Friday, July 20, 2012
THE SMITHS ON BRITISH TELLY (Part 18)
"The second of two mimed songs on BBC2's Oxford Road Show on 22 February 1985, 'The Headmaster Ritual' saw Morrissey frenetically gesticulating its brutal imagery (acting out the 'elbow in the face') culminating in a welcome reappearance of his machine gun dance first performed on the previous week's Top Of The Pops 'How Soon Is Now' performance."
(Simon Goddard : The Smiths - Songs That Saved Your Life, Page 127)
Probably the first time the word 'bastard' went out unedited on a BBC music programme. Oh and I still wonder why this was never released as a single. It's a stunning bit of music.
Years later, a very fine tribute version surprisingly emerged:-
mp3 : Radiohead - The Headmaster Ritual