Record Club #1: The Smiths, The Queen is Dead


I didn’t realize you wrote such bloody awful poetry.

Unfortunately for me, when The Smiths were in their heyday, I wasn’t quite old enough to have known who they were. Fast forward a few years, though, and I was having a fairly normal high-school existence, with just enough suburban ennui that the dramatic lyrics (and Andy Rourke’s amazing basslines) truly spoke to me.

Released: 1986

First heard: In my friend Travis’ car, about four years after The Smiths had already broken up.

Side A or side B: They’re both great. This is probably my second-favorite album of all time. B, by a very slight margin.

Favorite track: It depends. Frankly, Mr. Shankly is the first Smiths song I fell in love with. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side sounds great sung in the shower. Lately though I Know It’s Over has become my favorite, although I used to always skip it. Funny how that happens.

Where did this record come from: I originally bought this album on CD from Tower Records in the early 90’s. It’s my favorite, by one of my favorite bands. I broke down and bought the remastered vinyl version in 2011, I think from Streetlight in San Francisco.

Seen live: The Smiths, no. Morrissey twice. And he’s cancelled shows I’ve had tickets for three times. Hoping to catch him in SF next month…if he doesn’t cancel again. [Update: He cancelled. Again.] [Update #2: I saw him for a third time in San Jose in 2014.]

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