The Smiths: il demo ritrovato!


La storia infinita degli Smiths continua a raccontare splendide pagine. Un ritrovamento eccezionale: una cassettina, un demo datato 1983, registrato al Crazy Face di Manchester, chiamato ‘The Pablo Cuckoo Tape’ di cui si conosceva l’origine già nei meandri dei forum dedicati alla leggendaria band mancuniana. Ecco la storia raccontata da tale “bellapintura”:

In May 1983 (exact date unknown), while preparing to record their debut album, The band ran through & recorded a selection of songs at a rehearsal in band manager, Joe Moss’ jeans warehouse (Crazy Face). The cassette tape was recorded for Troy Tate in order to give him something to work with before going into the studio. It’s pretty rough, but considering it was recorded on cassette with a stereo Mic pointing into the room, the quality isn’t too bad. Morrissey’s vocals are a bit distorted – maybe singing too close to the mic or maybe the cassette Mic was too close to the PA but everything else is surprisingly clear. There is some tape flutter at various points.I was lent the master cassette by a source close to the band who made the recording, let’s call him Pablo Cuckoo in 1997 with a view of trying to put it out as a semi-official release. As it was recorded before the band had signed to Rough Trade, technically he had the rights to the recording. But a combination of poor sound quality & threats from Warner Bros meant that the idea was shelved.


You’ve Got Everything Now
Accept Yourself
What Difference Does It Make
Reel Around The Fountain
These Things Take Time
I Don’t Owe You Anything
Hand In Glove
Handsome Devil
Miserable Lie

Nella foto: Morrissey & Joe Moss