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Morrissey listed "Shoes" in his "Singles To Be Cremated With" ("Headful Of Heroes" - NME, 1989) and also used it pre-concert intermissions.
Johnny Marr was asked about "Shoes" in thestranger.com (2013):
I'm aware that the music for the Smiths song "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours" was borrowed from a song called "Shoes," by Reparata. How were you introduced to that song?
It was inspired by that, yeah—the bulk of that tune I kind of remembered from being a kid while it was on the English charts. I liked the electric piano—it stuck in my subconscious. It's funny how these things come out.
Singer, born 31 December 1945. Reparata was Aiese's confirmation name, which she had taken from one of her favorite teachers at Good Shepherd Catholic grammar school, and which Aiese says sounded more marketable than either of her given names.
Reparata and the Delrons was an American girl group. They are best known for their 1965 recordings "Whenever a Teenager Cries" and "Tommy", for the 1968 European hit "Captain of Your Ship" and for Reparata's 1975 solo hit "Shoes".
Related Forum Threads
- Johnny Marr talks about "Shoes" by Reparata influence on "A Rush And A Push..." - thestranger.com - Morrissey-solo (Apr 11, 2013)