The Smiths

~ Release group by The Smiths


Some versions include This Charming Man, some don't.

Annotation last modified on 2012-12-16 03:06 .


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
The Smiths 12" Vinyl 10 Rough Trade (pre-2000) ROUGH 61 [none]
The Smiths Cassette 11 Rough Trade (pre-2000) ROUGH C 61 [none]
The Smiths 12" Vinyl 10 Rough Trade (pre-2000) RTD 25 [none]
The Smiths 12" Vinyl 11 Sire Records 1-25065, 9 25065-1 075992506519
The Smiths CD 14 Japan Record (Tokuma label) 35JC-102
The Smiths Vinyl 10 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 70.234
The Smiths CD 10 Rough Trade (pre-2000) ROUGH CD61 5014644600613
The Smiths CD 10 Rough Trade (pre-2000), Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 30256 3268440302567
The Smiths CD 11 Sire Records 9 25065-2 075992506526
The Smiths (Columbia House Release) CD 11 Sire Records, Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases) W2-25065 [none]
The Smiths CD 11 wea (has logo with just "wea" on it) 4509-91892-2 4509918922
The Smiths CD 11 wea (has logo with just "wea" on it) WPCR-12438 4943674066155
The Smiths (2011 Remastered, Reissue) CD 11 WEA Records (imprint of Warner Records International: lower-case “wea” with “records” below) 2564660488 825646604883
The Smiths Digital Media 11 WM UK


associated singles/EPs: Hand in Glove
Still Ill
This Charming Man
What Difference Does It Make?
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 21)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 473)
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Wikidata: Q974045 [info]
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It is difficult to describe just how different The Smiths sounded when it was released in early 1984. In an era of overproduced crash, bang and very often, wallop, this album defined northern British pop in a manner not unlike the Beatles had two decades earlier. Vocalist and lyricist Steven Patrick Morrissey cut a very singular swathe with lyrics that quoted freely from kitchen sink dramas, great literary heritage, and, in doing so, gave awkward youth its new (and enduring) hero.

After the group crashed on to the scene with their debut single, "This Charming Man", in summer 1983, The Smiths was initially recorded with ex-Teardrop Explodes guitarist Troy Tate as producer, before abandoning it and getting ex-Roxy Music producer and bassist, John Porter, in to re-record. The sound - playing to Johnny Marr's obsession with 60s guitar supported by Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke's economical rhythm section - created a music, that like its accompanying lyrics, was completely out of step with the times, yet has come to define them as much as any Frankie Goes To Hollywood track.

Morrissey's utter disdain for playing pop's game, combined with the group's control over their artwork and being part of Rough Trade mapped out a new stage of indie music; blending classic, focussed melodies with this witty intensity, tackling taboo subjects such as child abuse ("Reel Around The Fountain"), the Moors Murders ("Suffer Little Children" with its infamous "Manchester, so much to answer for" line) and sexual politics, dressed in pretty, northern music. Although it's not their greatest work, The Smiths remains an incredible statement of intent.