November’s Record Club: THE SMITHS ON VINYL

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Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 13th November for a session that has been a long time coming… THE SMITHS ON VINYL, with life-long Smiths fan Gavin Hogg once again at the helm.

It’ll be an evening packed with Smiths and Smiths-related music. We’ll be playing two albums from vinyl and in full – Morrissey‘s 1992 glam-inspired Your Arsenal and of course an album by The Smiths. But which one? Well, that’s up to you, as once again we put it to the poll (see below). Choose which of the four original Smiths studio albums you want to hear on the night.


Alongside a selection of rarities and classic tracks, we’ll also be playing records with a Smiths connection. It could be Morrissey or Marr solo records, guest appearances by Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce on other people’s songs (The The, Electronic, Billy Bragg, Sandie Shaw, Kirsty MacColl, Modest Mouse, Julian Cope, Badly Drawn Boy…) or a cover of a Smiths song by another artist. Plenty to go at there.

And if you want to bring your favourite Smiths (or Smiths-related) records along, we’ll give those a spin too.

Here’s the poll. You only get one vote, so use it wisely…


Finally, a few words from Gavin.

IMG_20140629_022627[1]In 1982 an ambitious, young guitarist called Johnny Marr travelled to 384 Kings Road, Stretford to introduce himself to 22 year old Steven Patrick Morrissey. He’d heard that Morrissey was an interesting character and had a feeling that they could be the next Lieber & Stoller.

Like Hinge & Brackett, Lennon & McCartney, Wood & Walters or Goffin & King, this was a partnership that was just meant to be. There was an alchemy and an immediate understanding between them, despite the 4 year age gap. The songs they quickly began writing appeared almost fully-formed and without clear or obvious influences. The basic ingredients were a hint of Bert Jansch, a few lines of Shelagh Delaney, a sprinkling of Roger McGuinn, a drop of 1950’s kitchen sink dramas and a dash of Oscar Wilde; unlikely elements which were marinated to perfection. They were so prolific that some of the greatest songs of the decade, like ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ were initially hidden away as B-sides or album tracks.

Morrissey’s lyrics dealt with the personal and political in a witty and direct fashion. In the Eighties the pop mainstream was awash with Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran and lines like ‘She used to be a diplomat, now she’s down the laundromat’ , or ‘You’re about as easy as nuclear war’. Morrissey brought a love of words and a poetic sensibility to his lyric-writing; now on Top Of The Pops we had lines like ‘Why pamper life’s complexities, when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat?’ or ‘The rain falls hard on a humdrum town’. He wrote about such challenging themes as the Moors Murders, suicide, animal rights, unemployment, violence at fairgrounds and schools and comatose girlfriends. These were topics unlikely to be tackled in song by Culture Club or The Thompson Twins.

They were a group that absolutely divided opinion, as they still do. People either understood and loved them instantly  – or they thought Morrissey was a pretentious, miserable sod and despised everything The Smiths stood for. From the first moment that I saw them on TOTP as a 13 year old, I knew that I’d found my band. 31 years on and I haven’t yet changed my mind.

Glossop Record Club presents THE SMITHS ON VINYL
Thursday 13th November, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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