What are the best Morrissey songs
Who are The Beatles, please? 33 years after they broke up, another rock band is still ubiquitous: The Smiths. Hardly a day goes by without a guitar student or band uploading another cover to YouTube. And international stars like Radiohead and Panic! At The Disco love to play their songs live again and again.
In the meantime, around a dozen tribute albums for The Smiths have been released, each compiled by dozen bands that pay homage to Johnny Marr and Co. It almost seems that the more irrelevant Morrissey's music becomes and the more confused his statements become, the more the demand for the "great, innocent" songs of the 80s increases. The retromania is apparently making its way through.
So here is a small overview of who has already paid tribute to the “most influential band” with an album contribution.
The Smiths Is Dead (1996)
The Britpop movement started in 1996. Hardly surprising, since it was downright overly inspired by the pioneers. Under the title THE SMITHS IS DEAD, they were buried by Supergrass, The Divine Comedy and The High Llamas, among others. The almost lounge-like atmosphere in the instrumentation was noticeable. Billy Bragg complained "Never Had No One Ever" to jazz brass. Placebo, on the other hand, tried not to damage the then legendary sound of the Smiths on “Bigmouth Strikes Again” and still progressively let off steam. And that you can approach The Smiths not only with Britpop, but also with grunge and rock, did Therapy prove? with their version of “Vicar In A Tutu”.
The World Still Won’t Listen (1996)
In the same year, the punk movement also took action to appropriate the legacy of the Smiths. Didn't this band help her through the freezing Thatcher years with melancholy? Punkers like Home 33 and Oi! Skins like The Business all agreed. Nevertheless, the album was more of the American skate punk and hardcore scene of the time with acts like Screw 32 and H2O. Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß, for example, got to know the Smiths from Beatsteaks through the “Bigmouth Strikes Again” cover by Slapshot.
Godfathers Of Change (1997)
Another year later, GODFATHERS OF CHANGE was released, a 25-track compilation in which the indie scene paid homage to its great role models. Instead of struggling like the Britpopper to achieve Morrissey's singing qualities, Yang Lie and I Buried Paul imitated them on a lower level. Chinadoll, on the other hand, shone with the classic "Girlfriend In A Coma" with its own singing to strings. Questionface made “Frankly Mr. Shankly” a new wave track and DJ True Tone made “Paint a Vulgar Picture” a ska song. Shortened by a few songs, the album was released again under the names COVER STAR (2000) and HAND IN GLOVE (2011).
A Salute To The Smiths (2009)
At the end of the 2000s, several musicians were supposed to remember The Smiths again, among them two tribute bands: Musically, this Charming Band and Sweet & Tender Hooligans performed. The song collection appeared again in 2018 under the title STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE, which was probably meant ironically. Here, at least for the CD version, the 2002 cover of the former girl-pop duo t.A.T.u. "How Soon Is Now" tried hard, which Johnny Marr should not have liked at all, Morrissey certainly did. The somewhat unsuccessful interpretation of "Panic" by the 80s pop star Tiffany, however, was included on all album versions. Spanish translations by Dani Bander (“How Soon Is Now”) and Sweet & Tender Hooligans (“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”) formed the conclusion.
Please Please Please (2011)
The 16 acts on PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE are more likely to be assigned to the indie and folk scene, such as William Fitzsimmons. While he sorted the title track “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” into its typical pattern of introverted vocals and acoustic guitar, Sixpence None the Richer failed with their version of “I Won’t Share You”. Elk City, on the other hand, were able to redesign “I Know It's Over” into a very individual indie piece. Incidentally, with “Girl In A Coma” there was an all-girl rock band that named itself after a Smith song.
Tease Torment Tantalize (2015)
For the 30th anniversary of The Smiths' self-titled debut, TEASE TORMENT TANTALIZE was released in 2015. A particularly large number of female singers could be heard here. Jaymay worked on guitar and drums on "Pretty Girls Make Graves" and Seapony indulged in "What Difference Does It Make?" in surfpop. Soft Metals translated “Suffer Little Children” into the field of synths and Chillwave producer Brothertiger processed “This Charming Man” electronically.
A Dreaded Sunny Day (2015)
A DREADED SUNNY DAY was also released in 2015. An approach was taken that was more gloomy. Sister Mercy played “Last Night I Dreamed That Somebody Loved Me” as a Gothic track, as did Low & Low “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”. Commuted turned “This Charming Man” into an Ethereal title and Minuit Machine used Elektronika (“How Soon Is Now”). But, as with many indie versions, there was unfortunately no real added value. Most of the Smiths songs are melancholy enough.
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