Saturday, 8 October 2011

GUEST SPOT # 18 - The Smiths - Half A Person

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The Smiths - Half A Person (1986)

Ey, Ey, calm down, calm down! This week's guest spot is from our regular guest spot contributor Neo(aka London Scouser). As with life, music has it's highs and lows. Out of some of the lows, you get the best highs. I'll let London Scouser explain...

1989 was a tough year for me, I lost my dad after a long illness on April 15 (same day as the Hillsborough tragedy) and although I tried to hide the fact, it affected me a lot. Anyway, it was in December that year that I was in Woolworths in Hounslow High St with money to burn and I picked up a CD called Louder Than Bombs. The orange cover called out to me and although I wasn't a fan of The Smiths, the fact that there 24 tracks on it I thought, "Why not? It's only a tenner."
Prior to that my only knowledge of the band was watching The Tube and seeing Morrissey prance about with a hearing aid in and a bunch of Gladioli in his back pocket. What a weirdo I thought before I turned over to 1 of the only 3 other channels !!

I got home and put the CD in..... wow, where had they been all my life?! A lot of the songs had a depressing feel to them but strangely this only made me feel happy and despite my loss I felt that the year got better as a result. Half A Person is my standout track on the album, but it was hard to choose. It starts with the lyrics "Call me morbid, call me pale", which was brilliant for me at the time, and I still love that line.

My best memory of the song is singing along to it and being corrected by my Mum when Morrissey sings “Sixteen, clumsy and shy. I went to London and I. I booked myself in at the YWCA.” She would say, "YWCA is for women, he would have to go to the YMCA." I tried to explain, but gave up and made sure I kept that line to myself in future !!


If I tried to compile a Greatest Hits of their stuff now, it would probably have over 40 tracks on it such is their quality back catalogue.

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8 October 2011 at 13:12

We all love them Smiths! Hey! just thought of great name for a Welsh band?,,,,are you keeping up with me?

8 October 2011 at 19:57

Great post London Scouser!

8 October 2011 at 20:23

Sigh, I knew there were some real feelings in there somewhere! I'm really warming to it actually and look forward to hearing more. Fantastic montage of dodgy hairdos though!!

14 October 2011 at 15:42

Excellent story and thanks for drawing attention to this song as I wasn't familiar with it. It's great track with the usual fabulous lines Morrisey's so known for. I can just imagine bloody Hounslow High St with you and a tenner in your sky rocket, rifling through the reject bin at Woolworths looking for a gem. After all these years though you still up for a bargain.