlist: ‘Dark Wave,’ on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave classic-alternative station; Feb. 21, 2010

To show our support for 1st Wave’s Sunday night ‘Dark Wave’ show — and the idea that Sirius XM should dig deeper all the time, not just once a week — tonight we begin posting each week’s playlist.

Milestones: The Smiths’ ‘Meat is Murder’ released 25 years ago today

Milestones: The Smiths’ ‘Meat is Murder’ released 25 years ago today

The Smiths’ classic second album, ‘Meat is Murder,’ was released Feb. 14, 1985 — exactly 25 years ago today. To mark the occasion, we’ve assembled live video of nearly every track on the album (“Well I Wonder” being the missing link).

Smiths Indeed fanzine (1986-1989) to be reprinted in limited-edition, 100-set run

Smiths Indeed fanzine (1986-1989) to be reprinted in limited-edition, 100-set run

The editor of Smiths Indeed — the classic fanzine published from 1986 to 1989 and sold at The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ shows in the UK — is reprinting the full set of 12 issues in a limited-edition run for the second time.

Peter Hook debuts unfinished Joy Division song, New Order outtake at FAC251 opening

Peter Hook debuts unfinished Joy Division song, New Order outtake at FAC251 opening

Peter Hook last night christened his new Manchester club FAC251 — housed in the former headquarters of Factory Records — with members of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays helping perform a career-spanning set that included the live debuts of an unfinished Joy Division song and a New Order outtake.