The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

18 01 2011

Listened: Tuesday December 28

I admit it – The Queen Is Dead is the only true Smiths album I own (Louder Than Bombs doesn’t count, since it’s a compilation). I should rectify this problem.

I giggle to myself every time I hear “I’m the eighteenth pale descendant of some old queen or other” – I’m sure the double meaning of “queen” is intentional here.

Some of my favorite Smiths songs are on this album – Cemetry Gates, Bigmouth Strikes Again, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, and The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.

I remember a Belle and Sebastian show where someone yelled out that they wanted to hear The Boy With The Thorn In His Side and they pulled an audience member onstage to sing it, which he did amazingly well, and the whole audience sang as loud as they could along with him. It’s one of my favorite concert memories ever.



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