A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths by Tony FletcherThey were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Critics and sales figures told a similar story: six albums between 1984 and 1988 made number one or number two in the UK charts. Twenty-five years after their break-up, the band remain as adored and discussed as ever. To this day, there is a collective understanding that The Smiths were one of the greatest of all British bands. The Smiths - Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce - were four working-class youths who came together, by fate or chance, in Manchester in the early 1980s. Their sound was both traditional and radically different, a music that spoke to a generation, and defied the dark social-economic mood of the Thatcher years. By early 1984, barely a year after their first headlining gig, they were the hottest - certainly the hippest - name in modern music. In the years that followed the group produced an extraordinary body of work: seventeen classic singles, seven albums, and [some] seventy songs composed by the team of Morrissey and Marr. Yet for all their brilliance and adoration - their famously energetic live shows routinely interrupted by stage invasions - The Smiths were continually plagued by their own reticence to play the game, and by the time of 1987s Strangeways Here We Come, they had split. The Smiths have never played together again - their enormous contribution to pop culture forever condensed into a prolific and prosperous halcyon period, their legacy intact and untarnished. Thirty years after their formation, twenty-five since they broke up, The Smiths firmament remains as bright as ever. Its time their tale was told. Tony Fletchers A Light That Never Goes Out is a meticulous and evocative group biography - part celebration, part paean - moving from Manchester in the nineteenth-century to the present day to tell the complete story of The Smiths. Penned by a contemporary and life-long fan, and the product of extensive research, dozens of interviews, and unprecedented access, it will serve to confirm The Smiths as one of the greatest, most important and influential rock groups of all time.
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (with lyrics)
M orrissey's voice is beautiful and haunting, qualities that are somehow only multiplied when you hear him live. At Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, his words filled the arena, casting their spell even on those for whom the year-old singer was a blurry speck in a black-and-gold V-neck.
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
This song may be packaged as a happy love song, featuring upbeat guitar strums and orchestral melodies, but inside the pretty package is the thoughts and feelings of someone who is depressed. The title itself screams depression, for seeing life as something that will never end or a "light that never goes out", is a strange way to describe something as simple as love. Therefore, by accepting that this song is simply a love song, and explaining the lyrics about death by saying that the protagonist is so incredibly happy, that they could die next to their lover, you are completely overlooking the fearful undertones, repetitious lyrics, the style of Marrisey's voice, and the sheer nature of this song! In the first verse, "there's people and they're young and alive", alive is key. Why would he say "alive"?
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Featured on the band's third studio album The Queen Is Dead , it was not released as a single in the United Kingdom until , five years after their split. The song has received considerable critical acclaim; in , NME listed it as the 12th greatest song of all time. In , Morrissey released a live version of the song as a double A-side with his cover of Patti Smith 's " Redondo Beach ", reaching No. In Ireland, the song was released alone and peaked at No. In early September, the band recorded a rehearsal tape of the song performed in the key of F minor. Four days later, the group made a monitor mix in the key of C minor, this time accompanied by a synthesised string arrangement Marr created on an E-mu Emulator credited to the "Hated Salford Ensemble" on the album release.