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Rock Rewind: The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

Given that Morrissey’s physical ailments have caused him to be in the news lately (he’s getting better, by the way), I thought it was a good excuse for this week’s Rewind to pull out a gem from Morrissey’s early days as lead vocalist for UK alt-rockers The Smiths.

The Smiths are one of those acts who saw limited commercial success during their run, but who have garnered a loyal cult following and have influenced many alternative bands since, The Stone Roses and Oasis among them. They released only four studio albums between 1982-1987, and didn’t chart in the United States until their third, The Queen is Dead, from which the song below is taken.

“There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” had been considered as a lead-off single for the record, but “Bigmouth Strikes Again” ended up taking the slot because it carried more of a punch. As it turns out, that may have been a tactical error; “Bigmouth” didn’t fare as well as expected, while the song below has gone on to become one of the band’s most favored tunes. As an album, The Queen Is Dead is considered by many fans to be The Smiths’ best.


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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