Tag: The Smiths

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Carmel 1984

In January 1984, the second issue of City Life proclaimed the four great hopes of the Manchester music scene to be Carmel, The Smiths, The Fall and New…

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The Smiths 1983

The Smiths meant a great deal to me in 1983 for some reason… But what were they on about? What were they telling us thirty years ago? ‘This…

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Orpheus & Narcissus 1983

Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike – Norman & Narcissus (1983) I heard this song on John Peel’s Radio 1 show in 1983 and taped it. The vocals are by…

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Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent

The Stone Roses made some middle-aged people very happy today, by announcing that they will play Heaton Park in June 2012. Stone roses are common in Manchester, because…

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Like Footy Team Spirit

Concerning Manc Lad Bands Take That were marketed to the gay community before they were scooped up by the girls but, more often, Manchester boy bands have been…

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Nicked from New York

Includes Text from ‘The New York Dolls’ by Morrissey (1981) Manchester & New York are very different cities but they have certain striking similarities: nineteenth-century architecture and infra-structure;…

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The Oxford Road Show

By Geraldine In 1984 I found out that you could get in at the BBC, for free, to be in the audience of The Oxford Road Show. As…

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The Smiths Salford Uni

It was the day after the damp squib Festival of the Tenth Summer concert at GMEX… what a contrast! We ordered a cab because we weren’t sure how…

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The Tenth Event

I thought I went to the Festival of the Tenth Summer but I didn’t; I went to the ‘Tenth Event of the Festival of the Tenth Summer’, which…