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From the Vault – The Smiths

So, a curmudgeonly old leader of a Manchester institution released a book this week, in which he viciously lashed out at the people he used to work with back in the day. But enough about Sir Alex Ferguson. Morrissey also released his autobiography.

The indie bedlam surrounding it was compounded by the NME opportunistically doing one of those ‘Best Albums of All Time’ lists they do every six weeks and naming The Queen Is Dead as number 1. But one man’s opportunism is another’s, well, opportunism, so here’s some awesome footage of The Smiths performing ‘Big Mouth Strikes’ again in London in 1986 (the show which was later used for the Rank album.)

Dot Dash Interview

The new album is out nowUS powerpop masters Dot Dash are back with their new album Half-Remembered Dream this month. For those of us who like ringing guitar lines spiralling up into clouds of classic melody, they’re a corkingly great band to stick on the stereo. We caught up with them to ask how things were going as the album hit the shops.

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Keith TOTP And His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band – TOTP 2

TOTP2Howlin’ Whippet looks at an album that could only have come from Blighty.

It’s a lengthy moniker, I’ll give you that. So, for the purposes of brevity, we’ll call him Keith TOTP.

Recorded, apparently, in a one day studio session, Keith TOTP’s second album serves up a slew of indie musicians as sidemen (and women)  for the second album from our titular hero.

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Whippet Out – Johnny Marr, Glasgow ABC

Johnny Marr ;iveOne man who has made love to a million guitar parts while embodying rock and roll…went out to see Johnny Marr. What did Howlin’ Whippet think though?

That’s right, Johnny Marr is in town. Now, I’ll admit I’d only given new album The Messenger a couple of cursory listens; despite Marr himself talking up his Stooges, DIY early punk and rock n’ roll influences, the album, to these ears, was all a bit, y’know, alright. Some reviews commented on its lack of focus, dynamism and Marr’s vocals; let’s be honest, he’ll never fill Morrissey’s falsetto shoes for most critics. However, given that’s it’s over 25 years since the demise of The Smiths, Marr has certainly taken his time to find his voice.

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Who are the best band in the world?

Back in the day, before kids fiddled with their internets and smartphones, music was a more straightforward affair. There was the charts, there was the music press and there were a few well-defined sub-cultures from which you drew your music. The sheer effort it took to actually get recorded music – hear it, find out who it was by, go to a shop, purchase it with a substantial wodge of your disposable income – meant that we had fewer artists but the ones we did were selling more product. This, in turn, led to a sort of consensus about the merits of who was doing what.

For example, if you grew up in the 80s, you knew The Smiths were great. You knew Simple Minds were shite. You may not have liked the Smiths, and you may have enjoyed Simple Minds, but you knew you were wrong. That was how it worked.

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Wednesday what’s new – Tango in the Attic

Tango in the Attic release their second single ‘Sketch by Quentin Blake’ this week. Those of us who were once in thrall to the sort of effervescent guitar pop that made Johnny Marr the King of Indie guitarists will find a lot to like here. Great title, too.

Allo Darlin’ – My Heart is a Drummer

Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names, they say, will never hurt you. Except, of course, when it comes to music. An inelegant name can effectively boot you very hard in an area God really wanted to be treated well. Allo Darlin’, for example, are cursed with a name which recalls Lilly Allen or a hundred other such Lahndahn mockney Sylvia Young nightmares.

Which is odd, really, because the music they makes recalls such luminaries of the great name as The Smiths and The Go-Betweens (fellow Antipodeans, of course.) And a band who can summon up such mighty forefathers would, you assume, know their way round rock history. Still, this is but a churlish moan; Allo Darlin’ are very good indeed. We love this track here at ELM Towers, with it’s wit and melancholic beauty. Their eponymous debut is out now, and is very much recommended.