Model is Vanityca5e I am the son
and the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular
This is a story, a story of how The SmithsHatful of Hollow became Meat Is Murder…
After the Bauhaus vinyl rip, good friend and fellow pervy-ninja Carie had one more request, The SmithsHatful of Hallow. Now, as I believe I’ve mentioned before, there are some bands that mathematically speaking, I should like, but for some reason I don’t. One, for example, is Radiohead (I know, blasphemy, right?) and another is The Smiths (egad! sacreligious!), but just because I didn’t get into them when everyone else did, doesn’t mean I give up on any of them. Every once in a while, I still give Radiohead a try, as my taste changes, and ask myself, “what about now? No? What about…… now?” So, when Carie suggested The Smiths, I saw it as an opportunity to 1) give them another go and 2) continue to expand the vinyl collection.
Now, I know NADA about Los Smiths, so a little research was in order. Turns out Hatful of Hollow was not a proper album, go figure. The one rule I try to keep (and will most likely break) for my vinyl rips (not for my vinyl collection though) is that they be proper albums. I want to hear how an album was created and put together. I want to hear how it flows, from lead-off songs for each side, to transition songs, to centerpieces, and finally to closing songs…. So I told Carie I’d most definitely rip da Smiffs, but it’ll be a true album and with a bit more research it seemed that The Queen Is Dead is considered one of their best. So, I head to gemm.com, filter for vinyl only, search, add to cart, check-out please, and wait.About a week later, I started getting antsy, I had about 4 records on order, but this one was due first and should be arriving. Everyday I look on the rocking chairs on the porch when we’d get home from work and nothing. On this past Thursday, I come home, no package on the porch, but I do have a package from Amazon, about the size of a CD… Oh yeah, I ordered a $3 used copy of Old 97’s Fight Songs, cool! I really wanted to hear “Jagged”. But, much to my confusion on opening it… it was The Queen Is Dead on CD! Either this was the most fucked up coincidence that Amazon screwed up my order and somehow sent a CD that just happened to be the same album as the record I ordered through gemm.com, or something is all fucked up.
A little research and a half-a-glass of wine later, I saw the problem. The record shop (apparently new to posting at Gemm.com, but must have a zshop at Amazon and use the Amazon system for shipping) didn’t set the tags right, and the CD showed up in the Vinyl Only search, then on the product page, “AUDIOMEDIACD” was cut off to just “AUDIOMEDIA”, and given the price was $18, the thought that this might have been a messed up listing and was actually a compact disc never crossed my mind…
After writing a angry, yet restrained email to the record shop, and with there only being about a week until we head out to our honeymoon in Italy for 10 days, I really wanted this last vinyl rip before the trip to be special. Ah wait, what about the infamous pervy-ninja Byron from the last vinyl rip? Maybe he’s got something in the vault I could borrow? Sent a text message, crashed with my baby on the couch, woke up in the morning to see a message that he hadMeat Is Murder. He brought it into work yesterday, and last night after running some more wedding errands, while she printed table placecards, I started recording. With a very busy weekend planned (errands and a party, woop!), I wanted to get this up as quick as I could…
So… am I a convert? Do I “heart” the Smiths now? Well, I really enjoyed side one, bobbing my head with the headphones set to “pain”, but it was when I dropped the needle and “How Soon Is Now?” began (not listed on the album cover, causing a bit of confusion at first when trying to follow the lyrics, lol). Holy shit! Waa-waa-waa-waa…. brilliant.
This! This is why Vinyl >>> CD!!! This song is track one on side 2 of the record, and that’s EXACTLY where it belongs and it’s fucking amazing!!! I feel for the Brits who, apparently, when they bought this record back when it came out in 1985, it didn’t have this song on it! It’s a wonderful add and a perfect lead-off track, completely setting the tone for the second side! I can’t imagine this song stuck in the middle of a CD, it’d be completely out of place… Yeah… good times, mother fucking good times, indeed. And now, I even like Morrissey! Ha, who knew… time does a funny thing to one’s taste, eh? So yeah, I’ll be checking out the Smiths catalogue.
So a huge, HUGE “thank you” to Carie and Byron, you guys are awesome! Okay, right, now, let’s get it on, shall we, as…
Side One1. The Headmaster Ritual
2. Rusholme Ruffians
3. I Want The One I Can’t Have
4. What She Said
5. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
1. How Soon Is Now?
2. Nowhere Fast
3. Well I Wonder
4. Barbarism Begins At Home
5. Meat Is Murder
Also, I’ve got one more special treat for all you pervy-ninjas before the bride and I take off for our superawesomegoodtimes honeymoon. So be on the look out, say….. Thursday! ;)