6 Music celebrates 20 years Of The Smiths
of today's best artists have recorded their own versions of songs
by The Smiths exclusively for BBC 6 Music as part of a special week
of programming to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release
of the band's first single.
Smiths released Hand In Glove on 13 May 1983 and went on to become
one of the most influential bands in British history.
BBC's digital rock and pop station is also launching a search to
find the country's most obsessive Smiths fan.
two finalists will battle it out in Liz Kershaw's special broadcast
from Salford Lads Club, the celebrated Smiths landmark which featured
on the inside cover of The Queen Is Dead album and in the video
for Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
will also be joined by special guests including former Smiths drummer
week - 12 to 16 May 2003 - also includes broadcasts of rare archive
material of Smiths' sessions and concerts recorded for the BBC.
who have covered Smiths songs for 6 Music include The Thrills (who
supported Morrissey on his recent UK tour) with their version of
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, fellow Mancuians Alpinestars
who bring their own electronic twist to Panic and Ed Harcourt with
a beautiful stripped down piano and vocal version of Please Please
Please Let Me Get What I Want.
newcomers Slo Mo perform How Soon is Now?, Moses play their interpretation
of the 1985 single Shakespeare's Sister and Nada Surf perform There
Is A Light That Never Goes Out.
the tracks will be featured in Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show during
Online - www.bbc.co.uk/6music
- is searching for the country's most obsessive Smiths fan starting
today (Monday 14 April).
website wants photographic evidence of huge quiffs, fake hearing
aids or bedrooms plastered with posters and will whittle the entries
down to a top ten which listeners can vote for online.
final two will battle it out to be crowned the Champion of Smithdom,
winning a coveted prize.
Mid Morning show with Gideon Coe concentrates on archive including
a rare version of Miserable Lie from the first Smiths Peel Session
on 18 May 1983.
track was the only one from this session that was not included on
the Hatful of Hollow album.
Smiths Peel session on 2 December 1986 gave the B sides to Shelia
Take A Bow with Is It Really So Strange? and Sweet And Tender Hooligan.
Both recordings went on to appear on the Louder Than Bombs compilation
London and Half A Person which were recorded for the same session
were never released commercially and therefore will be of great
interest to Smiths fans.
also plays Morrissey's new material from a session he recorded last
October for a Janice Long session including the track Crashing Bores.
with Andrew Collins brings a Smiths themed "Better than the
this regular feature Andrew pitches cover versions of varying quality
up against the originals.
those battling will be the Supergrass version of Some Girls Are
Bigger Than Others and Placebo's take on Bigmouth Strikes Again
with their alternative lyrics - listeners are invited to interact
and tell Andrew their views.
Robinson's Evening Sequence introduces one of the best radio documentaries
on the band - The Smiths At The Beeb.
intricate and in-depth documentary features interviews with members
of the band, John Peel and producers such as Stephen Street.
Long's close association with The Smiths continues in her Dream
Ticket programme where she plays some rare archive, including the
Kilburn National Ballroom concert from 23 October 1986.
tracks from this concert were featured on the live album Rank. However,
6 Music brings listeners a chance to hear the entire concert and
tracks omitted from the album.
featured is a concert recorded at the Wembley Arena on 17 November
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to celebrate The Smiths includes:
John Peel Session, 2 December 1986 - Tx Monday 12 May, Mid Morning
Show with Gideon Coe, 10.00am-1.00pm
Morrissey Interview with Janice Long, 3 October 2002 - Tx Thursday
15 May, Mid Morning Show with Gideon Coe, 10.00am-1.00pm
John Peel Session, 18 May 1983 - Tx Friday 16 May, Mid Morning Show
with Gideon Coe, 10.00am-1.00pm
The Smiths At The Beeb, 13 February 1994 - Tx Part One, Monday 12
May and Part Two, Tuesday 13 May, included in Tom Robinson Evening
Kilburn's National Ballroom Concert, 23 October 1986 - Tx Tuesday
13 May, Dream Ticket with Janice Long, 10.00pm-midnight
Wembley Arena Concert, 17 November 1995 - Tx Wednesday 14 May Dream
Ticket - Janice Long 10.00pm-midnight
Tx Friday 18 May, Liz Kershaw from Salford Lads Club, 1.00-4.00pm
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