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Postby elko » Thu May 11, 2006 10:28 pm

I'm making a Smiths/Morrissey mix CD for someone who has hardly heard any, and has disliked what they've heard.

What tracks should I put on? Which songs are accessible enough to win anyone over? (Smiths & Moz solo, but bear in mind I'm trying to avoid the tracks that will confirm the miserable, moping stereotype.)
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Postby rubygirl » Thu May 11, 2006 10:51 pm

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Postby Still Ill » Thu May 11, 2006 10:55 pm

I forgot about 'There is a light'. Naturally.
I was going to ask too, Ruby, what he/she's already listened to.
Yes, Chicken, that one too.

How far have you gotten with it already, Ellis?
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Postby elko » Thu May 11, 2006 11:17 pm

I'm not sure what he's heard, but going by the feedback it's mainly the more dramatic stuff, and some newer Moz singles. Yes, I am basically looking for middle of the road, but also I don't want to shy away from the more emotional stuff - just trying to ease it in gently in the space of an hour...

I haven't got very far at all, only chucking some tracks into iTunes (no order):

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I find it so hard to judge The Smiths objectively now...should I replace Hairdresser On Fire with the Vini Reilly version?
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Postby rubygirl » Thu May 11, 2006 11:27 pm

I cannot speak of Morrissey's stuff, but from The Smiths' songs you could include
Sheila Take A Bow
Girl Afraid
These Things Take Time
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
London
You Just Haven't ... you could arrange them on a 'contrast principle' if he thinks The Smiths are just some miserable moaners and nothing more...or at least I would go for these tracks
and Shoplifters - definitely. :)
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Postby Grim O'Grady » Thu May 11, 2006 11:45 pm

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Postby TheLuckIveHad » Fri May 12, 2006 12:11 am

you gotta add 'Interesting Drug'
I'll Never Make That Mistake Again.
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Postby Pashernate_Lover » Fri May 12, 2006 2:22 am

A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is THAT the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"
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Postby Chorlton_Ruffian » Fri May 12, 2006 9:13 am

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Postby Alabaster Crashes Down » Fri May 12, 2006 9:25 am

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Postby Bref » Fri May 12, 2006 2:09 pm

Shoplifters and Sheila, both cathcy and fun
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Postby sonandheir » Fri May 12, 2006 2:35 pm

* How Soon Is Now?
* What Difference Does It Make?
* William It Was Really Nothing
* This Charming Man
* There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
* Barbarism Begins At Home
* Panic
* Shoplifters Of The World
* The Queen Is Dead
* Bigmouth Strikes Again
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