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The Guardian: Rick Astley on his Smiths covers gigs: "I’ll use a karaoke machine if I have to’" (September 21, 2021)

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Ahead of his two Morrissey-channelling gigs with Blossoms, the singer talks Twitter, his London pub and how he once followed Andy Rourke around the Arndale centre


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“Obviously, after the whole Rickrolling thing,” – the internet bait and switch prank that fooled you into landing on the Never Gonna Give You Up video – “people are going to see Rick Astley Sings the Smiths and think: yeah, right? So this was our way of saying: this is actually happening.”

So, where did this unfathomably unlikely idea come from? “I performed with Noel Gallagher, the Courteeners and Blossoms at Manchester Arena in 2017,” he continues. “We were backstage, having a drink, which led to me appearing on...

MOJO Magazine: Johnny Marr teases “Strangeways” box set (November Issue, number 336)

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‘Meanwhile, Marr confirms rumours of a Strangeways, Here We Come box set are not unfounded’
“Yeah, there’s been some talk of a Strangeways box...particularly on that last album, what we were after sonically meant that the [work in progress] monitor mixes were a really good listen. They didn’t need a lot of bells and whistles. The rough mixes and demos from that period hold up really well. So, yeah, it’s be nice to see them all lovingly curated somewhere or other.”

Interesting, though personally haven’t heard any of the “rumours” mentioned here...

The rest of the short article just talks about his new album - this was the only part that seemed particularly relevant.

Rick Astley Twitter: Rick Astley & Blossoms perform the songs of The Smiths - 2 Smiths-themed concerts in October (September 14, 2021)

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Further to today's coverage of their Smiths covers, Rick Astley & Blossoms are playing 2 special Smiths-themed gigs in October.
Thanks to @davidt for the information.
Confirmed via ticket outlets:

(Link courtesy of @Uncleskinny)

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NME: "Watch Blossoms and Rick Astley team up to cover The Smiths" (September 14, 2021)

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As first spotted by @BookishBoy in the Strange... thread (who supplies the Twitter link), NME take up the footage:

Watch Blossoms and Rick Astley team up to cover The Smiths

“Since it’s London, we thought why not do something special?,” said frontman Tom Ogden. “So we’re going to do some songs by one of our favourite bands with a friend of ours from the North West. Welcome our friend Rick Astley.

“Do you want to tell them what band it is, Richard?” asked Ogden, adding, “It’s The Smiths everybody,” before tearing into ‘Panic’ and ‘This Charming Man’.




Regards,
FWD.


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Omega Auction: "Music Memorabilia & Vinyl Records" auction results (September 14, 2021)

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Part of a 2 day memorabilia auction.
A very mixed bag of rarities on offer - some Smiths items feature below:

Lot/Description/Estimate/Hammer Price
485FACTORY RECORDS - FESTIVAL OF THE 10TH SUMMER COLLECTION - SMITHS, NEW ORDER, FALL...£600 - £1,000£1,600
486THE SMITHS - MORRISSEY SIGNED BIGMOUTH 12".£150 - £200£300
487THE SMITHS - HEAVEN KNOWS ORIGINAL POSTER.£60 - £100£70
488THE SMITHS - SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER ORIGINAL POSTER.£60 - £100£90
489THE SMITHS - STRANGEWAYS ORIGINAL POSTER.£80 - £120£65
490THE SMITHS - RANK ORIGINAL POSTER.£100 - £150£100
491THE SMITHS - HATFUL OF HOLLOW...

"There Is A Light..." (Medieval Style Cover, Bardcore) - Constantine Bard / YouTube

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Description:

Aug 22, 2021
Hey, everyone! Check this #medieval style / renaissance / #bardcore cover of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by #TheSmiths!
Original music: The Smiths
Medieval version: Constantine Bard




Ye olde bardcore...

Guitar.com: "THE SMITHS’ 20 GREATEST GUITAR MOMENTS, RANKED" by Andy Price (August 17, 2021)

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THE SMITHS’ 20 GREATEST GUITAR MOMENTS, RANKED

"There’s not many who can compete with the intensity of devotion that The Smiths generated in their all-too-brief five year lifespan. It all began that fateful day when the young Mancunian John Maher (later to be reborn as Johnny Marr) knocked on the door of local unemployed New York Dolls and Coronation Street aficionado – and sometime local punk band frontman – Stephen Patrick Morrissey, with an idea to create a new kind of band. The pair’s respective gifts for guitar and lyricism soon forged a chemistry that would result in some of the decade’s most life-affirming music."


Emphasis on the guitar side of things.
Regards,
FWD.

Professor Of Rock YT: "How A B-side Became The Anthem Of A Generation" (July 5, 2021)

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Another in the series, this time focusing on The Smiths' How Soon Is Now.
Regards,
FWD.


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