Anonymous said: What are some good songs for a newbie to listen to by the smiths? ((and any other songs/artists you want to add.. you have such great taste in everything!))
oh, this is so sweet! thank you, lovely! and I’m always happy to talk about the things I like, and I love The Smiths :)
personally, my favourite Smiths song is probably Ask, and I actually think it would be quite a good introductory song! It’s quite different to what people might think of as quintessentially ‘Smiths’ - it’s more upbeat, faster, but it’s still got the clever Morrissey lyrics and Marr guitar. I think it’s the perfect pop song! as well as that, you could try Panic, it’s also quite upbeat, and This Charming Man. Also, everybody loves There Is a Light That Never Goes Out. Boy With the Thorn in his Side is also much loved (and also Morrissey’s favourite Smiths song! (or was that Johnny Marr?)). Unhappy Birthday and Frankly Mr. Shanklywill make you laugh and is also perfect to listen to passive aggressively. and Bigmouth Strikes Again! that song is brilliant! if you like those songs you might like their ‘heavier’, more angst-ridden or slightly stranger stuff, like This Night Has Opened My Eyes, Asleep (sweet but very sad), Girlfriend in a Coma (almost a satire of the ‘dead girlfriend’ country songs of which there are many!) and of course How Soon Is Now, which is a 6-minute-long ode to youth isolation, self-consciousness, angst… I love it. I Won’t Share You is also a nice song! I will stop here because I really love all of their songs, but this is my starter kit, and if you enjoy them (which I hope you do!), you can start to explore more of their songs!
I got really into the Smiths nearly 2 years ago, when I started to listen to a lot of music from the ’60s-’80s (and obviously getting very, very into it!). So some artists I always associate with the Smiths (even though they differ hugely in style and sound and… more or less everything) are The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, Nico, Talking Heads, Blondie, the Ramones, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, the Pixies, Johnny Cash, The Runaways, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, the Clash, Lou Reed, the Cure (!! I love the Cure, and if you enjoy the Smiths you might like them as well!), Simon and Garfunkel, and Vashti Bunyan.
My favourite ‘modern’ bands and artists include Radiohead, Tom Waits, The Violent Femmes, Placebo, the Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Coeur de Pirate, Vampire Weekend, and Lisa Mitchell.
I also listen to lots of French music, especially ye-ye girls and chanteuses from the 60s like Francoise Hardy and France Gall
Oh! and if you like the Smiths you might like to listen to some of Morrissey’s solo work. Johnny Marr has done some stuff since the Smiths as well and I remember listening to some of it and liking it, but that was a long time ago, I’ve been meaning to listen to it since but never gotten around to it.
Anyway! I hope this was some help, and I really hope you find something you like here! tell me what you think of The Smiths! they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but they’re definitely worth listening to because if you like them, they mean a lot! Have a lovely day! xxx
*stirs coffee with a lit cigarette and then drops it in* have you ever heard of the smiths