Posts tagged "The Smiths"

Daft Punk Drop Surprise Remix Album: Morning Mix

Human After All
Did You Hear?

:: Daft Punk has released a limited edition remixes album worldwide to iTunes, without warning. Human After All (Remixes), also featuring Basement Jaxx, Peaches and Justice, was first released in Japan in 2006. [HarderBloggerFaster]

:: Morrissey has been dropped by Capitol/Harvest, just weeks after the release of World Peace Is None of Your Business. He recently criticized the label for not funding a music video. [Consequence of Sound]

:: Speaking of Morrissey: When asked to tell a secret, George Michael said that The Smiths are reforming. Wait, what? [The Guardian]

:: Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora will perform “Black Widow” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The awards show airs August 24 at 9 p.m. EST. [Instagram]

:: The roles of Missy Elliott and Timbaland have been cast for Lifetime’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic. The dynamic duo will be played by newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith, respectively. [The Wrap]

:: While in Ibiza, Puff Daddy photo-bombed Kanye West and Zac Efron, as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton chat behind the scene. Yes, this is happening in one single photo. [BuzzFeed]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »

Miley Cyrus Covers The Smiths At Belfast Concert: Watch

Imagine if Morrissey was actually on Twitter. Earlier this week, the social networking site had verified the account @itsmorrissey to be official, only for the former Smiths frontman (and subject of a forthcoming biopic) to issue a statement saying otherwise. “I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus,” he said in a statement sent to fan site True to You. (It was actually created five years ago.) “That’s, of course, if you should remotely care.”

It could have been interesting, at least, to see how he reacted to Miley Cyrus covering the Smiths. More »

Morrissey Biopic ‘Steven’ Announced, Movie To Focus On His Younger, Pre-Smiths Days

“I’m so glad to grow older, to move away from those awful times,” poetic pop grump Morrissey crooned in “Break Up The Family,” an album track off his 1988 solo debut Viva Hate. Alas, the producers of 2013 Academy Award-nominated short The Voorman Problem, Honlodge, plan to zero on those pre-fame days of Moz’s youth for the just-announced biopic Steven.

Director Mark McGill describes the movie in a press release as follows: “The film covers Morrissey’s life pre-Smiths and is more of a portrait than a conventional biopic. It’s as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees, but I can’t deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester.” More »

Idolator Book Club: ‘Mad World’ (And Our ’80s Playlist) Offers Your Ultimate Flashback Friday

Two decades before YouTube altered the way we ingest music videos, a fledgling cable channel out of New York called MTV launched in late summer 1981, offering visuals from pop artists 24/7. The only programming problem was that most American acts weren’t yet up to speed on shooting videos to accompany their singles, and so MTV bosses turned to Europe — and in particular, England. (History lesson time!) And this window of opportunity allowed colorful acts with mind-blowing haircuts like Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, A Flock Of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, ABC and Depeche Mode to cross over into the stateside mainstream and sit on the charts alongside Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and Bryan Adams — hence the terms “new wave” and “second British invasion.”

Writers and all-around ’80s pop enthusiasts Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein meticulously interviewed three dozen of the era’s key musical movers and shakers — including Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Adam Ant and Simon Le Bon — for their co-authored effort Mad World: An Oral History Of New Wave Artists And The Songs That Defined The 1980s, a 320-page virtual music bible for those who grew up in the Reagan era that was released last week.

We’ll let the book itself do the talking (trust us, it goes in depth — buy it here), but in celebration of its arrival, we’ve compiled a playlist of our favorite Mad World song selections below. Now, normally we’d do this kind of thing via Spotify, but, come on — it was the ’80s. How could we not include the music videos? More »

PSY’s “Gangnam Style” Gets One Step Closer To Taking Over The World’s Airwaves: Morning Mix

:: PSY‘s smash “Gangnam Style” continues its global domination by topping the UK singles chart. America, get ready. [Official Charts Company]

:: The BET network has responded to the violence that broke out between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy‘s camps during the taping of the Hip-Hop Awards by noting that the company “works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta. For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place.” [MTV News]

:: Will Miley Cyrus be shooting ‘em up in A&E’s upcoming Bonnie & Clyde miniseries? [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Wondering how the new No Doubt, Green Day and Lupe Fiasco albums will land on the Top 200 chart this week? Here’s a hint: they’ll still fall behind Mumford & Sons. [Billboard]

:: The Smiths‘ final album, Strangeways Here We Come, just turned 25. Sadly, all these years later, Girlfriend is still in a coma. [Stereogum] More »

‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Soundtrack Channels ’70s, ’80s & ’90s Angst

We’d say the makers of upcoming film The Perks Of Being A Wallflower have the soundtrack almost right. (It’s out on the super-crowded release day of September 18.) The 1999 cult hit novel by Stephen Chbosky takes place over the 1991-1992 school year, so college radio classics like The Smiths‘ “Asleep”, XTC‘s “Dear God”, New Order‘s “Temptation” and Sonic Youth‘s “Teenage Riot” seem right at home on the tracklist for the film (also directed by Chbosky). But we said “almost” because we’re not quite sure how Cracker‘s 1993 tune “Low” made its way in there — especially given that it wasn’t even released as a single until 1994.

At any rate,  jump below to see the tunes that made the cut for the Pittsburgh-set coming-of-age tale starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Paul Rudd. More »

Weather Channel Gives Smooth Jazz A Pretty Crappy Forecast

The saxy smooth sounds that accompanied the Weather Channel’s Local On The 8s forecast breaks became so synonymous with the cable network’s identity, there were even Weather Channel-branded CD compilations. But it’s a new day, and the sultrier side of jazz is being abandoned by program directors en masse–and the Weather Channel, no stranger to which way the wind is blowing, has decided to follow suit. (“We wanted music that would get their attention–and this has,” an exec told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.) So what’s on the channel’s new, up-to-date playlist? Glad you asked! After the jump, the station’s 5 a.m.-8 p.m. music picks for June 2009.

The Smiths, “Oscillate Wildly”

DEVO, “Gut Feeling”

Ryan Farish, “Colortones”
The Allman Brothers Band, “Blue Sky”
The Rolling Stones, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”

The Clash, “Time is Tight”
Patrick Droney, “The Other Side”
David Helping, “Deppest Days”
Bernie Williams, “He Reigns”
Maceo Parker, “Advanced Funk”
Dominic Gaudious, “Dance Reilly”
Jesse Cook, “Rattle and Burn”
Gooding, “Distance to the Sun”
Present Tense, “Smiles”
B.B. King, “Why I Sing the Blues”

I never thought, ever, that I would see former Yankees great Bernie Williams and the Smiths on the same playlist–but that’s just an amuse for after 8 p.m., when things get really crazy and Phish gets added to the proceedings. Whoa Nelly!

Music [Weather Channel]
The Weather Channel Turns To Rock [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Which Classic Albums Most Deserve To Be Re-Imagined In A Live Setting?

Tomorrow I’ll be tripping down to Philadelphia to attend The Roots Picnic, an all-day affair masterminded by Jimmy Fallon’s sidemen (haha, jk guys) and featuring two sets by the band; TV On The Radio, Santigold, and Antibalas are also on the bill. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the day’s festivities will be the start-to-finish performance of Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back–yes, they’ve done it before, but this time, the musical duties will be handled by the Roots and Antibalas. This and the impending relaunch of Unplugged have made me wonder: What albums most deserve a live re-imagining, whether it’s the transformation of samples into band arrangements or the classic Unplugged treatment? I’ve actually been mulling over this question all day, and can’t think of anything off the top of my head–unless Freestyle’s Greatest Beats, Volume One counts. (It should!) After the jump, a few musical experts offer their suggestions. Please feel free to expand further, and if you’re going to the picnic, come say hello!


Christopher R. Weingarten, Public Enemy sample expert / brevity exerciser: “Kylie.” (No specifics, although I would love to hear “2 Hearts” blown out by a big band.)


Lucas Jensen, IMterviewer: “I generally don’t like that stuff, unplugged for the sake of, BUT I imagine that The Queen Is Dead would be great.”


Amy Phillips, Pitchfork news editor: “Maybe Madonna’s Like A Prayer”


Dan Gibson, All My Children blogger: “Paul’s Boutique, although that doesn’t make much sense logistically. I also would have really liked to hear Aquemini straight through with a band.”


Tyler Coates, man about the Internet: “Maybe some of Jason Molina’s Songs: Ohia albums, but performed with the full band he has now.”


The Roots Picnic [okayplayer.com]

Tough Break, Denizens Of The Coachella Message Board!

Just as quickly as The Sun created a frenzy on the Coachella rumor front with an article proclaiming that the Smiths were close to reuniting for this year’s festival, NME comes along to dash those hopes with a post proclaiming that neither the band nor the festival were in negotiations.



Then again, considering the general reliability of information on the NME Web site–unofficial tagline: Where Up Is Often Actually Down–maybe Smiths fans should be booking their hotel room now. Either way, if you just can’t stand the idea of October coming to a close without some Coachella gossip, Goldenvoice has unveiled a blogwith festival honcho Paul Tollett posting that it “looks like” Portuguese act Buraka Som Sistema will be playing the festival.

While the message board types fill up nine pages with a discussion of the merits of Muse as a headliner, let’s just take a deep breath and relax until the somewhat inevitable dream crushing announcement of Jimmy Buffett as Sunday’s headliner for 2009.

The Smiths definitely not reuniting for Coachella 2009 [NME]

Run-DMC And Slayer Will Not Be Performing Together At Next Year’s Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC, the Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack are this year’s nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame; five of them will be inducted next April after balloting concludes in January. This year’s list of nominees is almost more notable for who isn’t on it than who is; the list of eligible artists who were snubbed by the dudes who want to codify their definition of “rock and roll” includes inarguably influential artists like Slayer, the Cure, and–once again–Rush. Click through for our list of the six highest-profile acts who didn’t make the ballot, and vote for who you think was the most robbed. Once the votes are tallied, we can march on the Rolling Stone offices and plead for justice!




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Run-D.M.C., Metallica nominated for Rock Hall [AP]
Bon Jovi has best shot at 2008 Rock Hall of Fame induction [USA Today]