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Strangeways, Here We Come
Strangeways, Here We Come cover
Studio album by The Smiths
Released September 28, 1987
Recorded Early 1987, Bath, England
Genre Alternative rock
Length 36:37
Label Rough Trade Records
Producer(s) Johnny Marr, Morrissey and Stephen Street
Professional reviews
The Smiths chronology
Louder Than Bombs
(1987)
Strangeways, Here We Come
(1987)
Stop Me
(1988)

Strangeways, Here We Come is the final studio album by The Smiths, originally released in 1987. The album takes its title from Manchester's notorious (and now renamed) Strangeways Prison, while the line "Borstal, here we come" is taken from Billy Liar. Image File history File links Strangeways-cover. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bath is a city in South West England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London, England. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Stephen Street is a music producer best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Robert Christgau (2006) Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics[1] His first reviews were published by Esquire in 1967. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... Louder Than Bombs is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Stop Me is a compilation album by English band The Smiths. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... This article is becoming very long. ... HM Prison Manchester is a British prison. ... In the United Kingdom, a Borstal was a juvenile detention centre or reformatory, an institution of the criminal justice system, intended to reform delinquent male youths aged between about 16 and 21. ... Billy Liar is a 1963 film based on the novel by Keith Waterhouse. ...

Contents

About the album

The Smiths recorded what was to be their final studio album at the Wool Hall studios in Bath, England. Although still firmly an indie record, it finds the band (and especially musical director Johnny Marr) pushing the envelope as far as possible within those constraints, experimenting with overtly synthesized saxophone and string arrangements and drum machine additions. For a one-room apartment, see Apartment. ... Bath is a city in South West England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... A string instrument (or stringed instrument) is a musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ...


Had this not been the band's final album, it would have been considered a transitional effort. Between the record's recording in March and its release in September, 1987, however, the band had broken up after Johnny Marr announced in August that he had left the band. Despite (or perhaps thanks to) the break-up shock, the album rose to No. 2 in the British and No. 55 in the American charts.


Strangeways, Here We Come may be The Smiths' last album, but it does not feature their last-ever recordings, as a final two songs were recorded in May 1987 to provide B-sides for the album's lead single, "Girlfriend in a Coma" (see the entry on "I Keep Mine Hidden", B-side for this single and the last song The Smiths ever recorded). Two more singles were taken off Strangeways, Here We Come; they were supplemented on their B-sides by archive recordings. In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... I Keep Mine Hidden is a song written by Morrissey/Marr in May 1987. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


Cover

The sleeve for Strangeways, Here We Come, which was designed by Morrissey, features a murky shot of East of Eden co-star Richard Davalos. Davalos is looking at James Dean, who is cropped from the image. Dean was a hero of Morrissey's, about whom the singer wrote a book called "James Dean Is Not Dead". Five years later, when designing the sleeve for WEA's Best of compilations, Morrissey again chose Davalos as a cover star, and Davalos is looking at Dean, who is once again cropped. East of Eden is a 1955 movie, directed by Elia Kazan, and based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. ... Richard Davalos (born November 5, 1935) is an actor of Greek/American descent who starred in East of Eden as James Deans brother and portrayed a convict in Cool Hand Luke. ...


As revealed in Jo Slee's collection of Smiths and Morrissey sleeve artwork, "Peepholism", Davalos was not the original choice for cover star. Morrissey wanted to use a still of Harvey Keitel in Martin Scorsese's "I Call First" (also known as "Who's That Knocking At My Door"(1967)), but Keitel declined to allow him to use the image. In 1991 Keitel relented, and the image was used on t-shirts and stage backdrops for Morrissey's 1991 solo tour. Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor based in New York City. ... Martin Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American film director. ... Whos That Knocking at My Door (1967), originally entitled I Call First, is legendary director Martin Scorseses first feature film. ...


The CD booklet contained an additional photo of Johnny Marr in the studio, lying on his stomach on a chair, being sick from drunkeness. Whatever the actual facts behind the taking of the photo, it remains a striking emblem of the stress which led the guitarist to break up The Smiths.


Track-by-track description

  1. The album starts off with "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours", one of the few Smiths songs not to feature guitar. The title is borrowed from a poem by Speranza, the nineteenth century Irish nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde.
  2. The second track is the guitar-laden glam rock-esque "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish", a single which hit No. 23 in the UK. Both it and the first track feature glottal growling from Morrissey, which would appear again on his solo song "Hairdresser on Fire" and then never be heard from again. At the end of this song, Morrissey can be heard in the recording studio asking producer Stephen Street "Hey Stephen, should we do that again?"
  3. "Death of a Disco Dancer" follows, the first half of which is filled with a bass that is extremely subdued by Smiths standards. The second half features a piano part written by Morrissey.
  4. Track four, "Girlfriend in a Coma", is a tongue-in-cheek, music hall inflected song that clocks in at a mere two minutes and two seconds. Though seemingly "lightweight" and catchy, the song features acidic, ambiguous lyrics. The song also contains peak guitar work by Johnny Marr. Reaching No. 13 in the UK charts, its video, which featured clips from the film "The Leather Boys" (starring Rita Tushingham, the star of "A Taste of Honey"), was directed by Tim Broad.
  5. The fifth track, "Stop Me if You've Heard This One Before", is a classic Smiths song, considered by fans to be both funny and musically compelling. Marr achieved the chiming effect at the end of the track by dropping butter knives on the strings of his oddly-tuned guitar. Slated to be released as a single, it appeared as the fourth and final Smiths single only in the US and Europe, but not in the UK, where the song wasn't released for fear of a backlash over the line about "mass murder" following the Hungerford massacre. The US video, again directed by Tim Broad, featured Morrissey-- flanked by an army of "lookalikes"-- riding bicycles around Manchester, visiting key sites in The Smiths' iconography, such as the famous Salford Lads Club photo. The Coronation Street featured in the video is not the set of the popular British soap opera, but the street in Salford where the club is situated. In the UK the same video was used for "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish".
  6. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" commences with two minutes of noise from a miners' strike (supplied by a BBC sound effects album) with intermittent piano chords. It eventually develops into an emotional and powerful song, which when released (in a single edit) hit No. 30 in the United Kingdom.
  7. This is followed by the by-the-books spite of "Unhappy Birthday", in which Morrissey revels in a fantasy about the untimely death of some unnamed adversary. With its upbeat and jangly guitars, the song is the one instance where lyrics and music do not sit happily together.
  8. Next comes "Paint a Vulgar Picture", commonly considered the standout track from the second side. The story of a record company's attempt to make money from a dead pop star by touting his back-catalogue ("Reissue! Re-package!... Extra-Track and a tacky badge"), and of a devoted fan's reaction, it became foreshadowing in the light of subsequent issuings of multiple Best of Smiths compilations. The title Paint a Vulgar Picture was briefly considered as a title for the Best of compilations by the chiefs at WEA.
  9. "Death at One's Elbow", though jangly, is generally considered musically bleak, repetitive, and lyrically lacking. The lyrics are partly based on the diaries of Joe Orton.
  10. The album concludes with "I Won't Share You", a simple and melodic song featuring only vocals, sparse bass notes and an autoharp. Its lyrics contain a typically maudlin lament about the "sick and cruel" nature of life, alongside flashes of the self-aware pride associated with Morrissey ("with the drive and the dreams inside / this is my time"). The track's final lyrics ("I'll see you somewhere, I'll see you sometime, darling") do not appear in the liner notes. The track is a fitting close to the career of the Smiths. It has been assumed by many that the lyrics are Morrissey's farewell to Johnny Marr.

Image File history File links The sleeve of Girlfriend in a Coma by The Smiths (single, August 1987). ... Image File history File links The sleeve of Girlfriend in a Coma by The Smiths (single, August 1987). ... Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Delaney was featured twice on Smiths record sleeves. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Memorial to Lady Wilde and her husband located in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin Jane Francesca Agnes, Lady Wilde (1826 - 3 February 1896)[1] (née Jane Francesca Elgee) was an Irish poet and supporter of the nationalist movement; she was the wife of Sir William Wilde and mother of Oscar... Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ... I Started Something I Couldnt Finish is a song by The Smiths. ... The vocal cords, also known as vocal folds, are composed of twin infoldings of mucous membrane stretched horizontally across the human larynx. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Bass (IPA: [], rhyming with face), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency or range. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... Michael Robert Ryan The Hungerford massacre occurred in Hungerford, Berkshire, England, on August 19, 1987. ... Coronation Street is Britains longest-running television soap opera, first broadcast on Friday December 9, 1960, in the Granada region of ITV. The programme is consistently the highest-rated programme on British television. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is a song by The Smiths. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... Joe Orton Joe Orton (born John Kingsley Orton 1 January 1933, Leicester, England – 9 August 1967, Islington, London) was a satirical modern playwright. ... An Autoharp The Autoharp is a musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which, when depressed, mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ...

Trivia

Polish band Myslovitz wrote a song called Death of the Cocaine Dancer (2004) which seems a likely reference to "Death of a Disco Dancer". This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Skalary, mieczyki, neonki (English: ) is the seventh studio album by Polish alternative rock band Myslovitz. ...


Track listing

All songs written by Morrissey/Marr.


LP

Side A

  1. "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours"
  2. "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish"
  3. "Death of a Disco Dancer"
  4. "Girlfriend in a Coma"
  5. "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"

I Started Something I Couldnt Finish is a song by The Smiths. ... Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... Stop Me is a compilation album by English band The Smiths. ...

Side B

  1. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
  2. "Unhappy Birthday"
  3. "Paint a Vulgar Picture"
  4. "Death at One's Elbow"
  5. "I Won't Share You"

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is a song by The Smiths. ...

Compact disc

  1. "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours"
  2. "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish"
  3. "Death of a Disco Dancer"
  4. "Girlfriend in a Coma"
  5. "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"
  6. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
  7. "Unhappy Birthday"
  8. "Paint a Vulgar Picture"
  9. "Death at One's Elbow"
  10. "I Won't Share You"

I Started Something I Couldnt Finish is a song by The Smiths. ... Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is a song by The Smiths. ...

Personnel

The band

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ... A string instrument (or stringed instrument) is a musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce on 1 June 1963) is a drummer from Fallowfield, Manchester, England. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Additional musicians

  • Stephen Street – additional drum machine programming on "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish", "Paint a Vulgar Picture" and "Death at One's Elbow", and strings arrangement for "Girlfriend in a Coma"

The sleeve notes list Orchestrazia Ardwick as being responsible for performance of the strings and saxophone arrangements; in reality, this is Johnny Marr and his synthesizer. Stephen Street is a music producer best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ...


Technical staff

The Smiths
Morrissey - Johnny Marr - Andy Rourke - Mike Joyce
Craig Gannon - Dale Hibbert
Discography
Albums: The Smiths | Meat Is Murder | The Queen Is Dead | Strangeways, Here We Come | Rank (live)
Singles: Hand in Glove | This Charming Man | What Difference Does It Make? | Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now | William, It Was Really Nothing | How Soon Is Now? | Shakespeare's Sister | That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore | The Boy with the Thorn in His Side | Bigmouth Strikes Again | Panic | Ask | Shoplifters of the World Unite | Sheila Take a Bow | Girlfriend in a Coma | I Started Something I Couldn't Finish | Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me | There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Band-assembled compilations: Hatful of Hollow | The World Won't Listen | Louder Than Bombs
Other compilations: Stop Me | Best...I | ...Best II | Singles | The Very Best of The Smiths
Related
Rough Trade Records

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Strangeways here we come | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited (1203 words)
And eventually, 23 Strangeways prisoners would receive a total of 140 years imprisonment for their part in what the Home Office described on that April Sunday as "a serious disturbance".
The report concluded that conditions had indeed been intolerable and that Strangeways prisoners felt, with some justification, their complaints had not been listened to.
Of the prisoners who were tried for their role in the Strangeways riot, all bar one have served their sentences for related offences.
Manchester (HM Prison) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (760 words)
It was built on the grounds of Strangeways Park and Gardens, which gave the prison its original name, and was officially opened on June 25, 1868.
Strangeways was also one of the few prisons to have permanent gallows.
Mary Ann Britland (38) was executed on August 9, 1886, she was the first woman to be executed at Strangeways, for the murder of two family members and her neighbour.
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