- Audio CD (23 May 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Reprise
- ASIN: B000002MZ4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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When you listen to this collection of nearly all the noteworthy singles by the Smiths, you might marvel over the fact that Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr collaborated and cowrite so many astonishing tunes only to break up a mere four years into their creative burst. The first half of Singles is a relentless parade of top-notch emotional Morrissey punches. Then just when you think you're going to catch your breath, "Bigmouth Strikes Again" breaks out and the poignancy and wit of that charming man really hits home. From the shimmering "Ask" to the dark crooner "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" to the closing hit "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," the collection leaves one feeling wistful, for these tracks will never be matched. --Lorry Fleming
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If you like this try: The Queen is Dead, the Smiths and one of pop's finest albums ever.
In an era of fun, but bloated commercial pop/rock like Duran Duran and Bon Jovi, these were a truly refreshing musical experience - Johnny Marr was possibly the best indie guitarist of the decade. (How on earth does he introduce "William, It Was Really Nothing" with a cheesy Spanish hotel bar band style-riff and still make it sound like a great art?)
"What Difference Does It Make?", "This Charming Man", "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and "Panic" were defining singles of the era and it's hard to think of many who would use lyrics like "Hang the DJ" in the era where many old-time "political" punks smartened up and softened. It's also fascinating to find how much modern indie takes its cue from this band - you can see how much Feeder, Travis, Keane, Coldplay and the (now sadly departed) James were inspired by "BSA" alone.
So, a great compilation, as long as you've got the CD skipper button at the ready. It's not perfect, but that's how great pop music should be - and when it's good, how good it is.
The highlights of the cd:'Hand in Glove','How Soon is Now','That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore'(beautiful guitar playing,beautiful lyrics!),'Shakespeare's Sister','Bigmouth Strikes Again'(check out Johnny Marr's incredible guitar playing!)
These songs continue to amaze me now.I recommend this cd to other Smiths fans,a great 80's band.
This is worth a 5/5 just for probably 'what difference does it make?' as it still is my favourite smiths single.
Heaven knows I'm miserable now and William it was really nothing are top tunes with probably their most famous 'this charming man' and 'panic' as they're prob the two most played on radio.
I didnt realise back then when the smiths split it was like having a death in the family,at the time I was still at school when the jam split in 1982 and then this man with a daffodil in his back jeans pocket appeared on TOTP and I thought who is this one hit wonder? Boy was I mistaken.
I did see morrisey support madness at finsbury park (who came on after the great Ian dury who got the biggest applause of the day)and I thought he was doing ok on stage but everyone got impatient waiting for madness and after about 3-4 songs he was booed off ( not his fault...just bad timing)
The singles is another class selection and I'm pretty sure its all of them so buy it and enjoy
The real fan won't want this album but for the casual dipper it's perfect. I never found Morrissey particularly depressing - amusing certainly - but not depressing. Most of the time he's taking the mick isn't he? `Now I know how Joan of Arc felt', `Hang the DJ', `Girlfriend in a Coma', come on he's taking the mick and very droll it is too. What a talent that feller Marr was and, let's be honest, how disappointing his subsequent career has been.
There are some great songs on here, almost too many to mention, but a special huzzah! for `Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' (tell me he's not taking the mick), `William It Was Really Nothing', `That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore', `Boy With The Thorn In His Side' and `There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' (a geniunely moving song); all of them terrific and a must for anyone's collection.
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Delivered fast and was delivered cracked. Least the CD works, and it is of course the sound of the Smiths.Published 8 months ago by Liam Skelly