180g Vinyl Reissue!
Q Magazine 100 Greatest British Albums Ever - Rated 44/100!
A compilation album originally released in 1984, Hatful of Hollow features BBC
Radio 1 studio recordings and two contemporary singles with their B-sides. The
album reached No. 7 on the UK Albums chart and stayed on the chart for 46 weeks.
Contrived by Johnny Marr, The Smiths evolved when Marr unearthed Morrissey and
insisted upon a collaboration. The idea was to produce songs which were always
instantaneous and listenable whilst also provoking deep thought; emeshing
Morrissey's words with Marr's music in a sound which, above all, would stand
apart without being inaccessible or esoteric. The guitar-based songs would blend
melody without havoc, as the words - born out of absolute physical necessity -
would tug at the straps of cultural straightjackets.
Christened as an antidote to a prevalent idea that modern groups would near a
far-reaching, multi-syllabic name to authorize their artistry, The Smiths were
completed with Andy Rourke (the bass guitar) and Mike Joyce (the drums). Joyce
had served time with a clump of healthily depraved groups, whilst the other
three members were without any serious musical involvement. The Smiths first
surfaced in September '82, and the group determined that all their moves be
surefooted and worthwhile. As a live group, The Smiths believed that it was
possible to replenish appetites of both the soul and the pelvis simultaneously.
They were urban, but never bleak; there was a humour in tragedy, solace in
unity. The voice was the collective rage of all suppressed hysterics: Morrissey
popularized the creased brow.
Always Manchester-based, The Smiths contended that "one has to live
somewhere..." and soon rewrote the history of their city. Following misdirected
collisions with major record companies, the group were adopted by Rough Trade,
and the first result was the single "Hand in Glove / Handsome Devil." The sound
attacked the depersonalized sterility of their contemporaries whose clinical
synthesized rhythms, The Smiths believed, left audiences feeling non-human and
petrified of emotion. Lyrically, the fundamental idea was to use phraseology
which had simply never been used before.
The Smiths took firm control of any promotional images which bore their name,
and naturally their artwork would always counteract accepted ingredients of
popular music, without being hostile. The Smiths maintained the integrity and
ethos of their manifesto across four studio albums and a live album that was
issued after their split. Their legacy matches their original ambition - to
produce songs which were always instantaneous and listenable whilst also
provoking deep thought. And there you are.
• 180g Vinyl
Morrissey - vocals
Johnny Marr, guitars, harmonica, mandolin
Andy Rourke, bass guitar
Mike Joyce, drums
1. William, It Was Really Nothing (single A-side)
2. What Difference Does It Make? (John Peel session, 5/18/83)
3. These Things Take Time (David Jensen session, 6/26/83)
4. This Charming Man (John Peel session, 9/14/83)
5. How Soon Is Now? (B-side)
6. Handsome Devil (John Peel session, 5/18/83)
7. Hand In Glove (single version - A-side)
8. Still Ill (John Peel session, 9/14/83)
9. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (single A-side)
10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (John Peel session, 9/14/83)
11. You've Got Everything Now (David Jensen session, 6/26/83)
12. Accept Yourself (David Jensen session, 8/25/83)
13. Girl Afraid (B-side of Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now)
14. Back To the Old House (John Peel session, 9/14/83)
15. Reel Around the Fountain (John Peel session, 5/18/83)
16. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (B-side)