THE SMITHS - Reel Around the Fountain (1984)
Being in Saudi Arabia you never got the news, you never had radio to hear music. Looking back I don't know how we managed to keep upto date, but we did. I got a copy of NME, it was probably a month old but I was so excited to read about the latest music. I was a fan of NME since the early sixties.
'The Smiths' that was new!
I loved the reviews, it sounded exactly what I wanted, needed. I had to hear something by them. It was in my mind constantly.
I was due to go back to the UK, my first trip back after six months (not so bad my family came over after a couple of months). Anyway, I arrived in UK early in March (1984) 0630 in the morning. I was meeting some ex work friends at 1200, so I had some time to kill. I got the tube to Picadilly Circus and headed for Pettycoat Lane. I have no idea why? I had a full English breakfast (double bacon), bought a leather jacket, it was bleeding freezing and a scarf (I still have it, it's a favourite) my brother in law pinched the jacket (it was too big anyway, fat bastard).
I also bought 'The Smiths' first album, in tape, because thats what we played in Saudi. I did not have a player with me so I was holding that cassette desperately waiting to hear it. I just had that feeling and I can't explain why!
I met the guys during their break, but all I could think about was hearing the Smiths. I was staying with a friend before visiting my family in Inverness. On the way to his place I asked him to play my 'new' cassette. Reluctantly he turned off the music he was playing (trying to impress me). I wanted 'The Smiths', I had to hear 'The Smiths'.
Why did I build it up so much? What exactly was I expecting? I had been through it all, Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Dylan, Bowie, Hendrix, Joy Division, The Clash. Why! why! The Smiths, what sort of name was that anyway?
I was stunned, it was better that my sub-concious actually really expected. The start, the drums, the organ, the voice, I loved it. The whole album just blew me away. I could not wait to share it with everybody, in the whole wide world. Thats music! A magic moment! To take to the grave..
I acknowledge they have done mabe many better stuff but it has a special little place in my heart.
'People see no worth in you, but I do'
'You're the Bees Knees'!
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WEDNESDAY CLUB - The Smiths - 'Reel Around the Fountain'
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