Saturday, November 03, 2012

Fave Albums: The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

The Smiths were one of the most important British bands to emerge in the 1980s.  Their third studio album, The Queen Is Dead, was released in 1986 and is regarded by many as their best work.  The songwriting partnership of Morrissey (lyrics) and Johnny Marr (music) has produced so many amazing and memorable songs, many of which feature on this album: "Cemetry Gates," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," "The Boy With A Thorn In His Side," "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and the title track "The Queen Is Dead."  Morrissey's lyrics have always had a dark sense of humor to them, and Johnny Marr is one of the best guitar players in the business.  These two talents combined should have been unstoppable, but The Smiths only ended up releasing four studio albums before disbanding in 1987.  However, the band's influence lives on and can still be heard in numerous bands today.

Favorite Lyric: A dreaded sunny day, so I meet you at the cemetry gates ("Cemetry Gates")

Favorite Song: "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"

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