I grew up with The Smiths – No, literally
Morrissey used to call round to our house and I Lived with his dad in Whalley Range for a bit (what do we get for all our trouble and pain) so he’d pop round and if I wasn’t in, He’d write things on my bedroom wall. I visited him in London when he lived down there and we shared thoughts, shoes, poems, lyrics and musical ideas.
I worked with Johnny at Stolen from Ivors boutique in Manchester and i knew Mike Joyce (my favourite smith) well because he worked with our chris as a pot collector at St Kentigerns social Club in Fallowfield.Also, i knew his first band, the Hoax and bought their single and i still seem him regularly. For legal reasons, i won’t tell you how i knew Andy.
They have been important since i was a teenager and as they grew as a band i watched them very closely seeing them hundreds of times in lots of different venues – I remember photocopying tickets for their gig at the Free Trade Hall and getting away with it and travelling to GIGS with peter, morrisseys dad, we were mates. They were probably the most important band of my life and the impact of watching them grow so closely has had a fundamental affect on my life – when i was 17 a light was lit and that is a light that will never go out
BBC Radio 4 is the best radio channel in the world. It has the most interesting programmes best researchers and the best journalists by a country mile.
They have a regular award winning programme called “Soul Music” where they talk about a modern classic and explore its music, it’s lyrics and overall impact on people.
This week it was “there is a light that never goes out” by The Smith.
The Smiths meant the world to me as they did to so many other people but this song more than any other has grown to be very important in my life and here’s why
Have a listen here