Friday, March 16, 2012
THE SMITHS ON BRITISH TELLY (PART 1)
The words will come from the book Songs That Saved Your Life by Simon Goddard.
And assuming the clips can be found on youtube, they will appear in the post. Oh and I'll then throw in an mp3. Sometimes by the band, sometimes it will be a cover. The order of the songs will be in chronological release.
Despite the current tabloid furore over its lyrical content, 'Handsome Devil' was broadcast uncensored by BBC2 on 9 December 1983 as the opening number of a gig recorded at Derby Assembly Rooms two days earlier for Sight and Sound, the Old Grey Whistle Test's spin-off series of concert programmes
Afterwards Marr would famously denounce the episode as one of the most regrettable instances in their career, listing it in 1985's Meat Is Murder tour booklet as his 'greatest embarrassment'. Not surprisingly, when BBC subsidiary label Strange Fruit records attempted to release the show as a live DVD in the late nineties, Marr vetoed the project (even Morrissey had allegedly given it the green light). Though not a bad performance by any means, Marr's main beef seems to have been the audience, many of whom appeared to have only been there because of the BBC cameras eager to grab their fifteen minutes of fame.
mp3 : The Smiths - Handsome Devil (Troy Tate version)
Next up.....Hand In Glove